Photoshop Lesson 1

Getting to know the work area

This was my first introduction to Photoshop. Fortunately the layout is very similar to InDesign, as are the tools in the Tools panel.

Photoshop works with bitmapped digitized images. Photos and images can be imported from various sources:

  • Digital Camera
  • CD’s or digital images
  • Scans of photos, documents, graphics etc.
  • captured video images
  • artwork created in drawing programmes

For this lesson we downloaded images from a  zip file. I used Adobe Bridge to locate the file on my desktop. This is a useful programme to save files and favourites for future use or reference.

An important part of this lesson was using desktop shortcuts. Once I become familiar with them this will save a lot of time.

Zoom functions

Tools panel magnifying glass.

Z on keyboard to select.

Hold down Alt key to turn into -zoom

Scrubby zoom, click and hold anywhere on image to zoom in and out.

Windows>Navigator    drag slider to zoom

Tools to select specific areas of a photo

Select the rectangle tool corner to see hidden tools. We use the circle ‘Eliptical Marqueee Tool’ to selct the head light of the car in the image.

Drag pointer in image to create a circle

Alternatively place pointer in centre Alt +Shift to create circle from in to out

To change the colour in background of image but not in selected area Select-Inverse or right click Inverse.

Adjustment panel> Curves to alter brightness of image. Various Adjusstment layers to change image.

The second part of the exercise was inserting text and changing colour , font etc. I was already familiar with this, as well as selecting panels, using swatches and so forth.

On the third image the brush tool and Layers panel were used to draw a design on the tie.

B for brush tool

Options bar to change size and texture of the brush.

Edit-undo brush or Ctrl-z to undo last move.

To undo multiple actions  Window>History   drag corner to resize click earlier action in hostory to see how image changes. New actions create new history panel..retains 20 actions by default but can be changed (Edit>Preferences>Performance   change values).



All panels appear in Windows menu.

Can be added, opened, moved, docked,re-sized and collapsed so only dock header bar is visible.

Tools bar can be moved or hidden but not re-sized, grouped or stacked. Tools panel and poptions bar don’t have panel menus.


The workspace can be customized

Windows>Workspace     choose from options

To customize choose Windows>Workspace>Keyboars Shortcuts and Menus to create customkeyboard shortcouts for menus ,panels and tools.

Menus>view scroll down to change.

Windows>Workspace>New Workspace…name and save.

As with Adobe InDesign, the only way to get the most out of this programme is to use it constantly. I am sure it will become easier as I familiarize myself with it.


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