Learning Photoshop: A Beginner’s Guide

Photoshop has a plethora of learning materials available on the Internet. However, if you are someone who is new to Photoshop and you do not even know the basics, these materials can seem to be a little cumbersome. However, this guide would make things easier for you.

5 Important Photoshop Tools

If you get to know the basics of Photoshop, it is important that you know about its various tools and their usages.
While it is absolutely impossible to mention all the tools, here’s a list of the most important among them:

1.Keyboard V – Move Tool
This tool lets you move objects around the canvas in the same layer. All you need to do is click on it and drag it around as per your requirements.

2.Keyboard M – Marquee
This lets you select parts of the canvas in specific shapes like rectangular, ellipse etc.

3.Keyboard L – Lasso
It helps you to select areas on the canvas that are covered under the Lasso area.

4.Keyboard W – Magic Wand
This tool helps in removing the background from photos.

5.Keyboard C – Crop Tool
Use this crop pictures and adjust the size according to your requirement.

There are loads of other tools that you can use while editing photos or while doing high end beauty retouching of photos. Now, let us look at what Photoshop exactly does:

Correct Color
All you need to figure out during photo color correction is what colors are complementary and use these to cancel out other colors that have a strong and prominent presence. You would also need to make out the places where the colors are more prominent. You can do this seeing the photo carefully and you can make the required adjustments using the Image Menu.

Balance Colours
Photoshop offers a tool for color balance and that is not a very flexible one. You can use only when there are minor adjustments to make, like if the red color is too prominent etc. You need to use the Highlights radio button to make the adjustment.

Photoshop offers you three main sliders. Shadows slider is to the left and that lets you enhance the shadow intensity. Highlights slider is on right and you can use it to increase highlights intensity on your photo. And finally, there is the mid-tones slider at the middle to make your photo light or dark.

A great color correction tool, this might seem intimidating initially. However, you would love the tool once you get used to it. You can use this to adjust the entire photo or a part of it and it is easy to use as well.

Photo Enhancing and Retouching
Photoshop even lets you retouch your photos. You remove dry skin, wound marks, etc. from an image and make it look nice.

These are some things that you should know if you want to edit your photos on Photoshop. However, hiring professional photo editors is a better option as they have an experience in ghost mannequin service and do everything else in a better way.


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