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Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 11:57 AM
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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 here...in 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 versions...in 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 submission...so sorry if you got this in your deviation inbox ^^; This new Sta.sh is so confusing for me.

Other similar tutorials:
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 4
+ Photoshop tutorial- PS basics 3
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2

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 
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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
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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 
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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:
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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 
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww...you're very welcome :tighthug:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D
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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:
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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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aelise27 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a good person and thank God you exist!:D (Big Grin) I am a dummy! 
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahaha...aww, thank you so much :iconbrohugplz:
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Ryfaku Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
can i copy paste that ?
for make me easier read your tutorial
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yea...you can :nod:
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Ryfaku Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Thank you
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome :love:
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vivereakane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think i can finally move on from Paint Tool SAI and Corel now QvQ thank you! //weeps
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww...welcome :hug:
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skyyBella Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Thank you for your great help, PS can be over whelming in the beginning
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's my pleasure :la:
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leopardcloud Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm looking for a specific tool for cs5 which I'm not sure where and how to use. I'm not sure if you covered it here.
Basically you color in an area and then you can adjust that area's color without having to go back and re-color it.
I don't even know what it's called. D:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Firstly sorry for late reply ^^; Do you maybe look for Selective color tool?! (Image/ Adjustments/ Selective color...)...there you can change each color separately (from Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta, White, Neutral and Black) :D
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vegito199524 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I just discovered your tutorials and I'm totally addicted to them,you're so amazing at drawing and making entertaining/informative tutorials,thank you so much for making them,I'm really thankful! :) 
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...thanks a lot :iconblushplz: I'm glad they were helpful...and it's my pleasure :glomp:
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PirraAiren Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013   General Artist
<font><font class="">Спасибо, интересно.... Почитаем))))</font></font>
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SpottedCrows Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine doesn't do any of that. It's PSE11 "Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor" :\
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure about Elements (I have E8, but I didn't use it that much). These things should work in older PS CS versions :D
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SarakuHD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow, this heed a lot o.o
As a person whose never used PS before,ci was so confused on what to do, and this helped me out, A LOT. Thanks for this!:D
Onwards to reading the next two!
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...you're very welcome :iconilavplz: Yea, I mostly did tutorials for people who already knew to use PS, so this was only way to learn people who just started to use PS :icondummydanceplz:
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Saloame Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Love your tutorial Heart. For some time I was looking for something like that it's truly helpful. 
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww...thank you so much :iconattackglompplz:
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taokakaisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
cant u show a tutorial page for a blank page so people now how to make a pic?
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do you mean a tutorial how to make a new document. Here you can see which document settings I use for my drawings (to create a new document click on Ctrl+N). :la:
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taokakaisawesome Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
nice website for a couple :P
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much! :heart: Thanks to you I've added the 3d effect to my arsenal ^^ And here I was wondering how people do it - it's got so popular recently XD And I didn't know about the fill opacity and effects XD I'm ashamed to say so. My painting style always so messy - I'm not saving layers like you do, and I love to keep it very loose till the end. You made my day, thank you for all the tips! ^^ :hug:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeelcome :glomp: Aww, I'm glad you learned something new. Right now I posted part 2 :la:
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I saw it ^^ I actually went through each of your tutorials ^___^ I'm a good student, you know. But you won't make me paint on layers muahahahaha XD Instead I'll incorporate some of your tips into my style =p Thank youuuuuuuu!! :tighthug:
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahaha...now I remembered that I did this to dad many years ago :rofl: He begged me to use layers, but I just didn't listen to him. Then after few years, I started to use them, and now I use them all the time (it's much easier like that) :D Hahaha...weeeeeeeeeeeelcome :happybounce:
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I've come to not using layers after a long experience of actually using them - for now 3 or 4 layers is top for my paintings.I'm mostly inspired by this great artist and his way of painting (read the description)[link]
I guess everyone has his own path :)
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know this artist...but I saw his works when I was a little (so, many, many, many years ago) ^^; Lol, I didn't know he's on dA :la: Hahaha...I'm just too used to use layers :giggle: Yea, I agree :nod:
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He's russian and because I know russian it was easier for me to follow him, when he disappeared (add to it I'm reading books with his cowers XD) He was working on the Disciples as an art director. It has brilliant art. I saw his wip at youtube, but I couldn't find it now - but it was wonderful to see him working. I think my love for one-two layers comes of the way I work - I'm trying to work on the whole thing simultaneously and my brush-strokes're getting very intuitive - this way I simply can't think of going through layers, it annoys me :) But I know that at the detailing point it is better to be more accurate - I'm still working on that XD
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CharlottSophie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this for cs2 also? Because I just have cs2! and no option to update!
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I used CS6 here...but most of things are similar in older PS versions also. :D
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MaeveMaruki Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great post tutorial...Great for myself who is still learning..
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you...:love:
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sanmyh Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Oww Really great post
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :huggle:
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MyNameIsShift Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I have photoshop elements 9, how would I make folders, if, I can?
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think that this should be the same (I have Element 8, but I didn't use it a long time...but I think it works the same...the basic things) ^^;
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alpin-j Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Digital Artist
the best way to learn though is if you try everything yourself - sure you can learn one or two trick this way but you never forget them if you discover them yourself - like most of us did
its like Microsoft Office Word - i have had classes and sure i have learned stuff but they are all forgotten by now - I might know how to do them now again since i use it everyday at work but i don't remember if i learned them by a teacher or not.

btw this is only my opinion and i still think you did an amazing tutorial - so you other haters out there don't you dare start telling me off. I know this will be useful to lots of people.
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