Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso Tools

Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso Tools

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Running Time: 10 minutes

The purpose of making a selection, is so that you can make changes within a limited, and controlled area.There are a variety of tools you should consider when making selections in your image. There are several that will allow you make direct selections by drawing them, and a few that let you make your selections based on color.

I will preface this by saying that make generic selections like this might create what is called a Layer Mask, none of the techniques I am going to talk about are ones that I would teach to my students. they are simplistic, and will not yield optimal results. The reason I am talking about them with you now, is because they are an easy way to get you to your end goals. While they are not the best, they are simply the easiest for you to get started with.

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Selective Color | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Selective Color Adjustment Layer

Photoshop Tutorial – Selective Color Adjustment Layer

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Running Time: 6 minutes

Selective Color is the go-to tool for simple color correction. Little need for masking, and no confusing RGB sliders. You just need someone to give you a little direction, and you will find how easy this tool can be.

As with the other Adjustment Tools, you can find it with the Adjustments Palettee, which is found within Window – Adjustments. The second way is at the bottom of the Layers Palette, with the Black and White Circle icon for New Adjustment Layers. Lastly, it’s also in Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Selective Color.

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Vibrance | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Vibrance Adjustment Layer

Photoshop Tutorial – Vibrance Adjustment Layer

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Running Time: 4 minutes

Let’s say you have an image that’s looking pretty pale. When you want to adjust the saturation of an image, I normally don’t recommend using the Saturation Adjustment. Instead, what we’ll be using is the Vibrance Adjustment, because it has Saturation included, and gives you more control over your adjustments. Over at the Adjustments Palette, you can select the Vibrance icon. You can also find it at the bottom of your Layers Palette, as well as in Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibrance.

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Levels | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Levels Adjustment Layer

Photoshop Tutorial – Levels Adjustment Layer

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Running Time: 6 minutes

When you want to create tonal changes the easiest and simplest way possible, your best bet is to use Levels. Simply go over to the Adjustments palette (or if it isn’t open yet, go to Window – Adjustments). There, click on the icon that says “Levels”. Another way would be to go to the Layers palette and click on the Black/White Circle icon that says “Create new fill or adjustment layer”. Finally, a third way of doing it is to go over to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels.

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Adjustment Layers | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Adjustment layers

Photoshop Tutorial – Adjustment layers

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Running Time: 5 minutes

Adjustment Layers work like tinted sheets of glass that you overlay on top of your image one at a time. It’s kind of like a tinted or colored light bulb. You can turn on/off the effect, or adjust the values as a separate layer on top of your original image background layer. For instance, on top of your base layer (original image), we can make tone adjustments as well as color adjustments. Each of these adjustments will be placed on separate layers, on top of your original background image.

Because you’re working on a separate layer for all these adjustments, you are not causing any permanent damage to your original background base image. You are effectively preserving it pixel by pixel in case you need to undo your changes later. As an example, when you click on one of the icons in the Adjustments Palette, it will automatically add a new layer in your Layers Palette, as well as open up the Properties window for that particular adjustment you chose.

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Color Picker | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Color Picker

Photoshop Tutorial – Color Picker

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Running Time: 3 minutes

The Color Picker in Photoshop is used for a variety of different reasons. At a basic level, it can be used to choose a color, and then then you can paint with that color. Once you become more familiar with how it works, it can be used to match colors, transfer color values from one program to another, for internet use, or otherwise communicate with graphic designers and pressmen. This will be a simple introduction at this point. None of that creazy stuff.

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Spot Healing Brush | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

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Photoshop Tutorial – Spot Healing

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Running Time: 11 minutes

Nearly every image can benefit from Cloning or Healing. It could be removing flyaway hair, dust on the lens, skin blemishes, or any of the other hundred things I could think of. Some corrections require some skill, and knowledge to handle the various tools properly. One tool stands alone for it’s absolute simplicity, the Spot Healing Brush.

Older versions of this tool were pretty crappy, and gave it immediate negative feels, and no one really wanted to use it. Myself included. However, with the release of CS6 and then CC, Adobe has continued to improve upon how smart it’s automatic functions work. If you are new to Photoshop, check out how easy it is to clean up your images.

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10 Things Still Missing in Photoshop CC for Retouchers

10 Things Still Missing in Photoshop CC for Retouchers

Photoshop is an amazing tool. Mindblowingly complex, but nearly flawless.

Recently, Adobe announced all the new 2014 features for the Creative Cloud Suite of products. While I am sure that graphic designers, 3D modelers, and video technicians have plenty to be excited about, as an Image Retoucher, I find this to be another lack-luster release.

Don’t get me wrong, I am sure I will play around with the new Path Blur, Content Aware with Color Blending, or whatever. I’m just saying there are so many other items, way more important to me than Typekits, Smart Guides, and Smart Objects as separate files (that make them even more confusing than before).

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Navigator, Hand, and Zoom Tools | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - Navigator Palette, Hand Tool, and Zoom Tool

Photoshop Tutorial – Navigator Palette, Hand Tool, and Zoom Tool

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Running Time: 4 minutes

When it comes to navigating around your image, there are two tools and one palette that will come in really handy. This video will walk you through how to use the Navigator Palette, Hand Tool, and Zoom Tool. These are some of the most basic items in Photoshop, and they are really easy to use. Except maybe the Zoom Tool (otherwise known as the Magnifaction Tool). Adobe broke it in back in CS4, but I will show you how to make it work like it used to, in case you find that you hate it as much as I do.

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History Palette | Photoshop Beginner’s Tutorial

Photoshop Basic Tutorial - History Palette

Photoshop Tutorial – History Palette

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Running Time: 2 minutes

Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes, especially when it comes to perfecting our retouching. In those moments when you just can’t find the right adjustment for something, the History Palette comes to the rescue. By default, you will have 20 past steps that you can undo.

The history palette basically just allows you to go back to your previous actions and correct past mistakes. Initially, when you go to the history palette, you will see your image and the label that says “Open”. This means that you haven’t really done anything yet but open the image. Start by clicking the pulldown Window – History, and it will open the History Palette.

 

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