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Photoshop 100 - The Basics

teacher avatar Melissa Piccone, Adobe Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Photoshop 100 Intro

    • 2. Download Creative Cloud

    • 3. Photoshop First Look

    • 4. Adobe Bridge

    • 5. Opening Images

    • 6. Working with Multiple Images

    • 7. Customize Your Workspace

    • 8. Setting Preferences

    • 9. Hand and Zoom Tools

    • 10. Options Bar & Type Project

    • 11. Play & Explore

    • 12. Bonus color picker

    • 13. Wrap it Up

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About This Class

This is a beginner class designed for people with no previous knowledge of Photoshop. Using Photoshop and Adobe Bridge we will open and save images, create your own custom workspace, set preferences and add text to an image. This is a foundational class for you to learn the basics and become familiar and comfortable with the interface and tools. 

Our project will involve setting up your own custom interface in Photoshop and Bridge, setting the preferences and adding text to a photo. 

Upon completion of this class you will have the skills to confidently continue to learn more Photoshop skills.

What you need:

  • A computer that meets the minimum requirements to run Photoshop
  • A web browser
  • Some photos (project files provided)

Skills you will learn:

  • How to download Photoshop and Bridge
  • How to open images
  • How to use Bridge and Photoshop together
  • How to set up your custom workspace
  • How to zoom and pan in your image
  • How to add text to an image
  • How to save your images
  • Where to get help

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Melissa Piccone

Adobe Instructor



Hi, I am an Adobe Certified Instructor. I teach many Creative Cloud apps including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. I teach one on one and small group classes in my online classroom. I love to provide custom training for students who need help with projects. 

I live in Colorado and am an Adobe User Group Manager for the Denver Creative Cloud User Group. If you are local, come check us out. Look for a local user group in your area. They are a great place to meet new people and learn new things. 

I hang out at the Adobe User Forums as an Adobe Community Professional. There are about 300 of use all over the world dedicated to answering questions. It's a great resource when you have questions and need help.

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1. Photoshop 100 Intro: Hi, welcome to Photoshop 100. The basics this class is for very beginners. You don't even need to have the software installed. We're gonna begin the class by downloading the Adobe Creative Cloud. And from there, you'll be able to download and install Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. In our first look, after we get the software installed, we'll talk about Photoshop and what it looks like, how to open it, what you're going to see. Well then take a look at Adobe Bridge and how Bridge and Photoshop work together. And we'll work with opening up images. And then we'll work on opening up multiple images. We're gonna talk about how you can customize your workspace and you'll have your own custom workspace inside of Photoshop. After that, we're gonna take a look at the preferences. What preferences should you set? How do you change them? I'm going to show you how to use the hand in zoom tool super important to move around your image. We're going to talk about the Options bar and how that works with the different tools inside of Photoshop. And this will be our project. We'll be adding text to an image. And what we're going to accomplish here is going to be fairly simple. And I've included a little extra for you. I'm going to play with this image and turn it into a postcard. It's not a very good postcard. I'm just going to play and I'm not actually going to teach you that part. I'm just going to let you guys kind of watch. I'll walk you through what I'm doing. And the reason I'm including That is because I want to encourage you guys to actually play and explore and discover some different stuff inside of Photoshop, I've included an extra bonus lesson all about the color picker. So thanks for taking a look and please be sure and post your projects. I'm excited to seeing them and meeting you guys online. Hi, I'm Melissa, and I'm going to be your instructor today. I also just happened to be an Adobe certified instructor. I teach Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and other creative cloud applications. I've been teaching full-time since 2009. You can find me on my website at Creative training dot live. I loved to do one-on-one trainings, especially if you have a project or something that you want to accomplish and you are unable to do it on your own. I love to help people work through their projects and something very specific. I also teach classes for two or three days if you just have one specific piece of software that you really want to learn, or maybe A3 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, go together. Sometimes people want to learn all three. I have an online classroom so it doesn't matter where you are in the world, we can jump online together. My classes online range from one to about 12 people. I also run a User Group here in Colorado, the Denver creative cloud user group. If you're local, look us up on Meetup. We'd love to meet you and have you come to our group. If you're not local, go ahead and look in your city and see if there might be a local user group for you to attend. It's a great resource to meet new people and learn new things. I'm also an Adobe Community Professional. There are about 300 of us around the world. And we spend time in the user forums answering your questions. The adobe user forums are a great resource when you have issues or questions and I might just be there to answer your question. So now that you guys know about me, I am eager to get to know you through your projects, through this class. So let's get started. 2. Download Creative Cloud: in this quick lesson, I'll show you how you can install the creative cloud at which will allow you to download photo shop and bridge to download Adobe Creative Cloud. Simply open any browser and you want to do a search with the keywords. Download Creative Cloud. The first link should be correct. Click on it and it will take you to a page that looks something like this. We simply need to download and install Creative Cloud that will give us access to all of the other applications. You could start a free trial if you are not currently a subscriber. Once you have creative cloud downloaded onto your computer, you want to open it and go to the apse tab. In the apse tab, you'll see options to be able to either try or install the software, depending on whether you are a subscriber or not. We want to install photo shop and then scroll down a little bit. We also want to install Adobe Bridge. Once you get those installed on your computer and you open them for the first time, they'll appear in your doc or your task bar. I highly recommend that you right click on the icons and on the Mac you can choose under options. Keep in dock on the PC, you can choose PIN to task bar. This will make it easier for you to find your software in the future. 3. Photoshop First Look: Now that we have our software installed, let's go ahead and open up photo shop. You can open Photoshopped from your creative cloud app. You'll see you should have a little open button. Or if you put it in your task bar or your doc, you can open it from there. When Photoshop opens up, we're presented with what's called the home screen. If you've used photo shop before, you will see some recent files are the last files that you opened inside a photo shop on the home screen. I went ahead and reset my preferences. So if you've never used photo shop before, this is what you're going to see. If you notice I am logged into Creative Cloud. Up in the upper right corner is my picture. It knows who I am. It knows I'm logged in, its welcoming me by name. You can check out what's new If you click on this button, it'll open in a browser. You can take an interactive tour. You can drag and drop in image to open it. We're going to get toe opening up images in a few minutes, so this is called the home screen and on the left hand side. We have a couple of different options. You can click on learn, which will change the screen and present you with tutorials that you can follow along with again. If you click on any of these tutorials, they will open up in a browser. You can also access your light room photos. If you are using light room along with your photo shop, it's gonna show me some of my recent light room photos and I can open images directly into Photoshopped. I personally do not use this feature, so I'm gonna take you back to the home screen and a couple of other buttons we can create new and we can open. If you want to bypass this screen and just jump right into Photoshop, we can just click on the little icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Now we are inside of photo shop. We're going to talk more about the interface and actually create our own custom interface. In a few minutes. Let's go ahead and open up Adobe Bridge and see what bridge like looks like as well. We'll do that in the next video 4. Adobe Bridge: Let's go ahead and open up Adobe Bridge. I'm going to open up bridge from my doc again. You can do it from the creative cloud app as well. And when I click on Bridge, it's going to go ahead and open and it's taken over my entire screen. And again, I have reset my preferences. So this is the default interface that you will be presented with, and I actually use bridge on top of photo shop and we'll talk about that a little bit more so Bridge is gonna allow you to navigate your hard drive. Instead of using the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer, we can use bridge to look for images on our computer. It's just a smarter way to search and find things. You have a lot more flexibility inside of bridge than you do in Finder or Explorer, so I'm gonna start by re sizing my window. I'm just gonna grab the corner down here and make it a little bit smaller, and now I can actually see photo shop behind bridge, so bridge sits on top photo shop in the background. When we start to open up some images, this is going to come in very handy. So just to kind of cover some of the basics of bridge here on the left hand side, I have a favorites tab. I also have a folders tab. If I click on folders, it's showing me my computer. If I click on favorites, I can see my favorites and we're gonna add the pictures folder that we're going to use for our project to our favorites holder. That's going to make it really easy for us to find it. So the first thing I need to do is to navigate to my Pictures folder and mine is inside of a folder on my desktop. So if I click on desktop, I have a folder inside that folder. I have another folder, and here are my project files and I have several images in here that I want to use going to go back. One level works just like a browser. I have little back button, and I'm gonna grab that Project Files folder and drag it right where it says drag favorites here and when I release the mouse now that Project Files folder is in my favorites, and I can quickly click on that and see the images that I have toe work with for this class . If I choose a file on the right hand side, you'll see I get to see a big version of it in the preview window, and it tells me some metadata about this file for what we're going to do. We're not gonna use these guys on the right so I can get my cursor right in between all of these panels, and I can just slide it over to close those up. So what I'm concerned with is my favorites panel and at the bottom, I can increase the slider so I can see them larger and smaller makes it easier to see them and then under filter. This is a handy little feature. Almost all of my images are J pegs. I'm going to click on J Peg and it hide the one image that is not a J peg. So they're filter is really helpful. If you have a bunch of images and you're looking for something specific, bridge is really easy to learn, and I'm not going to cover too much more about that. But what I do want you to know is One of my favorite reasons for using bridge is if I double click on an image, it's gonna automatically open up inside of photo shop. If I was to do that same exact thing on my computer, then it would open up in some sort of image viewer. So if I navigate to those project files on my computer, here they are, and I double click on one of my images. It opened up in an image viewer here instead of opening up in photo shop. I always wanted to open up in photo shop, but close that up. So in our next movie, let's take a look at other ways that we can open up images inside of Photoshop. 5. Opening Images: So how do we open up images inside a photo shop? Well, you saw that if we double click on an image inside of bridge, it's gonna open up inside of photo shop on a Mac. I can also taken image from my finder, which you can see my finder window here. And if I Dragon dropped that image onto the photo shop icon in the dock and let go, it will open up that image in a photo shop. Unfortunately, this technique does not work on the PC. It only works on a Mac. What you can do on a PC is you can come to an image, choose it and then right click on that image and you can choose open with and you can see I have different options and I can choose Adobe Photoshop and go ahead and open this image with Adobe Photoshop inside of photo shop. I can go up to the file menu and choose open, and when I do that is going to give me a list, and I now have to search. My stuff is on my desktop, and it's inside of my project vials, and then I can go ahead and click on one of my images to open it up here in a photo shop. And again, I can also do it for From Bridge. So what I want you to know in Bridge four out of the five of thes or J pegs, this one image is what we call a raw file. A raw file is different than a J peg. This one came from my professional camera. I also shoot raw files on my iPhone using light room. When I double click on a raw file, it's actually going to go through something called Adobe Camera Raw First, it will not open directly inside of photo shop, but Aiken bypass this really quickly by just clicking on open image. I will cover Adobe camera raw in a separate class. When I click on open image, it brings it right into Photoshop. So what I want you to know here is now we have multiple images open. So how do we work with having multiple images open? And what if we want to combine some of these images and have multiple images into a single document? Let's take a look and see how that's done in the next movie 6. Working with Multiple Images: Now that I have four images open here in Photoshop, let's talk about different ways that we can work with having multiple images open. If you take a look at the interface, you'll see that my images are all in separate tabs. I can click on the tabs, and it's going to show me each individual image. What if I'd like to see these images all at once up under my window menu? I have something called a range, and I can choose to arrange these tabs in different configurations. I can choose for up, and then I can see all four. But maybe I don't want to see all four at once. Instead, I will choose to up vertical. When I choose to up. I can see two at a time and the rest of the images air still there. They're located in the first panel there, just hiding back there. Sometimes I might want to do this. I might want to compare two images, or I might have something in one image that I want to drag over into the other image, and this is one way that I can do that. Back up under the window menu I'm going to say consolidate all two tabs in place my images back into their tabs. Now, what if I want to work with more than one image in the same document? So here I have this awesome image of a glacier and maybe I want to combine two images or put something on top of it. How can I do that? Well, if I go back to our arrange and due to up Vertical Aiken, take one image. I need to have my move tool selected. And I could just drag and drop that image into the other one. And if I go back to my window menu and choose consolidate all two tabs, you can see this images come in and it's now on a layer and both images or in the same document. I can also drag and drop, just like I did earlier. So if I go back into bridge and say, I really want this flower image and this is exactly why I work with bridge a little bit smaller, I can take my flower image here and just drag and drop it right on there. And I get a little boxes indicating that I can resize or move it around. I'm just gonna hit the enter or return key on my keyboard to accept that. And now I have yet another image on top of this. So what if I want to start with several images coming in all at once instead of continually dragging and dropping on an open image? Well, I can do that as well. I'm gonna go ahead and close Thies to close an image. There's a little X here. I'm just gonna close that. I'm not gonna save any of my images. I just want to close them up. I'm gonna show you several ways to open up multiple images and I'm going to jump back out to bridge and I'm going to choose three images that I want to open up. I'm actually not going to choose the raw File three J pegs here and up under my tools menu . Enbridge. I have something called photo shop. I can choose something called load files into Photoshopped layers. When I click on that, it thinks for a second and it brings them all in. Now, if you look in my layers panel, you can see I have all three of my image is loaded into the same document. We can do this exact same thing that close this up first here, inside of Photoshopped as well In photo shop, we can go Teoh file. You can go to scripts and choose load files into stack. Unfortunately, these commands are not named the same thing, but they do the exact same thing. So once I choose Stack, I have this load layers I can choose files I'm going to click on browse and I'm gonna choose three. Choose all four of them this time and click on open. You can see my files listed here. I click. OK, And again it does the exact same thing. It brings all four images into the same document, so I didn't have to drag one at a time in the next movie, we're going to talk about the work space and create our own custom work space and label the pieces and parts here inside of photo shop 7. Customize Your Workspace: Let's talk about the interface and named the pieces and parts here inside of Photoshop. So we haven't image open in tabs, which we talked about in the last clip. I could see the name of my image. 66.7% is the zoom amount. Yours might be different. It depends on the size of your monitor. My image is RGB, and it's eight bit so I can get a lot of information right here. On the left hand side is my toolbar. Your tools are controlled by the Options Bar, which is at the top of the screen here. I currently have my move tool selected, which is my basic tool, and I have these animated tool tips turned on. They're turned on by default. If they drive you crazy, you can change those in the preferences. We're gonna cover the preferences in a few minutes, but for now you can see that my Options bar has options based on my move tool. If I switch tools, I'll choose a selection tool. The options in my options bar change. We're going to explore this a little bit further when we get to our project on the right hand side. We have panels and my panels allow me to do different things. We have lots and lots of panels to choose from. Over here is the learned panel, and you can bring that up at any time. But this takes up a lot of screen real estate, and I don't wanna have this open all the time. If I come up to the upper right corner of my screen, I have a search bar. Aiken do searches inside of Photoshop, so I'm gonna go ahead and close that up. And next to that is a little drop down, and you can see my name is in there. But I currently have the essentials workspace, the default workspace here. I have already created a custom work space, and I'm gonna show you how you can create your custom workspaces. Well, what these workspaces do if we choose a different one, it just organizes photo shop in a different way to have the panels organized in a different way. So I'm going to reset those essentials again. So mine looks like yours. There's another little icon to the right there that you should know about that allows you to share images of social media directly from Photoshopped. So there's some panels that I feel are more important than others. The learned panel is not that important. What I can do is I can just grab it by the name by the tab, and I can pull it out. And then there's a little acts and I can close that up. I have my libraries panel and I have stuff in my libraries panel. If I had an empty library, it would say drag stuff in here. I like my libraries panel, but I don't need it to be open all the time, so I'm going to drag and drop it right under my history panel. Now I have lots more room on my screen and I can see what I'm doing. I like the properties panel to I use it all the time, but again, I don't need it open all the time. I would prefer to just see my adjustments panel. So my properties panel, I'm gonna grab that guy and place that in this bar as well. Now I can come in between my panels here, slide this up. My layers panel is the single most important panel here inside a photo shop, and I only have one layer now, but I can have a lot of layers, hundreds of layers, and I want to make sure that I have the screen real estate to be able. See all those layers. If you're working on a laptop or a smaller screen, you can double click on a tab and it will collapse that panel. I can collapse the adjustments panel. Now I have you in more room to see my layers panel. But I like to be able to see my adjustments panel and my layers panel. Other panels that we might use can all be found under the window menu. So for our project were actually going to be adding some text to an image. So underneath that window menu, I can come in here and I can choose character. That'll add my character and paragraph panels to my sidebar here, and I'm gonna leave those in there because I'm going to be using them now that I'm happy with the layout. I can come up here and say new workspace, and when I do that, a little box pops up and I'm going to call this my class layout and go ahead and click save . So why did I go through all of that? What, It's even relevant all that. Well, if I start closing things and pulling different things out and leaving a mess on my desktop , everything's sticky. So if I close photo shop now and they come back in when I come back in, you know my tabs will still be closed and these panels will still be floating and is kind of like having a messy desk. I like to start each photo shop session with a clean interface, So what I can do is come up to that little drop down and say, Reset class layout, and it puts everything back the way it was when I first got started. This is especially helpful when you're first learning Photoshopped, because you will invariably move things around and close tabs and wonder what happened to them. And just remember that all of your panels are located under the window menu. 8. Setting Preferences: Let's talk about preferences. There's some preferences that we want to be able to set up here inside of Photoshop and the 1st 1 I'm going to click on this eyedropper tool up in my options bar for the eyedropper tool. It's a sample size point sample. This is how Photoshopped comes by default. I want you guys to change this to three by three average. This is a tolerant setting, and it affects more tools than just the eyedropper. That's a pretty important one to change. Not sure why Adobe hasn't made that standard yet, but they haven't on the PC. Your preferences Air located at the bottom of the edit menu on the Mac, The Preferences Air located under the photo shop menu. Now we can just take a quick look here as some of the basic preferences and Photoshopped so things that you can change. I work with a lot of big files, and I often turn off my export clipboard. You don't have to turn that off, but I like to have that turned off. You can change the color of the interface and how it looks, so my font size is such a small I'm actually gonna chip set this too large and it won't take effect until I restart photo shop. But I prefer to have the text a little bit bigger. I honestly don't think it gets that much bigger. I think it's just to try and make me feel better, but we're gonna try it anyway. And then there's other things that you can look at and change in here. The other thing that I change is inside of my tools. If you want to turn off those rich tool tips, that's animated tool tips. You can turn them off here. I recommend that you leave tool tips on when you're first learning The other thing I'd like to turn on Zoom clicked point to center. I always use my zoom tool right where I want to zoom in. So I definitely like to have that turned on as well Under file handling. I'm going Teoh be teaching you how to use smart objects in other classes. So if you're going to be taking my other classes, you definitely want Teoh. Turn this maximize P S d and PSB file compatibility to always smart objects air allow us to work non destructively and are super important. The last thing that I like to change as my cursors, you don't have to change this. This is my personal preference. Instead of using the normal brush tip, I prefer to use a full sized brush tip, and I like to have the cross hair showing in the center just gives me better control when I'm painting, and that's it for our preferences. 9. Hand and Zoom Tools: Let's see how we can zoom in and out and move around our image. We're going to start off with Zoom Tool. It looks like a magnifying glass, and it has a little plus sign inside of it. In my options bar, I have scrubby zoom selected. If I click with the Zoom tool, it'll simply zoom in with scrubby zoom. I can click and drag to the right to zoom in our click and drag to the left to zoom out. Once I'm zoomed in, I can move around my image using my hand tool. My hand tool allows me to push the image around the screen, but I'm not actually moving anything like I would if I was to use the move tool. If I click on the move tool and drag my image, I can't because of my background layer to cancel that for a second. Unlock it now, if I were to move my image, I would actually be moving it inside of the layer. That's not what I want to dio. I'm gonna go ahead and undo that. I'm going to use thes tools all the time. When you're first learning. You have so much to think about that. You forget to zoom in and out, and it actually makes it very difficult for you to get your work done. So I'm going to show you some keyboard shortcuts that you should practice. One way to remember them is to write them on a little sticky and put them on your monitor. I have the regular move tool selected to easily get my hand tool. I can simply hold down my space bar. Now I have my hand tool and I can move around. I want to zoom in a swell. So continuing the whole MySpace bar down, I add my commander control key. My cursor turns into a zoom tool, and now I could just click and drag with scrubby. Zoom on to zoom in and out. So what happens if your scrubby zoom is grayed out? You can still zoom in and out. If I turn scrubby, zoom off and I click and drag. I went up dragging a box and I zoom in on that box, so if I want to zoom really far in, I can. But how do I zoom out? I have a plus sign in their indicating that I'm going to zoom in. I need an alternative or an option. So holding down the old care the option key, I get the minus sign. And now I can easily I'm clicking the mouse to continue to zoom out. I have a track pad pinch to zoom in and out on my track pad. You can also set up a scroll wheel to zoom in and out for you. Another way to zoom in and out and move around your image. If we go up to the window menu, we can open up the Navigator panel. And here in the Navigator panel, you can see you have a little zoom slide bar, and when you're zoomed in, the red box is gonna allow you to move around your image so you can navigate with the navigator as well. 10. Options Bar & Type Project: Let's talk about the options bar, and to do that, we're going to go ahead and add some text to an image. This is the end project that we're going for after we complete our end project. For those of you that would like to experiment a little bit more, I'm going to continue to play around. But I'm not going to be actually teaching you what I'm doing. You can try and follow along, but I'm just gonna do some fun stuff. And the reason I'm going to do that is because I want to encourage you to go ahead and explore and try things out. That's how you learn how to use these applications. So in the end, I may wind up with something that looks like this, which is completely different. Then what I just showed you. So let's go ahead and get started on this project. Feel free to use one of your own images or go ahead and use one of the images that I have provided for you. I'm going to start bridge and double click on my glacier image and over in the tools I want to choose my type tool. So my cursor changes into my type tool. Let's take a look in the options bar and I have myriad pro regular, 12 points selected. I can come up and make changes to this right now I can choose a different font. Maybe this barricade of pro and I can change the size. I want something fairly large. The drop down only goes up to 72 points will try that. See what happened. I'm gonna go ahead and just click with my type tool. It puts in some placeholder tax, but it selected so I can just start typing. I'm gonna type in Alaska a soon as I'm done typing. I'm going to switch tools. I want to go back. Teoh, my regular move tool. At this point, I want to make some changes. Obviously, my text isn't large enough, but because I change tools, the options bar has changed. I can only see options now for my move tool if we take a look up here. So I need an alternative. And instead of using the Options bar, I'm going to continue to alter my text using the character panel. Earlier on in the class, we had the character panel come over and pop up in our little sidebar here so I can open it there. If you don't see your character panel, you can always go to the window menu and choose character and it'll pop up. So here in my character panel, I have a lot more options than I had in the options bar for text over in my layers panel. Somehow I must have clicked twice with the type tool, and I have an extra layer. So I'm just gonna grab that layer and throw that in the garbage. Not really sure how that happened, and as long as I have my Alaska layer selected, you can see it's highlighted because it's a lighter color. Any changes that I make inside of my character panel are going to change the text, and I'm gonna change the size of the text to 250 points. I'm just gonna hit Tab to accept that. Now I have a giant text of Alaska, and I'm gonna go ahead and move this over now, options that we choose in the options bar and in our panels are sticky. So I typed the word Alaska. However, I did not type it in all caps. But the reason it came in in all caps is because here in my character panel, I have all caps selected from the last time I used this character panel and that stuck. So that's fine. I'm going to stick with all caps. I like the way it works. And I'm gonna close up the character panel because I'm happy with the text the way it is right now. But I want to move it around and kind of make sure that it's going to get centered. Now. As I move my text around thes, the gentle lines start to pop up. I'm holding my mouse down. That's why you can see them on the screen. The's air called Smart Guides and my smart guides help me line things up. So I know that this Alaska text is perfectly centered in my image. I love smart guides. I use them all the time. You could turn them on and off. There's something that you view, so I could come up to the view menu and show, and I could turn off smart guides. I'm not going to do that. Just wanted to show you where it. Waas. I have my rulers turned on rulers air also something that you can view. We go up under the view menu. You can see rulers Super easy Keyboard Shortcut Commander Control are to remember to turn your rulers on and off the keyboard. Shortcut works and illustrator and an in design as well. So is worth memorizing with my rulers on. If I wanted to create guides to get things aligned perfectly, I could to create a guide, I click inside of a ruler and just drag down and he'll pull out a guide. I could do the same thing for the vertical rulers, and there we go. Now I have guides, and I can align things to my guides if I want to. This takes up too much time for me. I rarely use it. I'm going to get rid of those guys to get rid of them. I just do the same thing backwards. I just click on a guide and move it back into the ruler. Click on a guide, moving back into the ruler, and now we haven't image with text. I want to continue to play, feel free to play along with me or play around on your own, and I'll see you in the next movie. 11. Play & Explore: Okay, let's play with our text and see if we can make this image look a little bit more interesting. The first thing I'm going to do is create what's called a clipping mask. I will have a whole class on clipping masks. I'm just gonna do it really quickly. I'm not going to teach you how to do it, but I'm going to duplicate my background layer when I click on a layer command or control J . Aiken, duplicate that layer, and I'm going to rearrange my layers. So this background copy is on top of the word Alaska. I'm gonna resize it, Commander Control T to transform. And I need to escape. I'm actually in the wrong layer. I have my Alaska layer Select it Hit escape. To get out of that, I want to be on my background copy command or control T to do a transform. I'm gonna resize and I'm just gonna grab the handles and resize this guy. So I wanted to be smaller. And, um, if I want to stretch it out a little bit, I can hold down the shift key, and then I can kind of squish it. Not really sure if that's how I wanted to look or not. But we're gonna give it a shot, hit, return or enter on the keyboard to accept that I'm going to right click on this background copy and create what's called a clipping mask. Now that image is only appearing inside of my Alaska letters. I want to bring it down just a bit. It looks kind of cool. We can't see anything, So let's go ahead and add some affects to the word Alaska. Let's go down to our FX panel at the bottom of the layers panel, and I want to start with a stroke. I click on stroke and it brings out my layer styles panel. Make sure that you move it out of the way so you can actually get a preview of what you're doing. And I want this stroke to go on the outside of my text, and I'm just gonna play with the little slider and make it a little bit bigger. And I've got this color I can click on the colored ship, and I can actually move my cursor outside of my color picker and pick a color from my image so that it matches. I'm happy with that cool thing about this. Look, I've got more strokes that I can add. I can turn on another stroke and this one. Maybe I'll make this one inside and I'll change that color and I'll make it wait. But that was too big. So let's make this stroke quite a bit smaller. And for some reason I can't see my other one. Um, it's on top of it. This guy is on the outside and it's not very big. And somehow I got two white ones. Click on that guy again. Pick a blue. There we go. That's what I was after. So I have a couple of different strokes on that image, and maybe I want a drop shadow. If I click on the word drop shadow, I can come in here and I can play with my spread and my size and how dark I want it. It's kind of cool, and maybe I want to do something like an outer glow. Click on Outer Glow. This is going to give it a little bit of a glow around the edges. I kind of like that, but my image of the background is kind of distracting, so maybe I'll just add a new blank layer. And I do not want it in my clipping mask. It wanted my clipping mask care. I'm actually gonna move this down, and I'm gonna fill this layer with a blue color. And I pretty happy with that color. I might just come in here with the eyedropper and pick a different color, maybe a darker color in here. And I want to fill this with a color. I'm gonna use a keyboard shortcut option or Ault delete. And that just fills everything that you're working with here. So now that I have this layer on top of here, I'm gonna go normal and I'm gonna change this. Let's see what I want to dio. I'm just using some layer blend modes here and kind of cool. I kind of like the hard light. I'm gonna use hard light now. Maybe it's a little too dark. So what I can do is I can lower the a pass ity of my layer, so I get some of the detail to come back. That's kind of cool. Maybe I want to turn this into a postcard. I'll grab a rectangle tool, and I'm gonna make a box. And with my rectangle, I don't want to have a Phil, but I do want to have a stroke. Picked kind of a nice blue color and maybe do, like 20 pixels. Here we go. And then I can even create another one if I want. So I'm gonna duplicate this to duplicate a layer. All you have to do is to Commander Control J to jump it to a new layer. I can come back on our properties panel and I can make this white and maybe make it five pixels. I don't know, something fun like that. So I am doing this and not really teaching you because I want to encourage you to play. So please, just take a few minutes and explore. See what else? You can come up with all of these techniques. I can teach you in another class at another time. Thank you so much for watching my course. And I look forward to seeing your projects. Please post your projects for me and let me know if you have any questions. 12. Bonus color picker: Let's explore the color picker. My color picker has a hue slider. I can choose by Hugh, and then it has the value choosers. If I want to choose, let's say Blue, I'll slide up to blue and then I can come over here and I can choose just the color of blue that I'm after. And I just want to tell you about some of the things in here Down here it says Onley Web colors. This is a throwback to days when we used 256 colors for the Web. That's ancient. History is very unlikely that you will ever need to use that. Here we have a little exclamation point. It's a warning. It's telling me that if I want Teoh eventually save this out as seem like a that this color cannot be faithfully reproduced in the seem like a. So if that's important to you down the road, you can just click on it and it'll jump to the color. That is the closest match to see him like a in here. I've got my new color. This is my new color, my old color and then this little box again. This is a throwback to the days of 216 colors on the Web and is telling me this is not a Web safe color, which is fine, because I don't even care about that anymore. That is so long ago. Over here. If you're looking to get actual color numbers for doing work, you can get your Hexi decimal number for Web. Here's your RGB numbers and here's your c m y que numbers. I'm just gonna go ahead and click OK to pick my new blue, and now I have a new foreground color. 13. Wrap it Up: I want to thank you guys so much for watching my course about basics in Photoshop. And I just want to recap everything that we did. So we started by downloading the Creative Cloud if you didn't already have it downloaded. And we installed Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. We took a look in Photoshop to see what it looks like and talked about the home screen. And then we went ahead and opened up Adobe Bridge. And we saw how awesome bridge in Photoshop work together. So you can easily open up images into Photoshop from Adobe Bridge. So talking about opening up images, and then we worked with opening up multiple images. How do we work with multiple images open at the same time? And then how do we get more than one image into the same document in case we want to create a collage or something like that. We also customized your workspace. So you should have your own personal custom workspace inside of Photoshop now that you can always return back to and you can create more than one workspace. You don't have to stick with the one that we created. We set your preferences up so your Photoshop should be ready to go. And now you know how to set the preferences in case something goes wrong and you might need to reset the preferences and Photoshop that's gonna set everything back to the factory defaults. And you will have to go back in and reset the preferences. Again, like we did in our lesson on setting the preferences, we worked with the hand and zoom tool. So now you should be able to zoom in and out of your images and move around in there and really practiced those keyboard shortcuts. It's gonna make your life so much easier and make you work so much faster inside of Photoshop. In our project, we talked about the Options bar and how those are sticky options. So things stick in the Options bar when you go back into Photoshop, whatever you set up before, it's going to be the same options. Again in your next photoshop session. And we added some type to an image. And then you watch me play and kind of talk about what I was doing. And hopefully it inspired you to explore and play a little bit too, and maybe even learn a few things on your own inside of Photoshop. And you may or may not have watched the bonus color pickers, just explaining the color picker to you so you understand how to use it. There's a lot, a little icons, a little subtleties in there. And I explained all of that in the color picker episode. And I really hope that you guys have uploaded your projects. I'd love to see them. If you have any questions, please ask me questions in here. I'll be checking all your questions and your projects. And again, thanks so much you guys for watching and I look forward to seeing you in my next class.