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Photoshop Tutorials For Beginners: 5 Easy Steps

Photoshop has been around for a long time and remains one of the premier photo-editing programs.

This is due to its “easy to learn, difficult to master”
framework.

Despite being easy to learn, the layout of Photoshop can
still be a bit overwhelming for beginners, as they won’t know where to start.

This especially true for individuals who have never used a
photo-editing program of any kind.

If that’s you, then you’re in luck.

We have assembled 5 of the easiest Photoshops tutorials for
beginners.

While these tutorials won’t make you a Photoshop master,
they will set you firmly on that road.

How We Chose Our Ratings

Since Photoshop tutorials aren’t products with prices and
reviews, we had to take a different approach when ranking the easiest Photoshops tutorials for beginners.


This should go without saying, but we looked at the ease of
the tutorials. We then balanced accessibility with usefulness. For instance, some tutorials might be incredibly easy, but totally useless. Others could be useful, but difficult.


After that, we considered the practicality of the tutorials.
As a beginner, there’s probably some basic things you’re trying to do. Some of the deepercuts of Photoshop probably wouldn’t interest the average user.


It was also important that the tutorials could stand alone.
Even if a tutorial was both simple and useful, it might be predicated on another aspect of Photoshop that would require a second tutorial. All of the tutorials listed don’t require any prior knowledge of the software.


We also tried to keep the steps to a minimum. Even though
they might be easy to follow, an omnibus of steps is a commitment that few are willing to make, and understandably so.

5 Easy Photoshop Tutorials For
Beginners

Once we layered all of our considerations upon one another, we were able to create the clearest, fullest picture of which the best photoshop tutorials for beginners.


These tutorials are ordered from best to worst, although “worst” is the wrong word for this unique occasion. All of these tutorials are extremely helpful and easily accessible, but some are slightly more so than others. And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the 5 best photoshop tutorials for beginners.

1. Changing The Size Of An Image

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At some point, you’ll probably want to change the size of an image. This could be for a social media portrait, a headshot or printing purposes. Or maybe you just want that picture of you holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa to fit your desktop background.


First, you need to click on the “Image” tab, located at the top of the window. In the drop-down menu, click “Image Size.” From here, you can manipulate the width and height of your image. The default metric is pixels, but you have the option to measure the image in inches or centimeters. You also notice a small icon that looks like a chain.


Clicking this will detach the width and height from another,
meaning you can resize your image regardless of its original dimensions.
However, you probably won’t want to do this, as it will distort the picture.

When the height and width are “chained” together by the
icon, altering one will affect the other, in an effort to retain your image’s
original dimensions.


Once you’ve resized your picture to your liking, all you have to do is click “OK.”


2. Learning About Layers

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When you think of layers, you probably think of cake, or maybe you think of narrative subtext. Once you start using Photoshop, all you’ll be able to think about is images.


This is because layers are the backbone of Photoshop and key to many of its coolest features. In other words, learning how to use layers is akin to learning the G, C and D chords on the guitar (once you know those, you can play most songs).


The layers window is located in the right-hand part of the screen. Layers are used to stack photos on top of each other and to switch between them.


They’re great for combining images in clever ways, such as taking a picture of you on a horse, cropping yourself out and layering your image on top of a picture of your dog. This way, it looks like you’re riding a giant version of your dog. It’s not going in the Louvre anytime soon, but it’s fun.


Controlling the layers panel is quite easy. To create a new layer, click the small button with a blank page on it. From there, simply click on one layer and drag it up or down, depending on if you want it in front or behind.


You can also change the opacity of an image by using the slider in the panel window. This can allow you to fade an image over a background image. If you’re running for political office, think about putting an image of yourself over an American flag, then increasing your image’s opacity.


These are the basics of layers, but if you want to go down the rabbit hole, there are techniques that are far more advanced.


3. Selecting Specific Areas

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Whether you want to crop your good-for-nothing cousin out of the family photo or you’d like to get artsy by adjusting the brightness of the
sky, the selection tool will be your friend.


It allows you to section off a specific part of the image to
do with what you please. You can find it under the “Tools” tab, where you’ll find a number of different selection tools. The most basic is the rectangular
selection tool, which allows you to select four-sided areas of the picture.


However, for those who have a steady hand, there’s also the “Lasso” selection tool, which gives you free rein to select any area of the image, regardless of shape.

It’s up to you to draw a perfect outline, however. Don’t sneeze! If you don’t trust yourself, there’s the “Quick Selection” tool, which may be the most useful, especially for beginners. You drag the tool over the area you wish to select, and it automatically reads the colors of the image and latches on to the part of the image that’s different.


This is perfect if you have an image that’s in front of asingle-color background, as the tool will have no trouble separating the image from the background. To separate a pedestrian walking down a busy street is going to be much more difficult. You’d be better off using the “Quick Selection” tool to get most of the person, and using another tool to smooth out the edges.


4. Adding Text

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Adding text is one of the most useful aspects of Photoshop, as it’s a highly desired function. If you’re making a poster or a greeting card, text is going to be a given.


To add text, simply go to the “Tools” tab at the top of the window and click “Horizontal Type” from the drop-down menu. The options window should pop up and from there, you can change the font, size and color of your text. If you’re not sure what you want to do, feel free to skip this step, as it can be done and redone at any time.


Next, click on your image and drag the tool out to make a box – it doesn’t matter how big it is, for the font size in the options menu will determine the size of your text. Once you have the box, simply click inside of it and type away.


Once you’ve typed your heart out, click on the check mark in
the options window to cement your text. After you’ve done this, you can switch
to the “Move” tool and move your text around freely, putting it anywhere you
like. In fact, it will be its own separate layer, so it’s a good thing you know
what those are.


5. Applying Filters

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Adding filters is one of the quickest ways to completely change an image into something new. This is one of the easiest methods, as it only requires you to do a bit of clicking. There’s very little precision work.


Go to the “Filter” tab at the top of the window and click on “Filter Gallery” from the drop-down menu. This will take you to a window where you’ll see a large selection of possible filters. Simply click on the one you want and a small example image will show you the effect.


You’re even able to add multiple filters to a single image, which can create some interesting combinations. If you’d like to get a bit more advanced while we’re here, each filter comes with its own set of sliders, which can alter the contrast and exposure, among other things. This allows you to manipulate the filter until it’s exactly the way you want it.


Once you’ve landed on a filter you like, all you have to do
is click the “OK” button and the filter will stick.


You can use filters on different layers, as well. In other words, you can stack filter upon image upon filter upon image. As you can see, the many tools of Photoshop work in a symbiotic fashion that can result in the most unique and personalized image.


Photoshop Tutorial Guide:
Accessibility, Usefulness And Length

If your interest has been officially piqued, the internet is
full of useful Photoshop tutorials. It’s only a matter of how much time you
want to spend and what you need to be done.


Because you’re a beginner, you’ll want to start with the most basic tutorials, because everything beyond that is based on knowing the basics. If you try to fly too close to the sun, the advanced terminology will quickly burn your wings. You’ll also want to make sure you’re learning techniques that you’re actually going to use. Sure, there might be some moderate amount of satisfaction in learning something just for the sake of learning it, but time
is precious.


By the time you’ve learned twenty techniques you’ll never
use, you could have learned ten techniques you’ll use every single day.

Also important in this regard is the length of the tutorial.
Don’t get too in over your head with a massive project. Unless the technique is
vital to whatever project you’re working on, a beginner shouldn’t bother him or herself with an epic poem of a tutorial.

Photoshop Tutorials For Beginners
Will Lead You To Mastery

Nobody likes swimming in the kiddie pool or riding a bike
with training wheels, but one thing leads to another. Before long, you’ll be
doing backstrokes across the Pacific and riding a bike while doing a handstand.


The same goes for Photoshop. These basic tutorials will be your first step on a long journey of adding text, adding filters, resizing, selecting and layering. By
combining these simple techniques and learning new ones, you will only be
limited by your own imagination.


One day, you may be the one writing the tutorials.

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