How to use Photoshop: the ultimate guide.

How to use Photoshop

Whenever I hear the word "graphic design" or "photo editing". Photoshop is the tool that comes to mind before any other designing tool. I'm not sure when it started, but one thing I'm sure about is. The first time I came across Photoshop about a year ago. I just can't get enough of the software.

"With Photoshop you can create anything you can imagine."

However, Photoshop tools might seem a little overwhelming for the first time but once you get to understand how it works. It will make your design much easier.

In this post I will be highlighting some of the most useful tools in Photoshop. Where to find them, What they do and how to use them.

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I have also included a PDF file for download in case you will like to learn more about some of the highlighted tools and some tips and tricks.

The Layer Tool

You can access this tool by clicking "Layer" in the top menu bar.

A layer can be used for an image, text, brush strokes, background colors, patterns, and filters.

Just as the name implies. Layers is a series of transparent glass placed on top one another that you will use to create your final design. Every layer can be modified individually without affecting each other. This is a very useful feature when making a complex design.

Tips: Always name your layers to keep your work organize. I highly recommend this especially when you are working on a design with large number of layers.

The Select Tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.

This tool let you select elements, entire image, and determine what to copy, cut, and pasted into your graphics.

The Select tool is the most basic and yet the most frustrating tool to use in Photoshop. The important thing to know is that it only works if a layer is highlighted. So, if I want to cut or copy a piece of a Layer, The layer must be highlighted in the Layer tool bar. Current layers are indicated by highlighting blue color.

Once you remember to pay attention to which layer you are working with, the Select tool becomes much easier to use.

The Move Tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.

This tool allows you to move individual elements of your graphic.

The Move tool works on individual layers, and on the graphic as a whole. It most useful when you’re trying to reposition images, text, and other design elements.

Tips: Hold the SHIFT key while moving an element to maintain the proportions of the element you are moving.


The Crop Tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.

The Crop tool lets you crop an image. It works like any crop tool you have ever use before. Simply choose the area you want to crop and crop it out.


The Text Tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on your left.

The Text tool lets you add custom fonts to your graphic and it gives you access to font settings that add some style to your text.

Tips: You can download Photoshop fonts online for free and install to your Photoshop.

The Color & Swatches Tool

By default, it has its own module on the top right corner of the Photoshop screen.

The Color and Swatches tool lets you use, modify, copy, and save custom colors for your content. Another place to find the Color tool is at the bottom of the toolbar on the left, indicated by two overlapping boxes.

To create a custom color:

Open the Color Picker by double-clicking on the top box either in the Color module, or in that menu on the left. From there, you will see a vertical spectrum of color with a slider on it, which you can adjust to create your own custom color.

Alternatively, if you already have a specific color of which you know the hex value (i.e. #1fb1ee), then enter it in the appropriate box to find that color automatically. You can also select your color swatch based on RGB or CMYK values.

Tips: Any color you create can be added to your "Swatches" if you click "Add To Swatches". Take your business or brand colors and save them as “Swatches” so that you can reuse them whenever you are designing.

The Custom Brushes & The Brush Tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.

Just like the text tool, you can add your own custom brush tips. With the brush settings, you can change the size, shape, and transparency of your brush strokes to achieve a number of different visual effects.

Once you click the Brush tool icon, all of the settings and brush options will pop up at the top of your screen. These settings let you change the brush size, opacity, flow, and so on. You will find a variety of pre-installed brush tips, as well as any custom brush tips you install into your Photoshop.

Tips: Before using the brush tool, I suggest you add a new layer to work with so you don’t paint over any of your other elements. You can choose colors from your library of swatches, or use a custom color.


The Zoom Tool

The zoom tool is located in the top menu bar, To select, go to View > Zoom In or View > Zoom Out. Alternatively you can press the CTRL ++ (PC) on the keyboard or Command + (MAC). You can also press CTRL -- (PC) or Command - (MAC) to zoom out.


The Eraser tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.

Just like the brush tool. You can change the size and hardness of the eraser tip to achieve a variety of effects, like blending and fades. The Background Eraser uses differences in color to help you erase unwanted background areas from your images. The eraser is one of the most useful tools in Photoshop.

Once you click the Eraser icon, The settings let you change the eraser size, hardness of the tool.

The Fill Tool

This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.
Alternatively go to "Layer" at the menu bar> New Fill Layer. From there, you have the option to choose "Solid Color," "Gradient," or "Pattern."

The Fill tool, fills any solid area with the color of your choice. It's great for solid backgrounds or coloring large areas. It can also be used to apply patterns to your images. The Gradient tool within the Fill tool lets you create a nice, faded background effect of the color of your choice.


The Eyedropper


This tool is located at the toolbar on the left.

The eyedropper tool lets you extract and use any color from an image in Photoshop.

 Blending Option


This tool is located at the top menu bar, To select, go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Option. You can also double-click any layer to bring up the options for that particular layer.

Blending options include quite a number of features to enhance the look of your graphic. For example, you can use the "Outer Glow" effect to make letters appear like they're glowing. Or you can use the "Drop Shadow" effect to add a shadow to your letters. Take some time to play around with all the layer effects and find out which ones tickle your fancy.

Download How to use Photoshop pdf

I have also included a PDF file for download in case you will like to learn more about some of the highlighted tools and some tips and tricks.

The most important thing to know about using Photoshop is. The more you practice the better you get. Refer back to this post as needed but also keep in mind that you are often your best teacher.


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