Photoshop Basics

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Basics & Viewing Images

  • Open an image, multiple images, close files
  • Undo something you’ve done edit step backwards
  • View workspace panels
  • Using the tools panel (left side of screen colors are called swatches.)
  • Zooming & Hand tools (helps to move around)

Making Selections

  • Marquee tools  (helps select parts of a picture so you can change it.) perfect shape hold shift.
  • Lasso tool  (highlights parts of the image)
  • Quick selection  (allows you to go around an object for cut outs)
  • Magic Wand tool  (helps refine parts of the photo)
  • Inverting selections
  • Refining selections
  • Using Quick Mask mode (highlights to outline a selection)


  • Creating a new layer
  • Changing the layer visibility
  • Deleting the layer
  • Changing the opacity of a layer
  • Duplicating a background

Enhancing and Retouching Photos

  • Cropping a photo
  • Straightening an image with the Ruler tool
  • Using the Smart Sharpen filter
  • Adjusting saturation
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast
  • Using neutral density gradient
  • Using the Dodge & Burn tools
  • Removing red eye
  • Spot Healing Brush tool & Healing Brush Tool

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