Photoshop for Dummies

You’ve probably overheard Photoshop, even if you aren’t a professional and well-known graphic designer. This astounding program is helpful for all kinds of business and personal usage. While it can seem terrifying, discovering how to apply Photoshop can be simpler than you imagine.

When you open Adobe Photoshop for the very first time, it’s easy to click around in ignorance and the reach for your freelancer’s phone number instead. But you have to take note that Photoshop is not just for professionals. You can begin understanding it one step at a time. 

To get you started, we handpicked twelve of the most useful tools in Photoshop and explained what they do, how to use them, where to find them, and a few tricks and tips for knowing the most out of them. 

The Layer Tool

The layer is used to perform tasks such as enhancing images, inserting text, brush strokes, patterns, filters and background colours. You can try a layer style to add special effects like glow or shadow. Layers, by far, are the essential component of Photoshop.

Pro Tip: Always put a label in your layers. To keep it organized is to keep you in perfect sanity, especially when your work requires a large number of layers.

Where to Find: You can access it by clicking “Layer” in the top Menu Bar.

The Color and Swatches Tool

This tool is used best to modify, copy and save custom colours for your project. This may seem like a visible component in Photoshop, but it has incredible and powerful features that will keep your vision lively and vigorous.

Pro Tip: Make sure to save your most used colours as “Swatches” so you can back up and reuse it whenever you’re outlining your visual content.

Where to Find: It has its element on the top right-hand corner of the Photoshop screen.

Custom Fonts and the Text Tool

Text tool helps you in adding customized text and fonts on your database. It also gives access in advance font settings that can add some serious style to your text. Once you click the icon font options and much more text setting will pop up at the top of your screen.

Pro Tip: You can go to your computer’s browser to search for available fonts, download it and you can have attached it easily on your Photoshop.

Where to Find: Near the bottom, the capitalized ‘T’ means toolbar.

Custom Brushes and Brush Tools

Same with fonts, you can add up royalty-free, custom brush tips. With brush settings, you can alter the shape, size and transparency of strokes to fulfil several different visual effects. Brushes are an essential way to add such a visual emphasis on your content. The brush set will help you change the brush size, flow and opacity.

Pro Tip: Fluctuating your brush settings can give your brush exceedingly different look and style.

Where to Find: The brush icon on the left toolbar.

The Select Tool

The select tool is known as one of the most fundamental yet frustrating tools to use in Photoshop. But it would be best if you made sure that your layer is highlighted – a dotted line indicates highlighted segments. 

Pro Tip: Choose “Free Transform” to rotate, scale, move and flip your selections.  

Where to Find: You can see it at the toolbar on the left side—the square broken lines icon.

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