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Practical Photoshop : How To Make Your Photos Look Great

Dawid Tuminski, www.dawidtuminski.com

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23 Lessons (1h 31m)
    • 1. Practical Photoshop - Promo Video

      1:09
    • 2. Introduction

      2:58
    • 3. Design Challenge

      1:00
    • 4. 1.Practical Adobe Photoshop - Understanding the interface

      2:55
    • 5. 2.Practical Photoshop - Panel and Control Panel

      4:05
    • 6. 3.Practical Photoshop - Interface best pracitces and shortcuts

      6:54
    • 7. 4.Practical Photoshop - Opening Images

      2:03
    • 8. 5.Practical Photoshop - Placing images

      4:29
    • 9. 6.Practical Photoshop - Understanding Layers

      5:51
    • 10. 7.Practical Photoshop - Transforming Images

      7:41
    • 11. 8.Practical Photoshop - How to Use the Canvas

      5:48
    • 12. 9.Practical Photoshop - How To Use the Crop Tool

      3:33
    • 13. 10.Practical Photoshop - Let's make the tree look better

      2:49
    • 14. 11.Practical Photoshop- Let the Cropping Continue

      4:26
    • 15. 12.Practical Photoshop - How to Straighten the Leaning Tower of Piza

      2:59
    • 16. 13.Practical Photoshop - Let's Sum Up the Cropping

      2:30
    • 17. 14.Practical Photoshop - Making a Photo Look Great

      9:05
    • 18. 15.Practical Photoshop - Correcting The Colors

      3:44
    • 19. 16.Practical Photoshop - Vintage Effect Technique #1

      4:06
    • 20. 17.Practical Photoshop - Vintage Effect Technique #1

      5:10
    • 21. 18.Practical Photoshop - Design Challenge Resolved

      3:29
    • 22. 19.Practical Photoshop - Design Challenge - Saving an Image

      3:42
    • 23. 20.Practical PHotoshop Thanks for taking the class

      0:25

About This Class

I have had considerable Photoshop experience so I was concerned this might be too basic but I was wrong. Dawid has a way of finding value in every lesson regardless of your skill level when you start. I absolutely can't wait for the rest of this series.

How can you eat an elephant?

Bite by bite.

Photoshop is a huge program and learning it can be long and hard.

But what if you could eat it bite by bite, learning only what’s practical about it and see immediate results of your efforts?

With this course it is absolutely possible, because it is all about learning the practical Photoshop.

Take a look at just a fraction of great Photoshop knowledge you will find inside:

  • How to use Photoshop’s interface and not get a headache from looking at it.
  • How to quickly get the photos in the same size for you family album or for your next business presentation
  • How to make your photo look awesome in just a few easy steps.

This course is an opportunity for you to see what you can achieve with the program in just a few minutes.

You can finally make your photos look fantastic with some simple techniques, without any prior Photoshop knowledge.

This course was created with those in mind who:

  • have ever wanted to learn Photoshop but felt overwhelmed by it
  • have ever started learning it, but finally gave up, because they didn’t see the results of their efforts
  • prefer to start with the most practical aspects of Photoshop that are easy to learn and give fast results

So enroll in the course and finally make your photos look great!

See you inside.

Dawid

PS If you like the class, please submit your review and class project.  It will help other students, just like you interested in topic I teach, in finding my classes. Thanks!

Transcripts

1. Practical Photoshop - Promo Video: photo shop is a huge program and learning it can be a long and hard. But what if What if you could eat that elephant bite by bite? Learning on Lee What's practical and see immediate results of your efforts? Well, hi there. My name is David Tyminski, and this course is an opportunity for you to learn. The practical photo shop in Science will find the essentials off. How to get started with photo shop and make your photos look great. You learn how to use photo shops interface and not get a headache from looking at it. How to quickly get the photos in the same size for your family album, Facebook album or for your next business presentation, you learn how to make it a photo look awesome in just a few easy steps. How this course is an opportunity for you to start learning Photoshopped the right way and see what you can achieve with the program. In just a few minutes, you could finally make your photos look great with some simple techniques and without any prior Photoshopped novelist. So in rolling the course and see you inside 2. Introduction: Hi, My name is never too musky. And thanks for enrolling in this horse. Now, if you are here that chances are that in the past you either wanted to learn Photoshopped, but for felt overwhelmed by it, you started learning it, but finally gave up because you didn't see any results of your efforts or you want to learn on Lee the practical aspects Photo shop. The ones there are easy to learn and give fast results well, that you are in the right place because this course is all about photo shops, practical essentials. So let's actually see what she will learn inside this. Worse, we're going to start with the quick interface overview, but we will look at it. From a practical point of view. You'll learn the most essential and most effective ways off using it. They were going to talk about the practical and most effective ways of bringing your images into photo shop, and after that will briefly talk about the layers but Onley in the practical aspects. You'll learn on Lee what you need to make your photos look great and not break them in the process. In the next section, you'll learn how to quickly transform your images, how to change their size, how to rotate them, how to flip them, all that using the quickest and the simplest techniques. And there's a difference between the image itself and the can of us that it sits on. So in this section you'll learn how to use the canvas was the difference between the canvas and the image, and what are the practical benefits off it? After that, we will demystify cropping. You've probably noticed to the bars that sometimes pop up when you take a photo on your digital camera. After this section, you will know how to create photo compositions like a photography supers, and after that we will talk about using the adjustment layers. Now I know it may sound scary, but before we move on to the actual making your photo, great part will talk about what the adjustment layers are, how to use them and why. It's a good idea to use. And once we are familiar with the adjustment, Layers will talk about how to make the colors of the referral great, how to make it more vivid and how to make it look more natural. All that in just a few easy steps. And what about those adjustments will also allow us to give any photo a retro look, and this actually be a quick peek at what you'll learn in my other course on the creating. Most popular instagram effects in photo shop. So once we're happy with our photo, we made all the adjustments. We made all the corrections. It's time to share it with the world's so it can envious. So you will learn how to save your images for both. Put it on Facebook or Twitter on or anywhere on the Web and for future at it. So, as you can see, there's a lot of practical stuff to cover, so let's jump right in. 3. Design Challenge: this course wouldn't really be practical if it didn't come with a design challenge. So take any photo you want. It can be any of your own photos. It can be one that you find on the Web, or it can be one or all of the images that come with this course. So open it in photo shop and then make all the adjustments that you see fit. Use cropping, correct the colors and contrast and if you want, and the vintage effect and straighten the image. If you think it needs that, I will also think Design Challenge. And one of the last videos will be about me making the photo off my choice. Look great, of course, using that techniques shown in the course. And as always, it would be great if you shared your photos with the community and said a few words on your project, and I'm here to help. So if you have any questions or any problems, of course, regarding the course, feel free to ask 4. 1.Practical Adobe Photoshop - Understanding the interface: So first, let's start with the photo shops interface. And I know that some of you might be thinking like Interphase. I mean, well, that's boring. I don't wanna learn it. Well, actually, the interface is a well, learning the interface is actually quite important. And I promise to keep it short, and I promise to keep it practical. And you will see that it's really good to have the skills that I'm about to show you in your portfolio. So, of course, on the left, right here, we got our main tools. This is the panel where we keep our main tools. And if you want, you can make it a single column. Or you could make it two columns just by pressing these arrows right here in the top left corner. These tools are all divided into groups. So we got the selection tools, the cropping and measuring tools. We got retouching and painting tools. We got our drawing and typography tools. We got him, we got navigation tools and we got the foreground and background color color's right here. But to tell you the truth in the upcoming videos, we will Onley be using the crop. It'll because, honestly, to make but practically any photo look great. We we can Onley use the crop tool from from these tools, but we will be working with their panels on the right on the right, much more so if the thing to remember here is that all these tools are divided into groups and whenever you see this little arrow next to a next way, well, tool symbol, if you click and press, if Italy can hold down, you will see a whole new group like revealing some other some other tools being hidden beneath that that basic tool. So it kind of like works kind of like an illustrator, where you also have some tools where are and some additional tools being hidden next to the next to the basic tools, so are underneath the basic tool. Now what's really important to understand about Photoshopped, especially working with colors in photo shop, is that unlike in illustrator, where you have the stroke and the fill color in photo shop, you have the foreground and the background color. So this is the foreground color in the black one right here, and the white color is the background color, so this is really important. The in Photoshopped, we got the foreground and the background colors. Of course, if I press click on this on these little arrows right here, I'm going to switch the color off the foreground and the background just like that. And of course, if I double click on any of these colors I'm gonna get and this color picker right here So the thing to remember we will refer Teoh. We will refer back to it in the future video. So I think to remember is that we got the foreground color and the background color, so I promised to keep it short. And honestly, this is for now all you need to know about the tools on the left and now we can move on to the panels on the right. 5. 2.Practical Photoshop - Panel and Control Panel: As I mentioned in the previous video, we won't be referring to these tools too much in the upcoming videos. We will, however, be working quite a lot with the layers panel right here and the adjustments panel right here. And by the way, if you can see them simply either go to the window menu and find both the adjustments and the layers right here, or simply turn your workspace to essentials as these panels. Both the adjustments and the layers are part off the essentials workspace right here. And if for some reason you messed up your essentials, workspace just hit reset essentials right here to bring it back to its default state. Here in the top, we got the menus. And what the idea behind the man is being displayed in the top bar is similar in any kind of piece of software. However, I would like it to notice that if you are ever stuck with some of function, that something is not really working on your you don't know where to look for some specific option. Just referred to this to this top bar. Now, with this a lot this concept in mind. So if you ever want to do something about the image, just head over to the image menu, and if you're looking for something about the layer, will just go to the layer menu. And if you want to find something about the type, just go to the type money because all these all these panels or or their names refer to certain options that you can or actions that you can perform using these. These options right here beneath the top Manu Bar is our control panel, and the thing to know to to know about the control panel is that it changes whenever you choose a different. So if I choose the crop toe, it's gonna is gonna change to give me some options that work with the crop tool. If I change it to, let's say type tool, it's gonna change to give me some Type two or some other type of typing tools or typing options. There are specific to the type of the type tool, and if I go for the brush tool is going to change and give me some options that correspond or that go with the brush tool right here, and if you want you can detach this this control panel like so if it's something that you want If you say that you that if say that you want Teoh like a safe some space here in the top or you have a large, large, more inter and you just want to have a detached because you prefer to work like so well, you can do it by dragging it. And then if you change your mind, simply docket back right here in the top in the top of part of your screen. So, actually, these are the main things that that that will get you going and that you will get you started using using a photo shop. And if you if you need some more well, actually we will. We will cover some more stuff about the interface in the next video, but they will be more like practical shortcuts kind of things. But for now, let's just stick to these simple rules that we have our main tools on the left right here that whenever we click on a tool and we see this little arrow next to it, we're going to get some additional tools right here that in voto Shall we got the foreground and the background color. But on the right, we got our panels right here that we can change our workspace here in the essentials. Well, in the workspace switcher. And now we are working with the essentials workspace right here that we got our the top manual right here. And whenever we want to change something about the layer, weaken simply head onto the layers menu. If you want to change something about the image, let's go to the image menu and so on and that we got our control panel being displayed right here. And whenever we choose a tool right here, we are going to get some different set off. Well, different, different options that go with that specific tool. So in the next video, we are going to talk about some very practical and hang the shortcuts when working with them. Where when we were working with their with work space. But don't worry. They will be quick that they will be brief and they will be super practical. So see you in the next video 6. 3.Practical Photoshop - Interface best pracitces and shortcuts: in this video, we're going to talk about some best practices when using or working with the with the photo shops interface. So let's say that when working with your image, you need some more room or that you want to see it without any distractions. Well, to change them the screen most inside photo shop Just press the F key on your keyboard, and if you press it repeatedly, you are going to be switching between different, different screen, most on pressing the F G to change my screen most. And yes, it's just like an illustrated. The shortcut is the same. And the idea behind this this method or behind the screen moat is the same. Just a zit is inside illustrator. So if I pressed repeatedly, I'm gonna go. I'm gonna go into the full screen mode just like so. And by the way, if you want your image to fit your entire screen, simply press the control. Or if you're on a Mac command plus zero on your keyboard, just like so. And if you want to see your your image in them 100% in its full the full size just pressed control or command if you're on a Mac one. So right now, I'm I'm making this image to be displayed in 100% percent view. So control zero for for the full view for two to fit in window, actually, and control pro plus one Teoh to turn it into 100% 100% view. So I'm gonna press the f key back and you can see that the fish actually is now. Well, it's not being well. It's not fit into window because we have because we have. Well, we chose the control one, the shortcut on our keyboard. But if I now press the control zero, you can see that fits in our window. Just like so. Okay, so that's how you can change the screen modes by so Well, we are doing it by pressing the F key on the keyboard. But what if we just want to get rid of the panels? We want to have the top bar on the control panel being displayed. We wanna have it on, but we don't need the panels. Well, to hide them, simply press the tab key on your keyboard, just like so. And of course, if I just here present repeatedly. I am going to be toggle in between like no panels and panels, just like so. And if you want to hide just your right panels simply press the shift tab on your keyboard , just like so. And by the way, is the same on a Mac. It's the same owner BC. So I'm shift. Present the shift tab toe Onley, hide the right panels Just like that. I quickly opened a few more documents just because I want to show some some nice tricks when when you have multiple documents open and by the way, we are going to be talking about opening and place and images in a later video. For now, I just want you to show I just want to show you the best practices when working with but with multiple multiple documents were multiple images. So the quickest way to switch between these documents, instead of just clicking and clicking and clicking on on these tabs right here is simply by pressing the control or command. If you're on a Mac plus tab on your keyboard and as you can see, I can know quickly, switch between all these all these all these documents just like so some pressing. I'm holding down the control key and I'm pressing the Tampa key just like so. So since we are talking about multiple documents, let me show you how you can actually fit or arrange multiple documents inside your document view. So all you really need to do is to go to the window menu and then arrange. And in here you can see many different options on how to how to display how to present your multiple multiple images. So if I go with the tile old vertically, you can see that I have my my images being displayed vertically next to each other, just like so. And by the way, all the all the shortcuts that we learn to before are working here as well. So let's say that I am well, that I make this orange active. If I go with control zero or control one, I'm going to I'm going to make this. I'm gonna Teoh. I'm gonna change the view off this orange to 100% as you can see right here. And if you go with control zero, I am going to fit inside my inside this tab, just like so. So again, if I go to window, arrange and I'm gonna maybe now go with the tile all horizontally, I'm going to put all these guys horizontally, just like so. And of course, if you have a bigger screen care than mine right here, you would see more of it. But this is something for you to explore when when you are working with multiple multiple images, when you have multiple images open. So if you want to go back to a standard of you just goto window, arrange and then consolidate old two tabs just like so. So there you go. I think that these are the most well in the essential on the basic basic tricks and techniques when working with that with the photo shopper interface. So let me just sum up all the shortcuts that we've learned. So if I pressed the FBI repeatedly, I am going to switch between the screen modes. And if I go with control zero right now, I am going to fit the well this time the lemon in my window. And if I go with control one or command one, if you're on a Mac, I'm going to display this lemon in 100% view, and I think it's a really nice lemon. It's really nice. So if I just go back to my normal school more by pressing the F key again, you can see that the lemon is actually in its 100% view, which you can see here, down here, right here, 100%. And if I go with control zero, you can see that that this percentage value changed because I'll right now I fit my image in my window by President, the control zero on my keyboard. And if I don't want to see the pounds, Aiken simply press the tab key just like that. And if I don't want to see the right panels, only I'm gonna press the shift tab just like that. And if I want to quickly toggle between my well between the multiple open documents, I'm simply going to press the control person, Hold down, control or command. If you're on a Mac and then the tab key just like that. Tuggle between to move between my my open open images. So there you go. These are the most essential things that you would need to know about the photo shops interface in order to get you started with using the software and in the next video. Since we have multiple images open, I think that I think it would be a good idea to simply talk about to open and images blazing images. How toe Quickly add your images into your document in order to simply, well too quickly worker with your images inside photo shop. 7. 4.Practical Photoshop - Opening Images: in this video, we're going to talk about opening and place in images because there's a difference between opening in place and images inside Photoshopped. So the most obvious on the one that you probably know technique off opening images is simply by going to the file menu and then just choosing open. Or we could go to the control. We could use the control or command. Oh, if you're on a Mac, the shortcut right here. So if I just press on it, I'm going to be open, able to open open a file well, preferably an image, and put it into the photo shop. But what if what if we are the kind of designers who are lazy, but at the same time, like some really not too commonly known tricks? And we want to impress with them from time to time? So let's say that we are that kind of designers. Let me just close this guy right here. So let's say that we want to quickly open an image and we don't have any image open right here. You can see that my document window is clean. So, in order to quickly open an image when we have no image open so that we have a situation right now Like this one. Right now, I'm simply going to double click anywhere in my this clean document window. So if I now just double click on it, I can navigate to my my folder where I keep my images. And Aiken simply open it like that. So But this trick works only if you have no document, no image open. Know that when your document window is clean like so. So if I'm just gonna double click again, I can now navigate to my folder, navigate to my image and open by double clicking and image just like so and notice. But if I now double click anywhere in my document window, I am not gonna be able to open a document with no open an image with this technique that I that we just that we just learned and that I think is really handy. And it's not to come on. The show in some tutorials were mentioned in some books 8. 5.Practical Photoshop - Placing images: Okay, so that's open and images. Now, what about place? And what is the difference between placing and opening? Well, if I just open and they're open a, well, an image right now, so I'm gonna just press control zero control. Oh, and I double click on this banana. You can see that. I got new window. They that I got new in. Well, document window open right here. And I got my image being shown. They're right here, my document view. But what if I want to simply add an image into this document and I don't want to open another document right here? I want to have to images inside one document. Well, this is called placing, and you can do it in different ways. Well, first of all, you can go to the file menu, choose place right here and now if I just double click on the banana, you can see that I got my image being displayed right here. And of course I can move it around if I want to, but it's not gonna be I'm gonna be, like, actually truly placed until I either click this tick right here or if I just print up press , enter or return on a Mac just like that. So now I got my image placed inside my document. Let me just let me just delete it the other way that we can that we can actually place an image inside a document is by simply Dragon and from a separate folder in our in our well in our system. So if I just navigate to the folder where I keep my images and if I simply grab him Listen , I'm Drum gonna grab the orange. And if I simply drag it over here, you can see this little white arrow being displayed an A plus symbol next to it. And if I simply release my mouse bottom like so you can see the orange being being displayed and night, I can now simply press this this check mark right here. And I'm gonna have my orange being placed inside my document, which, by the way, we can see in the layers panel right here, another way off. Placing your images inside document is simply by dragon on image or actually any asset from another document. So if I go to the to the banana banana image and even though that you can see that the layer is locked, we will talk about the layers in the next video. So even though we can see that it's logged, if I have the move tool, which is this guy right here active and I click and start dragging. You can actually see nothing. Nothing happening. You can see that we are not doing anything. But as long as I move it, I click drag and move it on to my next document. Well, the first document, actually name will this tab right here and now I bring it over my document like so you can see that I have actually placed that banana. So it's a simple as well, of course we can do it the other way around. So if I grab the orange, move it on to them and the banana class project titled Tab, and I'm simply going to release my mouse button right here. I'm gonna place that orange inside this document just like so. So these are the three most common ways off placing your images in photo shop and you can decide which one works best for you are usually usually go for the file placement. You I don't know why I just confirmed a file place menu will command. But if you want, you can simply grab a document. Will grab an image from a different document with the move to move it to your toe another documents title bar and simply drop it. Drop it like so. And you have your well, in this case, orange and arrange place and notice that as we do that we do not have. We don't have this check mark option right being displayed right here in our control panel because photo shop is actually assuming that this is what you want to do. You want to place your image right here. So there you go. These are the most common ways off opening and place and images inside photo shop. And since we skimmed the layers surface, let's let's call it like that. So since we briefly talked about the layers, I think it's the high time to to talk about the layers. And we will if you're having problems with the layers with understanding the layers, I'm gonna try to demystify the layers with some simple, some simple metaphors. That's that's what about. Here's in simple matter first, to explain things. So if you're interested in learning and finally learning the layers, you will. Well, hopefully we will learn in the next video. 9. 6.Practical Photoshop - Understanding Layers: So if you ever had problems with understanding how layers work, well, maybe this matter for will help you. So think of the layers, as as your clothing. The the outer layer of your clothing would actually be the top layer in your layer layers panel, and the outer layer over clothing is actually the one that you and well, you can see in the mirror or other people and can see on you right. They can see what's beneath. Now you're, let's say, your code, your jacket or your blouse, but they but they can see what's well. They can see your outer layer of your clothing, and it's the same with layers inside photo shop. Let's consider this orange class project layer right here as your outer layer of your clothing, and this is why it's being shown on top. Well, right now, it's not covering the whole image because it's smaller simply than than the letter that that's been been naked at the background player. But as you can see, it's being displayed on top off the layer that it's that is beneath beneath it, and it's covering covering the underlying layer. So just like our our code. Let's assume that the orange is our coat and the background layer. It is our T shirt, for instance. So I hope that this matter for actually helps you that when you look at your layers, maybe think about layers of your clothing. You will think that that the top layer is actually kind of like your top layer of your clothing, and it's actually the one that it is being on top. And that's being visible right now. Okay, so let me just let me just delete this layer. And by the way, the quickest way to delete the layer is by pressing the backspace key like so and noticed that whenever you open an image, you will get this background player with a padlock being displayed right here. And it's just a photo shops way off, making sure that she won't accidentally damage your damage or your your layer. That's why it's being automatically locked right here. So I think that the first thing whenever you're open whenever you open an image would be to duplicate your background layer and actually think there's a few ways of doing that. We could actually click and drag to this little icon right here, which would which is actually the new layer icon and by dragon a layer to this icon. We're actually going to duplicate a layer just like so or which is even faster. We could simply use the control J or command J shortcut owner keyboard. So if I'm just gonna press control J, you can see that I'm actually creating lots and lots and lots off and lots off copies off my bag grant layer. And by the way, it's the same as going to the layer menu new layer via copy, and you can see this shortcut being displayed right here. But of course, I don't need these many of these men these many layers right here. So the quickest way to to delete or to remove the multiple layers is simply by selecting the ones that you want to delete. So you can either simply click on one and then maybe shift click on the other one to select like group of layers. Or you can simply press one and then hold down the control key or command. If you're on a Mac and select on Lee the layers that you want to delete But since I wanted to lead almost all of that, I'm simply going to click on the background copy number two, then on the background copy Number 15 and press the backspace key just like so. And by the way, since we are talking about the layers, I think it's a good It's a good time to quickly go back to the foreground and background colors right here. So if you haven't had enough off of short cuts off and the shortcuts and here are some more for you. So let's say that we want to have that. We want to fill the background with a solid color long solo, and let's say that we want to fill it with black. We could, of course, go to let me just go to the paint bucket till that it sits right here. Or we could use some handy professional shortcuts, which in this case would be the the old backspace or option backspace, or control or command backspace to either fill your layer with the foreground or background color. So if I now just press the old backspace on my keyboard, well, you can see that this layer Thamel has changed and it's showing me just the black color. But we can't see the background being black because our our layer our top layer, our coat or our jacket it's actually hiding what's beneath its not showing our black T shirt. So if I just turned the visibility off this off this background copy layer, you can see that we actually very actually filled the well the entire layer with our foreground color. And if I now just press control or command, if you're on a Mac backspace, I'm going to fill it with the background color, which is the white in this case. So if I now just change the color black color to maybe say this blue collar and now press the old backspace, I'm going to fill my entire entire canvas entire layer with that foreground color, just like so. So it's controlled back space for foreground color the old backspace for full foreground color and control backspace or command for the background color. So let me just bring that background copy back, just like so and now, since we have our well, our background copy, we have the copy of our fish. You can see that it's not being locked. Well, we could lock it if you wanted Teoh. But now we can actually do some things about We can actually start transforming our images . And this is something that we are going to be doing in the next video. 10. 7.Practical Photoshop - Transforming Images: so in this we don't. We are going to start transforming our images and we will make it to edible s practical assed practical as possible. So let's say that we want to add a wide border like a frame around our image, and there's like probably 1000 ways of how we can do it. But I want to show you how we can do it with Onley, the tools and the techniques that we just learned. We didn't learn many techniques, but the techniques we already learned will actually allow us to make some pretty nice things with this image. So first I'm going to go to the background, Teoh Layer like so And I am going to fill it with the wide collar. So I'm simply going to press and hold them the control or command. If you're on a Mac and then press the backspace and you can see that right now, my background will thumbnail actually has changed to what, and we actually filled our background to with the with the background color. So right now I'm gonna move to my background copy layer. And by the way, this is actually an important thing about Photoshopped because Photoshopped follows a layer first and the tool second rule. So in order, Teoh actually manipulate or it's just any layer. First you need to have it selected. You can use the order select option right here. So whenever you have your move to on and you have your order select option on, you can actually click on your image in order to select some object. Bob Debt works not that efficient as it does inside illustrator. So I think it's better to simply select the layer and then the object with a certain tool. So right now that I have my background copy layers selected, I want to do something about my about my image. So with the move toe, I can just move it around and you can see right now that our background is being well, we can see the color of a background background right now, but we can't actually resize the image with that with the move toe. Nor can we do that with any of the any of the path selection tools right now. Well, right here, as we would inside illustrator. Where we actually have to do is with the layer selected go to the edit menu and then we have to go to free transform option. And I think it's best to simply use control or command to shortcut on your keyboard. So I'm gonna go with the control T. Well, I'm going for the free transform. And as you may notice, we got So we got some manipulation Control will control points being displayed right here and there the same as they would be. Well, as they are inside, illustrator and actually put a lot off. The same rules apply here inside Photoshopped when transforming images so well as they do in Illustrator. So, for instance, if I simply hold down the shift key and now click and drag, you can see that I am constraining the proportions and off my off my image and well and my fish as well. Of course I can go up like so, but as you can see, we are not to move in our image outside our canvas. So our image is constrained to the cannabis and we will talk about it in the later video. So I'm holding down the shift key to constrain the proportions. But what if I want to will actually create the frame I don't wanna created in one year in one take or in one click. Well, all we need to do is to simply and the old or option if you're on a Mac key to our to our transformation. So if I now just press and hold on the bulky, you can see that I am actually that I am actually, well creating or changing my size of the image starting from its center point. So and right now I am actually creating the frame that I was looking for, just like so And by the way you can see these these options right here And of course, in order to accept or decline our transformation or we need to do is to simply press this check mark or the return on our keyboard. So I'm simply going to press it. And right now I got my I got my image will resized. So again, I'm gonna press the control or command. If you're on a Mac plus T and I'm back again in the free transform mode And of course I can rotate my my image around if I just click and drag by one of these one of these corners right here. I can, of course, may be distorted, Just like so if I want to, because you can see that we're right now. We don't have this. Some, like angled arrows, were just some some simple straight arrow so we can manipulate the image just like so. But I don't want to distort it. Sounds simply going to cancel out. I'm gonna go back again to the to the free transform tool by pressing the control key control plus tea on my keyboard. And by the way, noticed that right now I can if I just right click on my image or command to click If you're on a Mac now, like so I'm actually going to have some other than some other well manipulation options that I can I can choose from. So I simply can flip my image horizontally, just like so so I can make it will swim in the other direction and I can flip it vertically if I want to swim into upside down. Why not? It can't be like that. I'm gonna go back to the original original view. And if you want some, If you need some creative, creative transformations. Creative manipulations you can always present. Hold down the control or command key on your keyboard. Grab any of these any of these quarter points Kulik and move to distort it to distort your image just like so. And if you hold down the shift key, you were distorted proportionately. And if you hold them the bulky as well you will distort it from the center point. So I am. I am using almost all of my fingers right now in my left hand I'm using. So I'm president, holding down the control, the shift and the old keys together to distort my image. Just like so. If I want, I can go really, really crazy with the image. And you can go crazy if your image if you want to. So let me just repeat all then all the all the information that we actually just learned. So in order to transform your image to change its size, to rotated, to, to manipulate, to flip it only well, we need to go go to the edit menu and then free transform, or better yet, use the control plus t the shortcut owner keyboard And right now I can cheese the size of the fish. And if I hold down the shift key, I'm going to constrain the proportions of my transformation. And if I press and hold down the ultimate together I am going Teoh do will transform my image from its central point. If I right click on the image right now, I can rotate it. If I want Teoh, I can I can flip it horizontally. I can flip it vertically if I want to. So remember that you need to have your free transform tool active, and then you can well, right, Click command, click on the image if you are working, if you're working on a Mac And if you were gonna will want to go really crazy with your transformation if you want to distort your image, simply present. Hold down the control or command key on your keyboard in order to manipulate the perspective and to distort your image. Just like so. So there you go. These are the most important that well, the easiest as well in the ways of manipulating changing the image of all the sights of your image. There is one more thin to to understand we're about to change all that manipulation images inside Photo shop and is the relation between the image and the can of us. It's sitting on, and that zinc white unquoted put an important relation. And it's something that we are going to actually talk about in the next video. 11. 8.Practical Photoshop - How to Use the Canvas: in this, you know, we are going to talk about their canvas and the relation between the cannabis and the image inside photo shop. So basically, canvas is something that our image is sitting on or is being like constrained to. And in this case, well, it's actually very handy that we have our background being filled with the white collar because right now we can see the boundaries off our canvas right here. So wherever the white color stops, actually our can of us stop right here. So how does this help us? Well, if I just go to the free transform mode by pressing the control tea on my keyboard or command if you're on a Mac, if I just change the size of the image just like so you can see that the canvas is constraining the size off my image, we can't actually see anything that is being outside the canvas. And right now, if I were just to go ahead and save my image, So I'm gonna just quickly go to save and say for Web and we are actually going to be talking about this command in greater Delia detail In later video, I am actually going to save on. Lee was Bean but was being displayed inside the canvas. Of course, if you want to, you can change the size of the canvas. And so in order to do that too well, actually, we don't have a We don't have a canvas menu right here, but the canvas size is actually under the image menu and canvas size. But I advise you to use the control all plus C or option plus control plus C shortcut. So if I now just go is if I now just click on it, I'm gonna change my units. Two pixels right here. I can now change the size of mine off my image well of my canvas, and I can make it really arbitrary. So let's say that I need for my project. I need all my images to be exactly in the age D resolution, which is 12 80 by 7 20 So if I just go with 12. 80 by 7 20 and imagine it can be any size you want, let's say you want your Facebook album to be in some certain will in some well, concrete resolution or size you Can you can simply entered here. I'm gonna go with Standard 16 by nine. Aged 12. 80 by 7 20 resolution and I'm just gonna click, OK? And right now, the photo shop is gonna tell me that the new canvas size is smaller than my image, and it will actually kind of like, well, clipping or cropping will happen with my image. But that's not something that I'm gonna be worrying about because we already know how to transform an image. So I'm simply gonna go proceed. And right now you can see that the canvas size has changed. And now, if I want to, I can go back to control to the free transform by pressing the control tea on my keyboard. And I cannot simply manipulate my image size. And I can be sure that whenever I save this image, I could be sure that it has actually 12 80 by 7 20 resolution. And how does this help us? How does this understanding help us? Well, if I just go to my another, another will document. And if I just bring in my orange over right here and if I know simply make it bigger, just like so and maybe I'll move it a bit to the right wide. Not. And I'm gonna do the same with my Just turn these guys off. I'm gonna do the same with Banana. I'm gonna move it right here, and I'm gonna place it somewhere here. Breast control T make the banana bigger. May be moving a bit up just like so. And right now I have I have 123 images that I'm sure that I never being constrained to 12 80 by 7 20 And if I now just go ahead and want to save the image, I'm gonna go to the file menu. Safer web. I can save my banana in as you conceived down here. Well, with size that I have said to the canvas to and let's say that now I want to save my orange . Well, all we need to do is to simply disabled the visibility off the banana layer. They go ahead and choose file safer web. And now I can I can save the orange. And then if I want to save the fish again, I'm gonna turn the visibility off the orange off. Select Select my my layer. Go to the safer Web command. And again I'm going to save the fish. And as you can see all, I'm gonna always have the dimensions off my canvas right here. So whenever you need, like multiple images off the same size, you can simply change your canvas size to that in the two that defined defined resolution or size and simply importer image place for images and then quickly say of them, using the safer Web command. Which, by the way, we will talk about in greater detail detail in a subsequent video. So this is actually how can of us can help you in creating multiple images with the same with the same size. So let's say that you want to create a Facebook album or your family album, and you want to be sure that all of them have the same size just because then you can. Then you can use this technique by changing the canvas size and simply place in your images and then saving them one by one, using the safer Web command. And by the way, changing the canvas size and working like this actually does kind of work like cropping and crop in is first of the techniques or tools that we are going to use to make our photo look great. So far, we were learning the necessary basics off placing and handling images inside photo shop. Right now we will take a look at how to actually start making it look beautiful. So that's something that you're interested in. Just keep watching. 12. 9.Practical Photoshop - How To Use the Crop Tool: In the next videos, we will talk about the first of our beautifying techniques, which is called cropping, and think about cropping as kind, like trimming your images from the sides are from the bottom or from the top to change your composition to make your composition look better and to crop an image inside Photoshopped, you can use the crop tool which sits right here in our tools panel and also has a very handy short cut off the literacy right here. So if I choose it, you can see these handles being shown in all my all my image. And whenever I just hover over and any off them and I simply click on any of them, I'm going to get these lines which are cold grid overlays. And what they do is they help you in making and in creating in making Ah, nice composition. So let me briefly explain how they actually work. Well, first of all, your main horizontal lines, especially your horizon, should align with one of these horizontal lines right here, and main aspects of your photo should align with one of these vertical lines or one of these one of these intersections of those horizontal and vertical lines, which are called hot spots. But to tell you the truth, in most cases you probably won't be ableto align all these lines with all the horizontal lines. Nor will you be able to align all the hot spots with most most important aspects of your photo. In most cases, you'll be able to maybe a line one or two lines or one or two hot spots. But that's OK. You'll see how easy it is to use these great over lies in order to make her composition look better. And by the way, most likely you will be using the rule of thirds as your grid overlay and the golden ratio , which you can select from from this from this grid overlay of you right here. So if I just go with the golden ratio, you can see that this middle part is kind of small, kind of kind of smaller, so you can experiment with which which rule or with which agreed over late works. Best Golden Ratio is is the one that was used by the ancients on the ancients, for example, to build the Parthenon and and, well, it works it works until today. But you will experiment What I want you to experiment with with these good over overlays in order to see which one works best for you. For now, I'm just going to go with the rule of thirds. And before we move on, there's actually one more thing that it's important when crop in your images. And it is this delete dropped pixels option right here. So say that I have this option checked and I'm gonna go and do something like so and then check my will accept my my cropping. And let's say that I don't don't like that. I don't like this composition and I want to go back. I want to have a bit more off those pixels here in the bottom. So if I just go down right here, you can see that I that I no longer have those pixels because they were crop Well, they were deleted, They were corrupt and they were deleted. So let me just go back one step. So in order to avoid that, in order to have that kind of flexibility, it's best to have this option off. So I'm not gonna I'm not gonna leave it check. There's just Ah, just in case if I change my mind. So let's actually start using our grid overlay. And let's actually start making our composition look better. And we will start doing that in the next video. 13. 10.Practical Photoshop - Let's make the tree look better: So let me just grab the layer with that. Would the tree right here? And of course I have their I have the crop toe all. And what I want to do right now is I want to align. Well, first of all, aligned this bottom horizontal line with the horizon. So I'm going to grab it and move it up to somewhere Here. This should be fine. And now I will align this left vertical line with my tree. So I'm gonna move this handled to the right till it snaps well till it's it's somewhere here. This should be fun, and I'm gonna click. I'm gonna check this thing. Check Mark right here. And there you go. This is our This is our well adjusted composition. Let's call it like that. So this is this is the original and this is our This is our well, these are our adjustments. This is our cropping result. So I think that this composition looks much better than this composition. I think that it's all well, bit more balanced. It's more pleasing to the eye. But of course, we don't have to constrain ourselves, limit ourselves to Onley, align in this horizon and aligning the tree. We can actually try something. So some other things we can actually try A We'll take a look at them, try to align the sun right here with this hot spot. The stop right hot spot. So I'm gonna move this line a bit to the right, and I'm gonna move this guy a bit up to somewhere here. So right now you can see that this horizontal line is aligned with our with our horizon. And this hot spot is over late on our son. And if I just click, OK, right here. You can see now the difference between our original and this new newly created composition . So first, our our composition had this tree a bit to the left, so we focused on the tree. So it went a bit more to the left. Right now, we focused more on this son, and the actually, the tree remain in its original position. I think it's more in the center, and the sun is a bit now a bit more prominent. Well, it's still being behind the clouds, but it's still being a bit more prominent. So in many cases, you can simply experiment and see what? What works better right now? Doom. Since you have these elements aligned to your great over lights, well, it's really up to your eye to decide which which adjustment looks better off course. We can still maybe try the golden ratio and see what results it produces. So if I'm just going to go up with this guy and just a bit to the right with this guy, just like so Well, now we have this kind of a this kind of a composition, it looks well. The changes are a bit more subtle then then the previews once, but I think that the composition stool still looks a bit better. 14. 11.Practical Photoshop- Let the Cropping Continue: So let's now try cropping some other photos. Let's move on to some other photo and let me just bring back to its original state. So let me just move it to the left and this guy bit up just like so. And this guy a bit to the right, just like that. OK, So as you can see, this horizon line could actually be Well, it can actually. Well, I think it should be shifted just a bit. And I think that this tractor should be pulled a bit to the left. So if I'm just going to click on any of my handlers, so with the crop, it'll of course, I'm gonna this time bring bring on this top bar a bit to the barroom. Let's see what it looks like just like that. And I'm gonna move this guy to the left, just like so in mind that we have golden ratio on, and actually, right now we can check. Well, we can switch to rule of thirds and see what what we would actually have to do with our good overly in order to make the rule of thirds work better. So we'll have to move it somewhere here and now we just check this guy like so and this hour composition. This is theory Genel, And this is these are our adjustment. Let me just maybe make it bigger. So our original and our adjustments, I think that it looks way better right now. It's is definitely more balance and a bit will brought a bit to the front of the image. So not a sticker off this matter of these flowers and something tells me that the only thing that we're gonna have to do right here is to just fix the horizon. So with the cripple, I'm gonna click somewhere here in the bottom. And we could we could go either way here, but we would have different results. And it's actually a thin that you need to pay attention, because if you are tempted to just maybe go with this guy to the bottom and let's just accept it, you can see that we actually don't have a lot of sky right here. You know were like there's a lot of flowers, but not a lot of sky. So if that's something that you want to go for, well, you can. But I would advise you to instead of bringing them the sky down. Let me maybe moved on the matter a bit up. Let's let's go like that. So I'm gonna go like so and now we have more. Well, the composition is a bit more spacious. We have a lot of sky. We have Maicel clouds. We have a really nice blue that is really, really nicely contrasting with the yellow A color off the medal. We still have a lot of flowers, but they are now not overwhelming and the whole composition. With this composition, we can see that there is what there is nice symmetry here with that trees we got 12345 threes and this guy right here, the biggest one is nicely sitting in the middle. So I don't think that there would be much. Will there be a big need to Maybe it's just the size of our composition. However, I think that we can do something with the position off the horizon. So let me just grab the crop toe and maybe I'll just move this just a bit down to summer here. As you can see, there's not a lot of to Not a lot needed to be to be adjusted. And if I just click OK, now let's just move back. So now you can you can see for yourself that even by just some slight, some slight will sky adjustment. Well, maybe the horizon adjustment We actually made the composition look just a bit just a bit better. Or at least we changed it. T give it some different, Some different feeling. So these are the most basic ways off just in your composition using their crop tool. But sometimes you can also have problems with them with your image being not destroyed because sometimes you can you can take a photo when when you are leaning. Or maybe you your hands were shaking or something like that. And probably someone who took this photo. Well, he's hands. Maybe we're shaking a bit. So So he did. He didn't take the photo correctly. Yes, that was a pretty well rounded up that good joke. But with this image, I just want to show you one more One more crop in technique which is called straightening source. We're gonna straight in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But that's something that we're going to do in the next video 15. 12.Practical Photoshop - How to Straighten the Leaning Tower of Piza: So let's say that you took a photo there. There is not well, there is not straight. And you wanted to be straight. And you can use the tool that is called a while. The option that is called straighten. And it sits inside our control panel when we initialize her, the crop in tow. And it is this option right here. We can see this ruler right here, and it says, Straighten next to it. So if I just click on it And now if I just tell photo shop, which line is supposed to be straight and photo shop is going to rotate the whole composition, the whole cannabis, the whole image in order to to make that line. Well, that Lang is straight. So if I say let's so let's say that this tower should be straight and this line here right here should be kind of a straight. So I'm just going to try to make a collect maybe from somewhere here to somewhere here. And if I now just release my mouse button, you can see that the photo shop is actually not only making it rotate to make to make a well our tower straight, but it's also groping our composition. It's cramping our canvas in order to to make everything fit inside or a cannabis properly. So if I now simply just click on our on our check Mark, you can see that right now the photo shop has straight on our image and we'll an hour an hour composition, and our our leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning no more. So this is the original, and this is where it looks like right now with their with all the lines being straightened out. So maybe in order to understand this whole straight in and thin a bit better, let me just make some arbitrary changes, maybe to my Well, actually, it already is already is leaning. So we got the Leaning tower while we had the leaning tower. Now we have the linen tractor right here. So let's say that I want to straighten this this image out. Maybe let me just crop it even more just like so. So let's say that I want to straight and this this image out, and so I'm gonna go to the control panel. I'm going to grab the straight and tool right here and this time that you just maybe zoom in a bit Zoom in a bit. So let me just maybe click somewhere here and move my line like, well, in line Make it in line with our horizon to somewhere here, just like so. And now, as you can see, photo Shop has straightened the image. And of course, if we want to, we can still manipulate it may be rotated even more if we want to, but if you want to leave it up to photo shop, we could just use two straight. Um, option right here. Tell photo shop which line is supposed to be straight and then just click. Ok, Right here. So there you go. These are the most well basic, but actually the most effective ways off using the crop tool. So in the next video, we're actually going to sum up thes crop in videos, and so you can you can maybe remember them just a bit better 16. 13.Practical Photoshop - Let's Sum Up the Cropping: so in order to it's just are a composition in order to make it more balance to make it well , basically look prettier. We need to use the crop tool, and it sits right here in our tools panel. Whenever I initialize it, I'm going to get these handles rainy right here. And when I dragged them, I'm gonna get well, I'll be able to crop my image. And I'm going to get to these These bars these, Well, this grid overlay right here and we can go either for rule of thirds or the golden ratio, which are the most basic grid overlays. And they will help us in establishing which lines or which points which which aspects of our image should be like put in in front should be should be the most prominent. So if we want to use these well, this great overly these lines, just make sure that your horizontal lines are being in line with one of these horizontal lines that you're vertical lines or your most important aspects of the image are well in line with one of the vertical lies. Like maybe this tractor right now and maybe I'm gonna bring it down. Maybe I would change it to rule of thirds. Just like so, Brennan. Just a bit up in this case. And this guy just a bit to the right. So right now my tractor is in line with this with this, a vertical line. Or you can try to put your most important aspects and of your image inside or under underneath these these four hot spots which are actually intersections of the horizontal and the vertical lines right here. And if you want Teoh, if you want to make sure that you can always will crop back, so to speak your image just make sure that you don't that you don't have this delete corrupt pixels function function on. And if you're happy with your with your composition, just check. This will click this check mark or press oak. Enter on your keyboard. So there you go. These are the basic basics off, off, cropping or off the cropping tool. And this actually is the first way to make our photos look great. With just a few clicks goes actually there. With some practice, you'll be able Teoh simply cropping and crop the image. Use any of the grid overlays and make your composition look better in a matter of just a few clicks. So in the next year, we're going to actually start making our photos look better in terms off the right contrast the right collars is so if that's something that you're interested in, just keep watching. 17. 14.Practical Photoshop - Making a Photo Look Great: in the next few views. We are going to discover another way off, making our photos look beautiful. And for that we are going to use to adjustment layers, which are which are called threshold and levels. They sound very technical, maybe even a bit scary. But trust me, they are going to help us a lot. And they are so, so much fun. And they're so much is so easy that actually learn and use. And if you need a story behind this photo, well, I will give it to your It's a photo that I took from my summer vacation in Montenegro, and this island right here is an island consent Stephen, and he's one of Montenegro's landmarks, and I gotta tell you that the view is spectacular. But this photo is not not right in terms of white balance in terms of colors contrast, and this is what we are going to fix with this photo with Trust me some simple tricks, some simple techniques and simple transformations. So I'm going to start with duplicating my background player. You can see that it's locked right here, so I'm just gonna go with control J on my keyboard or you can go with Command J if you're on a Mac. So the first thing that we have to do right here is we need to find the darkest spot in the image and the lightest sport in our image. So weaken tell photo shop from which it should take its information about the darkest spot and from which spot in the image it should take its information about. About what's the lightest in the spot in the image was the lightest piece of information inside this image. And to find it, we will use them that the adjustment layer called threshold. And it's right here in the adjustments panel. And it is This guy right here is the 3rd 1 from the left in the bottom row right here. So I'm just gonna simply click it, and you may see that our image starts to look just black and white, but it only has white and it on Lee has black. And you can also see this this panel, this preview books right here with the something called the Hissed A gram and history is simply very tactical technical term for displaying your information, or how much shadows are much mid tones and how much lights you have in your info. And ideally, it would be if we had, like, an even amount of information in on the left, which would be our well, the darker well, the dark information. Let's go like that. The information about the dark colors in our image. Inside, we will have the information about the mid tones and on the right we would have Well, we do have information about the light. You can see that in this case we only have some information in the middle, which means that we have information on Lee about the mid tones. So how can this will help us establish in the darkest point in March in our image and the lightest point in our image? Well, simply, if I move this slider to the left, you can see that this threshold level is decreasing and our image is starting to have more and more white and less and less black. And if I could go into the left, you can see that this spot right here, this guy here in the bottom has well, well is the darkest Let's call it like, let's go like that. It's the darkest. So if I just simply zoom in just like that And by the way, I'm using a very handy shortcut of control or command. If you're on a Mac plus the space burnt it, will it temporarily initialize your your magnifying glass? So right now, since I know where my darkest placing my image is And I'm simply going to go to the tool that is called the color sampler tool, which is this guy right here. And it sits under the eyedropper tool. This guy right here. So I'm gonna just initialize the color sampler to, and what I can do with it is I simply can mark the spot where my where my darkest place is constantly going to click on it and you can see this little number one being shown right here. So right now we have our darkest but established and marked. So let me just go back to the full screen view. What we need to do right now is we need to find the lightest spot in our image. And to do that, I'm gonna go back to their threshold layer, and I'm simply going to double click on this symbol right here to bring back the threshold properties. And what I'm gonna do right now is I'm just simply going to drag the slider to the right to the right till I find my lighters to spot. But notice that in here we got the 2 55 value 255 Which means had actually we have some pure white information in our image. And honestly, it's not that good, because it means that if we just sample this this white color right here and I can simply quickly turn it off. So if I just sampled this roof here off this of this well building, but I'm actually not gonna pick up any information because it's just pure white, There's no info right here. So what I would advise you to do is to simply let me just go back. So what I would advise you to do is to simply decrease this number in order to t maybe, like, not sampled the pure white collar, but something that is just a bit a bit off white, something like a very, very, very light. Great. And if I turn off the threshold off you can see that we could sample maybe some of these. Some of these very, very light, the great colors right here. So I'm simply going to going to go to that to the color sampler tool. This guy right here. And this time, maybe I'm going to mark, maybe this guy right here. So now we have established our our lightest and our darkest spots in our image. So how does this all help us? What can we do with it? I mean, way established the lightest point and the darkest part, but we still don't see any any results of what we just did. Well, we need to right now. Turn the layer levels adjustment layer on. Actually, we have to add it. So I'm simply going to click on this. I I could right here at what we can do right now is we? If I just turned the threshold level Thresher layers off. What we can do right now is you can actually pick up information about the darkest and the light is point from our image. So we can now tell photo shop, which which spot on our image? Which part of our image we wanted to consider as the darkest and we wanted to. We wanted to tell which spot on our image we want to. We want produce up to consider as the lightest. So how can we do that? You can see that We got three color samples right here. So this guy, the 1st 1 right here, is going to allow us to establish the black point. And this guy is going to allow us to establish the light point. The white point, actually. So the first thing that I'm gonna do is I'm simply going to click on this guy on this sampler right here and know that we need to have the threshold layer off and that if we just sample a sample information from the fresh of later, we're not actually going to get to We're not going to get good results. I'm gonna turn the thresher layer off and be sure that this layer is off. And now we can simply zoom in to our 1st 1st like color sample right here. So remember that this guy was our know, our darkest point. And as soon as I click on it with this color sampler so I'm just going to click on it right here. You can already see some collar shift in our image. So now I'm going to go back on the well, I'm gonna go back to my my lightest point. I'm simply going to quickly find it. I believe it was somewhere here and now I'm gonna grab this this bottom sampler sampler. And I'm simply going to sample this guy this color right here, just like so. And I hope you notice is very, very slight Shift in the colors as well. I'm simply going to go back to the full screen mode, full screen view, just like so. And if I now turn on the levels off, you can see it on our original image. And these are our our adjustments. But if you are still not happy with the result although I think that it made a huge difference in our image, we could always just double click on this assemble right here to enter our our levels adjustment layer. And remember that I said that it would be ideal that our that the information that we can see right here in our history Graham would be evenly distributed between these well, between the left part, the middle and the right part, we can now actually Britain this slider a bit to the left and noticed the darkest two spots in our image as they are getting even darker. So we are actually increasing the contrast just by some simple sliding just by some simple sliding. And I could do the same with this, right? That red slider to make the light. Oh, in this case on the sea, a bit lighter, some even more increasing the contrast. Just like so. So this is how you can easily make make your photo look great color correct colors contrast and the white balance. But I know that it might be a lot information, especially to all you new ones. Are you new to photo shop? So we are actually going to repeat the whole process in the next video. 18. 15.Practical Photoshop - Correcting The Colors: in the video, we're going to repeat the whole process of making our our photo look beautiful with the threshold and the levels adjustment layer. Because I know it might be a bit a lot to take in in one in one bite. So let's let me just repeat the whole process. So first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to duplicate the layers. I'm going to use the control J on my keyboard, and I'm gonna turn on the threshold levels that were the threshold layer on, just like so and again. I'm simply going to move the slider to the left to find the darkest spot in our image. By the way, you might be tempted if I just turned this guy off to just turn on the levels and let your I guide you and maybe try to find him. That the darkest spot, that just by looking at your image and trust me, you may be Well, if I just click on this guy, you may see results that are actually not good results. You may Well, you're I can fool you in a talent you which which spot in your image is actually the darkest. I think it's best to just leave it up to them up to the software up to the threshold layer in this case. So I'm going to turn it back on. I'm going to double click on it and maybe just maybe, let us just maybe bring a bit more to the left. And I can see that this guy to the right, this spot to the right should be the darkest once I'm going to use this guy, And by the way, you don't have to always use the color sampler told. But for stars, it might be easier for you if you are. If you get like, really good at this technique, you could simply just turn turn the levels on just like so Get the black, get the black marker right here, turn the threshold level off. And I think that too. We are safe to click somewhere here, to to establish our black point, just like so. And we can do the same with them with the lightest points. I'm gonna just turn the levels off for now. I'm gonna turn the threshold level threshold layer on, and I'm going to find the lightest spot in our investment. Zoom back out. Some are simply going to increase. Maybe it a bit more. So I think that it should be somewhere here. So I'm just gonna just gonna zoom in real close. I'm gonna go back to my a fresher of my levels layer on. Now I think I can turn the threshold level layer off. And it's this this spot right here, some simply going to sample maybe this a bit off white color, just like so. So let us see what is the final result. So this was the original, and this is our These are our adjustments. But again, we can always make sure we can always adjust the contrast, maybe play around with some with some other other Well, maybe spots in our image that you think that my to give you a better result actually encourage you to experiment with this technique, especially with the threshold to to find your your darkest and your lightest spot in your image. So there you go. This is how easily you can. You can correct colors contrast and white balance off any image. So just remembered Teoh to find the darkest in the lightest spot in your image, using the threshold level using the threshold layer, some simply going to double click on it. Remember to simply move this letter to the left to find the darkest spot and then to the right to find the light of spot and then just grab the levels adjustment layer. And with these with these markers with these samplers just for just a mark, the darkest and the lightest to sport in your image to correct the contrast, the color balance and white balance. And you can always adjust the sliders to increase the contrast if you wish. So so in the next videos, we're going to learn how to add that very trendy vintage retro retro look to your photos, so keep watching. 19. 16.Practical Photoshop - Vintage Effect Technique #1: in the next few hours, we are going to learn how to add that vintage effects to your photos. It's it's very friendly right now, so I thought that it would be great if you learned how to do it. Especially that to creating it is extremely easy. Trust me, you'd be surprised how easy it is. We're going to learn to different ways off adding vintage effective photo, and those two different ways will produce a different effect. And they will work differently in different scenarios in different photos. And it will be up to you to decide which one you want to go for. But of course, we will learn both of them. The 1st 1 the first technique will use will use the the adjustment layer there is called the curves, and that adjustment layer sits right here next to the levels. And it kind of works like the levels. But we will use it for four for creating the that the vintage, the vintage effect. So the first thing I'm gonna do, as always, is I'm going to duplicate my layers just like so. So I'm gonna grab the background layer and simply drag it to the new layer new layer I come down here so I'm gonna go to the level to the curves adjustment layer and like the rule off thumb when working with curves adjustment layer if you don't want to use it for for the vintage effect is too well, if you want to bring out the contrast in your image, simply create like a very gentle Askar and grab it. Grab this line somewhere here and bring it just a bit down, but ever so slightly. And this this spot, like in the midterms or in there in the high tones Just move it just a bit up to make a very, very, very gentle Askar to bring that contras just a bit in a just a bit more so without them, without the curves and with the curves. Just like so, however, we are going to use the curves adjustment layer to create the vintage effects. Well, let me just let me just delete it. Now I'm gonna add that curves adjustment layer again. Some simply going to click on it right here. And what we want to do right now is you want to soft in the whole image So we want to make all the blacks kind of paler, kind of make them, like, bleached out and watch how simple it is with the curves adjustment layer. All we need to do is to grab this this well, this bottom right here and simply move just a little bit up. So we are making the dark spots, the dark tones, a bit liar. So if I just bring it all the way up, I'm gonna make everything white. But of course, that's not what I want to do. I want to soft in the image. And I think that maybe somewhere here, this should be fine. So this is how easy it is to soft in the whole image up to to make it, to give it, like, a bit of a Rachael feeling, just like so. But of course, different photos are going to give you different results. So if I go to another image to this to this boat image, I'm gonna I'm gonna maybe I'm going to simply duplicate this layer at the curves adjustment layer and again brain this guy up a bit to somewhere here. We don't want to go too crazy with it. So this is the original, and this is our This is our adjustment. So let me just to repeat the whole process one more time eso again, I'm going to duplicate the layer. And this time I'm simply going, gonna go Well, I'm gonna go again with the curves adjustment layer, and I'm gonna bring this guy just a bit up to somewhere here and now we can see the original and our adjustments. So we we made all the blacks old. The dark tones a bit will actually quite a lot lighter. So we soft in the hole and the whole image up. So this is the first, then the easiest, the super easy method off making your photos look more vintage off, adding that that's soft and effects to your photos. So we just grab the curves adjustment layer and then move this this dark spot up to to bleach them the dark tones, just like so in the next few, we're going to talk about another way off adding that vintage, that retro effect to your photos. It's gonna be a bit more complicated, but it doesn't mean that it's gonna be difficult. So just keep watching 20. 17.Practical Photoshop - Vintage Effect Technique #1: Now let's take a look at how to add that kind like stronger vintage effects to your photos . I removed that curves adjustment layer, but I left the duplicated background layer right here. Well, we need to do in order to to give a stronger vintage effect on photos we need to add another layer, some simply going to click on this create new layer. I can't just like so And you can see that we have that we have, like, a blank layer right here. And what we need to do is we need to fill it with a well with a collar. So we already know how to do that. We simply need to go to our foreground color. I'm gonna double click on it. And the car that we are looking for is this kind of a blue car. It would be great. I mean, it works best if it's kind of a saturated blue collar and a bit lighter on it looks something like that. Well, we need to do right out is going to fill this layer with this blue color. So I'm simply gonna use the ever so handy short cut off all plus backspace or option backspace if you're on a Mac and you can see that right now, we filled the entire the entire layer, the entire canvas with our blue color with our saturated blue collar. So what we need to do right now is we need to make our background copy layer visible, and we can do that. But we are going to do that in well in two ways. First of all, we're going to take care of something that is called the blending mode, and we will talk about it more in another part of this series. So for this video, I'll let just let's just change the blending mode to exclusion. This is this guy right here. So remember to simply change the blending mode to exclusion, and you can see that it's so that it's to producing kind of like a negative effect to our photo. And what we need to do is we need to lower the opacity quiet, significantly to around, maybe Let's go. I'm not 11 but let's see 30% just like so maybe 25. You can play around with your passage all day long. I mean the strength of this effect is going to depend well, on your eyes gonna be up to you. How strong do you wanted you wanted to be? Now what we can do with this effect is we can target our background copy layer. We can add the curves adjustment layer. And we can not play around with the Contras if you want, so we can create that s curve that we learned in the previous video. So I'm gonna make the lights even lighter. And I'm gonna make the dark spots even darker to bring that contras just a bit up. So this is original, and this is these are all our effects. And by the way, if you wanna If you're wondering, how am I turning the visibility off all these layers often leaving just our original layer . I'm simply clicking on it by holding down the old or option. If you're Mackey. So I'll click on this Bible, and I'm gonna just leave. Leave this background copy on just like so. So this is our vintage effect added to this image. So But as I said, we are going to get different results with different photos. So let me just go to to another image. As you can see, I got the background. Copy the layer. Well, I left it, I just removed them and the curves adjustment layer. So again, I'm just gonna create a new layer. I still got my still got my blue collar right here. I'm simply going to hit all backspace or option backspace. If you're on a Mac, I'm gonna turn them the blending Moto exclusion and drop the opacity down to something like maybe 3% again. Let me just see what it looks like. That might be even a bit too much. So let's go with 25. And I think that already we got some nice retro effect. It looks like a nice retro postcard, don't you think? I think it looks really nice and again weaken. We can play around with the contrast if we want to. You can go to the curves adjustment layer and create that gentle, gentle as line, just like so. Too many. Bring that. Bring that contrast a just a bit up. So this is the original and this is our vintage effect. So just to just to wrap of this this effect up, I'm going to go to our to our bicycle image. And again I'm going to create new layer. Fill it with blue changed in Blanding mode to exclusion. Drop the opacity. Quite significantly, 27 maybe 27 should duke and again if we want I'm gonna go with the curves adjustment layer and create that gentle, gentle Askar of Just like so. So this is our original. And this is our vintage effect created in a matter of just a few clicks just like that. So I hope you like these techniques. I hope that I'm going to see an abundance off retro effects in our in our project section off this scores. So, actually, these this was the last time video in this. Well, in this some how to make your photos look great. Of course. Of course, there is still one more to go, which will be me taking that design challenge. So if you want to me struggling with the design will not really struggling. But if you want to see me doing the design challenge well, you can in the next video 21. 18.Practical Photoshop - Design Challenge Resolved: I promised you to take that design challenge myself. So here it is. I'm gonna fix this this sunset foil that I took it in Montenegro. So the first thing that I think that needs to be done here is well, some some composition adjustments. So I'm gonna go to the crop tool, just like so. I'm going to click on any of these handles right here, and I can see that. I think that I should align this horizon line with this vertical this well, this horizontal line. But first, I think that I'm gonna straight in this whole image out. So I'm gonna go to the straight and option right here, and I'm gonna click somewhere here and move it just a bit down. Ah, just like so I'm going to let Photoshopped do the heavy lifting for me. So I'm gonna just press press that check marks, and I think that the horizon is a bit more even right now. So now I'm gonna maybe moved this guy a bit just down to somewhere here, just like so. I don't think I'm going to try to try to align this son with this vertical vertical line or maybe I can try it, but I think that doing that I'm gonna lose this kind of like a panoramic fill into this scenery. And I really wanted Teoh. I'd like this image to convey at the vastness of the sea and some some rocks right here. So I think I'm just gonna leave it, Leave it till just like so what? This should be fine. Okay. So I'm gonna just press this check Mark right here. And of course, there's a lot that needs to be done in terms off color correction. So I'm gonna go to that. Maybe I'm just first gonna duplicate this layer. I'm gonna go to the threshold. I'm going just to bring the levels just like so. But I'm gonna turn this visibility off. So first I'm gonna try to find the darker spot in my image. So I'm gonna go move the slider all the way down, and we can see that it's gonna be some guy right here, and we can zoom in and make our adjustment on a pixel level if you want to be that precise . And I think I do want to be that precise in this case, so I'm gonna turn on the levels on, I'm gonna turn the threshold off and I'm going to go to the levels, grab this guy and I believe yet it was somewhere here. So I'm just gonna sample this guy right here. So now I'm gonna find the lightest spot in my image. I think it's going to be the son, but I'm not sure. Well, actually, the reflections from the water are even lighter than the sun. Let me just maybe Brenda's guy just a bit up. So again, we are as precise asking bur precise on a pixel level, I think I'm gonna choose this guy. So I'm gonna grab the light point. I'm gonna turn the threshold visibility threshold layer visible, tee off because we remember that we need to sample our information of from the image, not from the threshold adjustment layer. So I'm gonna turn it off, and I'm gonna grab maybe this guy right here and I'm going to go back to the full screen mode and let us see what our corrections did. So this is the original and the these are our corrections. And now the sounds that look real looks really, really really nice. So there you go. This is my take on the design challenge. Again, I encourage you to take the design challenge to grab any of your photos and do the corrections, the cropping, maybe this straight in him, the color, corrections and maybe the retro effect. If you want, you can add to your image and and share it with the community. Show show. Show off. Show her show how great you've become after watching thes these videos. 22. 19.Practical Photoshop - Design Challenge - Saving an Image: of course, in order to share your photos, your work with your family, your Facebook friends and, of course, with our community, you need to save your image. And in photo Shope, you get a bunch of options when saving images spot to for our purposes, we are going to focus on just the two of them, so the 1st 1 is when you want to save your image. For some further editing, I'd advise you to save your photo or your whole project as a PSD file format, which is a native photo shop file format. So in order to do that, just go to the file menu and choose Save as. Or better yet, choose a shift control plus as right here. So as soon as I do that, you can see that I'm able to it to, of course, name my file. But most importantly, choose the right format, which is the piece de in our case, and then simply hit hit save, and then I can be sure that my file is well, has all the layers preserved and that we can work on them that if you want to add it, something in our image But for, like Web sharing purposes, it's best to save your your image with the safe four Web command and that commence. It's, of course, under the file menu, and here we can see the safer weapon, and it has a very, very useful. And I think it's one of them, one of the short cause that I use the most, which is old shift control as or option command shift as on a Mac. And as soon as I do that, I'm gonna get this huge dialog box, which to tell the truth, it's actually like like a beast off software in itself. What you can't do here is you can set your file format to be either gift J, Pack, P and G. But most probably you'll be just using the J pick and the PNG 24 you'll use the PNG if you want to preserve some some sort of a transparency that you might be having in your image or you're gonna go just for the simple, simple J. Paige. And in here you can see this quality option that you can set, and you can go with the one of these of presets. You could go the low, medium high, very high on maximum Most, most probably. You're just going to go with something between high and very high. We don't want it to be Teoh too low quality, Of course, At the higher the resolution of your image of the lower, you can go with the quality. But I wouldn't advise you to go with their with quality below a 16. Well, 60 60%. I usually go with eight, which is which is very high. And notice that in here you get different tabs. And if you want to simply compare your original image with the image that you are about to save, just press this to up option right here and here in the top, you got your original image, and here in the bottom, we got our optimized image. We get our J pick in this case, and of course, we can change the quality. If I make it out, let's say, 10. You can see that we are seeing some pics elation, or we are seeing some noise. So I wouldn't advise you to use that low quality. I'm gonna go with 80 and as soon as I am ready against simply hit save and I am done and I can share my photo. And I can be proud That can be proud off my work. So there you go. A thing to remember here is that when you want to save your image and preserve its additon additon abilities, just go with the PSD format. And if you want to, simply quickly share your photo with your family or Facebook friends just go with the safe for Web commend, which is a again has Avery handy shortcut of old control shift plus s or command option shift plus as if you're on a Mac. 23. 20.Practical PHotoshop Thanks for taking the class: so thanks again for taking this class. I really do hope that you found it useful. I really do hope that with your new skills you can actually make your photos look much, much better. But I also do hope that you haven't had enough because there are some more courses in the photo shop in the practical Photoshopped. Siri's coming So thanks again for enrolling in the class and, as always, happy designing my name is David Tyminski.