Photoshop Basics

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Basics & Viewing Images

  • Open an image: Command+o
  • Undo something you’ve done: Command+z
  • View workspace panels: Right side of screen.
  • Using the tools panel: Left side of screen.
  • Zooming & Hand tools

Making Selections

  • Marquee tools
  • Lasso tool
  • Quick selection
  • Magic Wand tool
  • Inverting selections
  • Refining selections
  • Using Quick Mask mode


  • Creating a new layer: F7
  • Changing the layer visibility: Click The Eye Thingy.
  • Deleting the layer: Click Delete
  • Changing the opacity of a layer:
  • Duplicating a background:

Enhancing and Retouching Photos

  • Cropping a photo: C
  • 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: Press J For Tool. Click Option.

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