Adobe Photoshop Lesson 1 Getting Started By Antonio Cribari
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Objective: You will learn about the basic tools that are often used in Adobe Photoshop. Requirements: You must have Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher. (The interface is not exactly same for older versions)
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 1Step-by-StepBelow is the user interface for AdobePhotoshop CS5.1 and is relatively similarto a few of the previous versions.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 2Step-by-StepTo get started, lets make an empty canvasfor you to edit on. Click on File -> New...
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 3Step-by-StepA window will appear on your screen like the one in the pictureabove. Use the same parameters as displayed in the picture,although you may use your own name for the file. (500 x 500 pixelswith a resolution of 72. Use RGB Color affiliated with 8 bit.Background contents should be white.)
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 4Step-by-StepNow that you have an empty canvas to edit on, you are able tomake whatever you want. Before you do so its a good idea to learnwhat each tool is and what it is used for, so lets do that now.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 5Step-by-StepThe image to the right is the main toolbar for Adobe Photoshop andwill be used most often when creating graphics. Experiment withthese tools often to get used to what they do and how they work.Below all of the tools is your color selector. The color in the front isyour foreground color, and the color in the back is your backgroundcolor. The small icon next to the arrows will put your colors at adefault black/white foreground/background colors. The smallarrows icon will swap the active background and foreground colorswith each other.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 6Step-by-StepGetting used to each of the tools will help you create your graphicsquicker and more efficiently. Lets use the basic Brush tool. Click onthe brush tool, and draw anything you wish. For this example, I amgoing to draw a smiley face. (You can right click on the canvas withthe brush tool active to change the size, shape, and stiffness of thebrush. Experiment to get results you like.)
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 7Step-by-StepNow that you know how the brush tool works, you might want tolearn how to change the colors. Double click on the activeforeground color and select any color that you wish. Get used tohow this color picking tool works for future projects. For ourexample, I will select a blue color.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 8Step-by-StepTry drawing like you have done before. Your newly selected colorshould now be in use with the brush tool. For this example I will drawa square around my previous drawing. (tip: If you hold in shift whiledrawing, you can make a perfectly straight line.)
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 9Step-by-StepYou should now know how to properly use the brush tool in AdobePhotoshop. Lets move on to another basic tool known as the "PaintBucket Tool". Select the Paint Bucket Tool now. If you cannot find it,it is located under the eraser tool. If you see the Gradient tool, Rightclick it and select the Paint Bucket Tool
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 10Step-by-StepSelect a new color (following step 7 again) and click anywhere onthe canvas to fill it with that color. The Paint Bucket Tool is used tocolor large areas.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 11Step-by-StepNow we want to select a color that we already used. Let’s select thefirst color that we used to draw with. In this example, I want to selectblack from my image. Select the Eyedropper Tool and click on thefirst used color that you drew with. My example is the color black.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 12Step-by-StepTry drawing with the color that you just selected. If you are drawingwith the color that you selected, then you used the Eyedropper Toolcorrectly.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 13Step-by-StepNow that you know how to draw and select colors in AdobePhotoshop, let’s erase what you have done to learn one more tool.Click on the Eraser Tool, and then Right click on the canvas. Choosea 100px sized brush, and brush over everything you drew.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 14Step-by-StepIf you did this correctly, you should now have a blank canvas again.Let’s learn one more tool. Click on the Type Tool located near thebottom of the toolbar.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 15Step-by-StepOnce you select the Type Tool, click anywhere on the canvas andtype something. For this example, I will type “test”.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 16Step-by-StepWith the type tool still active, try highlighting the text you typed byholding left-click, and dragging your mouse over the text. With thetext being highlighted, we can change it’s color. Using the colorpicking tool as you did previously, choose any color to change yourtext to. For this example, I will change the color to blue.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 17Step-by-StepYou can now click “ok” to apply the new color to the text. To see theeffect, deselect the text by clicking anywhere in the canvas with thetype tool active. (tip: you can edit the font, size, and properties oftext on the toolbar at the top of the Adobe Photoshop window.)
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started Step 18Step-by-StepTo move the text around the canvas, hold down left click anywhereoutside of the text and drag your mouse in different directions. Try thisnow. In this example, I moved the text from the middle of the screen,to the top left corner of the canvas.
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started CompletedConclusionThis concludes Lesson 1, and you should now be able to use the mostcommon tools in Adobe Photoshop on your own. You should nowknow how to do the following:• Create a new canvas• Use the Brush tool• Use the Paint Bucket Tool• Use the Eye Dropper Tool• Use the Eraser tool• Use the type tool• Change sizes of brushes• Change colors of Photoshop Elements• Understand the interface of Adobe Photoshop
Adobe PhotoshopLesson 1 – Getting Started ReviewOn-Your-OwnNow that you know some of the basics of Adobe Photoshop, try thefollowing project on your own. You can revert back to the lesson ifyou need help.1. Create a 550 x 250 canvas for your project2. Draw a blue square, and fill it in with any color of your choice3. Using a different color and brush size, draw a triangle inside the square4. Place text under your drawings reading “Geometry”5. Using the same color as your square, place text under “Geometry” that reads “Square”6. Move the text “Square” to the top right corner of the canvas7. Change the font and size of “Square” to anything you likeThis concludes the exercise for Getting Started. Move on to Lesson 2 when you feel you have a strong understanding of Lesson 1.