Learning to use Adobe programs is not so simple, it takes a lot of practice to get the most out of these image and video editing programs; and get good results.
In today’s post we will focus on the Adobe Photoshop program. Are you really interested in learning? Well, we have the solution for you with this fantastic guide for beginners of Adobe Photoshop where we will teach you the basic skills so that you can begin to touch up your photographs with this program. If you are looking to learn another program from the Adobe Suite, do not worry, in this other post we show you a series of best tips for beginners in After Effects.
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Adobe Photoshop tips for beginners
Learn about keyboard “shortcuts”
First of all, you need to know the “shortcuts” of the keyboard so you can speed up the work with this photo editing program.
The idea is that you are learning as you go using Photoshop, although there are not many. Let’s see:
- B: brush tool.
- Spacebar: temporary hand key.
- Ctrl + J: duplicates the selected layer.
- D: you can set the foreground and background tones.
- E: draft tool.
- F: switch between screen modes.
- V: move the tool.
- S: stamp or cloning tool.
- X: exchanges between the background and the foreground tone.
- W: quick selection tool.
Once you learn each of these “shortcuts” you will have a better management of the program.
Learn to improve color
As you already know, color is one of the most important elements in the world of photography, so to make improvements in this regard it is important that you know how vibration and saturation work.
In Photoshop you have the option to modify these elements. You can do this by going to menu> Image and click on “Adjust” (below the menu).
Then, choose the Vibrance option, there will appear two options Vibration and Saturation. Keep in mind that the vibration increases the saturation of the less vivid colors, so it does not go very well with yellows and oranges.
If we talk about saturation, it is responsible for increasing the intensity of each of the colors in the image, all in a uniform and coherent manner.
To begin with, we recommend that you first learn to apply the vibration and gradually work with saturation.
Another thing that you should handle well with this program is the “vignette” technique that is used to darken the edges of your frame in order to direct the viewer’s gaze towards the subject.
Do we tell you a secret? This technique is much applied when the subject is in the center of the photo. And this procedure helps our eyes focus on the brightest area of the image.
To “vignette” in Photoshop you have to go to the Filters Menu and select the option “Lens Correction”, then choose the Custom Tab on the right.
The third section that will appear at the bottom is to add a bullet. Of course, to darken the edges you must slide the amount to the left and the midpoint to set the size of the circle.
Add sharpness and details
Providing sharpness to the images is another of the basic aspects that you must learn with Photoshop. It will make the photos look more detailed and professional.
Sincerely there are several ways to add details with this program, so we will share a simple method:
- Duplicate the layer you chose by pressing Ctrl + J (for PC).
- Open the High Pass filter. Go to Filter> Other> Pass high in the top layer.
- Apply the appropriate value for the photo and click OK.
- Passes the blending mode of the top layer to Overlay.
- Adapt the opacity of the layer at your whim.
Photoshop filter gallery
The filters are automatic effects that are applied to the photos with a few clicks and help to give a special touch to the images.
To apply one of these effects, choose the layer you like and go to Filter> Filter Gallery. But before using it in the gallery, make sure to change its image to 8 bits, something you can do in I magen> Mode> 8 bits / channel.
We are sure that with this definitive guide to learn Adobe Photoshop you will be able to perfect your photographic editing skills with this program. The key is to practice!
Author Bio: Jenifer is a professional video production and currently working in a leading TV production companies in Dubai. In a mean time she also manage her own blog where she guide to the beginners of the film production.