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Adobe Photoshop Crash Course for Beginners

teacher avatar Ben Rowlands, Professional Musician and YouTuber

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18 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Interface - Basic Overview

    • 3. Create a New document and Open Images

    • 4. Create a Template

    • 5. Fixing an Images Color

    • 6. How to Enhance an Image - Vibrance, Contrast and Brightness

    • 7. How to Change an Object's Color - Hue and Saturation

    • 8. Layers Panel

    • 9. Adding Text - Text Tool

    • 10. Adding Shapes - Shape Tool

    • 11. Gradient Tool

    • 12. What is a Layer Mask? How to use them with the Eraser Tool.

    • 13. Drawing Arrows - Brush Tool

    • 14. Using Blur

    • 15. How to Create a Vignette Effect

    • 16. Filters

    • 17. Blend Modes

    • 18. Thank you!

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About This Class

In this course I will teach you everything you need to know about getting started with Adobe Photoshop. This course is for beginners, or people looking to refine their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. You do not need any previous knowledge of Photoshop, or Design Software. We will start from the beginning and work our way through step by step.

In this course we will take a look at the essential tools you need to understand to create projects inside of Adobe Photoshop. I will take you through my creative process, and how I combine the tools together. We will look at how to add text, shapes and enhance images with adjustment layers! 

In this class you will learn:

  • Color and Adjustment Layers 
  • Selection Tools
  • How to work with Layers
  • Essential Creation Tools - Brush Tool, Eraser Tool and MORE!
  • How to use Layer Masks
  • Basic Effects

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Ben Rowlands

Professional Musician and YouTuber


Ben Rowlands is an up and coming YouTuber with over 3,000,000 Views and 20K Subscribers. Educating people about the power of Live Looping through tutorials, product reviews and live performances. 

Ben is a Professional Musician with BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice. Through his experience of performing live shows as a one man band over many years, supporting acts such as Frank Turner and KT Tunstall. Ben pushes his equipment to the max! Providing him with unique and unconventional knowledge.

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1. Introduction: So welcome to the Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 essential basics course. Now in this course, I'm going to take you through the basic fundamentals that you need to know to get yourself started inside of it. There'll be Photoshop and what we're going to do is we're gonna do it in a practical example. We're going to build a YouTube thumbnail. I design YouTube thumbnails literally three times, multiple times every single week to do my YouTube videos. And surprisingly, a YouTube thumbnail consists of a variety of different tools that are present inside of Adobe Photoshop. And I personally think it's a brilliant example to get begin is getting studied with Adobe Photoshop to try out all of the different assets and tools and begin learning and navigating the software. We're going to kick things off with a super basic introduction to the software saw teacher where everything is so you can understand how to navigate the program. And then as we build up our knowledge, we're going to start building an actual thumbnail from the ground up from edge in the colors and editing the photo to make it look really nice and pop. Also adding in assets and using a variety of different tools such as text tools, shape tools, all of those kind of things. And then once we've completed the fundamentals that you need to know, I'm also going to throw in a Superfund module where I'm going to show you some super basic effects. And these are going to be things like lens flares, how to blur out, uh, backgrounds, give it more of a cinematic photography look. All of these different things that you see all the pros doing. I'm going to give you a basic surface level introduction so you can understand how people are achieving it and also take that knowledge further once you complete this course. 2. The Interface - Basic Overview: So let's kick things off and take a look at a basic overview of how the Photoshop workspace actually works. I'll show you through all of the different areas to access the variety of different tools that you may want to use in your Photoshop creations. So currently right now, I just have the default screen that usually pops up when you boot up Photoshop. And I've just went into my cloud documents for the moment just to demonstrate how we can access documents. Now in Photoshop CC 2020, we have the option to save our files to the computer that we're working on. So those be local files, not just boot up in the homepage over here. Or additionally, we can choose to save our Photoshop projects to the SCC cloud, which then means we can access them on a plethora of different devices, whether that be the iPad, my iMac here, oh, my Windows computer that I primarily do my working on. Now to demonstrate the interface, I'm actually just gonna boot up a pre-existing Photoshop cloud document so I can talk you through how the workspace works. If you're doing this at home, just simply boot up a blank document or just import a random picture and you can follow along. So I am just going to build up my most recent project over here. So I'm just going to double-click on this cloud document and it's going to download it and then it will open up. So this right here is Adobe Photoshop, and I'm going to talk you through the different areas that you can work within. So what you are looking at right now is Adobe Photoshop and this view right here is called the document window. So Inside of the document window, this is where your composition will be presented. This way you can compose the thing you're trying to caret inside of Adobe Photoshop. In this instance, I create a YouTube thumbnail over here. Now, the way you can add the assets that you see in this demonstration, like the text, the photos, the gradient, all these different things are accessed by a different tool sections within Adobe Photoshop. Now the most key and pivotal, a selection tool area that I use all of the time is the toolbar located to the left hand side over here, this is the vertical bar that you see here. This is where you can access pretty much all of the tools that you will use on a regular basis inside of Adobe Photoshop. Now for me, the most frequently used bar is the tool selection bar over here, which is the vertical panel located to the left hand side of your software. Now, inside the tool selection panel, you can choose all of the different tools that you want to use within Adobe Photoshop. So depending on what tool you select will determine what you will be adding to your Adobe Photoshop composition. So for example, if you have the Text tool selected, you can add text to your projects. You could say text added to this, for example. Additionally, there's a plethora of other tools you can select, such as the Eraser tool. So you can choose the Eraser tool and you can actually rubbed out anything from your project and there's other things you can choose as well. Now one of the really cool things about the tool selection panel is you can hover over each tool for a tool tip and that will tell you what this tool actually does, which is super handy one for learning the software. But also when you just forget in a certain moment and you just need a brief reminder of what you're actually selecting, which I find very convenient from time to time. So for example, let's say we want to add a rectangle. This project, we could hover over our rectangle tool here, and you can see it gives us a brief explanation of what it does. It says this is the rectangle tool and it draws rectangles. And it also in brackets here tells you the shortcuts. So we could just click you on our keyboard and now we can draw a rectangle without even having to select the tool from within the menu. So again, a brilliant way for learning the software. Now something important to know about the tool selection panel is there's actually advanced an additional options within each tool. Now what you may have noticed is on certain boxes, there's a tiny little arrow signifying this has additional parameters that you can select so you can expand this tool to change its functionality. Now, if we right click, for example, on the Rectangle Tool, you can see it gives us additional shapes that we can actually draw it. So Circles, polygons, lines, and even custom shapes, if that's something you're interested in. Now you may notice on other boxes, there are no expansions. So if I were to right click on this box, for example, it will not give us any additional options. Now, each time we select a new tool inside of Adobe Photoshop, the bar at the top of the software actually changes. This horizontal bar is called the options Bob. And inside of this bar, we can change the parameters within the tool we have selected. So for example, when we have the Text tool selected inside of the Options bar here, we can select the text font inside of the font menu here, we could change the style of that form, whether it be bold, italic, things like that. And then we can also change out the size of that font and also the way it's positioned within the textbooks, whether it's central off to the left of, to the right. And we can change the color as well. And if we then change out to another tool, for example. So the rectangle, you can see once again, the Options bar changes in accordance to the tool that you have got selected. Now one other really important panel inside of Adobe Photoshop, located to the right hand side. Now, on the right-hand side of our software, we actually have the Layers panel located over here. And in the layers panel, we'll dive into this in depth later on. But essentially we can just reorganize the way our assets inside of our composition are stacked on top of one another. So for example, this layer here is that rectangle that I just drew and I can move it around. But if I wanted these pitches to be above that rectangle, I can drag it underneath the layer and you can see it now disappears underneath that pitcher. Something really important to know when you're working with multiple different layers inside of the software. Now in the top right-hand corner of Adobe Photoshop, we have our swatches in color options. Usually by default, this will be in the top right hand corner. And inside of this screen we can choose the color of the text or the rectangle that we're actually going to be selecting. So you may have remembered when I drew in this rectangle here, it just appeared as white. But what we could do is, for example, we could go into our color panel here, and we could change our color to be red. And you can notice in the bottom left hand corner, the read has changed from white in this box here. And then if I click X on my keyboard, this will invert. We're going to be using. And then if we select something like the paint bucket tool just in our menu over here, and then we click on the rectangle in C, it's now filled that rectangle with that red. We select it inside of the solar panel here. And then if we head into the swatches panel, you will now see that this read has appeared as a recent color. So this is really handy when you're working with specific brand colors on a specific project. You can set them all up at the start of the project and then they'll appear inside of the swatches tab here. And for example, we could switch it out for these little teal green color, and it's changed down here. Click X to invert the color. Go back to our paint bucket. And now you can see it's changed from that recently used color located in a swatches panel. Another awesome thing about the swatches panel are the actual presets provided by Adobe. So if we scroll down, we can see we have these folders here that are called light pure doc. And it gives you all of the essential colors that you may want to use within a project, but different tonalities of them, almost like an artist has the paintbrush and the different colors of paint and then they can try them out. It's kinda nice. You're swatches of colors when you're composing inside of the software. Now something that's a little bit more advanced inside of the Adobe Photoshop interface that I just want to briefly touch on before we move on with the course is actually the menu bar. Now inside of the menu bar, we can choose some really advanced effects and options for our Adobe Photoshop when we're doing the sort of final adjustments to make things look really professional. So for example, we have filters over here and we can add different types of effects like blur and things like that to stylize what we're actually trying to create. And then we also have different parameters we can adjust for the layers. And inside of the window panel here, we can actually boot up an additional workspaces, just like the panels I've talked through already inside of this window panel, wicked sorted customize the layout of Adobe Photoshop to be more suited to how we want to work within it. So for example, you could boot up a histogram over here if you want a little bit more color information about what's actually happening, you can put that up over here and then you can close it out when you're finished using it. So that was an introduction to the Adobe Photoshop interface, how to access the different tools, how to switch out the parameters of those tools. Now in the next video, we're actually going to take a look at how you can actually create a document from scratch and start importing assets. 3. Create a New document and Open Images: So I now want to show you how you can create an Adobe Photoshop project from scratch. And we're specifically going to specify a certain canvas size for the document that we want to create. Now, obviously, I want to create a YouTube thumbnail in his course so I can show you the variety of different tools and how to use them in a very practical demonstration. Now the way the create a brand new document from scratch is you go up to File in the top corner over here, and then you just simply create new. And then when you create new, it will boot up this little new documents panel. Now one of the really cool things about the new project panel is the Recent Items menu. And inside of the Recent Items menu, it presents you with your most recently used Canvas sizes inside of Adobe Photoshop. And this is extremely convenient when you create in specific types of content very frequently, you know, you might be creating their Instagram posts, YouTube thumbnails, and other types of things for social media for example. And it needs, you can just actually access all of these inside of the Recent Items menu instantaneously. Additionally, there are some presets inside of this menu provided by Adobe, which once again is super convenient. So inside of the printer, you've got dead obvious A4 size sheet of paper if you are printing or things like that. And then you also have specific things for illustration, web, mobile, and other things that you may actually want to be using. So we are actually going to go back to our Recent tab and I'm going to boot up this canvas size over here. So I'm just going to simply select it and you can see that the premises have changed over here. Now the reason why we're going to use preset in particular is because the resolution of this preset matches the resolution of a YouTube thumbnail and the way that you specify the size of the canvas for a specific content specification is inside of the preset details over here. So you can see here we have an in-depth look at to what we're actually going to have when we boot up these presets. So this preset currently is 11280 by 720 and that is in millimeters. Now you can actually change these out four pixels if you wanted as well. So for example, you could either do this in millimeters, oh, you could actually specify the pixels and we could type in want to 80 by 720. So now that we've actually specified the correct resolution in pixels of our canvas size. There's also some extra details that you can go about and change so you can change out the background color. So currently I have this set to transparency just means there'll be a blank document when we boot it up. But you could specify whether you want the background to be white, black, or even a custom color that you can select inside of this menu. So for example, let's just go for white. So it's almost like a sheet of paper. And then you can also change really advanced things like the column mode, so the depth of the color. So whether it's 8-bit, 16-bit, how much information you want within that project, especially if you're doing very specific things. And I'm just gonna keep this as RGB color and also keep it at eight bits. So it just sort of a bog standard information. And some of the final things You can also change as well are actually the resolution of the preset you gonna boot up. So basically, by determining the resolution, this will intensify the quality of the scale of that preset. So I just have this set to 100 right now. But if we were to set it to 300, for example, it would just mean that the more resolution information inside of the preset we have created. So what you may have noticed is now that we've set up these brand new project, we now have multiple different tabs, almost like a web browser inside of Adobe Photoshop. So if you ever use Safari or Google Chrome and you've had multiple browsers open at once. You will be used to having tabs just like this located in the top bar. And these are basically tabs to access the different projects we currently have open. Because the really cool thing about Adobe Photoshop is that we can have multiple different canvasses buoyed up at once, which I really do likes. It means you can sometimes just simply copy and paste things across from one canvas to another canvas, which makes it super convenient when you are using similar assets across projects. Now there's something really important that you need to realize about the way that the naming scheme actually works within this Canvas currently. So you can see over here, right now it just says untitled tube examined when he gave this thing a name, I never changed the preset name or anything. And it says untitled two is at 101%. Now this 101% is signifying how zoomed in or how zoomed out the actual canvas is. So if I were to just holding Alt and move my mouse wheel backwards, you can see it now says it's 12% to 12% of the actual size of the document. And then if we were to zoom in, you can see now we're looking at 266% of the actual size of the documents. So this just gives you a reference point to how big your actually looking at it, just so you aware of this. And then the final thing over here, the information in brackets says RGB slash eight. Now this is telling you the type of color that you've selected. So we have the RGB, which we select in a preset details, and it's telling you the bit depth of that color. So currently it's RGB at eight bits. If we look at my other project, you can see this is hetero sleeper board demo, which is the product I was demoing in the huge you video at 100% scale. And then it says that the RGB is 16 bit, so it's a much higher resolution that I actually selected for this thumbnail. So now that we've created our brand new project and our canvas is set that the correct specification in size for what we want to create within it. We can now actually begin important assets into Adobe Photoshop and start getting creative within the software. Now there are a variety of different ways that we can actually go about adding assets to Adobe Photoshop. Now what I've done is over here I've booted up Lightroom. So I've got Adobe Lightroom over here, and I've got all the images that I've edited inside of this software, and I'm gonna take some of my favorite images from the software, and I'm gonna start editing them in Adobe Photoshop. Now there's a plethora of different ways we can actually go about importing pitches. To Adobe Photoshop and we're going to share some of them with you in this video. Now are really obvious way to go about taking a picture from another software to Photoshop, from Lightroom to Photoshop would be just as simply exploit. So for example, I'm going to use this picture I've got over here, and we just simply go to File Export. And then we could go about naming the file and exporting it, and then importing it into our software. So as you can see, I have exported out that image from Lightroom onto my desktop. And I could just simply go about dragging and dropping this into Adobe Photoshop. And you can see it now he's instantly appeared and I can go about adding the size of it using all the different things I want to do to manipulate the image. Another way to important images to go file. And then inside of open, you go and find the file location two, for example, this is saved to my desktop. So I'd scroll around on my desktop until I find the image that I want to use. Click Open and then boom, this would appear inside of Adobe Photoshop. However, you may notice that it's appeared in a separate document tab none appeared inside of my canvas. Now what we'd have to do is in this instance, is we'd have to unlock these background here by clicking on the little lock and key. And then we do Command C, go back over to our main thing and do Command V, and then we can copy and paste that image into our photoshop projects. But this is a very convoluted in irritating wait to actually go about doing this. Export out the image, booting up the image in the new tab and then copy and pasting it. However, because of the Adobe Creative Cloud link, we can edit our pitches inside of Adobe Lightroom and instantly transfer them from Lightroom to Photoshop without having to waste our time exporting the images from light room and then importing them back into Photoshop. And I really enjoy the process of editing my images in Lightroom just because it's just such a fantastic software. And then once I'm dumb importing those into Photoshop when I want to actually create my thumbnail. So I'm going to demonstrate how we do that without the convoluted process that we just did. So we'll close out that because we're not interested in using that anymore. And we're actually going to go back to Lightroom. And now the awesome thing about Lightroom is you can select your image. So for example, my boss RC 50 five loop pedal that I have over here. And I can go down to file, and then I can click edit in Photoshop. So then what's going to happen is it's basically to transfer this file from light room over to Adobe Photoshop. And then I can just start editing it. So you can see now it's in its own little canvas. I think just unlock it. Do command c for copy. Go back to this project and you've command V to paste. And boom, we can now do Command T to adjust the size of it. And then we can just slide it into place and we can start creating our thumbnail. So you can see how that really streamline the process of not having to export it, wait for it to export, and then employ in drag and drop it in. This just removed a few steps. Now once you're happy with the actual positioning of an image in order to just embedded into the project, you just click Enter on your keyboard and it will just finalized its position and pop it into your canvas. 4. Create a Template: So now that we've taken a look at the process of actually creating a canvas and preset details and editing it to actually create a new project. And now I want to show you how you can save all of that information into a template. Because if you create a very frequent styles have content. Like for example, I constantly create some nails, as you can see in my cloud documents here, making so many thumbnails, we King and week out. I don't wanna do the preset details every single time or even used the recently added thing every single time because sometimes I might lose that if I'm creating other types of content. So what we want to do is we actually want to create a template. So the way we do that is exact same process as we did in the last video of creating our project. So we're gonna go create new. So what we're going to do is we are going to select the preset that we used in the last video. Let's make sure all of the preset details are correct. So we'll just the resolution may be increased the color depth mode as well. And now what we can do is next to the preset details. So this is where we would rename the file. So for example, thumbnail one. What we have is this little download icon next to the file name. So if we select this download icon is going to allow us to save these preset details into a template, which is going to allow you to recall this in the future. So you don't have to set this up every single time. So if I were to click this little download icon in C, it says save the document presets. So in here I could type in YouTube thumb, nail, and then type in demo for today's tutorial. Then we can click Save Preset. And then it's going to jumpers over to our saved tabs. We've got our Recent tab and our saved saddened and see all of the presets given to us by Adobe. Now inside of the safe tab, you can now see over here we have the YouTube thumbnail demo, which I just created for you to demonstrate this in. It's got all of the exact same information contained within the preset details that we just set up. And then we could double-tap on this. And it would create a brand new document for us so we could create another thumbnail if we were creating these very frequently, each and every week. So really essential to know if you create very similar concept on a frequent basis. 5. Fixing an Images Color: So now I want to show you how you can correct the color of an image. So obviously, I've added my images in Adobe Lightroom, and so far they look pretty, pretty good. I've spent a little bit time really fine tune them to get a little bit of a style with them. But sometimes you may import some images that haven't been edited and you may want to actually tweak them to just make them look a little bit more artistic. Additionally, you may actually want to enhance the picture that you've already imported, just to give it a little bit more of a vibe as you go about editing. Now, right here you can see the image that we imported from light room. It looks pretty good so far, it's got a very, very dramatic look. Now we could enhance this dramatic look when stylize it in another way or even color correct the image if it was totally off. So for example, I've built in an extra image here, and as you can see, I've tried to edit this picture inside of Adobe Lightroom. I haven't quite nailed it. The camera settings weren't very good. I've tried my best to make it look all right, using some presets in editing those presets in light room, but it's still just doesn't look very nice and it needs a bit of correction in order to make it look visually pleasing. But what we can do is down here in the layers panel, you can see we have all of these different icons where we can add different things to our project. Now, this icon here allows us to add things like adjustment layers. And those adjustment layers will allow us to manipulate colors of our entire project. So for example, I could create a new adjustment layer here. And we can start to adjust different aspects of the image. And let's actually take a look at the color balance on the adjustment layer. So what blew that up? And you can see here we have some sliders to adjust the colors of our image. And we have shadows, mid tones, and highlights very similar to what we could've done in light room. So here we could start to adjust the image to just try and make it like a little bit more visually pleasing. Now I'm going to just sort of show you what you can do here. It's not gonna be too mathematical about what we're doing, but just to give you an example of what's possible. So what I've done is I've adjusted some of the shadows, mid tones and highlights just to kind of enhance some of the nicer colors within this image. Because to begin with, it looked very gray and bleak. Without the column balance on, you see the image looks quite flat, but just the overall vibe of the image is very exciting. So with the little enhancement you can see, it makes the image pop a little bit more. The color of the table really just makes the image look a little bit nice. And that's just a little bit of an example of how you can go about color correcting in image by utilizing these adjustment layers. This wasn't too mathematical about this specific image, but it was showing you the premise what you can do if an image is correct. There's also some other things we can do to adjust the correction of an image inside of these adjustment layers as well. We've so far taking a look at the color balance, but we could also, for example, adjust the exposure of the image. So for example, we can make it look a little bit brighter than, say, pops a bit better. That's also helping us while it's less dark. And there's loads of different things we can adjust within this menu here. Now these types of parameters that we're switching out inside of these adjustment layers have a little Properties panel here. So you can see when we switch between each adjustment layer, this different properties within this menu. And the really cool thing is one, we can use the sliders to adjust these properties within this menu. Or additionally, we could specify a specific value by just simply clicking on the box here. And for example, I could type in 0.8 just to ramp that exposure and round it up a little bit more safely from just being super accurate with the slider from time to time, you can just dive in and adding a value if you know exactly what it needs. So you can see this is the image with all of those color correction effects off. And then this is the image wisdom on just gives a little bit more of a pop. 6. How to Enhance an Image - Vibrance, Contrast and Brightness: So now that we've taken a look at how you can go about fixing an image. And I want to talk about how we can actually enhancing image further. So we're gonna go back to my boss RC five or five loop pedal image here and you can see the overall vive up the image isn't too bad. So far it is got a very moody look. But if we take a look at the histogram over here, you can see it's very lopsided to the left-hand side, which signifies the image is very, very dark. So on certain displays, someone's got the brightness turned down, or just in general, it may not display how we're looking at it right now because the actual scientific information of the image, saying it has a lot of dark information there, so it's a little bit on the darker side. Now what we can do is in order to enhance this image, in regard to making it a little bit brighter, is we can go to our adjustment layers and we can adjust the brightness and contrast. So here, similar to how we messed about with the exposure in the last video. This time, we're going to increase the overall sort of brightness of the image in general. So we can crank this up and you can see how the image is starting to pop a lot more, but it has lost the depth of color by adding this process. And that's because it's lost a bit of contrast because we've made the image sprites M. So to counteract this, we can turn up the contrast as well. Bring back some of that meatiness that we previously had. This is where we were before, super dark and this is where we are now. It's got a little bit more pop to it. But what you may have noticed is now the image is brighter, so it's going to stand out a lot more as a thumbnail when people are scrolling on YouTube, for example, we have lost a bit of color depth, so the image is brighter and more eye-catching. But you can see over here that the green in the actual button is almost non-existent. It now looks white, so we need to bring back some more color information. Now, obviously we've increased the contrast that bringing back a little bit more depth to the image. But that's not bringing back this saturation in the vibrance that the image previously had. So we're going to have to add some enhancements in our next adjustment layer. So here we have both vibrance and saturation that we can play around with. So let's have a look at the vibrance. So if we start cranking up a little bit of the vibrance here, you can see it's starting to bring back a lot of the color. If I remove that, add it back in here and see how it's popping the red a lot more. And that's because what vibrance does is instead of saturation where it adjust the entirety of the image at once, it sort of picks out the weakest point of the image and bringing those up so you can see how it brings up the red. You can see how red super faint and it brings up that to be more dominant. Whereas if we adjust saturation, just the entire image in a much more aggressive way. So we compare that to the vibrance. Much more subtle saturation, more global, how it's adjusting all the colors at once, gives you a bit of an idea of which one you should use. Now we're going to crank up the vibrance a little bit, get a little bit more of that red popping, but we're still struggling to get some of that green backing. It doesn't seem to be coming back over in both the saturation or the vibrance. So we're going to focus on how to get that greenbacks. So we're happy with how the red levels are now by utilizing that vibrance just to get that little bit of popping. But now we're going to have to try some hue and saturation. Now with the hue and saturation, what we can do is we can select a specific color within the image and adjusts its saturation and the Hume. Now the cool thing about the hue is we can actually manipulate the color it is. So for example, you can see on the loop pedal right now we have this red color. Now if I just mess about with the human drag over to the left, I've suddenly turned the red pink. And likewise, you know, we can keep going. Mess around with this. Make it blue, make it green, is so many things you can actually do with the hue slider. And this is how a lot of people make the assorted t-shirts where it's just one picture of a T-shirt. And then the t-shirt suddenly becomes a plethora of different colours when they're doing that sort of light and print on demand type stuff. So this just gives you an example of how the hue manipulates an image. It basically just changes the color information with the slider. 7. How to Change an Object's Color - Hue and Saturation: Now in order to change a specific color, we need to dive into the properties because right now it says Master. So whenever I move this slider, it changes all of the hue on all of the colors. You can see the greens now, purple, red, green. And it's doing it on a master levels. If we reset that and we go down to this drop down menu here, we can actually specify the category of color that we want to adjust the hue off. And obviously we want to probably manipulate the greens because that's the color of this light here. So you can see if I try and intensify the saturation, the greens appearing here, but still, it's not quite catching that lies. So we're going to actually try the blues in this demonstration and will even try their science if we don't have any more look, you can see there's a little bit more responsive there. So that's go in between with the science colors here. And there we go. We've got a little bit more of a better result here because by default, the color of this light and real lives actually green. But when I manipulated the imaging and Lightroom, I did adjust its hue to make it a little bit more of a sort of gloomy green, more teal approach to the color. So this is given as a little bit better results. You can see we now have independent control of this light in general. So if we just turn its lightness down just a tad, get a bit more depth to it. Crank up its saturation a little bit and make it a little bit more on the green aside, can now see we've brought a little bit more color back to that LED, not just that slight example of how you can use these different adjustment layers to correct an image. 8. Layers Panel: So we're now going to take a look at working with layers within Adobe Photoshop. Now, if you remember back to when we were using the color correction adjustment layers, we actually started to introduce a variety of different ways of effects to our composition. So you can see in our latest tab over here, we've got a brightness layer, vibrance layer, and our hue and saturation layer. And within each of these layers are different properties that are complementing and manipulating image. Now for simplicity for these layers module, I'm actually going to delete these adjustments that we previously made just so it clears up the layers workspace and I can explain it in greater detail. Now when you're working inside of the latest tab, there's a few things that you have to clearly understand. Now first off, we can activate and deactivate specific layers with in our project. So right here, we can use this little I icon to turn off a layer and also turn it back on. So this is fantastic for previewing things and also just disabling things when you no longer require it. You don't want to delete it because you may want it in the future. Additionally, we have some other parameters that allow us to control the layer that we have selected. And these are the properties that we were talking about earlier. If these options that we have over here, and you may notice on this background layer that I have, I've got this lock icon, and this means I have this layer locked off. So it means I can't manipulate anything within it. So if I were to deactivate this layer here by using the little icon, I can move around this disabled Background here because it's just locked off entirely. However, if we were to unlock it, we can then move this around our projects. So the reason why you may want to lock things is so you don't accidentally remove them, move them around the project and make a mistake after you've spent maybe hours getting something. Absolutely perfect. So the way we actually lock a layer is with these little icons over here. So we've got this, the lock that we can click, and it will look this layer in place. Likewise, we can do the same for this layer if you want, and then we can unlock it by just clicking the key. Now although I've locked this layer, I can still move the asset within the canvas. And then you may be wondering, Well, you just locked the layers. So why on earth is that happening? And that's because there's different parts of a layer that you can actually lay a lock. So all we've locked is the actual transparent background. See if we hover over this, it says Locke transparent pixels. Then if we hover over the next one, it says Locke image. Then it says Locke the position. And then everything else as well. Simply, you could just select lock all, and then now you can no longer move this layer around. So that's very important to know if this particular asset of an image that you want to lock and leave the other ones unlocked. Or if you just want to lock all of them in general, you can just simply click the little icon there. Another really cool thing we can do inside of the layer panel as well is actually rename the layers within our project because currently it just says LE as 0, layer one. And sometimes it may just say the name of the file that you've actually dragged and dropped into your project. And when you are working with a lot of layers that can become very, very confusing and very overwhelming. It makes it difficult to work efficiently. Well, if we double-click on the actual layer name, we can rename this. So I'm going to rename this to photo. And then you just click enter, and now it's renamed that layer. And then this one over here, I'll recall this back to background. And click Enter, and we've now renamed there. So that's made it much easier to understand what layers we might actually be working on and moving around when we're in this view. 9. Adding Text - Text Tool: So now we're actually going to start on the creation of our thumbnail. So obviously we've got the picture, we've edited the pitcher, learned about all of that, but now it's time to start adding assets to create the sum. Now this would be things like texts and stuff like that. So first off, let's take a look at adding text to our Sumner. Now first thing I wanna do is I just wanna make sure that my image is positioned how I want. So I'm gonna click Command T, and this is going to allow me to manipulate the size of my image. And also I can manipulate the rotation just by going out of this little box here, you can see how the arrows have changed and I can actually change the rotation of the image. And we'll expand that out to be slightly bigger. So that looks a little bit nicer for what I want to create with this thumbnail. They'll just click enter and that has set it in place. Now when you're making a YouTube thumbnail, for example, you want to make sure that you try and put the text either on the left-hand side of the screen or the top of the thumbnail. Because if you put it on the right-hand side or at the bottom right-hand corner, the actual timestamp of how long the video is, is going to cover that up when you finally upload that to YouTube. And that's something really important to know if you're interested in why I'm choosing this stylistic option. Now the way we add text is we can either click T on our keyboard for a shortcut and it's gonna bring us the text tool. Or we can just go over to our tool selection over here and just simply click for the tool. Now we have two options when it comes to adding tags. We can add horizontal texts or vertical text. And if you remember back to when I told you about the little drop-down arrow, we can right-click to get some additional options. So you can see we can have sleep Vertical Text, horizontal text. Then there's some other masking options which are a little bit more advanced that we won't touch on. I'm gonna keep it horizontal because I like my text to be nice and standard. And we're going to start writing. So we just simply click on where we want to start writing. And I'm just going to add something like text demo and we'll refine it in a moment and then I'll click insert. So if we zoom in by clicking and zooming in with our little scroll wheel, and then we hold Spacebar on our keyboard. You can see this little hand has appeared. This now will allow us to click and drag our document to the item that we want to adjust. Now I'm going to click on the text demo, do Command T to open up the size adjustment. And now I'm just gonna make that a little bit bigger. Now a really cool feature that was added to Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 is the enhanced zoom functionality. Now back in the day in Photoshop, what would happen is if you were to zoom in just by holding Alt and using the scroll wheel, it would just kind of just zoom into the center of the project. And then you'd have to use the space bar to get this little hand tool and then drag around the project in order to get to the specific asset that you wanted to adjust. In this instance, it's the text demo with a really cool thing about Adobe Photoshop CC 20 twenties. We can select the layer we wanna adjust and then hover our mouse in the vicinity of that layer and then zoom and it's going to take us exactly to that layer. And then we can just double-click and stop adjusting whenever we want to do in that land, which is really, really cool that, that is being added. It just makes your life a little bit easier when you're editing the software. Now, I'm going to zoom out by using the shortcut command 0, and you can see it's reset my workspace. Now when you create in text inside of Adobe Photoshop, you're actually probably going to want to change the font because the default one isn't exactly revolutionary. So what you can do is you can just select the text that you want to adjust. And there's two ways that you can change this parameter. One is in the property menu down here, or additionally, it's in the Options bar over here at the top of Adobe Photoshop. Now me personally, I really enjoy adjusting my texts inside of the Properties tab over here because there are slightly more advanced features within this menu that you have more convenient access to as opposed to using the Options bar over here. For example, one of those options is the spacing of the lattice. So if we scroll down, you can see we have this VA here. If I expand this out and see, expands the space in between, each letter can reset back to 0. And same again, there's also the vertical height as well. So if you have multiple layers of text, you can adjust how spaced out that text is where you can see inside of the option toolbar here. There isn't really that option present, so you have to go down to the properties anyway. So I've just got use to doing everything for my texts in this menu. So we're actually going to change out the font of this text. So we're just going to drop down to this menu here. And there is lots of default fonts provided in Adobe Photoshop. But there's something really important to also be aware of inside of your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, there's the Adobe fonts that you have access to. See if he can see here, I have a little bit more advanced fonts that I've actually downloaded from Adobe over here. And I can click this little Creative Cloud icon. And it's gonna show me all of the Adobe fonts that I've specifically downloaded from the website. It's super convenient. You just go to the Adobe fonts in the Creative Cloud app. Then you can browse the website, preview all the fonts, and then you just click Add to my Adobe fonts library. And then they appear in all of your Adobe software Photoshop. Premiere Pro after-effects, very, very convenient and a feature that I really read to enjoin. You can see we can filter them out specifically just by clicking that icon there. But let's just see what we're knocking around inside of the menu here. So now that we've selected our font-style, we now want to start actually adjusting the texts. Now what we can do is inside of the properties, we can actually make the text bigger. Now if you remember, I did the command t option and I made my text bigger this way. Which is one way you can actually go about doing it, but there's actually a nicer way to do it, which is inside this menu, which is a few less clicks. Don't have to use the shortcuts on the keyboard or anything like that. So it just means you can click and drag survivors double-click on my texts in C, I can click and drag to the right hand side and it's going to enlarge the text. Or I can click and drag to the left hand side, and it's gonna minimize and make the text a lot smaller. So we're gonna make it slightly bigger for this thumbnail. And then we're just gonna go back to the Move tool and get it nice and seated. Another thing that we can adjust inside of the Properties tab is obviously the colors have been just double-click on the color tab. And you can see we can make the text white, make it black, make it back to green, whatever you want. Let's make it white. So we just pops on this beautiful red background. And then there's some other things you can adjust as well. All of these different type options, Lozi things it's definitely worth playing around with when you want to create your text. 10. Adding Shapes - Shape Tool: Now another tool that I like to combine with the Text Tool is actually the shape tool. Now, when I create text on a thumbnail, for example, you can see in this instance, the white text actually stands out relatively well. However, there are particular examples where, let's say, for example, the pitches and a little bit busy in the background and the text doesn't really pop on that image. And this is where the shape tool comes into play. And this is a fantastic example of how you can use the shape tool in a practical situation. So if we go to our little selection tool bar, we have our rectangle tool over here. So if we click you on our keyboard, which is the shortcut, this will pop up the Shape tool that we can then begin to use. Now, obviously there's loads of different ways you could use shapes in your Photoshop compositions. I am using it in a very, very basic way, but just helps you understand the features within the Shape tool. Now by default the shape two, we'll draw a rectangle just like the one you see here. Now if we go back to the tool selection bar over here, we can actually right click and actually change the shape that we are going to draw in. So for example, you can draw in a circle like this. Now you may have noticed when I drew that circle, it wasn't exactly perfect. It wasn't round, it was more of an oval shape. Well, the way you create a perfect circle is you hold Shift and then you draw your shape and this is going to give you a perfect shape. So right now we've got a perfect circle by delete this out and we go back to rectangle tonight you shift and draw. It's gonna give me a perfect square as opposed to giving me a rectangle. And additionally, the same is true for the other ones. Yeah, if we were to draw a polygon, gives you a perfect polygon. Now I'm going to just change this back to a rectangle because that's what I want to use in today's video. Now, so far in all of the examples when I've been drawing a shape, it's been solid black. Well, we can actually change the way that the shape looks. If you look in a little Options bar over here, we have both the fill and the stroke. Now currently the shape fill is black, so we have a black rectangle. Well, we can change this to make whatever color rectangle you want. So for example, it could be red, could be white, or let's just revert it back to black. But the really cool thing I want to show you is actually the stroke. Now, right now, I've got the stroke turned off. But what we can do is we can actually turn the stroke on and it's going to create an additional outline of our shapes. It's gonna allow us to create a two toned rectangles. So for example, we can make the Stroke red than if I just exit out. You can now see our rectangle has got a red border around it, which shows you how you can get quite creative. And then inside of the properties menu here, we can actually adjust the size of our stroke and how many pixels it is. Sigma get thicker and stuff like that. Now I'm just going to undo that and disable that stroke because I don't really want to on and I just want to black rectangles. So if I just line up my rectangle here and click Command T to adjust the shape. Currently, if I try and adjust the shape of this rectangle without holding anything on the keyboard. It's going to adjust the entire shape as a whole, which isn't what we necessarily want to happen. However, if we hold in shift, this is going to allow us to adjust one side of the rectangle. You see how I'm adjusting this side of the rectangle and it's no longer adjusting the rectangle in its entirety. So now that we've adjusted that, we can now make the rectangle wider by holding shift, so it kinda just that right-hand side. And likewise we can adjust the left-hand side as well. Then we can just exit out. Now what you may have noticed is I've now covered up, I've now covered up the text which isn't much use. We're trying to enhance the text, not remove the text. What we need to now do is we now need to play around with the layers a little bit further. So the wave photoshop works is it's on a layer basis. So depending on what layers at the top, that image will be at the forefront of our composition. And whatever images are at the bottom of the layer list, those will be further back. So for example, whatever's on top of that, we'll cover it up. So right now our rectangle is above our text demo than what this means is the rectangle is concealing our text inside of our Photoshop project. And in order to have the text reappear, we need to move that layer above the rectangle. And the way we adjust our layers, super easy, we just click on the layer that we want to move and we just click and drag it. You can see I can drag this above the rectangle. And now our text has reappeared on our project. And the cool thing is we can also move multiple layers at once if you're working on a project by clicking on the first layer that you want, holding Shift and clicking on the second one, then you can move them altogether. So now that we've added a shape beneath our text, this has allowed us to add more clarity to what the text is actually saying. And it creates a more bold approach to the statement that's being made on our thumbnail that we're trying to create here. Now, I'm actually going to change out the text for something a little bit useful. So let's just say this is the best. Now as you can see right now, everything is on one layer which isn't much use. So if I just break this text up a little bit, so let's click answer at this point here and break our text down a layer. Now there's a reason why I'm adjusting this text so I can show you another feature, a couple of videos time. So bear with me because it's going to blow your mind. But as you can see right now, we've changed the text to say this is the best in currently, all of the texts, these jumbled up. And if you remember back to the Text tool video, I told you, one, we could adjust the width of the letters between one another, but we could also adjust the height of the words when they go down to a another layer. And I'm going to actually show you this setting in practice now that we've adjusted the text. So the setting I'm on about is this one over here, which is going to adjust the height of the texts. If I'm just to drag this right now you can see how the best decreased in height's going down, it's going down. Maybe that's a tad too fast or let's try 100. I'm quite happy with that spacing right now, but you may notice currently, it's not very central with one another and that's because of the way the text is positioned within the paragraph. Very similar to what you do inside of Microsoft Word or Google Docs or something like that at that, that basic word processing software. So we're gonna scroll down, you can see the paragraph options here. It's pushing all of the text to the right-hand side. So we're actually going to align the text to the left-hand side. And this is starting to look a lot better. And let's drag this little piece of text into place. So it starts to look a little bit neater. And then we can adjust our rectangle Comanche holding shift to just fit that a little bit nicer. So now that we've readjusted the text and it's now in place. We now need an additional rectangle for the words the best, so those can stand out just like their black rectangle stands out on. This is, now what we could do is we could just draw another rectangle. However, I'm going to show you a shortcut that's gonna save you from having to basically repeat the process. And it means the principal of the rectangle is going to be the same, ru the heights, and then we can adjust the width. So what we're gonna do is we are just going to bring the rectangle to the front for the moment. And we're going to hold Alt on our keyboard, and then we're going to click and drag. And this is going to basically duplicate and copy and paste this rectangle. So now we have two of them. That the reason why I brought the rectangle to the front was because if I were to have left the text at the front, if I had tried to click on the rectangle, even though I'd had it selected. And I try and click on the rectangle. It's going to copy the text because it's going to click on the text as soon as you activate that short goods. So that's why we had to do that. You could have alternatively just disable the text if you want it. So we can now move the rectangle into place. And I want to show you a shortcut so you can do this as accurately as possible. So what we're going to do is instead of just clicking and dragging the rectangle into place and trying to make sure we align it perfectly. What we can do is we can hold down shift on the keyboard and move the shape at the same time. And it's going to lock the shape on the horizontal axis. You can see I am pushing my mouse upwards, but it's locked on this horizontal axis, which is just going to allow us to place it, bang on in place with the words the best. So we're going to align that, hold down shift and move the object. And then we can align in place and then we'll click Command T, all downshift again so we can adjust this outlet a bit and then we can click ensign. So now we have highlighted the words. This is the best with the Rectangle tool, just to give it a bit more significance within the pitches. So that's an example of how you can use the shape tools inside of Adobe Photoshop. 11. Gradient Tool: So I now want to share with you an additional technique to help you enhance texts like we just did in the last video with the Shape tool. So in the last video, we drew out shapes and put them behind the texts to create a more bold approach to the statement we were making with our words. And it looks pretty, pretty good in certain situations. It's absolutely perfect. However, in addition, another situations, this might not necessarily, necessarily look the best. And what you may want to use instead is the gradient tool. Now I'm gonna go back to the thumbnail that I used in the very first module when I gave you a basic overview of the layer of the software, we're gonna go back to this one over here and I'll just delete out this old rectangle so you can see it in its purest form. Now what you may notice on this thumbnail is at the top of the screen, we've got our beautiful text. And then we have this little gradient that transitions from black to transparent, which helps to text transition in the pitchers who instead of it just being sat there with nothing behind it to help it stand out. It's actually sat there behind a nice solid background, so it's more legible when you're actually reading the text. Now there are actually two reasons for using this gradient in this image. First off is to make the text more legible when you're trying to read it. But the second reason is actually to expand the photos. Now if we go down to my gradient layer, which is this one here, Layer one, and I disable it. You will see that there's a white box here. And that's because the images that I'm actually using in this example and the correct size for the screen. If I were to put them in the correct position, it would mean that the text would cut off my forehead and it looks pretty silly. However, if I drag them down a little bit, I can still have my forehead on shows it doesn't cut my head off with the text and then I can add the gradient. So you would never even know that that's what I have. 01, it makes the text easier to read because it's not sat right on top of my head. It means you can actually see my reaction in the video that we're demoing in this thumbnail. And it just makes the whole thing look a little bit better put together. Now to demonstrate this, I'm actually going to go to this image that we took a look at earlier. Keep it separate because obviously this one over here is actually starting to take shape and it doesn't need the gradient applied to it. So inside of here we got our gradient tool selected, right-clicking on this menu here and over here in the top part, we can actually switch out the options of this gradient. So these little squares over here actually tell. 12. What is a Layer Mask? How to use them with the Eraser Tool.: We're now gonna take a look at layer masks. And I'm going to explain exactly what a layer mask is and what it does. And the way we're going to demonstrate it is by using the eraser tool. Now you may remember from the basic overview lesson I taught you about the Eraser tool, which is essentially a rubber inside a Photoshop. So you can just erase things that you no longer ones. But what we're gonna do is this time we're going to combine the Eraser tool with a Layer Mask. And I'm going to show you some of the things we can actually create. Now if we take a look at this demonstration thumbnail here, you may notice on this picture that I have over here, there's a little black and white box which is on top of the image. Well, these black and white books is a Layer Mask. And in the layer mask, we can select a part of that layer and it will mask out the bits we no longer want, and it will only show a fraction of the image. Now the way a layer mask works is the white part of the Layer Mask is what you're actually seeing. And then the black part is the area that has been masked. It's been removed so you can't see it's being covered up. So in the instance of this demonstration here, you can see if I mute this layer here underneath, you can see that this image with the Layer Mask is rubbed out at the portion halfway, which allows it to reveal the image underneath him. And if I disable the layer mask by holding Shift and clicking on it, you can see that this is actually the original image. You can see this is the original state of the image. And then when we add the layman skin, you can see it rubs this bit out to reveal the image underneath the layer. Now the reason why we're gonna use the eraser tool in combination with a layer mask is because having the Layer Mask allows us to revert any changes we do with the eraser tool. So let me demonstrate this. So, so let's delete the current Layer Mask by right clicking and clicking Delete Layer Mask. Now the way we add a layer mask is just by going to this little icon over here. And this will add a new layer mask so it's a blank white pitches. So we're gonna clean basis to go from. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to click on my keyboard to enable the Eraser tool. You can see you could just select it here, or if you click ie, it adds the Eraser tool. Now the way that the erase tool works is you click and drag on the area that you want to remove and it will delete it just like a rubber words. So you can see this has corresponding to what we've just raised inside of our Layer Mask. And if we try and erase anything outside at this layer mask, it's not gonna do anything because we are selected on the layer mask. So I'm just gonna click Undo and reset everything. So what we've done is we've rubbed out this section of the image. But if we click on our keyboard and we invert our color from white to black, it will now redo everything that we had just erased. And the critical thing about the Eraser tool is we can actually adjust the size of it. So by using the square brackets on your keyboard, we can decrease the size or we can increase the size. I'm just gonna make this extremely large so I can make sure I have not missed anything when reinstating that. And then we're gonna revert back to white. It will continue to remove things. Now some extra benefits of using the eraser tool inside of a layer masks are not only does it allow us to do that, removing an adding on the eraser, but he also adds this extra property called feathers. So you can see here we have density and feather which relates to the actual Layer Mask and the way I create it, that slight fade effect on the demo thumbnail was by using the erase tool combined with a Layer Mask and then turning up the feathers. So instead of it being a harsh arrays, it was a smooth linear transition. So now what we're gonna do is just going to erase out the section. I don't want just gonna rub over it super loose with the eraser. So that's all being deleted. And then we're going to crank up the feather inside of the Layer Mask properties. Now you can see it's gave us these super smooth line. If I just undo that, you can see that the stupid jagged line and then I redo that, get the feather back. Super smooth transition, which is how you use a Layer Mask and also how you use the eraser tool. So that's a demonstration of what you would use a Layer Mask four. So that was an example of how you can use layer masks inside of Adobe Photoshop into surmise this video. The reason why you want to use Layer Mask easy because it allows you to revert changes in the future. So let's say from this point we continued making changes to our project. And then just before finalization in export of the project, we decided we just wanted to change this image ever so slightly. Well, because we did the changes within a layer mask, we can click on that layer mask and begin to revert in change the parameters within that mask. So for example, we can get our Erase tool back and we could reinstate part of the image because it's within the layer mask. Whereas if we'd raised directly to the image, would have been very difficult down the line to read those changes. So that's the power of the layer mask, the flexibility it presents you with. 13. Drawing Arrows - Brush Tool: Now, if you remember, I said there was a specific reason why I was changing the text on this thumbnail to say this is the best. And in this video, I'm gonna show you why we made those changes. So it makes sense to what we're just about to create. Now what we're going to use an explore in this video is the Brush tool. Now the brush tool is essentially a paintbrush inside of Adobe Photoshop. So it means just like a paintbrush, you could draw a different colors, paint things in with different colors and get really artistic with it. Now I'm going to show you a example of how I like to use the Brush tool within Adobe Photoshop to create assets within the thumbnails that I use this software for. So the way we get the brush tool is actually super easy. Click B, and it brings up the brush tool, or you can select the within your menu here. Now if we right-click, there's a plethora of different brush tools that we can actually use. And the one I want to use today is just the bog standard default brush tool. So what we're going to do is we are going to create a new layer, is by going down here, Create New Layer. And we'll call this arrow. And what I'm going to do is with the brush tool, I'm going to draw in an arrow just to show you the properties within the brush tool and what you can do with it in a basic sense. So in the Options bar up here, we have our two parameters because the capacity, the flow, and we've got these really interesting effect here, cold smoothing. Now what something does is it basically smooth out the mouse motions when you're drawing your lines right now I've got smoothing set to 0. And you can see when you try and draw lines, then not the smoothest lines in the world, right? So we correctly, so when you try and draw a line, it just allows you to be a little bit faster and it just makes it a lot more natural, lucky. Now, there is a bit of a downside to using smoothing, and that's the slight delay there is with the mouse. So you can see when I'm moving my mouse, there's a little bit of a delay as to when the actual line is being drawn. You can see by that gap there, whereas if we crank smoothing back down, it tracks along with the mouse a lot, lot faster. So sometimes it can be a little bit hindering having the smoothing turned on because it slows you down just from my personal experience, but it definitely is worth it because if how nice it makes your lines. So I'm going to crank this up to, let's say about 60%. So let's just type 60% in, and let's change the color of my arrow and we'll make it, make it green, because that's a color I use on my youtube channel. So now we've got everything selected. I'm gonna draw in an arrow. You've got the smoothing set, we've got the color set, and now we're going to decrease the brush size just like we did with the eraser tool. We're gonna use the square brackets on our keyboard. And I'm gonna make it nice and skinny, just nice and thank, so it looks very, very nice. So all you gotta do is in order to draw a line with the brush tool, works exactly the same as the erase tool. You just click and drag and it will draw the line. I've just drawn a little bit of a curve there to my arrow. And then I'm going to take the square brackets tools again just to decrease and increase the size of my brush. And this time I'm just going to decrease it ever so slightly. So I have a dead fine line for the actual point of the arrow. So to draw the arrow point in, we're just going to draw another beautiful curved line and then draw another beautiful curved line back down. And you've got the little arrow point now saying this is the best, then it's pointing to the actual product. And then we can fill this in just to make it look a little bit neater with the arrow. And you can see here, we should probably turn smoothing off because of the delay when we're trying to fill things in. As you can see, that was a lot, lot nicer to use while filling in the arrow. So now that we've actually drawn the arrow, we can go about and actually resize it so you can make it bigger by clicking commodity. And then we can expand it out just to make the arrow a little bit bigger, click enter. And that is how you use the Brush tool inside of Adobe Photoshop. And o is super basic, but that's how I use it to draw little arrows like that inside of my thumbnails. And it's a great example of what you can actually do with the brush. 14. Using Blur: So I now want to give you a super basic introduction to some of the effects that are present inside of Adobe Photoshop. One to give you a little bit of an idea of what you can actually do and go about trying to achieve it. But by no means is a super advanced step-by-step way to actually do it if there's anything you really enjoy, I highly recommend finding a topic to dive into it a little bit further because we're starting to dive into the realms of super advanced features. Now what I've done is I've booted up this beautiful picture of me being super Moody on the camera so I can demonstrate the blur effect. Now what we are going to try and do is we are going to try and blur the background out and make me the focus, the actual image. Because I shot this on my Canon MAFFT photography camera. Lens on that camera hasn't got the best depth of field is the kit lens. So it hasn't got a very blurry background. So we're gonna try and artificially recreate this inside of the software. So here is the photo of mean. And what we're going to do is in order to blur out these background, we're gonna have to duplicate the image so one image is going to be normal and then the second image is going to be blurred. So what we'll do is we'll just go down here, right-click and we'll go to duplicate layer click OK. And here we have layer one and layer two. So in this first one, we'll call this normal, and the second one, and we'll call this blurb, for example. So put normal one above the blurb because obviously the blur is going to be the background, the normal is going to be the forefront. Now we're going to utilize a layer mass, just like we took a look at in the previous module. So we are going to put a layer mask on the normal image. So let's go layer mask over here. So we've got our lane mask. Now what I am going to do is I'm not going to spend hours to select me in detail because I just want to show you the premise of this effect. So if you were to create this yourself, obviously you'd spend a lot more time on it. Now I'm actually going to use one of the selection tools, this toolbar over here. So if we right-click, you can see we have a plethora of different selection tools. There's air objects selection and quick selection, magic one tool, and we also have last x2 to the last Sue tool struggled to say that they're in this menu here and I'm actually going to opt for the magnetic last Sue. And what this means is it's basically going to stick the last x2 to the nearest edge that it can find. Because normally with the Lasso ASU tool, each just loose like this and you just draw around your object that you wanna kinda select and then he can refine it later. But the cool thing about the magnetic version is it sticks it to the edge. If I try and draw out my shoulder here, you can just see how it's sticking to the edge of the character. So what we're gonna do is we're going to draw around me here. And then we're gonna apply some cool blur effects. So let's kick things off and we'll just draw around my shoulder. Then what we're going to do is we are going to go back down to the blurt layer over here. And we're gonna go up to filter. And we're gonna go down to the blur effects now as a variety of different blur effects we can choose from. And I'm actually just going to go for a super-simple Gaussian blur because this has done less processing power, has got the least processing power on my computer. And with me recording the screen and everything, I don't want to have something that's too intense because then the fans or ramp up and get caught up on the microphone. So we're gonna go for the less CPU intensive Gaussian blur. Probably lens blur will be more appropriate for what we're trying to achieve here. But go to work with what we have. So you can see it's applied. The blaze is pretty intense, so it doesn't look very believable. So what we can do is we can actually adjust the amount basically of the blur with this little slider here so we can reduce it and we can just make it ever so slightly subtle. You can, so you can see this is looking a lot more natural, like you would kind of get from a camera lens. And especially if you chose a different style of blur, you would probably get more believable results. So what we'll do is we shocked, just click OK. And now we've got this beautiful blurb that's going on now you can currently see that this hair and everything here is a little bit messy. But if I would spend more time on this, I would dive back onto my Layer Mask and I would refine this further. Now you can see around the jacket area that it's done a beautiful job of the actual transition needs done a fantastic job with that magnetic ASU. We just has very difficult because there's so many strands that it's actually trying to capture it. But this is an example of how you can utilize this effect. Now there's one extra thing we can do just to quickly make this look a little bit better without diving into the Layer Mask and refining it further. And that just by using this little feather dial here. So if I just crank up this feather and crank it up, you can see how the hair is looking a lot better if I just turn that back down. You can see we've got this harsh could out effect. And then I turn it up. You can see how the has got a beautiful transition now. So if we zoom in, their head, looks absolutely perfect right now because it's transitioning into the blurred background. So that is how you go about creating a blurred background. You can see it looks pretty believable like that was intended. 15. How to Create a Vignette Effect: Now something I want to show you is how you can enhance your photographs and your projects a little bit further. This is almost like a finishing touch that I often like to do. Now if we take a look at the pictures that I've edited inside of Lightroom. This one here, this one over here, and also the mixer over here. You can see all of them have got a vignette. They've got these little sort of black gradient around the corners gives you just a little bit more of a vibe got here. Very, very dramatic effect with a heavy vignette just darkens the edges. And it also focuses in on the subject and the actual image. Well, if we look at my example thumbnail, you can see there's no vignette insight. It's it looks like a great thumbnail. We've done a great job in Photoshop, but there's just something missing in regard to the atmosphere that the faux actually has. Now, adding a vignette in Photoshop is a very, very bizarre process. In Lightroom. It's extremely easy. You just literally drag a slider and adds a vignette. You can adjust the shapes, the sizes, all sorts of different things, but it's slightly different inside of Photoshop. And I'm going to show you how you can create one right now. So what we are actually going to do is we're going to create a brand new layer. So we're gonna go create layer, and we'll call this Example. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take the Elliptical Marquee tool. And what we're going to do is we are going to draw in a circle. So let's draw in a circle on our project. And I'm going to hold space bar to move this shape so we can just align it better. So we hold space bar and click and move. Then we released spacebar just to finish off the shape. Then you can move it once again with the spacebar if needed. So that's looking pretty good. It's central to good shape. So we've got that selected. And what we're going to now do is we are gonna go up to this top bar here, and we're gonna go to layer and scroll down to new Adjustment layer. And then we're going to scroll across two curves. Let's click OK. And now we have selected a curves layer over here. So if we go to our little S curves graph here, so we'll change view and we'll go to curves. And what we'll do is we'll decrease the darkness down. So you can see we're dropping down those shadows of the curve just to give it that vignette effect. But currently it's completely wrong, which you can see. It's just darkening the center of the image, which we don't necessarily want to do because that's not what a vignette effect does. So what we'll do is we need to invert our actual Layer Mask. We need to invert this property over here. So we'll go down to our mask and we'll click invert. And now it's going to switch out the darkness. So now the center is normal and the outer corner edges are now whats being darkened by our curves effect. And we can drop it down even further and get it super duper dark, just to get that dramatic effect on the gum. And then we'll go back to the curves. And what we need to do is we need to turn up the feather because right now it's a very hard edge on the vignette which none of these other images having. And see this is super smooth. This is smooth as well. Along with this image is got super smooth and vignette from Lightroom. So what we need to do is we need to go back to our effect here. And we need to turn up the feathers. So if we just crank up the feather, you can see how it smoothing out edge once again to give us that seamless transition from the vignette to the photo. So we'll switch the vignette off, switch it back on, and just gives the photo just a little bit more atmosphere in the final product. So that's an example of how you can create a vignette effect inside of Adobe Photoshop. Something that in my opinion, is a little bit more complicated than it actually needs to be. And I just wish there was a simple slider. You could just slide around. But this is the way I go about doing it on my projects. 16. Filters: Now something that's really cool inside of the effects present in Adobe Photoshop, or some of the filters that you can play around with. Now, just like in Instagram, obviously we have some creative filters that you can just boot up on your phone and it changes and transforms an image in a matter of clicks. And Adobe Photoshop allows to do this on a surface level, but then also enables you to do this and delve into some craziness in some really advanced stuff. Now obviously I just want to keep it basic in this course because that's what it's all about. So I'm going to show you some of the really cool effects that are in Adobe Photoshop CC. Now if you remember back to when we were adding the blur effect, we use this filter tab over here. But inside of this filter tab, there are loads more filters that are actually present. And some of them are really, really cool. And I just want to show you how we can kind of change the background, not only with a blur, but also with some stylistic choices. So we're gonna go to filter. And here you can see this different categories of filters that we can actually add. And what does m inside of the pixelation that I want to add is the call half tone. So we'll click that and click OK. And you can see what it's done is it's almost transformed the background and it's gave it an old VHS, sort of eighties vibe with dyke that sorta like old TV style to the background of our image. So not only does it have that cool blurry effect that we added in a few lessons ago. But now it's also got these crazy effect that we could get really creative with. We just click Undo and remove that does reverted back to the image. We can see redo it by command shift zed, redoes it, then we can undo it. And inside it the filter as well. There's just a plethora of other options that you can actually mess around with. Something else we could even add inside of the filter tap is actually down here in the render. And we could add some pretty cool like a lens flare. So we can change the position of the lens flare, for example, different types to if that's something you're interested in, some go for white, so it looks a little bit more natural. Reduce the brightness. Just a tad click OK. Now you can see now we've got some other cool effects that are now present inside of our project. And this combined with the blurry background, you could intensify that blur in this would look less obtrusive, but it just shows some of the types of things you can actually do within the filter category. In Adobe Photoshop, CC 2020. 17. Blend Modes: Now there's something really important inside of Adobe Photoshop that you really do need to understand. And this is something that's called blend modes. And a blend mode basically manipulates how an object of text, a picture, or whatever, is displayed within the composition. So by default, everything has a normal blend modes. So this just means it will look no, but we can actually change out the blend mode to change how and manipulate how the image looks when it's layered on top of other objects. So for example, here, obviously we've got our texts called This is the best and this is whites, and also the background is black. However, this arrow over here is a teal green color. Now, if I change the blend mode out to something like screen for example, you can see that this suddenly becomes transparent. Whereas in normal mode it's a solid color. In screen, it's transparent and I'll just zoom this in to make it super-duper obvious for you. So we'll get our arrow and we'll put it in screen mode and just see how it becomes lighter and it becomes transparent. Now, I really use these screen dissolved mode quite a lot, especially on text that is coloured, not white or not black because it doesn't work on those normal colors. However, if, say for example, this text here was red and we set the blend mode to be screen. Can see how the text has this beautiful trans, barren but vibrant look to the actual finish. And there's a variety of different blend modes as well that we can actually try around and all actually manipulates differently within the image. And this is perfect for when you're trying to combine multiple images with one another. Sometimes need to change the blend mode in order for them to gel properly. But you can say this just gives you a bit of an indication of how it actually works. Now, as I said, the most common blend modes that I use on my text, my arrows and things that I draw are scream. And also I always use normal. So it's either normal or screen for me because I just love the fact that screen turns up the brightness ever so slightly to make it more vibrant and engage it that beautiful trans, barren approach. So then you can see what's behind the text in a nice manner. I think it gives it a really nice finish. 18. Thank you!: Now thank you so much for taking this Adobe Photoshop, essential basics, cos, I hope it's 30, helped you get your head around using Adobe Photoshop. And if you found it valuable in any way whatsoever, I would highly appreciate it if you were to drop it, review it seriously, helps me out so, so much. And also, if you want to see more courses just like this one in the future, then please follow me here on skill share so you get notified when I upload my most recent courses and you can join in with the class. But as always, I've been Ben Rollins, Thank you so much for watching. And I will see you in the next one.