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7 Photoshop Must-Knows For Beginners

By: Rocco Lungariello

7 Photoshop Must-Knows For Beginners

In the design world, knowledge of Photoshop is an essential basic. Photoshop is the go-to tool for a myriad of design tasks from photo editing to T-shirt design. It’s even used to create gallery-quality artwork!

Even if you’re not in the business of design, having basic Photoshop skills can pay off in a lot of ways, especially for entrepreneurs and other professionals. It can save you a lot of time and money, for one.

Once you’ve mastered a few Photoshop basics, you’ll be able to quickly take care of those little design tasks that are always cropping up, without having to explain what you want to a designer — and then waiting for the designer to deliver. You can save on design fees, too. If you have an art or design background, you may find that you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars by doing much of your design work yourself. At the very least, your familiarity with Photoshop can help you assess whether a designer’s fees are accurate and fair.

At less than $10 per month for online access, it’s easy to make an investment in the world’s most popular design software pay for itself. All you need to get started is a few basic Photoshop skills like these:

7 Basic Photoshop Skills Every Business Person Should Know

  1. Use Layers. Photoshop allows you to create text and objects in layers. This is very different from drawing on a piece of paper and is a lot more powerful because it allows you to move different elements of your design (text, photos, shapes, etc.) independently. That way, you can arrange and rearrange to your heart’s content until you come up with the exact design you want. To use this feature effectively, you will need to know how to add and delete layers, merge two or more layers into one, and create layer groups for easier manipulation of objects in your design.

  2. Straighten a Picture. Have a picture you’d like to use in an ad or brochure — except it’s too horribly crooked to show to the public? Photoshop to the rescue! Once you know this simple ruler trick, you’re good to go.

  3. Create an Adjustment Layer. To get the look you want, you often have to experiment with different adjustments such as changing a layer’s brightness, opacity or hue — or adding a bevel, drop shadow or other effects. Photoshop makes it easy to do this without having to create zillions of test layers. Simply add an adjustment layer that allows you to toggle the effects on and off with the click of your mouse.

  4. Remove Spots and Blemishes. You know that otherwise awesome photo you’re too embarrassed to post on your Facebook business page because of that spot of chocolate you forgot to wipe off the corner of your mouth? Once you learn to use Photoshop’s spot healing brush, you’ll be free to post away — and no one will suspect a thing.

  5. Remove Red From Eyes. One of the most annoying things about indoor photography is the spooky-looking red-eye effect that can occur with the use of a flash. You guessed it: Photoshop has a tool for that! It’s called — what else? — the red eye tool. Spend five minutes learning to wield it, and you’ll never have to worry about scary eyes again.

  6. Isolate an Object. Photoshop offers not one but two simple tools that let you separate an object from its background in a flash. They take about 30 seconds each to learn, and once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without them.

  7. Apply Effect to an Object or Text. Photoshop lets you quickly create drop shadows, outlines and other effects to objects or text. It’s so easy to learn that you’ll have to exercise restraint!

Want to know how to accomplish all these essential tasks in Photoshop? The accompanying slideshow below reveals exactly how!

7 Photoshop Must-Knows For Beginners created by New Horizons

Author bio: Rocco Lungariello is a Marketing and Social Media Content Creator at New Horizons. He has been generating content surrounding the IT Industry for more than four years.

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