Photoshop Basics

Article By: Kevin Moor
Photoshop Basics
Learn the basics of using photoshop.

Photoshop Basix

Tips to Make Learning Photoshop Easy

Photoshop is a great tool for all things having to do with images, photos, web design and graphics. The possibilities are seemingly endless with this program, and more and more industries and careers are making some basic photo manipulation or graphic design skills part of the job. As related fields grown, more and more people are even drawn into trying to do this sort of work as a profession.
This means that more and more people are learning how to use Photoshop, and a lot of these folks are getting frustrated. It is not an easy program to learn, especially if you haven’t worked with image rendering before. As you learn the basics, the little things you have yet to pick up on can frustrate you to no end!
While not an exhaustive tutorial, the following tips should help! These are designed to help make learning Photoshop an easier process, keying you on to the little things that can make you get frustrated as you scour the help menu looking for a hint.

Get the Grabber Hand… in an instant.
Remembering to switch tools before you do something is a common newbie mistake that can be a bit irritating. If you want to move your image around the canvas, you need to get the Grabber Hand back first, but you don’t have to go over to the left tool bar to get it. If you want to temporarily get the Hand Tool back, just press the SPACEBAR and hold it to click and more an image. Once you release the SPACEBAR, the selected tool will return.

Zoom In and Zoom Out
As you are working with images, it is quite helpful to zoom in and out on what you are working on, but when you keep having to go into the menu to make this happen, it gets quite time consuming and really kills productivity. You can be more productive by using keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out. If you have a Windows PC press CTRL and  + to zoom in, and press CTRL and – to zoom out. If you have a Mac, Press COMMAND instead of CTRL.

Hide that line of dashes.
When you select an object, a line of dashes will blink to show you the edge of the selection. You need to see this, but it can be pretty annoying and distracting to look at. If you want to hide this, press CTRL and H on your PC or COMMAND and H on your Mac. To bring the selection marquee back, do the shortcut again. If you want to get rid of those for good and cancel the selection, deselect by pressing CTRL and D on your PC or COMMAND and D on your Mac.

As a beginner, making mistakes is even easier! If you make a booboo and need to undo press CTRL and Z on your PC (COMMAND and Z on your Mac). This is also a great tool to use if you want to quickly see the before and after effects of a change you made. In the event that you need to go several steps back, you can go to the Edit Menu and select “Step Backward.”

If you went to many steps back or decide that you like a booboo you made better than the alternatives, you can go forward. This can be done in the Edit Menu with “Step Forward.” There is also a keyboard shortcut that can accomplish this. With your PC you would use CTRL and SHIFT and Z, but Mac users would substitute COMMAND for CTRL.

This article is written by Kevin Moor.
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