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The Most Basic Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Ever

Fatima Shafi, I love learning new things + teaching

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5 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction - Hi!

    • 2. Starting Off - Creating Your File

    • 3. Creating Layers & Adding Text - Essentials

    • 4. Cropping & Lighting Adjustments - Get Fancy

    • 5. How to Save & Extra Tips


About This Class

In this short course series, Skillshare users will be able to confidently use basic Adobe Photoshop tools to create simple and elegant edits. They will be able to adjust photos, add text, and save to different formats as well as apply more advanced skills such as layer editing and blurs. No prior experience is required, as this is a completely beginner course and we will be touching on the basics of Adobe Photoshop.

After the course, students are free to experiment on their own with more advanced techniques as this course is meant to set a basic foundation for further self-improvement and discovery. The skills learned in this course are relevant to everyday life and can be used to edit simple social media posts and to edit photographs.

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1. Introduction - Hi! : Hi. Have you ever wanted to experiment with Adobe Photoshopped but didn't know how to get started? Have you ever wanted to add text of photos or designs? But do you know how do this introductory course is for you? My name's Fatima, and I've been lucky enough to be using photo shop for several years for my own projects and for my social media accounts of the yearbook editor in high school. And I've taught groups of students these very basic skills in this course to help them edit their own pages. When I was learning, I found that tutorials on YouTube were to advanced or helping or not helping me troubleshoot small things that I was having trouble with. Actually, it would take me a while to figure out how to fix and often times I didn't so on my own. As someone who has been through this, I wanted to help you get around that and get easy instructions on how to get started. The most basic Adobe Photoshopped tutorial ever is meant to provide you with the absolute basics to tackle small projects for your social, media and personal use. By then, this course, you will be of the crop, adjust like at text and save your photos. Throughout the course, you will be learning skills. Tests work on your project for the course. I hope that you'll get a basic understanding through the short module and look forward to seeing your projects feel for you. Share them so I and your classmates can see what you've done and provide you with feedback . If you need to get started, make sure you have Adobe Photoshopped 2015 or newer downloaded to your computer. You could even download a seven day free trial from Adobe. No, set yourselves up and let's get ready to dive in. 2. Starting Off - Creating Your File : Hi there. First off, the reason why you're using photo shop in the first place is either because you're starting from scratch or you want to edit a photo. I'll show you how to do both. So to open a brand new file, let's say you're completely starting from scratch. The first thing we're gonna do is locate the file button and you'll click new. And this is when we're completely starting from the beginning. So I have here Customs set up. You can name refire what you want this name it new file, and you can change it eight inches pixel. Seven years. Let's say I want to create a perfect, um, normal letter she length. So I have a and 1/2 by 11 set here. You can change the resolution. This is fine for me. And once you're done, these air more technical things. You don't really have to worry about that. And once you're done, you click create, and I have your sheet right here and you're ready to get started. Another thing you probably think about is our editing photos that you already have. Now, this is probably what do you think of when you think of Photoshopped. So if you click open instead here I have a file here called Mr Musk and let's say we want to edit him. So once you click on it and open it, you'll be able to see your photo opens and a whole new tab. And let's say we want to at him so we can go zooming in. And let's say we just want to his, um thing spot. He'll English. This is the most basic tool spot healing brush. Let's say you have something you just wanna get real. You just do that. Sometimes you can see the changes more better than other times, but as you can see, I can just do some quick healing. Se won't fix that. There you go. No, let's say you wanted to take just him out of this background and work with that, and that's what you're going to be doing with your project. But we're going to be using for that is something called the quick selection tool. You can use quick selection, magic wand, lasso tool. I find that the easiest one to use this quick selection tool. Now you can see how small my circle is move for your circles bigger. But what you can do is actually go up to the top, go up to the top and you can find the size. So the only thing I'm gonna change her here is a size. Let's see what SKorea's so bad. So now when I'm going to be selecting, I'm gonna go back to plus and you just kind of its magnetic. So as you're going around, everything's kind of sticking, and that's how you're eventually going to selected person and the files I will be using. I will have available somewhere in the description in the drop box when I figure that out so you guys can edit along and come along with me. 3. Creating Layers & Adding Text - Essentials: Now let's go back a little bit. Now that we have our screen open, let's see what we can work with. We have the Windows tab, which is very useful, where you can add things to make it easier to reach, and it can also keep your space clean. So I have here layers open and we'll talk about what layers are in a minute. I have You have swatches if you click on it than it appears, you have adjustments that appears, and you can just add those if you like. But I personally don't like to have them because it makes my area messy. So I'm just gonna get rid of that. And another important thing that you have is the undue history. So this is essentially everything that you can kind of go back to once you edit and open your photo. So I haven't really done much yet. But let's say if I had, for example, paint book of it tool, this whole thing, then what I could do is control Z, and you can see that it black, though, And that's how you know I'm a nun. It no leers are unimportant, important part of photo shop. So if you wanted to, for example, add text. What? What I did right now is I just unlocked this file that I had here. Just click on the lock. So now we can actually edit on it. For example, if I add text, let's just make it a little bit bigger. If I added text, let's change that. Make it white. If I add a text, the text appears as a separate Lear, which is a great because then I can take it off. Click on the eyeball, take it off, take a look at it without the text, been at it again. Or let's say, if I we're using the paint brush tool and I have clicked exactly on the layer that I'm going to edit. So I have a paint brush tool and let's say I just drew on the photo. Now, if I want to erase it, I can erase it. But sometimes, depending on what you're working with, that might be. That might not be that feasible. But if I had, for example, do quickly the layer. So now I have two of these and let's say I drew Smiley face here and I didn't want to smiley face anymore. So then I went like that, and you could see how much easier that is. And let's say if I wanted to delete that whole layer altogether, delete layer, then you could see that I no longer have the smiley face. Whereas if I had, for example, drawn straight on it and he raced it, you can see we have some problems. I've just erased the background with it and or let's say I did that hope now I just messed up the whole photo. You can't let's say you did this and you did a bunch of other things that you can't necessarily just do undo because if you've already gone far in, then it's difficult for. Or if you open up the file again later on, you can't just remove the smiley face. But if you had a supper layer, you could, and that's what layers are. Now. When you add texts and images or you open multiple photos up, they appear as individual layers. Like I said So, for example, if I wanted to open up her next foil, let's open up Max. You can see that it's opened up as a whole separate tab. Now, if I wanted to bring Max into that photo, I can click the selection tool. Now this whole thing is selected and I can just drag it on here. Now this appears as a separate lier as well. Now you see all this white background here. I'll show you how to get rid of that later on. You can also resize and change the color of backgrounds and you can also move things in front and behind. So right here, If I move max down now he's being behind the background of Ilan must if I moved the text behind. Now that's behind us. Well, so it's also important to know what things you want to the foreground, what they as you want in the background. You can also simply rename titles and layers by editing them, making them easier to work with. So I could name this Mr Musk. I can name our text here text and I could name this Max our dog to resize images. You can technically just click on it and do it. But let's say that these handles don't appear. And I remember I had this issue a while back and and when I was learning, it took me a while to figure out how to do this. So let's say I want to resize Max, and these arrows don't appear, then when I can do is go to edit free transform, make sure you select the later you want to work with, and when you click free, transform the arrows appear, and when you can do is you can resize or let's say, or you can hold option and you can resize so that you keep the aspect ratio. And in that way you can work with the re sizing your images. That said, we put it right here. Then you have Max on Ella's head. The next video. I'm going to show you how to edit and actually removed the subject from the background, and you finally get to using the quick selection tool for that 4. Cropping & Lighting Adjustments - Get Fancy: Well, we can also do is rotate photos and crop them as well. Not to do that. You can also go back to edit, and first we click on the actual layer we want. Okay, let me show you what happened there. So if I jane click on the actual layer, no layer is selected and I went to edit this would be blacked out. So we need to make sure that we select the actual lier we want to edit and work with. So not selected Mr Musk. And I'm gonna go free transform. And you can rotate with the rotating handles here. Or you can rotate in a more technical way up here. You can also you can see No, because this I haven't clicked the check mark or expert. I can't do anything else. So let's say I click that and you can also do the simple rotate 1 80 rotate 90 flippers on the floor vertical. So I'm going to do flip vertical. And now he's upside down. Or if I wanted to do flip horizontal No, he's facing the other way and that might be helpful for you. Now the next thing we're gonna do is the quick selection tool. So let's say I want to have him facing this way, and what I'm going to do is go to quick selection tool. I'm doing the plus part, and I'm just going to start outlining him now. Don't worry of everything that's selected, and everything gets messed up as we can fix that afterwards. And if you go back to minus, then you can do this thing where you're going, you're insulating things. Now to get more precise, you can zoom in and make your brush bigger or smaller. So you see this little the white thing here. If I use this brush, I might mess up his hair. So what I'm actually going to do is make it smaller, and now I'm working with a smaller brush. Now I need some of his hair over here and a mushroom when fast forward this process. So after undoing a bunch of times and getting it done, I have this basic out one. Now there's probably more professional ways to do this, but I always find this the easiest to work with when you're first learning about Photoshop . So now that I have Ilan selected and I want. I want to actually take him out of the photo, right. We want to have him as a separate subject. So now where you're going to go to is Layer new Lear via Cut or Leovy a copy. It doesn't matter which one you choose, but it's easier if it's layer via cut. So let's say I go to layer via cut. Now, if we look closely, we'll see that we have a new layer selected. If I remove this one, you see this just Ilan. If I remove this one, we see that it's just a silhouette, a transparent settle it. So now we actually need him. So now that we have him selected, let's say we want to resize. Remember about the little handles up here. Now, if I just go like this, I can see that the aspect ratio is preserved. So that's good. So I'm going to just keep her right here. Now we can go and do the same for Max, but we can see how clean the background is. It's a simple white background. So might actually be easier. Is the Magic one tool? Sometimes, as you'll see later on, when we do the bow tie. It's actually easy to use a magic wand toe. But over here, because the stock has many different shades of this for it wouldn't it wouldn't really work . So what, I'm actually gonna go is actually go back and do the quick selection and we'll fast forward . This is well, new player. No, we just have Max. Now, the biggest part of this is being able to put them onto one file. So over here I have Max. Now, what I'm gonna do has just drag him over two year. So now I have Max, and what I'm gonna do is actually shrink now. We just missed up the aspect ratio option and select or control. And Oh, so now I have Ellen over here. Let's move. Let's make him over. There is gonna be a big presentation. Tow us. Now we have check, Mark, And now we have Max. Let's make Max skill. I actually want Maxie face the other way. So what I'm gonna do is go back to check Mark at it. Transform flip horizontal. Here we go. Now, the next thing we're going to do is and the bow tie. So now we're going to go at the photo. Now. Remember when I said that we could probably use the quick magic wand? So what I'm doing here is clicking it right? Click magic wand. And we could see that we've selected the bowtie pretty good, I hope. Clear. Knew you could No, that would work. So let's say we select this bringing here and resize keep re sizing. Here we go. And I'm just going to go ahead and add the other elements. And as you go along, I want you guys to just add all these parts to the photo and we'll get back. 5. How to Save & Extra Tips : what I did I right now is just rearrange all these images. And of course I'm going to add text as well. And I just added a white paint book, a selection under the whiteboard. So remember how we talked about the edge is being a bit rough. So this is a really simple thing, because there's definitely a more advanced way to do this. But because it's the beginning, Of course, I'm just gonna teach you simple, easy thing to do this so you can go to blur tool and just simply blur out your edges. And once you're satisfied, now you can see here that we have a spot. I want that and I want to erase that spot. So what I actually want to do is right. Click Eraser tool. And you can see that I'm on the wrong Lear, which is why nothing happened. So I'm gonna do is go back to Mr Must clear, and I can erase this same with the Blur tool. See, I'm now on the lier and I can work with that. No, it's so let's say we want to do the same to the dog. We can do that. Britain blur around the dog. Select the dog layer and glory. It misses a little bit better into background. Now remember, you can add text, whatever text you want. Now this isn't white. I don't want to make it black and you can change the font. Change the size and I'm going to move this one under here. Let's see, he's getting a presentation about his achievements. Is there to most normal ones? There we go. And this one is Space six. Remember, you can rename the layers as well. Now, another important thing that you could actually do here is the link layers. So, for example, if I wanted to move the Tesla But I also want to love the tax because I place in very nicely What I can actually do is a link Link the Tesla earlier with the Carlier. So I'm just hitting commander control and linking them together. I click the little chain and other links. So now whenever I move this, they move together. And you can also do that for the bow tie. Say, like the bow tie with dog. And I'm also gonna do the same with space six and species another look together. So not, but we finish our creation. You can go ahead and change layer names and all that. And when you're done, you need to be able to save it, right? So to do that, you go to file, save as and also make sure you're saving as you're going along. Saving it as a PSD means full shop document. So this is something that you can go back into an edit later on, so we can save that there as well. So I'm gonna save us a photo shop player. Were you just click OK there and thats done, and we can also save it. Let's everyone shared to Instagram Facebook, where you have to share it as a J pic. So now we have Mr Musk PST instead, we're going to change it to Shea Pig and we can safe it as backed. I've already created one, So I'm going to replace I'm gonna rename this tutorial, and I'm gonna go maximum size, okay? And it's gonna save. Let's say you wanted to save it as a tiff. File to files air. Great. If you want to create a transparent image with transparent background, let's say you want to add a little logo to a Power Point presentation. You could save it as a tiff file or a PNG file. So now that we reached the end of this module, I hope that you're able to use basic tools. It Photoshopped. And I hope that you'll be able to share your projects with all of us at the port on the Project Gallery and includes all the steps that we have talked about in these modules. Now feel free to ask for help as you go along. I'll be there to support. You might actually learn from you as well. I encourage you to seek to advance your skills and check out the other tutorials on skill share. A swell would show a bit more of an advanced skill set, and I hope that I was able to meet your expectations, and any feedback on the course would be greatly appreciated.