Photoshop has become one of the most used tool for photo editing, designing and other purposes. With such widespread awareness the users have also increased. Some of them are professionals who know each and everything about Photoshop. Some are amateurs who can work with Photoshop and can do almost all the basic things. And the last tier is of the beginners.
A wallpaper from Hongkiat.com
These are those who are learning and in some cases struggling to learn Photoshop. I think many of you may know that buying expensive software’s like Photoshop and not using it is such a waste of money.
Many people face difficulties in learning and understand using Photoshop because of the following reasons.
Why Do You Fail in Photoshop?
Given below are some points on why you are failing in Photoshop. You can also check this article about common Photoshop mistakes.
1 – Not Aware of the Tools
2 – Thinking Photoshop as it is Fun
3 – Learning Professional Tutorials without Basic Understanding
4 – Using Wrong Tools at Wrong Times
5 – Adding too many Contrasts
These are just some mistakes that many beginners do. Even if you don’t make those mistakes, there are chances that you may not be able to work with Photoshop or your design sucks or looks lame.
Cool Photoshop tips and tricks for beginners
I personally didn’t know some of these tricks when I was a beginner and when I read now I say “Oh man, why the heck I didn’t knew these things”. So let’s begin.
The first thing I would recommend is to know all the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.The reason behind this is quite simple. It will make your work much easier and fast.
Many at times it happens that you want to use some tool and you are frustrated searching. At those times and also normally Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts are helpful.
They also make your work fast. You can find many Photoshop Shortcuts on the Internet. Some of the important ones are mentioned in this article.
Understand the File Formats
The next step is to know the kind of formats Photoshop allows users to create and save files on. There are in total 7 main file formats that you need to know.These are:
PSD – It stands for “Photoshop Document” and this format will save the file in its native format and supports all the features of Photoshop.
JPEG – The JPEG (Joint Photographic Expert Group) is used widely for viewing and sharing digital photos.
PNG – PNG stands for “Portable Network Graphics” and its benefit is that it compresses the image to reduce the file size without affecting the quality of the image. It’s another benefit is that it can be used to create transparent images.
GIF – The GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is most commonly used for animated images.
TIFF – TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is a new type of file format. It also supports almost all the features of Adobe Photoshop.
EPS – The Encapsulated Post Script (EPS) is widely used in print industry.
PDF – Portable Document File or PDF is another file format in Photoshop which is helpful in viewing, sharing and printing electronic documents.
So it is really important that you know at least these seven file formats which are commonly used while using Photoshop.
Selection Tools in Photoshop allows users to select various areas in different ways. Some important selection tools in Photoshop are:
Marquee Tool – This is the most basic selection tool in Photoshop. You can select images using the marquee tool by choosing between different marquee options namely rectangular, circular, single row and single column selections.
Magic Wand Tool – This selection tool selects images based on color similarity.
Lasso Tool – Lasso tool unlike the marquee tool allows user to move around different areas of the image freely without any restriction. There are two more variations to the lasso tool. These are polygonal lasso tool and magnetic lasso tool.
Polygonal Lasso tool is a freehand selection tool much similar to the pen tool.
Magnetic Lasso tool is a tool which follows outlines as a magnet and makes the selection.
Quick Selection Tools – It works similarly to the magic wand tool and makes selection based on color and tone.
Color Range – This tool includes areas depending upon the given color selection from within the image.
Inverse – This tool automatically selects the area which is not selected and de-selects the pre-selected area.
Transform tools are mainly used to transform and adjust the image. There are several kinds of transform tools that beginners need to know.
Scale – This tool scale the image by enlarging or shrinking it.
Rotate – Rotate tool helps user to rotate the image.
Skew – This tool slants the object/image vertically or horizontally.
Distort – Distort tool is used to stretch the image in any preferred direction.
Perspective – Helps add perspective to the object.
Warp – The warp tool is used to transform the image by different ways to attain several different effects.
It is important to use grids when working in Photoshop. Grid helps us to position an object more precisely. So always keep a habit of using grids. Read this article by Sitepoint on setting up your own gird layout.
Pen Tool is a useful tool to create various paths. These paths can also be converted into a selection. If you want to understand more about the pen tool, you can refer to this tutorial recently posted in our blog.
The reason why I mentioned undo here is because many beginners have a misconception that in Photoshop they can undo only one time.
So to avoid this misconception, let me tell you that you can undo or move to the previous step as many times as possible. By using the Ctrl+Shift+Z you can actually move to the previous step.
In other words you can undo in Photoshop.
After the addition of smart objects in Adobe Photoshop, work has become easier for many people. Smart Objects enables the user to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. This helps to preserve the original characteristics of the image.
You can use various brushes in Photoshop. You can find many brushes in Photoshop and if you want some more brushes you can find many brushes for free.
Photoshop Actions are a series of steps which allows the user to recreate the final result without going through each and every step individually.
There are many actions available in Photoshop and you can find more on the Internet. One thing you need to remember about Photoshop actions is that you should never use them blindly.
Though as you can see from the above picture that they make the end result amazing but using too many actions without knowing or understanding what the action is for is not good.
Photoshop Filters lets the user apply special art effects that make your image much better.
There are many filters available in Photoshop. There are many third party filters which can be added in Photoshop. I recommend you to add the Eye Candy Filter.
It is a massive collection of different filters. You can check this tutorial in which I used one of its filter to make an amazing wallpaper.
Combining Image and Text
So these were some basic tips and tricks every Photoshop beginner should know.Once you understand the above tips and tricks, you can go to some professional editing. Why these tips are important because, without knowing the basics one cannot learn the higher level.
Even if he learns it, there will be some points which the person may not be clear of. It’s like asking a 4 year old boy to solve questions on trigonometry without teaching him anything about numbers and math. So don’t be in a hurry to learn everything fast.
If you do, you will never digest anything. If you like this article, do share it with your friends who are making these mistakes and also ask questions in the comments section.