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Basics of Photoshop 2013: Fundamentals for Beginners

teacher avatar Meg Lewis, Designer, comedian, performer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Introduction to Lesson One


    • 3.

      Welcome to Class!


    • 4.

      Creating a New Document: Creating Your Canvas, Designing for Web vs. Print


    • 5.

      A Look Around Photoshop: Windows, Toolbar, Rulers & Guides


    • 6.

      Introduction to Lesson Two


    • 7.

      Adjusting and Enhancing a Photograph


    • 8.

      Cut Something Out Of A Photo


    • 9.

      Introduction to Lesson Three


    • 10.

      Free Typing, Text Boxes, and Adjusting Type


    • 11.

      Layer Styles & Text Effects


    • 12.

      Introduction to Lesson Four


    • 13.

      Find Inspiration, Sample Colors, Add Swatches


    • 14.

      Introduction to Lesson Five


    • 15.

      Create Your Mood Board Template


    • 16.

      Arrange Images, Add Typography and Color, Export for Web


    • 17.

      Explore Design on Skillshare


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About This Class

Having a knowledge of Photoshop is an incredibly useful skill due to its wide range of applications. Anyone can learn Photoshop, including photographers, graphic designers, and illustrators. Photoshop is the perfect tool for you to bring your work to the next level.

Photoshop is an incredibly robust program and can be quite intimidating. Whether you're a complete Photoshop novice or someone who is still unconfident; this class is perfect for you. It’s absolutely fine if you’ve never opened Photoshop until now!

Photoshop is such an exciting program as it allows you to produce so many kinds of beautiful things. You can create album covers and posters, design websites, craft your own business cards, enhance your photos, make collages and mood boards, create digital illustrations, build 3D renderings, and so much more. The goal of this class is to get you comfortable enough with the program so that your imagination can go straight to Photoshop’s canvas.

What You'll Learn

You'll learn the fundamentals of Photoshop that you'll need for any sort of project. Through a series of video lessons on topics such as enhancing photographs, adding typography to a composition, creating shapes, applying effects, exporting for print and web, and more, we’ll learn a multitude of skills beneficial to any type of occupation. You’ll leave this class with a great understanding of Photoshop and an eagerness to create!

  • Setting up your Photoshop Canvas. Learn how to create a new document, the difference between designing for web and designing for print, and why Photoshop matters. You'll learn the basics such as exporting files and saving your work.
  • Editing Images. Learn how to crop, resize, retouch, and enhance your photography. 
  • Adding Typography. Learn how to add text to your images, strengthen your composition with type, and format text and paragraphs.
  • Controlling Color. Learn how to choose colors that enhance your work while communicating the message of your project.
  • Creating Compositions. Learn how to rearrange your images, organize elements on your canvas, space items attractively, use Photoshop layers, and put everything together into a beautiful design.

What You'll Make

This series of video lessons will such topics as enhancing photographs, adding typography to a composition, creating shapes, applying effects, and exporting for print and web. No matter your profession or interests, you'll find ways to use these skills to better communicate your ideas and extend your message. 

Some great applications are: 

  • Graphic designers setting the tone for a new brand identity project.
  • Photographers compiling inspirational elements to show creative direction for their next shoot.
  • Anyone looking to renovate their home, redesign their kitchen, or give their bedroom a makeover.

Required Class Supplies

  • Adobe Photoshop. If you don’t have the program you can download a 30 day free trial here. All class tutorials are recorded on a Mac using Photoshop CS6. You do not need a Mac or the most recent version of Photoshop (CS6) to follow along. Most of the tools are consistent across all versions of Photoshop. 
  • Please note: Photoshop Elements is a limited version of Photoshop and is not recommended for this course.

Looking for other Introductory Adobe Classes?

And be sure to check out Meg's five part in-depth Photoshop series.

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Meg Lewis

Designer, comedian, performer


Hi! I'm Meg! I'm a designer, performer, and educator making the world a happier place through books! talks! writing! spaces! podcasts! workshops! and videos! I work with brands like Dropbox, Pinterest, Facebook, Condé Nast Digital, Slack, NPR, Vox, VICE, Google, and Bloomingdale’s to create playful content and experiences that cultivate a positive emotional connection between their brand and community. I love to combine comedy with my unique skillset to create businesses, projects, and offerings that turn traditionally boring subjects into fun, impactful experiences!

As an expert on non-conformity and personal brand, my educational resources, classes, and workshops have helped thousands of brands and individuals shine!

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1. Trailer: Hi, I'm Meg Lewis. I run Ghostly Ferns, and we are located in Dumbo Brooklyn New York. I work on anything from branding coffee shops to event design and event planning to things like new startup websites and iPhone apps. This class is an introduction to Photoshop, it's a class for beginners who just want to learn the basic fundamentals of how to use Photoshop. Students are going to be making a mood board which is putting together images, colors, text into a composition that really gives you the feeling of atone for projects. You do not need to know Photoshop to take this class. This is a great beginner's class for anyone who doesn't even necessarily know what photoshop is. But it's really a great thing to learn first before you move on to Illustrator or InDesign. Good for if you want to add cats to things. You can also make gifts in Photoshop, add rainbows steered design, it's me telling secrets frames, sparkles. 2. Introduction to Lesson One: In this lesson, we're going to open Photoshop up for the first time and we're going to learn about creating a new document. We're going to learn things like the difference between designing for print and designing for web. We're going to learn about how Photoshop is different from Illustrator. Then we're going to take a tour around Photoshop, and we're going to look at the toolbar and the different modular aspects of creating your own workspace and tailoring it for your customer tastes. 3. Welcome to Class!: Hey everybody this is Meg Lewis. Welcome to my Skillshare class on introduction to Photoshop. All right, so I just wanted to give a little intro here to tell you guys a little bit about what we're going to be learning, what we're going to make together, and why we're making it. So, Photoshop is really great for anybody to learn from web designers to graphic designers, to interior designers, and especially photographers. So, we're going to make a mood board together which is a really kind of easy practical step of mixing all of these things that we'll be learning from photography, typography, color, and composition, and we're going to be putting those together until one design which is a mood board. And mood boards are really great for all careers and especially for personal use it's really fun coming up with a mood board to set the tone for maybe a project you have coming up, or if you're redesigning your living room, or if you are working with a client on a photo shoot. So many different applications for making a mood board and especially for using Photoshop. This is a very beginners course of Photoshop so if you haven't open Photoshop, this is the perfect class for you. I'm going to be just grazing the top surface of a lot of subjects and there will be a lot of things in Photoshop that we won't cover that are very advanced. But we will be learning a lot in this course and you should leave knowing how to use Photoshop pretty well. So, throughout this course, if there's something you want to know more about but I didn't dive deep enough, please, please feel free to look at Skillshare's class catalog because they may have a class that interests you in that subject. Specifically, for instance, I teach a intro to Web design class that isn't necessarily an intro to Photoshop class. So, once you know Photoshop it would be very great for you to swing over there and take that class next. Also take a look through their classes because there might be a photo editing class or a graphic design print class that you could be interested in. So, have fun, let me know if you have any questions along the way in the class feed and I can't wait to see what you guys come up with. 4. Creating a New Document: Creating Your Canvas, Designing for Web vs. Print: Hi again, Meg here. Welcome to Tutorial One of my series of videos for Introduction to Photoshop. In this tutorial, we're going to learn a little bit about creating a new Photoshop canvas and getting everything set up for designing for the web. Just a few disclaimers, I will be using Photoshop CS6. This is just the most recent CS version of Photoshop. If you have older versions of Photoshop [inaudible] , Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS4 or even 3 or 2, that's okay if you have those versions for this class, because everything we're going to be learning here, all of the tools are universal throughout all of those older versions. It may look just a slightly different, but everything I promise you, will function appropriately and you can do all of the same things in your version of Photoshop. You also may have heard of Photoshop Creative Cloud. That is just a new thing that Adobe is offering, where you can subscribe and pay a subscription fee to get automatic updates on your Adobe software. If you have the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, that's absolutely great too, because that means you have the absolute most updated version of Photoshop. Also, if you have any questions throughout the class, please feel free to just post a message to the class feed. I'm going to do my best to keep my eye on those questions, and if I see any commonalities between a few of you, I'll pop in and address those. If not, please feel free to answer fellow students' questions and post your own questions, and I will take a look and try to help you guys out. Okay, so let's open up Photoshop. All right, so here we have Photoshop. So, in order to open a new document, let's go to File, New. All right. So, here we have a name field, let's just start out by naming our project. You can name it whatever you want, I'm going to name mine, Meg's project. All right. So, now, when designing within Photoshop, we're working with raster images. This means that we're using pixels and we will have to make our Photoshop document the exact size of how we want the finished product to look, whereas in illustrator, you're working with vector images, that just means that in illustrator we can make our images really tiny and then scale them as large as we want later on down the road and we're not going to lose any of the quality. However, with Photoshop, we have to know exactly what size we want something to be from the get-go, because if we try to make it larger later on it's going to look what's called pixelated, which just means that it's going to look awfully blurry, and not very good. So, that's the trouble with Photoshop. It's that you have to know exactly what size you want something to be. Now, as I mentioned earlier, we are designing for the web, and we're using Photoshop. So, we want to make sure that we have all of our sizes set on pixels. If we were designing for print, we would want to do things more in inches, or centimeters, or millimeters, or however you prefer. But since we're designing for the web, we're going to keep ours at pixels, and if you guys don't know what pixels are, they are tiny little squares on your screen. They comprise of everything that you're seeing on your screen. So, any device that has a screen, tablets or smartphones, or even computer desktops like we're using, those all have pixels and the pixels make up what you're seeing. So, if we're designing for the web, it's best that we design everything in pixels rather than inches. Okay. So, together, let's all create a canvas that is 1200 pixels wide by 800 pixels in height. Then, for resolution since we're designing for the web, 72 pixels per inch is what we want to do here. If we were designing for print, we would want to go 300 pixels per inch. Okay. That's just a rule of thumb, 72 pixels per inch for web and 300 for print. But since we're doing Web, we'll want to go 72 pixels per inch today. Then color mode, I am sure you may have heard of CMYK and RGB. RGB is when you're designing for the web, and CMYK is what communicates with printers. So, CMYK is for if we're designing for print, and as you know, we're designing for web today. So, let's just go with RGB. An 8-bit is absolutely fine, that's a little bit more advanced. All right. So again, we have our project named Meg's project, or whatever you decided to name your own. A document that is the width of 1200 pixels by 800 pixels in height, and a resolution of 72 pixels per inch, and then we have our color mode as RGB. We can just keep our background as white, we can change that later on, and then all of this is absolutely okay. This is a little bit more advanced. So, we're not going to touch that for now. So, let's press OK, and take a look at our Photoshop window. We have it right here, we can drag it around. Try pressing your F key, and repeatedly you can kind of see different screen modes that you can take a look at. I like having my Photoshop in this screen mode here, and then if I press space bar I can get a little draggy hand, and while I press space bar, I can move my cursor around and kind of drag my screen around, which is really nice. Let's put that back in the center, press F couple more times, and there we have it. Let's move on to Tutorial number two. 5. A Look Around Photoshop: Windows, Toolbar, Rulers & Guides: All right. So, let's dive right in. Just a little thing to note, there are so many ways to do everything in Photoshop. So, something you might see me do, you may see someone else do differently and vice versa. Just know that there are a tone of different ways to do everything, and you'll develop your own styles and techniques as you get more comfortable with the program. You can abandon when I've taught you or choose to keep these little tips and tricks, up to you, but just know that there are so many different ways to do each and everything in Photoshop. So, let's get started. Okay. So, here we have our Photoshop document. I'm going to show you a little bit about how modular Photoshop is. So, if you go up here to Window, workspace. You can see that there are a lot of presets for various kinds of workspaces. If you're working a lot with typography or photography or motion, this might be important to you otherwise, it sets on essentials which is the default. I often like to use essentials, and then modify things from there. If you want to, you can just keep it at essentials, and then well you'll see what you like down the road and maybe you can add new Windows. So, here you can see various Windows, and there are a lot of Windows that we're not using right now that you don't see on your screen. Just the ones with checkmarks are the ones that you see over here on the right-hand side of your screen, but say if you want to work with paragraphs more, you can click paragraphs and then you'll see it pop open over here. So, these little arrows minimize that window and you can click on it to open it up again. If you'd like to have it large you can pull it out, and you can move things around. Things are very modular in Photoshop. So, you can customize your own workspace to how you like it exactly. So, if you work a lot with paragraphs necessarily, you could put that in here, and then look, now you have it stuck over here. Then you can pull it out, if you don't want it so much you can put it back where it belongs, right in there. There you go. So you can customize your own workspace which is really great. Now, that's the right-hand side which is all of your Windows. The left-hand side is your toolbar. So, over here is all of your tools that you're going to be using, and I've created a handy little toolbar guide, that also shows you shortcuts for using many of these tools. Depending on what you do for a living, you may use some tools over others. There are a ton of tools that I never use. I never even learned how to use because they're not applicable for my career field. So, I'm going to teach you some of the basic tools that everybody generally needs to know, and then you should go out and study the rest of the tools, and see which ones you love and which ones you don't. You'll notice this ruler that you have along the top and the left-hand side of your Photoshop window. These are rulers that are showing you essence we chose, and measurement increment of pixels. These are how many pixels we have here so, you can see we created a 1200 pixel wide document, it goes to 1200 by 800 tall. So, whenever I have my cursor in the document, you can see these little white bars moving around to show us how far we've gone, which is very helpful. There's also something called guides which, if you take your cursor and click on the ruler and drag down, you'll see a little guide. So, say you want to start your design around 300 pixels down, you can create, put your guide there, and then let go, and now you have a guide. Then, same goes for the other side. 300 pixels over here, let go more guides, and we can keep creating guides as many as we want. Now, if you're tired of looking at your guides after a while, you can click Command colon, and that will hide your guides. Clicking Command colon again will make your guides appear. So, if you completely want to get rid of your guides and start afresh, you can go to View, clear guides and that will get rid of your guides. Forever, so long guides. Something really important to know about Photoshop, is how to use the layers window. Layers are incredibly important. You can create new layers for every little detail and aspect of your design. So, if you have a photo, you can put that on one layer. If you're adding text on top of that photo, you put the text on another layer. Because then you can erase layers and modify layers appropriately. It's just going to modify that specific element rather than the entire thing. So, that's really nice and that's the best flexible attribute of Photoshop and why I love it so much. So, down here in the lower right-hand corner, we have our layers window, this whole thing here. So, we can create new layers, by clicking on this icon. There's layer one, we can double-click on layer one, to name this layer. Click Enter Return to name. Then, we can create another layer, let's call this one layer two. Okay. So, we can adjust our layers, drag them around, and then we can also make folders for our layers. So, we have a series of photos that are all different layers we can create a new folder by clicking this icon. They are also called groups, so we're going to group them together. So, let's name this group, layer group one. Okay, and then just as we would select numerous folders and a window, we would select our first layer, hold down Shift, select the next layer, and we know we have both layers selected, we can just drag them and drop them right into that folder, and then minimize. That's how we keep our layers organized. It's really, really very important that you keep all of your layers named and organized really well, because down the road you're going to have 20, 50, even maybe hundreds of layers. You're going really want to have those organized because otherwise, it's going to be hard to find something when you need it. Another thing I really like to do is colorize my layers. So, if I right-click on this little eyeball, I can choose a color for this whole layer group. Maybe I want it to be green. So, now this whole layer group is green. Which it's a nice visual key if you have your layer groups or different layers colored differently, maybe you denote yellow for something that you really want to stand out so that you can find it easily later. This eyeball here, hides and shows layers. So, if you have something in your design layer on down the road and you want to see what it looks like without that layer, you can just click the eyeball, and it will hide that layer, it doesn't delete it, it just hides it. All right. So, that's a little walk-through of Photoshop. We're going to dive in specifically to different parts of Photoshop. Later on. All right. So dive in, get familiar with Photoshop, and then we'll move 6. Introduction to Lesson Two: In this lesson, we're going to grab an image from anywhere we want, maybe it's an image you took, maybe it's just an image that you found. We're going to transform the image, edit it, cut things out of it using the Pen tool and maybe even learn how to remove some objects from that image. 7. Adjusting and Enhancing a Photograph: This lesson is all about photography. I was on a recent trip that I just got back from a couple of days ago to Iceland, and in Iceland, I took a lot of great photos. I have a photo over here, let me click onto my desktop, of a couple of horses. So, let's open this in Photoshop by going to File, Open, and then select Horses, and open that. Go ahead and select any image that you'd like on your desktop and follow along or just watch me and then do this on your own. So, I have my horses here and I'm going to press the F key again to change the view to this one, a little less distracting than the other view. So, couple things I'm noticing about this photo that I'd like to change is that it's a little dark because it was a cloudy day. Also, this horizon line isn't exactly straight. It's coming up quite a bit on the right hand side. Then I'd also like the horses to be a little bit brighter and stand out a bit more. As well as I'm noticing this little speck right here, I don't know if you can see this, but there's a little speck that I'd like to get rid of. So, let's start by straightening this photo to get this horizon line straight. So, in order to straighten something, we want to crop it a bit. So, the cropping tool, you'll see over here, right here, or you can just press C, the C key. So, I'm going to press C, and you'll notice there's this dotted frame around the image and you can click and drag to crop your image and then you'll just press enter or double-click to crop it, but we just want to straighten this today. So, in order to strengthen an image, you have to move your cursor to the outside of the image where you'll see a curved line that has two arrows on the ends. So, in order to straighten, you'll just want to make sure that you have that first, and then you'll want to hold down, click, and drag to straighten your image. So, I'm going to do that right now. This can be a bit finicky. But I've already straightened it just enough to where you can see the lines on my grid are matching up on that horizon line and it looks pretty straight now. So, I'm going to let go and then I'm going to press enter, and now it's all straightened out. So, the next thing I'm going to do is adjust the image a little bit to make it brighter. So, I'm going to go down here to the very bottom of my layers window, you'll see this thing that honestly looks like a black and white cookie. It's a circle, it has white on one side black on the other. It's called an adjustment layer. So, you're going to want to create a new adjustment layer by clicking on it and here is all the things we can do to manipulate photos. These are really great and they do a lot of different things. I'm just going to show you a few today and please feel free to go around and play with the others to discover what else you can do to this photography in Photoshop. So, we're going to start out by adjusting the levels. So, click here on levels and you'll see we've opened a new layer here titled Levels. Then also this window over here, this Levels window opened up. So, you'll notice if you click and drag these things over here, this side is making things darker when you drag it to the right. The one on the right hand side when you drag it to the left is making the image much brighter. Then the middle one is going in and out between the mid tones. So, I put everything back to where it was and since I want to make this image a little brighter, if you remember the one on the right hand side when I scooted it over to the left, it made it pretty bright. So, we want to just bump that over. Do you see how this little graph here spikes up at the top? We don't want to make it go all the way to the top because they're right means that it's getting too bright. So, we'll just bump it right against where it's spiking up and that should be just bright enough. So, it's already substantially more bright which is great. So, that is the first adjustment layer in its levels. So, the next thing I want to show you is how to adjust the brightness and contrast. So, here is an adjustment layer that I just added for brightness and contrast. So, as you know, notice the brightness and contrast window just opened and we can slide these around adjust the brightness and adjust the contrast. Let's put this back to zero. The contrast, you can see it getting very high contrast and then very low contrast. So, subtlety is key with these two settings. So, I just want to make it just a little brighter. I'll bump that up to maybe let's go with 10, and if I want to make it just contrasting enough, I'll do just a little bit of contrast, maybe five to 10. Let's go 10 again. If we go too high, our image is going to look too manipulated and too artificial. We want to keep it looking pretty natural. So, I just did a little bit here and there. So, our next adjustment layer I want to show you is the photo filter because I'm noticing that my photo has like an orangey almost greeney, a little bit of green tint to it. It's pretty golden. So, if we go here to Photo Filter, that is how you can make your image a little bit warmer or cooler. So, right now, it's set to a filter of warming filter, we don't want that because it's already pretty warm. So, let's go to cooling filter. That's helping, but it's making it a little too cool. So, if you see down here, it says density of 25 percent. If we make that higher, it's going to be really cool. So, let's bump it down quite a bit to maybe 10 percent, just slightly cooler than it was before, and then that's great. So, we've added levels, brightness and contrast, and a photo filter. Now I'm feeling like the image looks pretty good. The horses stand out a bit more, the image is a lot brighter, there's a higher contrast which makes everything look a little bit more impacting. The last thing I want to do is remove those little blemish on the photo. I think it's maybe some dust that was on my iPhone screen. So, I just press Z which opens up the zoom tool. If you go over to your tools pallet, you'll see the little Zoom icon over there at the bottom. So you'll want to click that or just press Z and then we're going to click on the image to zoom in. So, let's zoom all the way in, make that little spot much bigger so that I can crop it out. So, in order to get rid of it, we're going to use something called the Patch Tool. You'll see it over here, it actually looks like a little patch. So, I'm going to click on that. Now, I'm going to make sure that I'm not on the photo filter layer because we don't want to remove the photo filter, we don't want to remove the brightness and contrast or the levels, but we do want to remove something on the image and you'll see this image layer here at the very bottom. Now, the background image is always locked, so let's just copy the layer. In order to copy a layer, we will just drag it down here to where the new layer icon is, and if we drag it down and then let go, it'll automatically copy it. It's pretty awesome. So, we have the original background here, the first locked background layer, and then we have the copy. So, this way, if I edit this and use the patch tool to remove it, and I don't really actually like how it looks or I mess up along the way, I can just delete this copied layer and we can just have that background layer left behind it and then all is good and we haven't screwed up completely. So, I'm in this new copied layer and I'm going to take the Patch Tool, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to draw a circle by clicking, dragging, and holding along, making a circle around the item I want to get rid of. Once I complete the circle, I'm going to let go. As you can see, there's a little dotted line that's flashing a little bit. So, now, we're going to hover the Patch Tool over that dotted line area, the little blemish I want to get rid of. We're going to click and drag and we're going to pull it out here to something else that looks perfect on the image, but we want it to also look similar enough. So, we're going to hold over there and then we're going to let go. Look, now my blemish is gone. But now we have this flashing dotted line around it which I don't want in there anymore. So, I'm going to deselect. In order to deselect that, I'm going to go command D, for deselect. So, now, it's gone. Something you want to know about the patch tool is that you definitely want to sample something that's similar enough because say I sample this area and I make that circle, complete the circle, and then drag it to something that's completely different like the horses ear, and let go, it's going to do some weird stuff because it's calculating a middle ground between the two and trying to create something new out of both of those. When it's trying to create something new out of two things that are completely different, it's just going to look crazy. So, we don't want that. So, now, I've done something here that I don't want to keep, so I am going to deselect by doing command D and then I'm going to go into my History window. So, if you go down to Windows, History, or it's already open over here. We can just go back in time before I did that, let's keep clicking back. There we go. So, I went back in time, let's just minimize this history window. I'm going to press Z again to open the zoom tool because I want to zoom out. So, my zoom tool is now open. Then in order to zoom out, I can hold down option, which does a minus, by default it does plus because you're zooming in. If you want to zoom out, you have to hold down option. While I'm holding down option, I'm going to click to zoom out. There we have our horses. So, we have a series of layers here, as you can see in the Layers window. If I click and drag and remove all the eyes on there, I can see what our original background image looked like to compare. So, I'm going to, yeah, it looks a lot better now than it did before. So saving. We're going to go to File. Now, if you were saving and you want your image to be large and maybe if you're going to print it, you would just do Save As which opens up a window where you can save it as Horses.psd which is a Photoshop file. So, if I saved it as a Photoshop file and I wanted to open up later, I could adjust all of the layers and make more changes. However, if I just wanted to save it as an image, I would want to save it as a JPEG, and then put it on my desktop. But I'm not going to do that today because we're making something for the web. So, I'm going to cancel that and go back to File and I'm going to go Save for Web because we're saving for the web. If we're saving for the web, it's just going to make our file size just a little bit smaller which is really nice because your computer is going to run better if you have smaller file sizes. So, let's find our JPEG. Let's just make it high, that's okay. You can see it's really zoomed in here but here our horses. Here's the width and height, we can adjust that width and height if you want, but I'm not going to do that right now. It's just okay. I'm just going to save it to my desktop as HorsesNew and save. All right, let's move on. 8. Cut Something Out Of A Photo: I'm going to show you guys how to use the pen tool in Photoshop to cut something out of an image. I have an image here of my husband. He would hate to know that I was using this image but he's probably not going to take this class, so we're going to look at his beautiful face and we're going to try to cut him out of this image together. So, just pay attention to what I'm doing and then take a photo of your own and try this out on your own time after you watch the tutorial. So, we have Brad is his name, open in Photoshop, you can see, as I told you before, the first layer is always the background and it's always locked as you now see this locked icon here. So, we're going to do what we did before, we're going to drag this down here to that new layer button and let go and now we have a copy of Brad. So, I'm going to title this layer "Brad copy". So, now we hide this, we'll just see the one below which is the same. So, in order to use the pen tool, I'm going to zoom in and I'm going to press the Z button or over here on zoom and I'm just going to click to zoom in a bit. Now, the pen tool, you'll see over in your tools palette, right here, you'll see this little pin nib. Also, if you just press P, you'll get the pen tool. So, we can make shapes with the pen tool if we want by clicking up here and selecting shape instead of paths, so if we click shape, and I just click around look at that I'm making a weird shape. Now, you always have to complete the shape in order for it to be done, so this was our first starting point, so if I go back and see this little circle next to the pin nib that means that you're going to complete the shape. So, now I have this new layer here titled shape one and I can press V to get the cursor up and not the pen tool. So, if I press P, that's pen, V is just for the cursor, so now I can take the cursor and I can drag this new shape around. So, that's making a shape pretty quick and fast. But we're not making shapes quite yet, we're just going to be cutting Brad out of this image. So, we need to press P again to get our pen tool up and instead of shape we're going to select path, okay? Because we're going to make one of those dotted flashing lines again and that's what a what a path is called. So, we're going to start tracing around Brad, I'm going to do a quick and dirty job here. Normally I would zoom way in and be very much of a perfectionist about this but not this time I'm going to try to go fast for you guys. So, I'm going to start down here at the very end. Click. Now, I'm going to find my next point, I'm going to click, now I'm just making new pathways. So, if I hold down the next click point and I drag it around, you'll notice I'm creating this weird curve thing. So, if you have anything that's curved even if it's subtle like this point, you're going to want to do that. So, I've made this very slightly curved line. All right? So, now if I try to make another line, you'll notice that when I click it's also curved. So, that's weird because we don't want it to be curved and no matter what I do it's still staying curved. So, I'm going to do Command Z which is undo, again that's Command Z, so I'm going to undo that because we don't want this to be curved. So, if you have a curved point and then you try to make another point, it's going to try to continue that curve for natural movement and we don't want that. So, I'm going to hold down the option key over that point and click on it and as you will see, the remainder of that little line there stopped. So we've ended the curve, so now I can just make more points along Brad. These are all straight lines I'm making, I could make them curved if I wanted to. Here's another little curve, so I'm going to go to the end of the curve, click down, and then drag to complete that curve, okay? Now, it's going to try to do the natural movement again since I just did a curve. So, I don't want that, so I'm going to hold down option and click on the point and now I'm going to go to my next point which is another curve and click that. Again, I did option click, go to the next curve, click and drag, option click. Next point this is more of a straight line, okay? Here's the end of this curve, click drag for the curve. Now, option click right there, here's another kind of straight line, so I'm just going to click down, here's a curve, so here's the end of the curve, click drag, option. So, this obviously takes a little bit of time and I don't want to bore you but I really highly encourage you guys to practice using the pen tool because I'm doing this pretty fast now this is the normal speed I usually go when using the pen tool, but it definitely took me a lot of practice. It's not necessarily an intuitive motion, it definitely takes a lot of practice to be able to understand how the pen tool works. So, I would really highly encourage that you take your time and practice the pen tool on a wide variety of subjects and items in photographs, so that you can understand. I'm going to pause the video, finish Brad's outline and then I'll be right back. Okay. So, Brad is nearly complete, I've gotten up to this lower right hand corner and again to complete the shape, I have to go to the original point that I started with, then I see that little circle next to that pen icon tool, I'm going to complete that. So, we have a very, very subtle hard to notice line that's going all the way around Brad. So, we need to select that. It's called a path. Do you remember how will we selected path up here instead of shape? So, we need to go over out of the Layers window over here to paths and we're going to select that tab and you can see a little outline of Brad. So, we want to turn that into the dotted flashing line. So, down here, you can see the dotted flashing line icon, so we want to select that and now you can see that path we just created is now flashing. So, let's go back over to layers and we can do a lot of things from this point on. We can copy Brad out and then paste him into a new layer or we can invert the selection and make it select only the things that aren't Brad. It's really up to us from here. So, if I wanted to copy Brad and paste him into a new layer, I could just do, since this is flashing if it's not flashing, this won't work. Since it's flashing and he selected, I can just do Command C for copy and then create a new layer by going down here, create a new layer. Now, we have new layer, so this is new Brad. Now, I'll do Command V for paste and now Brad's on this new layer. You can see in this small view that he has a transparent checkered background. The checkered background always means transparent in Photoshop. So, if we hit the other layers, you'll notice that it's just Brad with this checkered background which means it's transparent, it's see-through. So, the sky's the limit, we can add other layers in here and anything will be behind Brad, it's really fun. If I have a selected on shape again, I can select a color. Let's do hot pink from over here on the swatches palette, I select hot pink. Now, I can click around and create weird shapes around Brad, maybe some abstract shape of some kind. I could even go off the canvas if I wanted to and then again I have to go back to the starting point when I see that circle and complete the shape. So, if I press V again to go back to my cursor away from the pen tool, we have this new layer with our shape on it and I can drag that around and put that anywhere I please. Then I can also double-click on it over here in the layers window to change the color which is pretty great. So, now I can change the color to yellow or whatever teal green. Let's go teal turquoise. There we go. All right. Again now, from here, I can save for the web. If I save for the web, since we have some transparent background behind Brad, we can still see that checkered background, I can save it as a PNG which shows transparency. As you can see, I have JPEG, J-P-E-G shown, selected now and the transparent background has turned to white because JPEGs don't support transparent backgrounds but PNGs do. So, I'll select PNG24 is fine and now the background is transparent still. So, I could lay this over something else and it would be transparent so that I could see that something else behind it showing through which is pretty cool. 9. Introduction to Lesson Three: In this lesson, we're going to learn how to work with typography. So we're going to take some type, pick a favorite font, and adjust that type accordingly, and do some really cool stuff with typography and learn some new tricks and tools. 10. Free Typing, Text Boxes, and Adjusting Type: Let's talk about typography. So, I have Meg's project that we created in the first tutorial together. It's open. So, I'm going to press F again to bring that document to full screen. So, in order to bring up the Type tool, we need to press T, or you can see it over here in your toolbar. So, this is the Type tool. I have hot pink still selected from before, and over here, you can either go to the Windows and select Character. You could also find it by clicking the Window drop-down and select Character. You can see all of your fonts. Now, I have a lot more fonts than you probably do, which come standard on your computer. So, let's just select one that comes standard, which is Arial. So, I'm going to select Arial, and then, I'm simply, with my Tech tool, going to click anywhere on the screen, and I'm going to type something. So, you'll notice that my type is all uppercase, which I didn't actually do because my caps lock was not on. But here, I have this icon selected that's called All Caps. So, I'm going to deselect that, which turned it off of All Caps. So, I still have my cursor selected. You can click V, or go over here and select the top icon on your toolbar, which is the cursor, and I can move it around. Also, if you take a look at your layers, you'll notice that Type Something is its own layer, which is great. So, we have a few things over here on the Character window that are selected. For example, I have Arial, which I just selected in front of you. It's bold. We can change that to whatever way we want, maybe regular. I think I like bold, though. Then, we can adjust the size. I'll make it a little bit bigger so you can see it better, maybe 48 pixels in size. As you can see, it's spaced apart pretty far. The letter spacing in between each letter is quite a bit larger than regular. It's set at 100. We don't want that. Let's set that back to zero. So, here we are. That looks pretty good. So, now, if I want to make it larger, I can either go here and make it larger or smaller, but it only goes up to 72. I could type something bigger like 172. Now, it's really big, and it's going off of our canvas. So, let's put that back down to 72. If I wanted it somewhere in between, I can always do Command T to transform, is what it's called. Here, we have that bounding box like we had with our image before of the horses. Like I said before, if I just move it around, it's going to make the type look really, really bad. Again, another beginner's mistake is doing this to text, and that just makes it look like a bad Chinese food ad, or something. So, we don't want to do that. Let me Command Z to undo, and then, I'm going to go back to our bounding box for transforming. So, I'm going do Command T. Now, remember, I click on the corner while holding down shift. So, I'm holding down shift, clicking and dragging, and see how I'm dragging all over the place and it's not distorting the type. So, I'm going to make that a little bit larger, clicking on V again to go back to my cursor and moving it around. So, now, let's type a paragraph. Let's move this up here a little bit. I'm going to make a text box now. So, I've pressed T to go back to my Type tool, and I'm going to make an actual box. So, I'm clicking and dragging to make this box here. So, now, it's set to 72, like I had it before. I can type something longer, words are merging together. Woo. Yay. So, I have this, and it's all overlapping on each other, which is no good. So, I'm going to click over here on my toolbar back to the cursor, and I can move that around. So, we're going to go to our Character window again, and it's still set on 72. Let's make it a little bit smaller, let's go to 24. Sorry about that. So, here's our text. Let's add spaces in here. So, we have a little paragraph. It's actually not a paragraph anymore. Then, our text box is still selected. So, if we take the corner, I can make the text box smaller, smaller, smaller. So, let's make it about this size. As you can tell, our text is also centered. I'd like to left justify it. So, we want to go to the Paragraph window to do that to adjust how the paragraph looks. So, that's right here under the Character Palette window. So, I could either select Paragraph, or I could go to Window, Paragraph. So, as you can see, centered is selected on mine. So, let's move it to left justified, and you can see it changed there. If we go back over to Character, you'll see that this right here where it says 30 pixels, adjust what's called the line height, which is the space in between the lines of text. So, if we made that really small, they'd overlap because they have not very much space. We can make it a higher number and they'll be further apart, or we could set it to auto, which is generally just something that looks quite nice. So, it's on auto, and we've created a paragraph. The last thing I want to show you is just changing the color. So, we have two layers over here in our Layers window. We have Type Something, and then, we have Type Something Longer. It automatically names our layers based on what we've typed. So, it'll just show the first few characters of what we have typed. So, type something is our bigger word. If we go over to the Character window, we'll notice that the color is hot pink still. If I click on that color, I can adjust the color a little bit. So, I can make this more red if I wanted to, something a little bit more subtle maybe. There we go. Then, let's go back in there. So, as you know, maybe, maybe not, if you're designing for the web, we have this HEX color down here. This is the six-digit mix of characters and numbers that show what the color value is. So, I'm going to just Command C to copy that color, and then, I'm going to go over to the Paragraph layer, Type Something Bigger, click on that. Here, we have the color again. So, I'm going to click on that color. I could either use this eyedropper that automatically appears and select the color from Type Something and make it that color that way, or I could go down here and Command V to paste the old color back in there and press OK. So, now, they're both the same color, which is quite nice, or we could have made them different colors. If you want to explore the Character window a little bit more and see what things do, we can underline text, we can do strike through on text, all kinds of fun stuff. I highly encourage that you just take a peek around the Character window and the Paragraph window to just see what they do and have fun. 11. Layer Styles & Text Effects: Let's use something called Layer Styles to make our type look a little bit more exciting, and add some fun effects. So, we have our Type Something here, really big still. Let's add a layer behind it that's a solid color. So, if I just click on the layer underneath Type Something, I can go to that black and white cookie, which is adjustment layers, and if I click on that, I can select Solid Color. Alright. So, I have a new solid color and this is hurting my eyes, so let's change it to something a little darker. Maybe, let's get out of the pink world, let's go blue. So, we have a deep dark blue, maybe like that, okay. Now, for Type Something, let's change the color to maybe an even darker blue. So, I have my eyedropper here, and I'm going to sample that color and then bring this down substantially, maybe like that. Okay, so a little hard to see, but we're going to make it a little easier to see, okay. So, let's select OK, and then let's bring up our layer adjustment. So, in order to do that, we need to have the Type Something layer selected, and then we need to double-click away from Type Something, because if I double-click on Type Something, I'm just going to change the title of that layer. So, let's double-click over here, away from that, which brings up our Layer Styles window. So, here's all the cool stuff we can do and some of it is very cheesy, like that. We don't want to do that. You can add strokes on top of Something. So, if I wanted to add a stroke on the outside, let's make that white, I could do that. There's a lot of options in each of these layer styles, and we can turn on the opacity. There's so many things we can do. Most of them if applied pretty intensely, look very bad. So, you have to be very subtle and again, subtlety is key and it's going to look great if you do something and keep it toned down, okay. So, let's add a little bit of an inner shadow to this, okay. I don't know if you can see that very well, but we have an inner shadow. So, I'm going to set this to, it's defaulted to Multiply, let's just do Normal, okay. Then, we can change the angle of the inner shadow. Let's do right above, which is 90, okay. So, we have 90. So, with that set to 90 degrees, let's change the distance to maybe one, and the size to three. This is all something I encourage you guys to play around with because it's hard to explain what these mean, so it's better if you guys just kind of play around to see what the different sizes and distances do, and we're kind of short on time with these tutorials. Okay. So, we have a little bit of an inner shadow. Now, let's add a, where is it, drop shadow next, okay. So, let's do the same angle of 90, and then let's just change this to white instead, okay. That looks awful. So, let's do a distance again of just one and a size may be of zero, okay. So, it's really subtle, and then let's take the opacity way down to something maybe just like five. Okay. So, I'm thinking that the effect I wanted to show you isn't strong enough, so I'm going to take the background layer down a notch in terms of color. I'm going to make it just a little lighter, so I'm going to double-click on the Color, and just make this a little lighter, okay. Just a little more, and then again, with the Type Something color over here, I can edit the color. I'm going to make that just a tad lighter. Here we go. Now, you can see what I've done here. I've created sort of a letterpress effect on the text, which the inner shadow made it look like it was pressed in, and then the drop shadow, the white drop shadow, made it look like a little bit more depth on the layer on top, which is the background layer actually. So, it looks like the type is pressed into maybe the paper or whatever surface it's on. All right. So, again, if I open my Layer Styles window, you can see how many amazing things you can do that are just, if you keep them subtle, will look really nice. If layer styles aren't for you, that's okay, because they do add interesting effects. You can do a gradient, add a gradient over something, and they have a lot of preset gradients or you can edit your own by just playing around with that. But, some of them look pretty bad, so, like I said with this letterpress effect, toning things way down is really for the best. So, explore, have some fun, and I'm excited to see what you guys do with typography. 12. Introduction to Lesson Four: This lesson is all about color. We're going to take an image that we find online and sample their colors and add swatches of that color to your Photoshop Canvas. Then, we're going to learn how to make some shapes and apply colors to those shapes that match your photo. 13. Find Inspiration, Sample Colors, Add Swatches: Let's talk a little bit about color and finding inspiration online. I like to sample a lot of images in catalog. A lot of images that have striking colors and then really get inspired by these images. Sample the colors from them in my design's, pretty frequently. So, I have a Pinterest board up here of my own. That I'm going to just scroll through, find an image, and then sample those images. I encourage you to not necessarily look at Pinterest, but look wherever you'd like for inspiration. If it's a picture of koalas, or interior design, or pizza, it's up to you. Pick whatever you're inspired by and then sample the colors and maybe those will influence your design choices. Okay. So, I'm going to go through my Pinterest board here and find an image that really inspires me. Specifically, I'm actually really into this image. It has three colors that I think are really impactful. We have peach, almost a soft mint color, and then a dark gray. So, I'm going to take this image. I'm going to drag it onto my desktop and then exit out of Pinterest. Okay? Now, I have mix project up here again. So, I have these type something layers hidden, so I'm just going to delete both of those. By selecting the layer, I can either drag it to the trash can or I can press Delete. Okay. So, I have a blank canvas here and I'm going to press F to bring that fullscreen and then I'm going to do File, Place, just like we did with our horses before. Here's the inspiration image. We're going to place that on my canvas. I have this bounding box. I don't need to change the size of this image right now, not important. I'm just going to press Enter. So, now my image is on my canvas and I want to sample the colors. Okay? So, I need to bring up my eye dropper which we used before during the type segment to sample the colors of the type. So, in order to do that I can either go over here to my Toolbar and find the eye dropper which is right here or I can just press I. Okay. So, here's the eye dropper. So, I'm going to sample this peach color first. As you notice, I'm clicking on here you can see the color changing. So, I'm going to find the right shade of peach that I like, this one is great. So, I have that selected, you can see it over here. Now and also over here because I still have my character window up. I'm going to minimize that because we don't need it. So, since I have the peach color selected over here, I'm going to just create a new Swatch. So, in my Swatches Window, I'm going to click this button for creating a new swatch, named the Swatch Peach and then press okay. So, now here's my Peach Swatch in my Swatches Palette and now I can always reference back to it just to make sure that my peaches are always the same. Okay. So, let's select the next kind of pale mint color. It's almost a Sage green. I think I like this one the best. So, I click that, it's over here. So, now I'm going to save that Swatch, call it Mint. So, now we have Peach and Mint and then for the last deep gray, I'm going to select this one. It's almost even a deep eggplant. Okay? So now, I create my new Swatch. I'm going to call it Gray. So, now I have Peach, Mint, and Gray. So, I don't need this inspiration image anymore, I'm finished with it. So, it's selected so I'm just going to press Delete and now it's gone. So, I'm going to create some shapes to sample these colors with each other on my canvas. So, in order to create a shape, let's create some circles. Okay? So, our shaped tools is over here. Right now, I have the line selected. If I just click and hold, I can see the other options here. We have rectangle, rounded rectangle, which is just a rectangle with rounded edges. We have an ellipse tool which is a circle tool or ovals and then we have a polygon tool. Line tool was selected by default, that's just going to give us a thin stroke of a line. So, let's do some circles. So, I want to select Ellipse Tool. So, I have that clicked and now I have this ability to create these weird ovals. Do you remember earlier, how I told you that we could, when we're transforming something, to hold down Shift to keep the ratio or constraints in check? It's the same here. So, if I hold down Shift and then click and drag, I'm just making a perfect circle now. Okay. So, that's good. So, this is, it was set to it that dark gray color before. So it's given me a circle in that dark gray color. Perfect. Okay? So, now I want to make the same size circle exactly, so rather than clicking and dragging and trying to guess the shape and size of the circle, I am just going to copy this gray one layer. So, I'm going to title it Gray. Now, I'm going to copy it by dragging it down to new layer letting go. Now, I have Gray copy. Now, if I have that Gray copy selected, I can click and drag it over. If I hold down Shift, it's going to stay at the same horizontal plane there and not go up or down. So, that's nice because they're all uniform. So, I'm going to move it around let go, that's great. So, now I'm going to change the color to that Mint color. So, I'm going to double click here, here's a little pallet. Now, my eye dropper, if I go over to the Mint color, I can just click and now it's Mint. Okay. Okay. So, let's title this layer Mint. Now again, I'm going to copy by dragging it down to a new layer and then I'm going to make sure I have my cursor selected which I do. Hold down Shift while I drag it over the new layer. Perfect. Let go. It's titled Mint let's title it Peach and then again double click. Here's my eye dropper, now select a Peach color. Perfect. So, now I can make sure that these layers are selected and move them around, put them together, see what they look like together, and see if I'm happy, which I am, because I love this color combination. It's perfect. Let's play a little bit around with the Shape Tool because we can also make rectangles. So, if I hold down Shift again, I make a perfect square. Just let go, pressing V again to go back to my cursor and, oh no. Shoot. It's kind of combined both of these into one layer which is no good. I made a huge faux pas. So, let's go back to history before I made that rectangle and let's first create a new layer and then make my square. Holding down Shift and now you can see that it's in its own layer. It's not connected to the Peach circle anymore. Okay? So, this is a Gray square. Now, let's create a new layer and now let's make a Mint rectangles. So, let's start out with a rectangle and we can make them any size we want. But now it's still Gray, so let's move this around, double click, select Mint. Perfect. Let's title this Mint rectangle. Okay? Now, let's make a new shape. How about a polygon? So, let's create a new layer and then make this triangle. Okay? Here, we can move that around. Let's title this Peach Triangle and let's make sure that we double click, Eye dropper, select Peach. Okay? So, we have this Polygon Tool which can give us a shape of any number of sides. By default, I have it selected to three sides up here on top. If we selected eight and I hold down Shift, I can make a perfect eight sided polygon there. Oh, I did it again. So, again like I said, you have to make a new layer. Let's delete that one and start over. So, we have an eight sided Peach Octagon. Turn that peach. Then create a new layer, let's make a triangle this time, three sides. Move this around, let's make this, how about let's go back to mint, Mint Triangle. Okay. So last but not least, let's create a new layer and make a line. So, if I hold down on the Shape Layer, I can find Line Tool, Shape Tool, rather. So, I have a Line Tool, so now I can select the weight of my line, if it's one pixel thick. Let's make it five pixels. Okay? So, if I click and drag, you can see I have a five pixel line and it's gray. So, let's type Gray Line is the title of that layer. So now, I can drag and move the layers around. So, I can move the Gray Line behind that Mint Circle if I wanted to, but I like it over. Again, click, drag all these layers around to wherever I please. Look, now we have some sort of abstract composition. That's fun. What do you think? I like it. Now, let's move on and put everything we learn together and make a mood board. 14. Introduction to Lesson Five: Okay. So, now we're going to put everything we just learned together. We're going to create a template for our mood board and then we're import some images, add some text onto those images, and then work with it a little bit of color to create our entire mood board. 15. Create Your Mood Board Template: Okay, let's try putting everything we've already learned together and learn a few more things along the way. But let's create a mood board together. So, if you go into the Skill Share page you can grab the mood board that I created already, and you'll notice that that's the exact same size as the mood board that we're creating, 1200 pixels by 800 pixels. So, you could just place that onto your Photoshop canvas. Let's place it there. The exact same size, and then you'll notice here we have a new layer, let's type that Meg's Mood Board. Okay. So, let's press Z, for zoom and then click and zoom on in. So, we're going to create a frame, a bare-bones sort of structure for our mood board. So, let's use our guides by clicking up to the Rulers and driving them down and build our guides around my existing mood board or if you're feeling more brave, you can just create your own structure for a mood board yourself. It's pretty fun. In fact, math lovers might really like this because, you can kind of take 1200 pixels wide maybe if you want, for our columns. So, 1200 pixels divided by four, how large you want these padding areas, these gutters of white to be. So, you could multiply those by six or however many of those you want and then subtract the total width from that. So, it gets a little complicated, if you're creating your own structure yourself that you want to be clean and perfect. If you want to do that on your own, that's awesome and I congratulate you, but if you in interest of time, we can just use mine as an example and create our guides based on what I've already done. So, I'm going to go ahead and create guides around all of these white spaces and I'll be back. Okay, so I have my guides in place and they're ready to go. Again, I can press command colon or semi-colon, command semicolon to make those hide and show. I want them to show for now. So, we basically have guides showing us exactly where we need everything to be and where the all the spaces are. Okay, so the next thing is that Photoshop snaps to these guides which is great. So, if I take my rectangle tool and I click and drag, I can create this rectangle that's going to just snap onto those guides on my canvas, and I still have that gray color selected. Let's select peach just so that stands out a little bit more, and press OK. So, I'm going to with you right now just create shapes. Let's call this Shape one, new layer that are stuck to these guides. It's okay if they go off the canvas a bit. Let's make that peach. So, if they're going off the canvas a bit as this one is, you can if you have the layer selected, click command T. Which brings up in that box and you can adjust this and it'll latch onto the top of the canvas here. Once it latches on, you can just double-click on it to set it in place. Same goes with the first shape that we created, command T and then it'll grab on there. Perfect. So, let's name this Shape two, this new one I recreated. New layer, let's make another shape. It's grabbing onto those guides. Again, it's gray, so let's make it peach, and then Command T to agreeing over in that bounding box to transform it. They'll grab onto the canvas, double-click. Now, let's hide our guides to see what we've done. Let's even hide our mood board layer and you can see that we have our shapes in place and they're looking pretty uniform. So, I'm going to create the rest of the shapes. I'm going to show my guide and I'll be back once I have the rest of the shapes in place. So, I now have all of our shapes showing. I've created them all as per our guides and what they're showing us. Okay, so we have that circular shape if you remember from the mood board. So, I'm just going to take this mood board layer and I'm going to click and drag it all the way to the very top and put it on top of everything. Okay, so now it's kind of covering up all my shapes which is sad. So, I'm going to go over here to opacity when I have my mood board layer selected. I'm going to click that and to dial that down quite a bit. Okay, so maybe they like 40 percent or something. Just so that I can still see what's underneath it a little bit more, the shapes that I just made. So, underneath a mood board layer, I'm going to hide my guides because they're a bit distracting, command, semi-colon, and so now I'm going to work on this circle here. So, under my mood board layer, I'm going to create a new layer. Go to my Ellipse Tool and remember to hold down Shift to create a perfect circle and see that's not quite over it. So, while I'm still holding down Shift I'm also going to hold it down and then hold down Shift still. It's going to take you getting used to it a little bit, but bear with it and then let go once you have it on there. So, now let's double-click and make this peach. So, now we have the circle in place but we need that white bit around it. So, let's hide our mood board layer. So, here's our circle but we still need white and I can tell you right now that I've made the size of these white borders here, 15 pixels wide. So, we need a 15 pixel wide border around the circle. So, in order to do that we can actually double-click on that layer to bring up the layer styles again and we can add a stroke of, let's change three pixels to 15 and then it's outside, because we don't want to inside the circle, we want to on the outside of the circle. We want at normal, we want 100 percent opaque and then let's change the color from black to click on it and drag this up to white and press OK. So, now we have our circle with a white border of 15 pixels around it. Let's name this Circle Shape. So, now you can see that has a layer adjustment on it because it has this FX here. So, there's just entails that has layer effects. So, we can minimize that if we want to just keep the appearance looking clean on our layers Window. Okay, so we now have our frame ready for a mood board. Now, let's start adding images on top of these shapes. So, we have our basic frame for a mood board ready to go. So, we just need to find some inspirational images to fill it in with. Again, I like to keep organized boards of inspiration online. You can use again Pinterest or there's another service called Gimme Bar. Those are all great. There are a few others like Icebergs. I cannot write all of these resources down for you. So, you use one of those. You don't have to though, you can just search the web if you're looking for something in particular and I would recommend getting images of all different textures and colors that kind of go in then your look and feel of what tone you're going for this mood board. Try to have a wide variety of maybe it's fabric, maybe it's interiors, maybe it's exteriors, graphics, whatever you're going for, I would try to have a wide variety of elements, because it keeps the mood board looking interesting which we all want. Okay. So, I have a few images ready to go. So, let's place one in mood board images. So, let me see here. Let's go with this image because we like it so much. Okay. So, it's ready to go I have to decide where I want it to go. So, we're in Photoshop again and this is an image. So, if I want to size it larger to maybe fit in one of these bigger squares over here, it's going to make it pixelated and blurry which we don't want. So, I'm going to make sure that it's going into one that's smaller than the actual images. Maybe this one right here. So, I'm going to kind of put it on top and then hold down Shift again as I click and drag and make sure that it's the same height. So, that's about right. Okay. So, now I need to, I'm going to hide this image because I need to search for which one, which sheet this is. So, if I press A, I get this direct select tool. It's a white arrow and I can click on a shape and that immediately finds it in my layers palette for me. It's shapes seven okay. So, what I'm going to do now is I'm going to show my photo layer again and I'm going to drag it on top of shape seven. So, you see now we have Feather Photo, I'm going to title it and it's overshoot seven okay. So, now what I'm going to do is I'm going to click right in-between. Hold down Option, okay and you see how that squares with the arrow shows up, when I click in between. Now, I'm going to click and that has pasted my new image to that shape. So, the image is now the same shape and size as that peach rectangle is below it. So, if I'm selecting the image, the feather photo image, I can still move it around in a little be pasted to that peach shape. Pretty cool. So, I'm going to move it around to exactly where I want it, probably right there, and we're good. So, we have the feather photo on top of shapes seven. It's going to get really complicated once we add photos on top of each of all of these shapes. So, I'm going to group these two together. I'm going to create this new folder group, click there. Group one, let's title it Feather Photo. Now, I'm going to select both of these, click Feather Photo, hold Shift, click shape seven and drag and drop them into the group. Click this arrow to minimize and now we have both of them grouped into Feather Photo. This little group folder here, and I can hide that or show it. So, let's find another image and let's do it again. Okay. So, File, Place. Here's an image of some dotted boxes here. Let's place this one. Okay, it's pretty big. So, it really fit in any of these. So, it's just a matter of picking which one will contrast with our feather photo the best. So, maybe I'll go with this top left hand corner. So, first of all, I'm going to double-click to make it stick put here and then I'm going to hide it so that I can press A, to get the direct select arrow, and I'm going to click on my shape. Now, I know it's shape one. Okay. So, I'm going to click V, to go back to my regular arrow and I'm going to show the photo, drag it down right above shape one, let's name it Dotted Boxes and then I'm going to hold down Option again, click in between. Now, I'm going to press command T to bring up that transformed box and then I'm going to resize it to fit nicely in here. Okay. So, I've done that with two of my images and I'm going to input the rest of my images into all of these pre-defined template boxes, and I'll be right back with the next video. 16. Arrange Images, Add Typography and Color, Export for Web: Now, I have all of my images in place for my mood board and I used that color scheme of the peach, mint, and dark gray, almost deep eggplant for my color scheme for this project. So, as you notice, these images have subtle hints of some of those colors in them. So, now I have a few colored squares and rectangles left that I haven't filled. So, I like to reserve part of the mood board for showing the color scheme and also a key font for the typography. This really just helps to bring the tone of the mood board full force, so let's add our three colors. So, we have peach, mint, and gray. So, here's shape 11 as peach. So, let's title that Peach, shape 12, let's double-click on the color to bring up the eyedropper, and let's sample that mint color we saved to our swatches. Title that Mint. Shape 13 appears to be the deep eggplant gray, so sample that. Title that Gray. All right. I just found this font called Streetbrush, which I will show you here. I think it goes perfectly with the kind of moody dreamlike feel that I want to go for with this mood board. So, I just purchased that font, it was $22. Let's type the name of the font just anywhere off or on Canvas. Just typing streetbrush. As you can see, it's still an Aerial and we want to bring this street bush layer to the very top of our layers. So, let's find the Streetbrush font by clicking the character window, and find, let's see, scroll down to S, Streetbrush. Perfect. So, there's Streetbrush. So, I'm almost done here, I just have this left, but I'm not really liking how it looks with the color, so I'm going to double-click on the color, and maybe sample one of these lighter graze from a different image for that. I think I really like this gray, it's kind of a brown taupe gray. I think it looks pretty perfect. So, I'm going to press Okay and there we have it. So, I've now added some typography on top of this shape here and I think my mood board is complete. Now, again, if you want your mood board to be in any other order, obviously that's absolutely fine. I would really encourage that you design your own mood board for interest of time and these tutorials, I just laid on top of the mood board that I had already created. So, I challenge you guys to make unique designs for your mood board templates and then plug it in with unique content that is specific for a different tone than mine. Try out different fonts, go out and purchase fonts if you want to, or use fonts that are already on your computer. Feel free to also use more than three colors. Go crazy with color if you want or don't use any color at all if you're not a fan. So, now, that I have my mood board finished, I need to just finish these layers, create another group called typography, and take that Streetbrush layer with the beige rectangle and put those in that group folder. Then, we also need another group folder for our color palette. Okay, perfect. We're all done, our layers and our folders or groups are all organized. So, let's finally File, Save for Web. Leave it on JPEG, set at high, that's absolutely fine. Everything else is great. The size is good. Let's just save this as Meg's Mood Board to my desktop and we're done. Congratulations, you've finished the tutorials. Again, if I went too fast, which I often do or if you're a little confused about any of the subjects, please just post your questions to the class feed, and I'll try to take a look as often as I can and help you guys out. I'm just so excited to see what you guys come up with for your projects and your mood boards, and I can't wait to see them. Thanks for so much for taking this class. Cheers guys. 17. Explore Design on Skillshare: way.