photoshop tips

10 Photoshop Tips for Beginners

Most Photoshop users only use a fraction of the features available.

Don’t let the apparent complexity of the tool put you off giving it try.  Everyone with a website or needing to use visuals for social media could benefit from some basic technical knowledge of how to use the great Adobe tool that now reached a landmark of 26 years in existence.

Relying on stock images can make your site or posts look less professional especially when you see your selected pics turning up all over the internet. Even if you’ve never used Photoshop, it’s true this photo-editing giant has made a great impact on digital life  . . how many times have you heard someone say “that picture has been photoshopped”?  Whether it’s for touching up selfies, removing your ex from a group shot or adding some extra impact to a holiday snap Photoshop offers something for everyone.

Once regarded as a complicated tool of trade only for graphic designers, these days anyone with a Mac or PC can get real outcomes with some time invested in practicing.  There are heaps of how-to videos on YouTube and lots of great info on Adobe.com to get you focussed on any specific need.

There’s a great article from Wix.com that outlines some of the basic things most new users can master with a little practice.

  1. Transform: Change the size of an image, rotate, flip or distort it.
  2. Change the Unit of Measurement
  3. Magnetic Lasso Tool
  4. Magic Wand Tool
  5. Custom Shape Tool
  6. Adjustment Layers
  7. Layer Styles
  8. Spot Healing
  9. Dodge Tools
  10. Blur Tool
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