Intro to Photoshop - Create a Meme Self-Portrait and Learn the Photoshop Essentials | Benjamin Halsall | Skillshare

Intro to Photoshop - Create a Meme Self-Portrait and Learn the Photoshop Essentials

Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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14 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Class

    • 2. Take a Photo - Lighting & Tips

    • 3. Take a Photo - iPhone Tips

    • 4. The interface overview

    • 5. Zoom in / out and navigate your project

    • 6. Setup a new project

    • 7. Cut out your image - Method 1

    • 8. Cut out your image - Method 2

    • 9. Create a vector background

    • 10. Vector background - fix white lines/gaps

    • 11. Organise your layers and add shadows

    • 12. Add type to your design

    • 13. Export a JPEG for the web

    • 14. Finishing up, saving and backing up


About This Class

In this fun and easy to follow class you will learn how to create your very own meme in Adobe Photoshop CC2019. 

This class teaches the essentials of creating a project, cutting out images, creating transparency, adding graphic elements, working with layers and much more.

Subscribe to this class now f you are brand new to Adobe Photoshop and are looking for step-by-step instructions on how to get started with a fun creative exercise to share with other students.

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1. Introduction to the Class: So in this introduction to photo shop, we're gonna be creating a self portrait mean So basically, this is a great pass because it allows us to amuse our digital camera. So whether that be a smartphone or a DSLR or a kind of point and shoot camera on, we're gonna take a portrait of ourselves Either a selfie or get someone else to take a portrait of you making silly face or doing some kind of silly action will be helpful as you kind of make the mean. And if you've researched any means or no, your mean or other mean websites will kind of see that they're generally humorous on. That's kind of what we're we're aiming for for this means so definitely keep your your main playful and fun. But basically, we can take the issue. All photo of ourselves. We're gonna chop out Theo outline of our face or different kind of parts of the image that we're gonna use an army so that might be part of your your body or your hands. We're gonna learn how to make transparency in Adobe Photo Shop, and then we're also going to use some of the vector tools as well to create background for our means. Some graphic elements in our means. It's gonna introduce that aspect of working with the Baby Photoshopped as well. And the third aspect we're gonna work with is adding text to are mean to So basically on we get those kind of three important aspect off. A baby photo shop learned in this particular task how to cut out images, how to layer those images, how to work with graphic backgrounds and then also how to add text toe are Photoshopped. So without further ado, let's dive in on look at how we creates our self portrait mean in adobe Photoshopped. 2. Take a Photo - Lighting & Tips: So before we even get into working with photo shop, we're gonna need to take the of ourselves or get someone else to do it so that we can use that in this exercise for photo shop. So I'm just going to use my smartphone to take a selfie of myself on. Those are the images that will kind of use info shop. So why would suggest I'm is that you find somewhere that's well lit. I'm lucky I got there on camera lighting here, So basically, take two or three photos. Make some different faces on Buchanan. Use those in different ways as you kind of cut them out and work on your mean. So if you're taking images and you don't have lighting, then go outside. Sunlight is always great. Or go close to the window and just make sure you're not in direct sunlight. Try and stay in the shade. Andi, get a photo of yourself in bright sunshine, but not in direct sunshine. So you're looking for some shade or close to a window where there's kind of nice, bright light on one side. Note here as well, is that I've taken my camera. How the protective case on this kind of lens cover on this, which generally tends to give you some distortion and blurring on the edge of the photos. So I've taken out that, and I've also just used a lens cloth just kind of clean the cameras on my smartphone before actually taking pictures. So that's definitely worthwhile doing before you take any pictures that you're going to use in projects out. Of course, that will give you a clearer image on Obviously, Then make your projects better. So we're gonna take some photos here. So So once you have a few different photos and I've taken a few, then you can see which ones are gonna work well for you, Andi. We'll have a look at some of these and cut them out. Now, I have taken the monarch and a busier background and doesn't really matter for this first task that we're working on. The lighting is decent enough, So I've got a reason. The sharp edge on the images that I'm working with. So let's dive in. And the first thing we're gonna have a look at info shop is just a quick whistle stop tour of the interface s so that you can no world of different tools are. And then we'll get started with learning how to cut out images, has to layer up images and then introducing some graphic elements in Adobe Photoshopped. 3. Take a Photo - iPhone Tips: one other thing that's worth noting on the iPhone as well. If using an iPhone to take your pictures is that it will often take images in the H, I see former. So if you don't have a converter for that, then one thing that you can do is come into The one thing you can do is come into the settings here on the iPhone. We can come into the camera settings, and we can go into the different formats on basically under the camera capture. You can see here to reduce file size. We're using a G I f for format on. Basically, if we want, we want to use the J Peg format so we can switch to most compatible on that. Now means that any photos we take on our iPhone will be in J pick former on which we can use in Adobe Photo Shop. So generally you want to use the H and I see former if you know how to convert that. But if you don't then jump in and use the Jay Peak format, which will be easier toe open up in photo shop 4. The interface overview: So the first thing we're gonna do here for shoppers have a quick whistle stop tour of the interface. Now, when you first open up for a shop after installing it, you'll see this kind of intro window where you can basically tall check out what's new on a type thing. We're gonna dive straight in and have a look at how we open up an image on Then do a tour of the interface a swell. So we're going to click on Open on the left hand side here. If you don't see this particular screen because you've already opened up a shop before, then just go to file on open, and that will bring you to the same dialog box. So we're gonna go to open, and we're gonna pick one of the self portrait that we've taken toe work with in this class . Here you can see the different self portrait it's that I have taken. We'll grab this come a normal looking one that start with on. You can see these air in the G I. C. Format that I've taken on my iPhone. If you're working on the Mac on, you've got your operating system up to date, then they should open. No problem in photo shop. If you work in a PC, then I'm not so sure you may need Teoh. Take your foot is in the J pick. Former on guy mentioned how to do that or to change that setting on your iPhone. So we're gonna click open what's we've selected our image. And once you've opened up an image in here, we'll see the interface kind of come to life on. We'll see all the tools that we're going to begin to work with, you know, every photo shop. So first things first, we're going to run through the different sections of the interface on the left hand side. Here we have our toolbox on. The toolbar is split up into different sections. So we have our selection tools up at the top here on these air selection tools that we use for moving things around for making selections of different parts of our image on also for kind of select you copying and pasting or cutting and pasting different parts of our image . And we'll be using some of those in this lesson. We don't have our cropping tools, Aziz well and also our frame tour, which the new tool in later versions off a shot. So if you're using Adobe Photo Shop CS six and you may not see all of these tools listed but we're gonna work with tools are available in all versions of Photoshopped from Adobe Photoshopped, CS six on later. So below that we have our painting tools. So we have things like the paint brush on the spotting brush tool, and all these tools here are basically used for painting in for a shop on. We're going to use those as we go through the class quite a lot for painting on images, but also for working with them, refining transparency in our images as well as we and develop our skills on. Then we have some of the vector tools down here as well. So you can see the pentacle Ukraine vector objects we have our shape tool on. We have a selection tool for selecting parts of our shape and will come to these a little bit later on in the course as we kind of develop our skills. So the main tools we're gonna be begin to work with in this class are gonna be some of the selection tools on. We're gonna work with some of the basic vector tools in this particular class on will also be working with things that hand holding the zoom talk. We're also going to run through short cuts as well as these tools are used for navigating around the photo shop interface. Below that, we have our foreground and background color. So these two little similar looking boxes are basically our foreground, a background color. So if I click on the black box here, you can see I can change my color to a different color on this little black and white box. I see it off that resets it to the default. So if I'm using a brush tool, it's always going to use that color in the foreground. So any catalyze selective he's gonna be used if I'm using my razor tool than the background will be what's revealed. So at the moment that set toe white, if we set up background color to a different color, and I raise part my image that it's gonna now changed to green, so being ableto use these or flip these around with this little help narrow. It's gonna be used for us. Well, we'll flip those back to the regular black and white man by clicking this little button as well. And we have some view options down here as well. You can see we can have our standard screen mode on our full screen mode with mini bar on, then full full screen mode. We're gonna stick with standard mode for the moment. You don't need to change that. So a lot of the work will be doing will be selecting different tools in a shop, and you'll notice that on some of those tools a little white arrow on the bottom right on. That means where you see that there's different options. If you click and hold you left, click and hold on those. You'll see different options for different types off tool in that category. So, for instance, we have the last brutal on the polygon on last suitable in the magnetic last You. Till if we come to our clone stamp tool, you can see we have a clone step toured a hand stamp tool. Each of these will do slightly different functions will come back to the move tool here, so I normally stick with the move to all If I'm just looking at my photo or looking at my edit before I do any work on it, if I have another. Tools left is a chance that accidentally dropped a blob paint somewhere on the image that I don't want. So the move towards one of the safest tools toe have available the next set of tools that we're looking at. Here are the options up of the top, so you can see with each of the tools I select. I have a serious of different options up in this options toolbar. So if I come to the type that'll you'll see I'll get my font options, my font size and all that kind of stuff up in the top bar as well. So as we flit between, these different tools will get different options as we move between those tools. So the options to our buyers the second place to kind of keep an eye on for things they are doing, and you can see we've got some alignment controls and stuff like that as well. If we're thinking about aligning objects, we also have the auto select option up here as well, which will mean that when we click anywhere on our screens going auto, select an object we sometimes might want to double that on and off as well. So we'll get options for the different tools up in the options to about. We then have our menus. So under our menus up the top here you'll have things like file save, edit, copy on edit pace and all those kind of regular functions. But we also have other options in here as well. So if we come to our filters, you can see we've got different types of effects here as well for things like Blur, Gaussian Blur, which will be using in this course on then some other options for adding different types of effect to our first I shot document. So as we're working in here, you will be working a lot in the Menus toolbar, working a lot in the options toolbar and then a little bit in the menus across to the right hand side. Here we have our panels, and this is where a lot of the useful information is given to us about heart document In photo shop. So we have our color swatches up here, which also shows us that there's several different ways of doing the same thing and further shots. I can also select color up here as well, and you'll notice when I flip this foreground cover up here to green. The green also changes on my toolbar as well. So they're one of the same thing. We could do the same functions. If I select my background color. I can also select those options here as well. And I can come down here and reset that black and white. So the color foreground and background color we see here the same in both of these windows under this watches. We have different swatches that we could use. And if we're working on a project where we want to keep particular colors in that project, then home will keep those kind of swatches available there. We also have some color options here as well, so we can view different types of color box here as well. So we might go to RGB sliders if we want it had in the red, green and blue values. I'm here as we're working. So now you can see I've got all the different values. Those different hues from Bright Val, used to dark values here is well, we'll talk about color as we go through as well we'll leave. This has the Hugh Cube for the moment. Then we have properties, and adjustments will be working with adjustment layers a little bit later on in the class on. Then we have, very importantly our layers of the bomb here as well. So basically, we're working with layers you can see at the moment. We just have one background layer in photo shop. As we add more layers, we'll see those layers stack up like a deck of cards, and the background layer is the bottom, most layer and that any letters we had above that will kind of obscure or change the background layer in some way. Whether that's text or graphic object or part of the image that we've copied into a different hair of that image, we also have channels and passes Well, we don't need to get into that for the moment on. We have some options for different aspects of our layer, so masks on and different types of layer that we can add the bottom here as well. So what you'll notice is that this first shop Lau is quite simple at the moment. We don't really need the loan options here, but please feel free to jump in some of the videos on a baby's own website. There's some good stuff there as well, but you can just follow along the course videos for this, and we don't need libraries in the moment. So up at the top here, you'll see, is a little double arrow allows toe contract and expand our panels. If we click the little Double Arrow, we can collapse those learn and libraries icons right across the right, and then I can also drag this dark grey bar and make those even smaller. So basically, we can modify the lower of our windows. I'm really quickly and easily now. One thing you might do is working with our panels. We can drag these out so that there available. Aziz were kind of working on different aspects of our projects, and these floating panels can be useful if we now hide those and close those. You may find that you're looking, for instance, for the layers panel and it's just not there where it used to be on the right hand side. So this is one of the most useful tools in photo shop on that is under the window menu. We got a window workspace on and we're on the essentials view the moment if we hit Reset Essentials is going to reset off you to the original view is gonna bring back our layers and any windows that might have lost. We can also customize that Aziz Well, as we work in for a shock So we're gonna move on now that we've had a little tour of the interface and have a look at some of the different controls and how we or get looking at the same interface that I'm working with. So it's easy to follow along. We're gonna have a look at how we zoom in and out of our project in Adobe Photoshopped 5. Zoom in / out and navigate your project: So the next thing we're gonna look at in Photoshopped is how we zoom in and zoom out and navigate around our project. So basically, at the moment, if we look at the image that we've opened up on up a tab of the top left, you can see reviewing it 25%. So it's smaller than the actual original image on It's an RGB image. So we got some information up here about file name, the original image on its color space and all that kind of stuff we're gonna work with RGB for for most of the lessons in this class, as we kind of moved through the different topics. So basically, in this image, if we come across to the toolbar, which we talked about before on hit the magnifying glass and we can click and zoom in to our image and we can hold down the ultra option key, and that's going to reverse that, zoom out of that image and you can see as I'm zooming in when I click on a certain object, it's gonna zoom in on that specific object. We have some options up here for the zoom controls, so we've got re size fits the window Zuma windows, scrubby zoom. So basically, if I drag right and left, that scrubby zoom is gonna zoom in and out as well. Um, if I click any of these buttons, it's going to go to 100%. It's gonna fit to screen or it's gonna fill the screen. So I've got these options up here as well. Now, one thing when we work info shop will need to do is learn some short cuts so we can move around the interface more fluidly. So I just come back to the move tour here, and we are gonna go to the view menu and you can see here we've got those same controls the zoom in, zoom out the fit on screen and 100% on those types of things. So crossing the right hand side here, come on and plus or on the PC control and Plus is my shortcut for zooming in on control of minuses. My shortcut for zooming out. So if I hold down command or control of the PC and it plus it's gonna zoom in on minus is gonna zoom yet so we can zoom in and out really nice and easily there as well. You can also, if you have a scroll wheel on your mouse held down the bulky on, use the scroll wheel, toe, zoom in. Zoom out. Now, the other thing that we'll need to do when we're zoomed right in is move around so we can select the handle here to do that and that will allow us to move around different areas of our project. So you can see here. I'm moving around the image. If I come to fit to scream, we're gonna have a look at the short cuts for these. So now we'll go back to the move tour. We're gonna keep that selected. I'm going to use command Plus to zoom in. Now, if I hold down the space bar, it's gonna toggle on the handle as we move around. So basically, we don't need toe. Select these tools from the tool bar. We can use a combination off command or control plus and minus to zoom in and out or halt on the scroll wheel. Our master zoom in and then we can hold the space bar with any tool on. We'll see that with the selection tools in a second, we can basically that move around our image really fluidly and easily and quickly been using the shortcut command or control and zero to resume to fit. So when I zoomed right in and I just want to then go back to my entire image, if I hold down a lot of control on top zero, it's gonna zoom me to fit. So those are some of the zoom controls that we're using as we're zooming in and zooming out . Just keep an eye on the percentage up here, so we're 100% now, so we're really seeing 100% the true quality of the image that you can see. This image taken on the selfie camera of my iPhone is good, but it's not great. It's kind of a little pixelated around the edges. The lighting was pretty good for this image. So for this particular task, we're gonna have a good enough image toe work with. We're really just designing something for the screen, but it's always useful to when you're zooming in and zooming out to have a look at that 100% few, unless you see whether your images crisp on if you're thinking about printing things is definitely good zoom level to look at, so you can see now we're at 31.1% when we're fitting to this particular screen here. Now, one other thing toe look at when we're zooming in and zooming out will think about is the image size. And if we come to image on image size, we can see that image size is 2320 pixels by 3000 and 88 on. We can also see what size in centimeters and stuff like that will come toe image size and setting up image size as we work further through this project. So the practice zooming in, zooming out. And in the next video, we're gonna have a look at how we sound. The sides for ourselves portrayed me 6. Setup a new project: So in this video we're gonna set up a new project that we're going to use. So basically, fill our mean We're going to set up a square for a shop project. So to set up a new project, we're gonna come to the file menu hand to new, and we're going to set up a screen based project here. So if we're looking at things like Instagram or Facebook, then a lot off the file formats that they accept or the maximum file formats except half a screen, So you can see here in the new document window, we've got things like photo print sizes. We've got our administration options to set up, and you also see templates that you can use in first. Right now, we're not going to use any of these for this particular class. But if you're doing work outside of class, then for sure, take a look at some of those templates were gonna be creating all our work from scratch. But what's interesting here is if we look at print, for instance, you'll see we're looking at our size here on the right hand, side in inches and as a resolution, so basically got 8.5 by 11 inch document on a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, and this is something toe begin to learn as we work through a mouth Photoshopped project. So if we change this two pixels, you can see the size that you would need in pixels is 2550 by 3300 pixels. To create a good quality print out at that size at 300 pixels per inch, is generally seen as a good resolution to print out. Now, if we go to the Web format, you'll see our whipped on heights. Imagining pixels on the resolution is always 72 pixels print. So, for instance, this most common Web format is 13 66 by 768 and that is that 72 pixels print show what we're really looking at here for screen with that we for the phone's screen or for a laptop screen for a tablet screen is always gonna be the width and height in pixels. So, basically, for this particular project, we're gonna sell the project that is 10 80 by 10 80. So square format. Andi in pixels. We're gonna uncheck the outboards option. We're not gonna work with our boards for this particular examples. And make sure you've left that unchecked. Were working in the RGB Calamos which is the same color mode that we took our photo Inter. You can see we're rgb on eight bit here on keeping your projects out Similar to the project Self, your photos is normally a good idea. Background is gonna be quite for the moment. We can make some transparency later on as we lay things up. But basically that's the main things that we need to change for this projects of the width and height, uncheck art boards. And then just check that you're in the RGB Calamos. So we hit, create him and now we'll get a white square on screen that is for my screen 66.7. So the resolution of this recording is 1920 by 10 80 pixels, which is a full HD TV recording size. So the height of the images, basically, if I made it 100% So come on out of control on one would be the height of my screen. So you can see I can scroll this a little bit up and down because the interface of the top and bottom is kind of taking apart that screen. So if I do command or control the minus, I can zoom back out now to that 66.7% Now, the most important next step that we do because we're going to go to file on, save us. We're gonna save this project to our computer. So as you're organizing your files, you might want to create a new folder for each project that you're working on. And also make sure that you keep a back up with your projects as well. So make sure that you keep a copy project on a USB, so you've got at least two copies of your project. And ideally, 1/3 copy somewhere online would be a good thing to do. So have those three backups off. Your project is always a good idea. So I'm gonna call this intro to photo shop made. I will say that. So we got our projects up on and you can see we saved it has a PSD file. So when you go to file, save as you want to make sure that the format down here is Photoshopped PSD rather than any of the other formats. And that's the format that allows you to have layers in your project and all the different pecs and effects in layers New project as we're developing this particular design. So in the next video, we're gonna go back to our original self portrait image, and we're gonna look at how we cut it out, bring it into this project. 7. Cut out your image - Method 1: So there are two methods here. We're gonna look it for cutting out on image and placing it into our design here. So the first way is just doing a straight copy and paste off a selection of our image. So I'm going to zoom in a little bit here, so command plus toe zoom in. And basically what we can do is either use one of the last totals here or the quick selection tool to make a selection. So we'll run through how each of those works, basically the main last suitable will allow us toe draw around, face him on what you may find as you are doing. This is your hand gets tired. As you're working through this on what you wanna do is just close off and Harry of your outline. This is hard to do with the mouse. I'm actually doing this with a pen tablet at the moment, but basically I've outlined this section of the image. Now, if I hold down shift, I can add to that selection. So basically I can zoom in and out as well as I'm doing this and refine this. So, for instance, in the ear area here. If I zoom right in with the last year so I can add to this section, why would now shift? And I could help out the old key to subtract it eso basis already rough way off making the outline The other options that we have in the last suit or a polygon a last little more Just do man a little bit and I'm using the space bar to move around I like the polygonal Sutil again. If I hold down shift, it's gonna allow me to add to my selection of basically with the polygon are suitable weaken draw dr dot around an object on how the space bar to move around as we do now. So I'm pours in called in the space bar Moving on gradually just working my way around Okay And you can see you've got a bit more control especially if you're working with the mouse for making us elections with the polygonal lasso tool as opposed to the straight last little. So that's one way we can make our selection. As you can see, we can make a selection, flipped to a different tour and then make a different area off that selection, so we're gonna be selected. So if I go to the select menu on the selection you can see on the Mac commodity is shocker . For De selecting on control on D would be the same option on the PC, and that would be select our options here. If we want to keep this election, we can quickly do command or control debt, and that will undo what we've just done. So if you go to edit, undo is basically gonna take you a step back in older versions or for a shock, you would only be able to toggle between the last thing that you did on the current thing you did using control or Commander said. But now it will step backwards in Adobe Foot shot ct 2019 as the regular undo will do in any program. So we're gonna de select this so Commander control of D, and then we'll come to the quick selection tool which will allow us to basically select by just dragging over the area of the image that we want selects. I'm just drawing around the face and the hair and you can see it's gradually making that selection some of the edges has done better than others on again with this tool. If we zoom, if we can move around and see the air the naked I don't want. So if I hold down the bulky or the option key, I can drag around that removed that from the selection just dragged over those air is there and then we can re add Heiress the selection here. Now, if with your quick selection tools you don't get outline exactly what you want, you could always jump back to the last brutal on then holdout shift on. Add an area in that selection as well, so we can always refine our selections by flipping between the different tools. And you can see up in here a swell time. It's selected a little bit of the sunglasses, so if I hold down the bulky I can draw around this edge and again, I do this with a pen tablet, so it's a little bit easier than it will be with a mouse. If we just move around, I'm not gonna worry too much about the hair. We'll have a talk about that in a second, but we can add in some of these bigger chunks of hair his ways that we can refine. Uh, this when we talk about how we gonna move these selections around, So for our first copy and paste, this is gonna be OK. We'll just fix this big chunk has been taken out of my air over here. So for this method off moving an image, we basically want to make sure that our outline is as good as can be, right The start. So, basically, now, if I come to my move toe, I could do this in a couple different ways so I could go to edit copy, come to my square image that we set up a square project that we set up and then do edit on Paste On that is going apace into that layer. My head and you can see it's bigger the current size of that page, which is good so we can now go to edit, transform on a scale on if we find the edge we can scale. It's down now with newer versions of photo shop as we re scale things that kept him proportion with the older versions of first shot, you may have to hold down shift as you justice edge. But you can see what I'm holding down shift here. It's actually distorting that image so we'll press escape on Go to edit on Transform again to escape will come out of that transform option that we can transform that we'll just leave that death Now the disadvantage off moving something across in this way is that basically, you can see we have transparent pixels around the edge of the image. So if we wanted to fix or repair any of the edge of this image, we can't do it. So we can't improve the outline of the hair really, or any of those different aspects of the image. Because basically the pixels beyond what we've cut out are completely everything. So this will work as long as your cut out is good, we can use the selection tools here. So if I wanted to make a selection on this layer and just trim this side, I could make a selection and use the delete key to delete areas that I don't want. Okay, so we can improve that cut out in this way. But it's very rudimentary way of doing things have a go doing this. It will get used to working with selection tools. But the next method that we're gonna do is gonna be much more useful in terms of making that transparency and then being up to refine the transparency after you've made your cut out. 8. Cut out your image - Method 2: So if this next method of cutting out the first thing we're gonna do is just go ahead and delete the layer that we added here already. So I'm gonna select Layer one onda. We can press the delete key. Or we could hit the trash can in the last panel. Well, sometimes most satisfying is to drag us down to the trash can. It feels like you throwing it into the trash. So we'll go back to our original image. I'm gonna go to select on Be selectable Command or control, Andy. And now what I'm actually gonna do here is with the move toward, I'm gonna take the whole image and drag up to this second tab and then drag it down to the middle. Once we've dragged down to the middle, we can let go of the left hand mass by on that will drop the whole image into this layer. So once I've done that, I'm gonna do a couple things. The first thing you do is just right. Click on, turn this into a small object. Now, what this does is it means that when I re scale my image, So if I go to edit transform hand scale when I skate it down and resize it to the size that I want on my design. So somewhere around about here, probably if I applied up by hitting enter on, then come back and want to re scale it rescate it up. You can see that we have, ah, percentage of the original scale. So we're re scaling that smart object, but the original object is still there. So we could go back up to 100% here on we haven't lost inequality. Okay, so the smart object option that we just struggled on in the layers panel you can see the little icon for at the bottom, right that from now on, the layers panel allows us to work with that image at the kind of highest resolution we want. So now we're gonna select the quick selection tool, and we're gonna as you did before, just drag across this layer and I'm gonna hold down shift, had to my selection and hold down bolts to remove from my selection will just get this refined. I'm just using the quick selection tool for this. So as we kind of find those edges with the quick selection tool. You'll find that it gets smarter as we go through and kind of work on it. So that will do for the moment. So now we make the transparency. We're not gonna copy this and pace this. We're actually going to come down to our layers panel and use the layer mask option. So what this does when we click on it, it will apply a black and white image. I'm to our layer. And that, basically, is what creates the transparency. So if I hold down, shift and turn off that layer mask, the whole original image is still there. So we can see. We can turn that on and off and we can go back to the original image. Now, the other option we've got here as well as if we double click on our layer mask, we're gonna and so select a mosque for this option. Basically, Now what we can do here is in our view, options will show this on our layers. So we're seeing the result we're going to get and I can increase my radius. Here goes the smart radius, from what it's gonna do is actually gonna select areas the edge and refine those edges. Now, if I think okay, here, I'm just gonna go to my background layer and add a new layer. Hiss had a new layer, and I'm gonna go to head it, Phil, and I'm gonna fill it with. Come on. I was gonna fill it with magenta here. And so now we can see the air is the image where transparency is good on sharp around the edge. And if we go back to the layer mask So I'm selecting the layer mask and double clicking on there again, you could see again. I can increase that radius. And he's a smart radius, and it's going to refine that edge. Now, if we look up at the top left here, we've got the hair option. Basically, I can increase the size of my brush here. So basically, if I click up here, I can increase the size of my brush. Let's go for 35 pixels. And if we drag along these areas of the image where the hair should be transparent, show you what's behind it and we just drag over as you could see its refining the hedge. So we're getting some transparency in the hair to reveal the background. So let's click OK to that. So basically, now we've made some transparency in the hair, so any background that we had in there will be revealed as well. Through the hair. We've lost that white background. Now you can see because of the quality of my image, some of the edges are sharp as they could be. I could still refine that further so that another way we can refine that as well. And that is by using the brush tool. So basically with the brush talk, because this is a black and white image we're gonna paint with white or black. So are two colors that you can see on the bottom of our tour by here and actually gonna pay with black. First of all, So I'm just going to use this little hook, Darrel flip close round now if I brush along the edge there and we're going to layer a layer mask in a bit more detail in later projects. But basically I could modify the transparency off the edge of this image so you can see it's a little purple showing through my glasses. There if I flipped that toe white. I'm painting the hedge of the image in the same is my hair here, I reckon paint back in as well if I need to. So if we go down here, I might flip this to black again just to make this edge a little bit sharper around the bottom. My beard here so you can see Rabel toe, refine that edge and again here I could just sharpen the edge by painting along the edge or fill in the holes that might be there just by painting in on the edge as well. Okay, so basically, we're painting on the black and white later. Here, have a look. A couple things there. How to use the layer mask, which is the well would recommend and like to see in your project at your developing it. So you make that transparency. We've had a look at how to make a purple layer which will actually delete. Now on now we're gonna go ahead and have a look how we add in background to this with the polygon tools for the vector tools in Adobe Photoshopped 9. Create a vector background: So now, before we go and work on the background layer here, we're gonna just make sure we got the move tool selected. So we don't accidentally use the paintbrush, which you're painting with before to paint blacks much. Is that in their own image? We're gonna go to the layers panel here and just turn off this top layer. So I've got my background layers selected here. Basically, what we're gonna do here is actually add in a shape layer, so we're going to use the rectangle toe actually out of a shape layer, and then we're going to modify that. So on the back of Ah, So in the background of a lot of different means that you may have seen, you may see some where you get this kind of polygonal shape pattern. So basically, we're gonna draw that out now. So when we select the shape tool, we can change the fill for our shape here. So I'm gonna make the background here guy for this kind of orange, and if I draw out my shape now, you can see first thing here is that my shape is set up as a shape, not parcel pixels that's important to note, as we do that basically what I want to do is turn this rectangle into trying. So if I go to my direct selection tool here so you can see when I click and hold, I've got my path selection tool, which allows me to select the path. And I've got my direct selection tool, which allows me to select individual points of that path better. This is telling us we're gonna turn a live shape into a regular path, will click OK to that. And that means we can now modify this shape into Eddie Shake that we want Andi. Also, we can add and remove these points to do that. If we keep the direct selection tool selected and rightly comets anchor point, we can delete that anchor point, which is gonna now mean we've got this one Hanka points selected. So we wanna align this right in the middle of our design here. So basically, I'm gonna go to view on rulers to tell the rulers on our rulers Aaron Centimeters here at the moment. I want to change that. I'm going to right click and change that pixels. So basically, our design is 10 80 by 10 80 pixels wide. So I want to make a guide right in the middle here that is 540 by 540. So if I drag from the left here and I'm clicking on the ruler Dragon and I stopped at 5 40 or I've got that dead center already. So basically, you can see it's snapping to my, uh, plate eso My high boarding was pretty good. If I click on the ruler of the top, I could drive this down on and well, come down to five for you here. She's gonna be right in the middle and we can drive this down. So now basically, we have this on It is exactly in the middle in the middle of our design here, and we want to know duplicate this layer. So basically, I've got my rectangle one layer here. If I right click on that layer and go to Jupiter lately, it's gonna make a duplicate of that rectangle. So basically the exact same rectangle but off the previous rectangle. So if I click on this bottom point, I'm now in my second triangle here, so basically, you can see if we click on this and click on the Phil Connor top, we can change the fill color will go for kind of meted green. So now you can see we've got these two triangles there, so we couldn't keep going with it. So basically, I'm going to select both these layers by holding now. Shift right click. I go to Jukic a layers. It's gonna make a copy of both of those last Andi, you can see the way these air stacking my CheapTickets always above my original layers. So basically, now I'm gonna move this one down. Two here on will grab this other Jupiter in the layers panel. We can move these points down here, and importantly, we're working with this direct selection. It'll still not with the move toe. And we could just kind of eyeball this a little bit. I'll zoom out. So come on. I minus just bible these as we lay them out. So basically, we're going to create this kind of flared out pattern in Photoshopped. So if I select all of these layers holder shift select all those layers there will select it up here like a right click Andi Jeep, Decatur. You can see the adjudicated layers are selected. Now, if I go to at it free transform path, we can direct this across to the other side so I can basically quickly duplicate all those parts across to the other side. So there's a couple different ways in which we can manipulate different objects when we're working in photo shots. So it's right click and duplicate these again. So I'm gonna duplicate those selected layers so that copied lands on this time gonna go to edit free transform path. And this time I will just rotate this around on, will lie this up with the middle as best we can. And now you can see we go back to the direct selection tool were able to modify these individual points again. And we just need to offset some of these points. So we'll move this to here, and we just need to change the color of this Before we do that. We just want toe select just this layer. So just this rectangle 19 copy. You can see we've got a complex stack of layers popping out there on will come up here and change this back to our orange and we'll just go around. Andi, modify each of these. I'll change this to the change this to the green. And you can see that in that little thumbnail, I can recognize which ones I should be choosing and will change. We need to add one more in here. So actually will move this across a little bit. Uh, if this one across a little bit, just add in a small orange one here. So I'm going to duplicate this layer across the here on will change that to orange, and you can go around and kind of modify how your flair kind of works by modifying those individual points using the direct selection tools will finish up here will grab. So we'll finish up here. We need to have one more green one here on orange. Wanted another green one. When I click here, hold down Shift has select these two lanes and then right click on my layers panel on duplicate Those less go to edit free transform and then we'll rotate these round on Just dropped of into position Here he is in the curse accuse just to come nudge things into position and then we can come in and select those layers individually. So if I select a layer here and then come back to my direct selection tool, I can make sure these Airil in the middle. So I'm just moving between the move toll on the direct selection tool just to make sure everything is nicely lined up in the middle there. So if I did come on a zero, we'll scroll up and turn on. It's later. Now you can see we've got something getting close to a team, and now we just need to think of the wording is gonna go above below my head here. I'm gonna transform this down a little bit. So commodity is the shortcut for free transform. And that will allow me toe make my head bigger and smaller because we've got a smart object . We can always modify that later. We're not gonna lose and equality you can see when I hover outside this square here. If I do that, I'm gonna rotate my head so I can have a little better tilt of the head on. In the next lesson, we're gonna have a look how we had text there and then we're gonna move on to have a look at how we had a drop shadow to things like the text on the head as well to give this a bit more depth in the image. 10. Vector background - fix white lines/gaps: So as you're creating your vector background, one thing you might notice is that there are some white lines around the edges off your vectors is a couple of things we can do to fix that. So the first thing is, we select one of our layers. I was confused. The move toward first Balto selected Layer got auto Select turned on. And then we'll come to the direct selection tool. And I'm just gonna nudge a couple of these to the side to replicate the problem. You might be spotting from time to time. So basically, when you're working with these different layers, you may find that you have some white lines on still here. That means that basically, there the shapes are overlapping. There's a very thin gap between them, so there's a couple ways we can go about fixing this. The first is to zoom right in and to make sure that we're placing the ends of our triangles here. I'm right in the middle. So if I select this Horan shape up the top left, I'm gonna come back to my direct selection tool on make sure that it snaps right to the middle. There the other thing I can do as well. I'm just gonna hold down the space bar. To toggle on the Hansel is I can come to the edge of my shape and just stretch out a little bit. And that will mean that I'm basically overlapping these two shapes a little bit more. So if we go to the metal, I can select this shape here. We'll zoom in, actually or in shape here, zoom in and then we'll get back to the direct selection tour and you can see I'm just using that guide in the middle to snap those right to the middle on. Then we could do the same for the last one on If you're seeing any white lines. Still, after you've done this, so we should see on the zoom level, we really want to look at things that here is under 100%. So basically that means we're looking at this just de select my layers here 100%. So any lines that we see here now on would definitely be visible has we're exporting them. So the other way that we can kind of do this as we kind of briefly did just before is toe select the whole shape and then just make these overlap a little bit to get rid of any white lines that they're on the way that we've made. This means that we have an individual triangle for each of the colors moving around this square. But actually, what we could also do is in the background here if we selected, for instance, the green. So I'm gonna talk to my tool bar near my eye, drop it'll and select the green on, then in the background. If I go Teoh and it Phil, on my green is in my background color here. So I'm gonna use the background color to fill. Click. OK, and so now, because we fill this with green, there won't be any white line. So even if we take a shape here, which is perhaps the direct selection tour, move it away, there won't be any white lines that are left there. That's another way that we can fix this and actually a simple way to make this would be toe actually make your background and then just make the orange spikes or the greens bikes, depending on what we set our colored background, too. So I hope that helps toe to fix any white lines that you have popping up in the background on Teoh help you to understand how the layers are set up. 11. Organise your layers and add shadows: So now that we have these layers set up, we want to do a couple things. The first thing is you wanna organize our layers a little bit, so we're going to wrap our vector shapes up in the background a little bit. So if we have a look at our layers across in the right hand side, I'm going to select the top most vector layer and then we'll scroll down until we see the bottom rectangle here. And if I hold down shift, I can select all those layers and you can see all those layers are now selected. If I then right, click on any one of those layers, I can create a new group from these layers. So that's basically going to rappel these layers up into a single group called This Defector Background. I can still come in in my layers panel on edit those so I could basically come in and select those individually. If you're trying to edit a particular layer on, you're not sure where is. You'll see the blue outline around the outside so we can dive in on the zoom out a little bit. We can modify, For instance, the kind of flow off the design in the background. And we could also, if we want to be able to manage those layers Biltmore and see which lays a witch turn on and off the eyeball so we can see which layers a which, by turning on and off the eyeball. Here, Aziz Well as being able to select the layers with Auto Select as well. So that's how to select our layers. Now, the next thing we're gonna do here is actually add a little bit of a depth behind the image . So I'm gonna have my vector background layer group selected here. I'm gonna add a new layer and then on this layer, I'm going to use the paintbrush tools. We use the paint brush tool a little bit to modify at the mosque, and you can see I've got the mask selected there again. Now, if we jump too late to, I'm gonna jump to my brush tool and I'm gonna come to my brush options here. I'm going to set the size nice and big. So somewhere around 500 pixels, maybe a little bit bigger, let's go for 10. 40. So basically a nice big brush size on. Then we're going to keep the hardness turned right now. So now, without brush selected, we're just gonna click once in the background. And that is gonna add that little bit of shadow behind the late here so we can modify the intensity of that by clicking more on adding more shadow in the background. Do commanders set or if we want to reduce the amount of shadow we could come to our layers on, just dropped back the capacity so we can have mawr or less intensity for that shadow in the background. We can also add if we go to layer one here as well. We can add a shower shadow on this layer. So if we come to our effects, we can have a drop shadow and that will basically, if we move this to the side here will increase the size. It will add a drop shadow behind that layer as well. So they're doing similar things, both of those different types of shadow. But basically, with the paintbrush, we have a bit more kind of manual control over how we add that shadow and then, with a drop shadow, it will always kind of be around through the image that you've got in the foreground here. So we'll click OK to that. When you have a drop shadow attic, you'll see that effect added below your layer, and we can turn it on and off again with the eyeballs so you can see. Now we're getting quite a few layers set up here different types of layers of the regular brush layer. Let's call this by double clicking here. We call it Shadow on. We've got our effects applied to this layer and then our vector background on any of these groups. We can also turn off that whole group as well as we go through. And also, once we've kind of worked here, go back to the move. Tool, you can see is a lot about this hair where there's no transparency there. So we could come back to our layer mask, double click on that and then come back into the hair options. So it's one nice thing about the kind of way we're working here is that we've got the option to kind of come back in and modify and edit our layers and any of the work we're doing in our layers at any point in time, we're trying to set up a nondestructive set up here for our design. So in the next lesson, we're gonna have a look at how we add type to our design. 12. Add type to your design: So in this lesson, we're gonna have a look at how we add basic type toe design here. So the first thing we do is just select my layer one on. We're gonna go to edit on free transform or edit transform on. We're just going to scale this down a little bit on moving a bit more into the middle. So we've got some space at the top and bottom for some type. So basically, to add type in photo shop is two ways that we can do. This one is to add a point type where we just select our title on click. Once on, we get our type box on weaken type in straight away. The disadvantage of this way of typing in is that it doesn't wrap to that text box. Basically, if I keep typing, it's gonna type way off the page if we want to increase our fun. And I do want to do that just before I start typing, I can come to my point size up here. So as I mentioned before, up in the options to above, we always have those options for different aspects of things we have selected in our design so I can select from the drop down menu. Or I could hover over the little T in the big T here and use the scrubby slider to make this bigger and smallest. I'm gonna type in what I want in here. We're gonna make it whole caps. Andi will select this. Come to our fancy. When you're working in photo shop, you'll have a different list of France, the ones I do. Basically, as we've moved down here, you can see we've got a different kind of options for different fonts. Will choose this aerial black fund for the moment that you can play around with and choose whichever one you want. If I want to align this to the middle, I can select a line center. It's actually lining into that center point where I started typing. So if I now move this on, you can see these little pink lines of my smart guides. So in doing that, I've quickly jumped back to the selection tool in orderto Dr My type across, and I couldn't with the selection tool just double click again here on select. That will again increase the size of that. We'll just move this down a little bit, get that position perfectly. And now we could have a new type player, but we've kind of got our types of up here. So one thing we can do with a layer here, just like we did with our vector layers. If we right click on our layer across on the right hand side, we can come to duplicate layer on, we'll just click. OK, there. And now we've got Jupiter that text. So rather than setting the text up twice, we can type in once on. Then we've got the same front, the same font size on. We will type in this of the bottom on. I'm gonna increase the size of this a little bit. So we've got our type there, Onda. We can kind of move it and reposition it. And then we can also do a cup of other things as well here. So if I select the type tool we can Now, if we come up to the top option here, if we use the color picker here, it will change the color of the type as we move around. That's a handy way to kind of preview the color of the type of your gains. Actually, I kind of like this red, and we're gonna add a white outline to this. So it's gonna have a bit of contrast to as well. So we'll click OK to that and then will select the bottom layer and come back to the types off on. We could do the same here so you can select any color that we want from here and also using the slider. We can change the hue of that color so we'll just have a couple of different kind of right colors here there. I mean, theme is gonna be kind of fun and playful, so we're not too worried about having lots of color in here for the moment. And then we'll click OK, once we're happy with that. So basically, that's how to change the color of your type. So we look at both of our type players. We can come to our effects at the bottom here of our layers panel, and I've got the photo shop is layer selected. We can see that highlighted in the light of greater and we can come here and we are looking for a stroke. So basically, we're gonna add a stroke, the outline of the shape so you can see there's a black stroke around the outside. I'm going to change that toe white because gonna contrast nicely with the background so I can click on the color here on, just drag out the top left. Click. OK, if you see something different in your color picker than it maybe because you've got the saturation or brightness selected or one of the RGB values. So if you select Hugh, you always get this Hugh Slider on, then its color box on the left hand side, so will select the whites on, then will increase the width of that. We're gonna make it drop outside of our type Now we'll make it nice and big click OK on. So you can see we've got our stroke effect on here as well, so we could go in and do the same to our awesome layer. But just like with layers weaken duplicating. So if I hold down the okay on the stroke and just drag that up, you can see I've got a little double headed arrow on. The stroke is kind of active. It's dragging if we're dropping on that awesome layer is gonna have that same outline to the autumn layer as well. So now we've got our text on our cut, our image on our vector background all set up. So these are the main layers you'll need to work with for this particular task. And then in the next video, we're gonna have a look at how we export this out. So the first thing will just quickly do here is go to file, save on, Save that. We're going to maximize the compatibility like, Okay, we now have our project saved. So let's move on and have a look at how we now export this out has a J pig so that you can upload it to the web. 13. Export a JPEG for the web: So let's go ahead and have a look at how we can now export a J peg from our design here. So we're gonna come up to file on exports and basically we have a couple of options for exporting things out. So we have an option to export has we can also use the safer Web legacy option here as well , which I like to use will jump into export, has to start with on in this new export window, you can choose the format that you want to export hours so we can choose PNG or JPEG. From here, we'll select J pic we're gonna keep the quality at 100% will keep the size. Or as is so once we got this set up, you can see in here we've got the size 10 80 by 10. 80 the file size that the J pig will be or an estimate of that on then. Also, any metadata that we're gonna have is going to convert toe. It's RGB which the great format for the Web on we can hit exports all. And now we can save this out as a J pic. So once that is saved out. We can now go ahead on and upload that the Internet and edit into a blogged on Do share it online on instagram, Facebook, twitter, any of those different sites that you want to the JP will upload perfectly. We also have our working for her shop version off this files. If we want to come in and modify it, then we can do that. You should really normally keep both those versions of the files that the exported J peg is the one that you upload on. Then the Photoshopped document your keep as long as you think you'll need to edit that file first. Shot files can get bigger and bigger as you work on the more and more this 10 80 by 10 80 file with delays that we've got is not gonna get that massive, but something definitely keep an eye on as you're working in photo shop in thinking about where you're gonna back things up 14. Finishing up, saving and backing up: So that wraps up this lesson on creating a mean in adobe photo shop, adding an image, cutting it out, making a graphic background and then also adding type. I'm working with some different layers to add some shadow effects. Now, just a couple things of housekeeping before we finish up. One thing is, if we look at the tabs up at the top here, you can see we can move between these two files still in the tap on the right, you can see the little Asterix at the top right off the file name on their RTB information that basically means in the file is not safe. So when I go to file on save before I eventually close this, you can see one time going to file and save and saved it on the Asterix disappears. That's a useful note when you're working on different projects in photo shop or even in design, and adobe illustrator Asterix will always show up to show you the files that you haven't saved. So I can now close this file by clicking across on this file is the original hee I see file . I don't need to say this so even though it has the Asterix here, I'm going to click the X on. I'm gonna press. Don't save on that will now close that file and we can see. Now we've got those recent last open files on that we can reopen from are opening screen in Adobe Photo Shop when we come back to it. And yet that list will get longer as you continue toe work on more projects in photo shop. So if you do have any questions about process here, then please do drop me a message through the course message board on. Otherwise I look forward Toa seeing you on the next tutorial.