Beginners Guide

Photoshop is one of the leading and the most widely used software or application in the industry over decades. Since its invention, things have changed a lot, over the media industry.

You can do anything and everything related to media using this tool. Edit images to get your specific look, add new features to the image, get creative with the tool, get bold with it, you can create even GIF’s with it. So, with so many options who don't want to use it?

Adobe Photoshop is every photographer’s best friend, as it enables them to explore more ways of presenting their talent in different ways. Are you a budding photographer? Or you have a passion for it? Or are you looking for some editing software are for your work? Well, you have landed on the right page! We shall teach you about starting with Photoshop an essential tool.

As a beginner, we always need to learn the basics first and then move on for complicated stuff.

Let’s get started!!

The basic thing to start with is the Toolbar Menu. This is where you will learn how to play with the images, what brings the changes. So, read on and experiment it with an image and the tool of course.

We shall take an overview of almost all the tools available in the software.

This tool enables you to select a part of the image, within the defined shape. Usually,it’s in arectangular shape, the default one. In case you hold shift and scroll down while selecting you to get a perfect ‘square’.

You can also get ellipse or circle while holding down and selecting. So choose the shape that defined your purpose and works on.

As the name suggests, this tool is used to move the objects around the layers of the canvas. To use this one, just click on the canvas, anywhere and drag the object.

As you keep dragging the layer on the Photoshop will move along. Holding ‘Shift’ keys will limit the movements to the Vertical or Horizontal side.

As the name says, it’s a magic Wand to remove backgrounds that aren’t needed anymore in the photos.

To use this tool, click on the wand and start working on your canvas. Clicking a specific area with the wand tells the Photoshop to select the space and ‘anything similar’ to be selected. Most often it is used to select the colours range and the selection is done based on the block you choose. You can change the tolerance to make your selections more precise, which is located in the Options Bar.

This is a free-form selection. It lets you select anything on the canvas, the area that has been covered by the lasso points.

Simple and most useful tool! Used to crop the portions of the picture, by specifying the size you please.

This tool lets you select a colour and make that colour as your foreground, by getting the exact sample colour.

Simple, the Paintbrush emulates a paint brush; it has different kinds of brushes and the pencil, a pencil.

This tool enables you to sample a part of the photo and use that part to paint the other part. Once you are done, the software automatically checks for the surrounding areas, and try to blend the sample with the whole image.

This tool is very similar to Healing brush but doesn’t blend your colouring to the surrounding areas. That’s the only difference.

What if you didn’t like the current creation and want to get back the original? Photoshop helps you there! It keeps track of the moves you make, (by default 50 is the number) and helps you go back in time.

As the name goes, it used to erase certain stuff.

Blur: it blurs the part of the image selected to do.

Sharpen is used to sharpen the image selected and Smudge is used to smudge the area around the canvas. Smidge is very useful in blending your colours and adding smoky effect to your images.

This tool helps you type or add text in the horizontal direction.

When designing or creating shape masks, this tool is the most useful one! It allows you to create rounded rectangles, squares, polygons, and even custom shapes.

It is used to add little small notes to your work, just like your ‘post-its’, but digital ones!

This tool is useful when you have zoomed images and need to navigate around the canvas.

They are similar to paintbrush tools that help you manipulate colour and light intensity.

Burn: makes the area look darker.

Dodge makes them look lighter and the sponge is used to either saturate or desaturate the colour in the areas we might paint. They are very useful for touch-ups of the photos, final finishing stage.

These are the most basic tools available. Let’s see another important part of the application,