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Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 20, 2013, 11:02 AM
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Photoshop tutorials
And here is next part of my journal Photoshop tutorials. :squee: Previous tutorial you can see here. I added even document settings, cuz I forgot to add this in previous tutorial ^^; I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. In this tutorial I used my painting VERSUS, just to show you few things (I just had to open something...again ;P).

If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ;P). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be different in lower PS versions. But most of things may be the same in all PS versions. I'll make even more tutorials like this, so stay tuned. And if you like it, then you can :+fav: fav this article. Thank you and enjoy. I hope it's helpful :hug:

Document settings
Basics-part2 by tincek-marincek
Here I'll show you which document settings I use when I start to draw a new painting. I usually draw paintings which are bigger than 7000 px (this is smallest size I use... 7000 px means the longer side). For portraits and such (just the face, with no special background) I use canvas size from 4000-5000 px (the longest side again). But for many characters and detailed scene I use 8000-11.000 px. But you can choose any size you prefer. I like to draw detailed drawings, so I use big canvasses. And I also have a good computer, so I can use many layers also... so, try to choose proper size for yourself and that computer can handle the file normally. Resolution I always have on 300 DPI (print resolution). If you want to use your drawing for website then 72 DPI, 150 DPI will be alright. And the last is Color Mode. I use RGB mode all the time, but if you want to make prints, then you can use CMYK color mode also. And I use 8 bit color... the bigger number is (16, 32...), then better image will look... but remember... PSD file size will increase also.

Changing view
Basics-part2-1 by tincek-marincek
Basics-part2-2 by tincek-marincek
If you want to draw and to have bigger view (without bar and tools which are in PS all around the screen), then simply click F key on your keyboard (click it few times). It'll change your view. There are many options, so when you want to change it to "Normal" view, simply click F more times (till you get the normal view). You'll be able to access to all tools and layers, even when you have full view. When you move with your mouse to the edge of the screen (top, left, right) then the tool bars will appear. (Second image shows full view setting).

Changing thumb size on layers
Basics-part2-4 by tincek-marincek
You can also change Thumb sizes on layer menu. On the image above you can see 4 different Thumb sizes. If you want to change Thumb size then click with right mouse button ON THUMB (not layer title), and you'll get options for changing thumbs.

Using Smart Object and Blur
Basics-part2-blur smart object by tincek-marincek
Here I'll show you how to use Smart Objects and placing effects on it (blur)... (this Smart Object option may be only in newer PS versions).  When you want to make one layer as a Smart Object, then click on layer (where is text) with right mouse button and select option "Convert to Smart Object" (Print screen didn't work for me here, so I couldn't show it ^^;). On layer will appear icon for Smart Objects. Smart Objects are really useful, because when you want to change size of your image, then it won't change your image resolution, or when you place your effect then they won't be placed on image itself. You'll be able to change effects and image will be normal.

Second image shows how I added blur on Smart object layer (for the blur option simply go to: Filter/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur... I used Gaussian blur here). On your layer will appear Smart Filter option. There you can edit your effect and use mask tool to erase spots where you don't want the effect.

Third image shows how I erased filter from the character's face... so only the background have Blur effect. When you want to erase Filter, then click on Smart Filter Mask Layer (white layer) and choose Eraser tool... and simply erase parts where you don't want the effect (black spot on Mask layer shows erased parts...which doesn't have effect).

Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform
Basics-part2-pen-steps by tincek-marincek
Basics-part2-pen5 by tincek-marincek
And Pen Tool. I used Pen tool to add effects on this image (which are visible in background), so now you'll see how I did them. First image (top left) shows how to make a line. Click on Pen tool (P key on your keyboard) and with left mouse button (or just press with tablet pen) select beginning of the line. Then you'll need the end of the line... for that CLICK AND HOLD the button (and move it at the same time, to make the curve). If you won't hold and move it at the same time, then you'll get straight line. If you want to edit the curve, or length of the line, then click CTRL button and click on ENDS of the line (where is square icon...or circle).

Second image (top right)... when you selected your line, then it's time to actually make it. Select BRUSH tool (B) and select the color which will your line have. And select brush size, Hardness, Opacity and Flow. I selected Opacity and Flow on 100% (so the line will have full color). And Brush size will tell how big your line will be (and if you select Hardness on 0%, then line will be soft).

Third image (left below)... select Pen tool again and click with left mouse button... select Stroke Path... When you enable Simulate Pressure, then your line will have nice size changes. If you don't enable that, then line will be big the same (from beginning till the end). And at tool option select BRUSH. Because you edited the brush for the line.

Fourth image (below right)... When you added color to your line, then click ENTER key to finish it. And here I used Transform tool (CTRL+T) and I changed line size. To edit each corner separately hold CTRL and move each corner like you want.

Big image... here I placed effects on the line. Click on FX button (at the bottom right) and choose Outer Glow. On the image you can see few settings which I selected. Click OK to apply changes. And on the right side, where are layers, you'll have Effect options.

The end
That's everything for now :dummy:... I hope you learned something new and if you liked this tutorial, then you can also :+fav: fav this article. Thank you :heart: More tutorials by us you can see under THIS folder :la:

If you have any questions, then feel free to comment under this article. We'll be glad to help you. :D



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Yeah... another free journal skin for you (note: only premium members can use journal skins). I did another collaboration with awesome weida34 (I did design and she did coding... again). Well, new skin is this which I use right now... MetalliC_V2 (you can click here to install it). Our other collaborations were Sketchbook and Nature



And this is first article with Photoshop tutorials. I decided to make more articles like this, for Photoshop newbies, who would like to learn more how to use the program. In this article you can learn: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. If you like this article, then feel free to :+fav: fav it. Thanks :heart:

Other similar tutorials:
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 4
+ Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 3
+ Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies

If you have any questions then feel free to ask them :hug:
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BBOYXSAW Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks :la:
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NinaEspiritu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
thank you very much!!!  :3
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome :la:
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YokaiTenshi95 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Excellent tutorial~ But what are your general pen settings??
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :huggle: For the pen settings I use brush settings. Because I always use it for applying clean linearts. So I set my brush at first, then I use pen tool. For the sharp lines I use Brush Hardness on 100%, Opacity and Flow also on 100%. If I want to simulate pressure, then at pen I use Simulate pressure option :D (like I showed in the tutorial) :la:
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Pliskin-innovasion85 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi ... I know this sound crazy but how do you change the outline of sketch from black to any desired color (ex : drawing the face coloring it but removing or changing the out line to skin tone) ...sorry for long Question 
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
You can change it like: CTRL+U... and enable option Colorize...then simply change Hue, Caturation and Lightness :la: You can also (if you have lineart on separated layer) click CTRL and click on IMAGE (layer...each layer have description and image next to it). You'll get selection...then you can simply add new layer and color part of the lineart. :D Click CTRL + D to deselect it.
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Pliskin-innovasion85 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thank you for the prompt reply ... i will try that ... cant thank you enough   
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...my pleasure :aww:
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TheDevilOfTomorrow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
uhm for photoshop even though i use a tablet, the brush gives me very unsmooth, rigid lines and i dont know how to adjust the smoothness like i can in SAI. What should i do?
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
You can change brush Hardness...click with right mouse button (or on tablet pen) and you'll see Brush size and Hardness below. If you set it on 0% then brush will be smooth. For softer blending I also change brush Opacity and Flow (at the top menu). Flow I set around 50% and Opacity depends on what I want to paint...for blending is 30-50% for lineart 80-100%. :D And I enable all buttons around Flow and Opacity sections at the top menu... such as Use Pressure for Opacity, Airbrush style and Use Pressure for size :la:
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TheDevilOfTomorrow Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
omfg thanks so much T_T -im such a noob i cant figure out photoshop-
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...you're very welcome :iconawwwplz:
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G3oM Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this helps me a lot. This tutorial is rly rly rly precise =)
May I ask whats the difference if you draw on pixel instead of millimeters & the other unit of length which you can choose in PS for you canvas?
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's my pleasure...:love: There is no difference between pixels and millimetres. I mostly use pixels because I always set sizes like 7000, 8000, 10000...if that would be millimetres then this would be huge...hahaha (11.000 px is aproximately 1m). Millimetres can be useful if you want to make something on format which you set before...like A5, A6...and others. When you want to change your format later (ctrl+i) then you can see sizes in pixels and millimetres...or any you set. :D
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G3oM Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the information, ah and also thx for the 2 Journal tutorials you made =), now I know whats the difference between layer opacity and layer fill =)
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...you're very welcome :love: Hahaha...yea, it took me a while till I didn't figure that out by myself :giggle:
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xoxMAYxox Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Thank you so much! It really helped me!
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome :tighthug:
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mirayue Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it's so cool when great artist as you share their techniques.
I totally admire you for your beautiful works and the way you teach :) I'm a total newbie with photoshop your tutorials are nice and simple to read (it makes me want to learn more about photoshop, good point! hehe I don't know why I was always afraid by all the options in the software the first time I opened it I was like :iconbleedrainbowplz:)
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...thank you so much, and it's totally my pleasure :tighthug: Hahaha...don't be afraid. Experiment with tools and everything, like that you can learn a lot. I learned everything by myself like that. :la:
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mirayue Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you I'll try :heart: :iconk-hugplz:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome...:hug:
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SundayMilk Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm okay at Photoshop, but this is really useful. I started working bigger kinda recently, going in 2000 by 2000 px (This is bigger for me, because usually I do smaller and simple drawings) But since I want to be more detailed, this is crazy helpful. I really appreciate you making tutorials like this - you are already such a very talented artist, and to take your time out like this to help others is so admirable.

Thank you.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...you're very welcome. I'm glad that it was helpful :icontardhugplz:
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E-Dantes Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Tincek, you're being far too nice with a person down here that is rude by principle and may be of the problematic type. Your use of the word 'newbie' is not wrong and/or rude at all, I'm sure of that.
Anyway, the Smart object tip is great, I didn't know how it works, I need to practice that.
Would you do more advanced tutorials or just stay in the basics? I'll love to see about the layers' use (overlay, multiply, etc.), specially in video ;)
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Eh, I can't help myself...I'm not a person who is rude...I like to help ^^; :hug: Aww...yea, and I'm making advanced tutorials also (it's my "How to paint digitally" series), so there I'll also explain layer modes like Overlay, Soft Light...it's a lot to explain, so I can't do that in journals :D
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cloudbuster01 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
WOW thx for the hard work!
It`s really nice from you to show us some tricks! :-)
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...it's totally my pleasure :icondummydanceplz:
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35Kizu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Hey. I love you !
You are just so cute to post that.
Thanks.

But it's not only for newbies I think , there are some tips that good people don't know.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahaha...aww, thanks :iconawwwplz: And you're welcome. Yea, some tips are even for people who are not beginners. But with each new journal I'll explain more and more things, so it'll be also useful for advanced artists (I have journal series with that title, so I left it like that ;P) :la:
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35Kizu Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Yeah I understand , but I think a lot of people don't watch this because of the title.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yea...this was part of series, so I left the tile. I'll rename them later, cuz they'll get more and more difficult ;P
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8arah Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I couldn't get the pen tool to work for me until now, thank you!!! :D
Awesome tutorial!
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelcome :tighthug: And thanks :love:
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taokakaisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
I feel so insulted being called newbie if it is a hard thing to use anyway also if no one uses it how would u call all of us newbies?
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I was newbie also (or you can call yourself a beginner...which is the same thing ;P)...there is nothing wrong about that. No one can't be perfect and "master" if you just opened one program. You need to learn to use it...hard way or easier way. I needed a long time (few years) till I figured out few things by myself. Even now (after few years using PS) I can't call myself a master, because I don't know many things which Photoshop can make. If you don't use a program then you're not a newbie...cuz you never opened a program (newbies for me are people who just started to use Photoshop...or other programs). :D
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taokakaisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
can u teach me how to use it ill add u via Skype if u want
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yea, sure I can...you can send me Notes here on dA, with what you want to learn. :D I also have many tutorials in this folder, which may help you (and there is also one older journal tutorial from PS basics series...link is in journal and under each tutorial) :la:
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taokakaisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
what photoshop one is it?
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is CS6...but most of basic things are similar with older Photoshop versions also. :D
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taokakaisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
whyd I get locked in my forumns when its for reviewing which I do theres no reason for that? go n look at it
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Chrisy21 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
*sighs* If only I had photoshop.
But I'll totally save this for when I get it one day!
So thank you very much. :D
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
...aww, welcome :iconsupertighthugplz:
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Chrisy21 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
:iconsupertighthugplz:
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Pugnalati Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow lot of interesting things!
Thanks again :hug:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay...:iconshuffelinplz: And weeeeeeeeeeeeeelcome :icondummydanceplz:
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Eeren Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice! ;)
Luckily I don't need this, but it's very kind of you to share your tutorials! :)

On my fb page I do some features with tutorials I find useful to share with people who want to improve their drawing skills and if you don't mind I'll totally include this one in my next feature, which is about photoshop and digital coloring! :D
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...thanks, I like to make tutorials :dummy: :heart: And yea, sure you can :love:
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