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Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 11:57 AM

Photoshop tutorials
And I decided to make more useful journals ;P You have to wait for my next tutorial A LOT, so I decided to make short tutorials journals. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: How to make layers, How to change color to a layer, How to make groups/folders, How to change background color, How to rotate canvas and all basics in tool menu on the right side. :la: In this tutorial I used my newest image Mermaid's Wisps, just to show you few things (I just had to open something :giggle:)

If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080px... OK I cropped bar below ;P). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be different in lower 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:

How to make layers and change colors
Photoshop basics by tincek-marincek
Alright... first step is how to make LAYERS. It's really simple. Just click on the Layer button, on the right bottom side of your screen (see image above) and new layer will be added (or Ctrl+Shift+N on your keyboard). When you click with RIGHT MOUSE button ON that layer, then you'll see many options...below you can see colors (I added colors on the image). Just simply click on color which you like and layer will color (with color which you chosen). In older PS versions you may click with right mouse button on IMAGE which layer have (NOT THE TEXT)...when you click on the text, then you have other options, like Delete, Merge... when I used older PS versions it was like that :D
Photoshop basics2 by tincek-marincek
RENAMING a layer... if you don't want to get lost, then it's good if you rename your layers. Simply click TWICE with LEFT MOUSE BUTTON on a layer text... but not too fast...because FX tool will open. 

Making groups/folders
Photoshop basics2-groups by tincek-marincek
1.) OK... on first image on left you can see how color changed when I selected yellow color for a layer.
2.) When you want to make a Group/Folder then click on Folder button on the right bottom side of your screen (see image above)... and Folder will be added. You can also rename it as layers (you can also add layer color on them). 
3.) If you have more similar layers (like more layers for Face, Hair, Clothes...) then you can add them into Folders. Select layers which you want to add into a Group... for selecting MORE LAYERS then hold SHIFT on your keyboard. 
4.) Then simply DRAG/DROP them into a Folder...and all layers will be under that folder. When layers are in a Folder then you can see that layers are a bit moved from left edge of Layer menu. 

Changing background color
Photoshop basics4 by tincek-marincek
Next step is how to change Background color. You can see that on First image above I had light background... and on this one is darker. If you want to change a color, then click with RIGHT MOUSE button ON the background (gray area). You'll see more options: Black, Dark Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Custom and Select Custom color... (if you have older PS versions, then you probably have Black, Gray and Custom color options in that menu). I had Dark Gray here and when you want to choose new color then simply click on Select Custom Color menu...and choose new color.

Rotating the canvas
Photoshop basics5 by tincek-marincek
You can also rotate canvases (I think that in older PS CS5 this works... there Rotate option doesn't exist). Simply choose Rotate View Tool on the left tool bar (see image above)...or click R button on your keyboard. To rotate the canvas use your Mouse or you can select Angle in the tool bar above (see the image). If you want more "sharp" angles then hold SHIFT on your keyboard (and you'll get correct angles). 

More basics
Photoshop basics2-basic by tincek-marincek
1.) More PS basics... on the first image you can see how to select Layer visibility. If you want that layer is visible, then simply leave EYE icon VISIBLE. If you want to hide layer then click on the EYE icon and it'll turn invisible (if you want to turn it visible again, then click on the icon again). 
2.) Below Layer menu you can see FX/effect icon. When you want to Drop Shadow, add Stroke, Glow, Emboss...and other things, then you can choose effects from this selection.
3.) And layer mask... let me tell how this thing works. When you draw on one layer, then if you don't want to delete some parts with eraser permanently,  they you can click on this button. New IMAGE will appear next to your layer (white image), and there you can erase things with Eraser. If you want that some parts of this layer get visible again, then you can draw with BRUSH over that layer again (or you can disable/delete Layer mask layer). Remember that when you erase/draw over, then you have to choose LAYER MASK LAYER...not regular one. 
4.) And this button is to delete layers...nothing special. When you want to delete more layers, then hold SHIFT and delete them more. 
Photoshop basics2-basic2 by tincek-marincek
5.) This is for choosing LAYER OPACITY. When you want that one layer isn't visible too much, then simply select lower Opacity.
6.) And this is Layer Fill... When you have Normal layer, then you really can't see difference between Layer Opacity and Fill. Well, when you have some effects, like Shadow, Glow, Stroke...(from FX menu), then when you set 0% and Fill opacity, object which you drew on that layer will become invisible, but effects will remain (when you would select 0% at Opacity, then effects would be invisible also).
7.) Here are LAYER MODES... each layer mode will do different effects to a layer. For coloring black and white image I mostly use Soft Light and Overlay layer mode... for adding other effects I use others also (I use many layers with different modes, so I can achieve more effects and colors).
8.) And when you have GROUPS you can also hide/expand it (I mostly hide it when I have more layers and when I don't use layers from that group). Simply click on TRIANGLE button, between eye icon and folder icon... there you expand/hide group and its layers.

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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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 how to make layer, groups/folders, changing color to a layer, changing color to a background, using rotate tool and other Photoshop basics. If you like this article, then feel free to :+fav: fav it. Thanks :heart: Hahaha...I totally messed up with journal sorry if you got this in your deviation inbox ^^; This new is so confusing for me.

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If you have any questions then feel free to ask them :hug:
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Softserve Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I am transitioning from MangaStudio5 to Photoshop CS6 (it has been quite a while since I have used photoshop) so any information I can get is a real help! do you know if there are any other good tutorials? I havent looked at all of yours yet but I learn a lot and cant wait to learn new skills :D 
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome :hug:...I have 4 parts of Photoshop tutorials as these (links to others are below each journal). I believe you can find many tutorials on the internet...I wouldn't know specific pages, cuz I usually learned Photoshop functions by myself, hehe xD
Softserve Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I looked through your other tutorials, they were so much help! thank you so much :D 
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww...I'm glad they were helpful :love: and it's my pleasure :heart:
LIVELOVEE Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Thank you soo much!Love  I just had a new laptop and I decided to try photoshop and when I first tried it...let's say that I was feeling soo dumb I think I've fainted. , because i was accustom with paint tool sai. Now, thankfully to you I can make even cooler stuff with Photoshop! La la la la 
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional General Artist're very welcome :tighthug:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D
John-Peter Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you paint your works with PS on computer and mouse or you use others tools too? I'm not sure if I understand right... Thanks :hug:
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yea...I use PS on my computer. I have a graphic tablet with which I paint, it's Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Special Edition M. With mouse I draw only clean straight lines :la:
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