Photoshop Basics

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Basics & Viewing Images

  • Open an image, multiple images, close files-file open, click the x to delete
  • Undo something you’ve done – edit > stepbackward
  • View workspace panels – Right side (colors are called swatches)
  • Using the tools panel – left side
  • Zooming & Hand tools – Move picture around. View > Zoom in or Zoom out

Making Selections

  • Marquee tools – Shape to be perfect hold Shift 
  • Lasso tool – outline specific images
  • Quick selection – picks one object you want to focus on
  • Magic Wand tool – way to select an image quickly
  • Inverting selections – select one object and nothing else
  • Refining selections – edges clear
  • Using Quick Mask mode – select an image quickly 


  • Creating a new layer * click the layers tab *
  • Changing the layer visibility *click on the eye *
  • Deleting the layer * click layers then put in trash*
  • Changing the opacity of a layer * go to opacity in the layers bar in move left or right*
  • Duplicating a background * go to layers click duplicate *

Enhancing and Retouching Photos

  • Cropping a photo * press C for the tool and then click and drag *
  • Straightening an image with the Ruler tool * click and hold the eye dropper tool and select ruler then drop draw a line across the picture then go to the top to straightened *
  • Using the Smart Sharpen filter * go to filter then click on sharpen then select smart sharpen *
  • Adjusting saturation * go to windows click adjustments then click the Hue/Saturation*
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast * go to windows; adjustments then brightness and contrast *
  • Using neutral density gradient 
  • Using the Dodge & Burn tools
  • Removing red eye * click the red eye tool then make a box around the eye*
  • Spot Healing Brush tool & Healing Brush Tool * click the band aid or J then select option then drag over the imperfection *

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