In this video I'm gonna talk about 5 tips for Photoshop beginners.
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Ok, so let’s start with tip Number 5: Thescreen modes.
If you are working on an image you may bedistracted sometimes from different directions by toolbars on the right side, menus at thetop and even your taskbar.
So you can go to the view menu, you chooseScreen Mode and you have three different options: Standard Screen Mode which is enabled rightnow.
this is the default mode where the taskbar, the panels and all the menus are visible.
Then you have….
Full Screen Mode with the menu bar where thetaskbar from the bottom simply dissapears.
I love this one because I don’t get distractedby the facebook chat window, so I can focus better on my work.
And you also have this Fullscreen mode, whichallows you to see your image without any kind of distractions.
This is important because from time to timeyou need to see your image in full screen, maybe you need to present it to someone andif you want to get rid of the rulers from the top and left side of your screen justpress CTRL+R and now the only thing that’s left on the screen is your image, surroundedby black, which is so awesome.
The coolest thing is that you can cycle throughall these views by pressing a shortcut.
I’m pressing the F key and I can choosethe Full screen mode with the menu bar for example.
Tip number 4: The Hand toolLet’s say you are zoomed in and you are working with different tools on this image.
The healing brush, the clone stamp tool, maybeyou’re making a selection or you just simply use the brush like I do now.
You can move anywhere on the image withoutletting go of the tool you’re working with, by holding down the spacebar and draggingyour image with the mouse in any direction to reach a specific area.
Then you can let go of the spacebar and thebrush is back again.
One thing to keep in mind though.
If you can see your whole image on the screen,the spacebar is not active.
So keep in mind that this trick works onlywhen you’re zoomed in.
But if you still want to move your image onthe screen, then you have to switch to the Full Screen mode with menu bar, we’ve justtalked about it in tip number 5, and then you can use the spacebar even if you are zoomedout.
Tip Number 3: The Rubber Band option for thePen Tool Ok, this tip is for creating paths and selectionsLet’s say you choose to work with the pen tool because it’s very precise but whenyou start creating the outline of an object this tool is a bit unconfortable for someof you, especially when you just started with Photoshop.
So, you begin by creating points, you tryto follow the shape of and object, create tangents to create curved segments but theproblem is that you cannot see any preview of the next segment you will create.
And that would be helpful, isn’t it? And yes you can do that! You just need to click up here on this icon,and then check this box where it says… rubber band.
So let’s try again… now when I’m creatingpoints, I can always see a preview of the next segment I’m gonna create, and thisis very very helpful if you ask me.
It’s all about time in Photoshop, you needto find ways to make your editing fast and efficient.
Photoshop is hiding some interesting tools,and I can’t understand why this rubber band option is hidden under this small gearwheel.
It should be very accessible to the users,but now you now this trick and I’m sure you’re gonna make use of it.
Tip number 2: The highlight and shadow clippingWhen you are working with an image, you will have to correct the exposure sometimes, adjustthe bright points and the shadows, but how will you know what is the perfect point whereto stop, and don’t exagerate with these two? Well you can do this by adding a levels adjustmentlayer on top of your image….
and then you have these 2 points, this is for the highlightsand this one for the shadows.
You have to make sure that you will retainas much detail as possible in your image, you should avoid blowing out bright parts,or having 100% black areas.
So If you hold down ALT on the keyboard andstart moving the highlights point you’ll notice that your image becomes black at first,but if you move the marker to the left side, some areas in the photo will start to appear.
You should find a point where you start seingwhite parts in your image.
That is the point when the highlights willbe blown out in those areas.
If you have small white areas it’s not aproblem because clouds are supposed to be white, but you’ll have to be careful onportraits or clothes and especially on objects.
Let’s move to the shadows marker, just dothe same thing , hold down alt, this time the image becomes white.
and when you pushthe marker to the right, you’ll start seing colored pixels and you should stop when blackareas appear on your image.
So I will stop somewhere around this point.
Now you have a proper exposure on your imageand you can see the difference if you click on this little eye here to hide the levelsadjustment layer.
And If you want, you can adjust the midpointslider too, to make the overall look more brighter or darker.
it depends what looksgood to you.
Let’s see a before and after one more time…huge difference in terms of contrast as you can see.
Ok…this is tip Number 1.
and this is reallyawesome.
Let’s say you have an image and you wantto place a text on top, but you want to blur the background so the text can be seen muchbetter.
You select the background layer and.
yougo in the filters area, choose blur… and then gaussian blur.
I will put in a value of 100 and then hitok.
The filter looks awesome, but what if I decidethat I want to modify the blur value? In this case I cannot do that.
The only way is to undo the step.
But there is another way which I always use,and I recommend it to you.
Select the background image, right click andchose convert to smart object.
Now let’s apply the same effect… fromfilter, blur, gaussian blur.
You can see here in the layers panel thatthe filter is placed under my image and I can hide it and unhide it when I want, butthe important thing is that I can go back and modify my blur.
I can do this by double clicking the gaussianblur filter, lower the blur amount to 60 for example, hit ok, and there you have it, theblur changed and I can still go back by any time to modify its value.
So the key is to first convert your imageinto a smart object and then you can apply one or multiple filters from the menu whichcan be adjusted at any point, so you don’t have to undo steps and loose precious time.
I think this is a nice tip for photoshop beginnersand if you like what you’ve seen today, please hit the thumbs up below.
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