Photoshop – The Basic Functions for the Novice Designer

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It is highly recommended that you start experimenting with Photoshop. Most people fiddle around with editors every now and again. The numerous social media networks have made sure of that, since they are full of pictures of people and people tend to want nice pictures of themselves online. But, if you get into photoshopping then you can actually have a lot more fun than it may seem.


The great thing is that there are lots of photoshopping programs out there, and a lot of them are free. Look for legitimate open source photoshop software, and do not forget that your computer may have come with a photoshop program installed. This article is going to cover a few of the basic things to get you started. But, it is highly recommended that your also start learning the more advanced stuff and you will be wrapping roads around trees in your holiday pictures by the end of the month.

The Photoshop size function is basic but needed

You do need to change the size of both your images and parts in your image too. Do not forget that the resolution is damaged when you shrink or enlarge a photo. Also, the more you alter it then the more damage it incurs. If you are going to work on a photo that needs to be sized down, then shrink it first and then work on it.

Cropping should be done with trial and error

The way your picture is cropped is going to alter how good it looks. Simply snipping off the edges is not often enough. You can snip out certain sections of larger images in order to produce a smaller but far better laid out picture. That is why trial and error is your friend in this case.

Adjusting the level is not often needed

The level it is stationed at is not often something that you need to fix. But, if you want to then remember to crop the picture afterwards of the white bits will look silly on the side.

Do not use the auto-adjust for anything other than inspiration

Many basic and advanced editors and photoshopping programs are able to allow you to auto adjust your photos so that you can see how the program thinks they should look. It is up to you to not use it. You can look at it to see how you may remove something such as a yellow tinge, but that is all. Do not use auto adjust if you want to be a real photoshopper.

Saturated colors are not better but brighter ones are

If you saturate a picture’s colors then to the untrained eye it looks crummy. But, if you brighten up a picture, then people are far more forgiving. So, try adjusting the highlights, shadows and other lighting functions to see what it looks like. Again, make friends with the undo button, but try a few brightness alterations to see if the image looks better. You only need to increase saturation if your image is pale and thin looking.

Learn how to use the clone function

This is one of the tools that allow you to copy a certain area onto another area, and it is a staple of photoshopping. It is how people make things look different and is ideal for removing blemishes. People are able to move a freckle on the skin by copying the skin around it, pasting it onto the freckle and then blurring the edges a little so it is difficult to notice.

Check reflections as they are often a give away

Reflections and shadows are the first thing to look for if you want to know if a photo has been altered. Not only is it difficult to fix up your shadows or your reflections, they are also commonly missed. An experienced photoshopper may catch the bigger reflections in mirrors, but even then you will be able to spot the differences with size or direction. But, they often miss things such as smaller reflections in door knobs and shiny surfaces. Also, keep a lookout for shadows, as it is very difficult to add a shadow for something that you have placed on the picture.

Check for and remove obvious distortions

If the photoshopper has remembered to fix the reflections and has also fixed any shadows, then look for distortions. Distortions are actually the work of very poor photoshoppers. You can see how they have enlarged a breast or bottom, but around that area the background is slightly distorted where it has been stretched. Enlarging is an easy technique, but fixing distortions is difficult, which is why amateur photoshoppers often make this mistake.

The more you alter the picture then the more processed it starts to look

Do not forget that professional photoshoppers will actually try to make as few alterations as possible. Even photoshop artists do not like to mix up the pixels too much. Remember that the more you play with the photo, then the more “photoshopped” it starts to look.

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