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The Basics of Photoshop: Photoshop 101
Step one: Opening a picture in photoshop.
I know this might sound silly to some of you, but for those who have used LightRoom or another editing program, you might be sitting there wondering, “How in the world do I even get a picture to open!?!”
If you are on a MAC you can simply drag and drop the image and it’ll open right up, easy peasy.
If you are on a PC or don’t feel like dragging and dropping, you click “file” > “open” and locate the image on your computer then click “Open” or hit Enter.
Step Two: Layers
When you start out editing, sometimes it’s easier to go add a duplicate layer of the image that you are working on. The reason that I suggest this is because if you mess up, you can just erase or mask (I’ll teach you that later) that one part and start over there instead of starting over on the entire image.
To add a duplicate layer, at the top of photoshop you click “Layers” > “Duplicate Layer” It will pop up with “Duplicate: Background As: ” and you just name it whatever you want, or just leave it as “Background layer” and hit enter and there you have it, your second layer to work from.
Basic Color Adjustments: Lesson 1
In Photoshop there are multiple ways to do this, the first way is by using the Adobe Camera RAW plugin, this plugin can be used on RAW and JPEG images. To set it up so that it opens all images in Adobe Camera RAW you click on “Photoshop” > “Preferences” > “Camera Raw”
Then a settings menu will pop up and you can just adjust it to open all JPEG and TIFF images as well as RAW so that you can use the Camera Raw plugin on all images.
**Note: In order to get accurate colors you need to have a calibrated monitor. If your monitor is not calibrated, your colors will likely be off no matter what you do when it comes to editing. **
The example image that I will be using is of my adorable little nephew just minutes after he was born. Hospitals can be a little dark, sometimes images are a bit warm or red, so I’m going to open that image up, in the Camera RAW plugin. You’ll see that on the right hand side there are all of the sliders, for temperature, exposure, clarity, vibrance and saturation.
The first thing that I am going to do is brighten the image by using the exposure slider, this helps us to see where our starting point will be. It’s hard to tell what needs to be adjusted on a dark image.
Secondly where it says “Temperature” I’m going to use the slider and move it toward the blue section.
Thirdly under “Tint” I am going to use the slider and move it toward the green (just ever so slightly) and voila, done.
I do 90% of my color adjustments in the Adobe Camera RAW plugin, whether it’s a RAW image or JPEG image, it’s the fastest and easiest way to get the job done.
However, there is another way and sometimes I use it if I’m editing a lot of images, I tend to go through Camera RAW rather quickly and will sometimes miss color adjustments that need to be made until after they are all opened. Tomorrow I will be teaching you the second way to do your Basic Color Adjustments in Photoshop. Please join us!
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My name is Cherise and I am a photoshop expert, I come across many people who are baffled by photoshop. They think that what I do is some sort of magic, that they send me a picture I go abracadabra and poof amazing images. But the truth is, I have spent many many hours learning to do what I do, perfecting it and crying tears of frustration.
I am a self taught editor, mostly trial and error and lots and lots of practice.
I want to make the editing process easier for you and teach you how simple it really is, so that you don’t have to cry tears of frustration to perfect your images.