Basics & Viewing Images

     Open an image, multiple images, close files: command O

  • Undo something you’ve done: Command Z
  • View workspace panels:
  • Using the tools panel:
  • Zooming & Hand tools:

Making Selections

  • Marquee tools:select parts of picture hold shift for perfect shape
  • Lasso tool: highlight certain parts of picture (click L)
  • Quick selection: highlight parts of picture ( Click W )
  • Magic Wand tool: refines image you want to work with
  • Inverting selections: selecting everything buy object
  • Refining selections:makes it cleaner looking.
  • Using Quick Mask mode:select everything but object


  • Creating a new layer: can edit on photo without affecting original image (F7)
    • Changing the layer visibility:click eyeball
  • Deleting the layer: control click on layer on right and click remove layer or delete
  • Changing the opacity of a layer: select layer go to opacity bar and drag left or right
  • Duplicating a background:click on photo go to layer and duplicate background allows you to edit photo and preserve original

Enhancing and Retouching Photos

  • Cropping a photo: keeps part of picture you want and cuts out borer
  • Straightening an image with the Ruler tool: crops and straightens photo that is at a slant
  • Using the Smart Sharpen filter: Filter > Sharpen
  • Adjusting saturation: intensifies colors Windows>adjustments>Hue and saturation
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast: same as saturation but you click brightness and contrast
  • Using neutral density gradient: 
  • Using the Dodge & Burn tools:
  • Removing red eye: spot healing brush> red eye tool> draw marquee around red eyes and let go of mouse
  • Spot Healing Brush tool & Healing Brush Tool: Spot healing brush: Spot healing brush>Spot healing brush> drag over area and let go of mouse. Healing brush tool: Spot Healing brush tool>Healing Brush tool Click option and mouse on clear area and let go of both buttons drag over area and pixels clone from previously selected area.

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