Photoshop Basics

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Basics & Viewing Images

  • Open an image, multiple images, close files Command or the “Apple” & O
  • Undo something you’ve done Command or the “Apple” & Z
  • View workspace panels Right side
  • Using the tools panel –Left side
  • Zooming & Hand tools 

Making Selections

  • Marquee tools -Helps make shapes. Hold shift to make it perfect.
  • Lasso tool Outline specific images.
  • Quick selection -Picks one object to center on. Important for cut out.
  • Magic Wand tool
  • Inverting selections Reverse select an image.
  • Refining selections Quicker way to select an image
  • Using Quick Mask mode


  • Creating a new layer Shortcut F7, new layer, select under layer box
  • Changing the layer visibility Click on the eye
  • 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 Filter, sharpen
  • Adjusting saturation -Makes the color in the picture brighter
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast -Click on the bandage 
  • Using neutral density gradient 
  • Using the Dodge & Burn tools
  • Removing red eye
  • Spot Healing Brush tool & Healing Brush Tool

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