Photoshop, the design software published by Adobe and launched thirty years ago, has literally revolutionized the processing of digital photography and our relationship to images. So much so that it gave rise to the neologism “photoshoper”, commonly used among software enthusiasts.A tool for retouching, processing and computer-assisted drawing, Photoshop allows both to work on existing digital photographs and to create ex nihilo images. As a result, it is of undeniable interest in marketing, while photo and video formats are becoming increasingly popular with Internet users and are essential elements of the visibility strategy on the Internet.
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How to start on Photoshop?
Photoshop therefore proves to be the ideal tool for your creative projects and offers a continuous improvement of its functionalities thanks to regular updates. However, once the software is downloaded and installed on your computer, you may feel lost in front of your screen.
Don’t panic, HubSpot will help you get started with Photoshop by presenting its main features, easily accessible for a beginner. This guide will allow you to familiarize yourself with the tool and, who knows, may mark the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between you!
What are the top 10 features of Photoshop?
- Resize an image.
- Apply basic image edits.
- Correct physical imperfections.
- Delete an item.
- Select an area.
- Blur an area.
- Add a geometric shape.
- Manage layers.
- Merge two images.
- Clip an element.
1 – Resize an image
Resizing an image, photo or pictogram amounts to modifying its size, rotating it or transforming it into a view, for example, to improve its resolution.
Once your photo has been imported into Photoshop, click on “Image Size” then “Resample” in the “Image” tab to enlarge or reduce it and adjust the resolution.
In the vertical toolbar located on the left of the workspace, the “Cropping” icon allows you to straighten the image.
2 – Apply basic image retouching
Basic edits only change the quality of the image, without adding any artifice, and can be applied to all your photos. Thus, the “Sharpness” tool reinforces the sharpness and accentuates the definition of the contours of the image and the contrasts.
However, the tool will not be able to completely correct an extremely blurry image. The “Sponge” tool acts on the color saturation of an area of the image, also impacting the contrast levels.
Located in the toolbar, the “Sharpen” and “Sponge” tools are respectively grouped with the “Water drop” and “Finger” tools, as well as those of burn and dodge.
3 – Correct physical imperfections
A number of features allow you to correct minor physical defects, the action of which contributes to improving the aesthetics of the image. The “Open eyes closed” feature, for example, solves the eternal problem of the person blinking at the wrong time.
By selecting “Open with closed eyes” in the option bar of the “Eye” tool, the software identifies the face with closed eyes and will then select photos of the same face with open eyes from the library. Similarly, the red-eye effect can be removed automatically by clicking on the “Auto-correction” button in the “Eye” tool options bar.
4 – Delete an item
With the “Spot Corrector” tool, you can remove an area of the image in a very precise way, like a spike of hair or a stain on the face. The localized corrector, accessible in the vertical toolbar, duplicates the pixels on the periphery of the area inside the deleted area.
Be sure to select a brush thickness slightly larger than the area so that you can apply the correction in one click.
5 – Select an area
Several features exist to select an area of an image in order to make changes. The “Magic Wand” tool is particularly simple and fast since the selection is made in one click and concerns an area with similar colors. The “Lasso” tools, on the other hand, are more complex and allow finer selections.
The contours of the area are drawn freehand for better precision, allowing an irregular shape, neither round nor square. Two variants, the “Polygonal Lasso” and the “Magnetic Lasso”, are available if you want to draw borders with straight segments respectively or have the bounding box follow the contours of the shape directly.
Once the zones have been delimited, you can, for example, apply the alterations mentioned above. These two tools are easily identifiable via their icons in the vertical toolbar.
6 – Blur an area
Blurring part of an image can respond to a desire to anonymize certain people or simply to bring intensity to the photo. The blur effects gallery, from the “Filter” tab, offers a wide choice of blurs. “Path Blur” creates directional blurs along paths and gives the impression of movement.
The “Rotation Blur” reinforces the impression of speed of a rolling object. Finally, the “Gaussian Blur” allows you to blur a face after having selected it with the “Ellipse selection” tool in the vertical bar.
7 – Add a geometric shape
The “Shape” tool in the toolbar offers various geometric figures such as:
- The rectangle.
- The polygon.
- The ellipsis.
It is even possible to create a custom shape. You can then choose a background and outline color for the shape, the thickness and type of outline or even round the corners.
8 – Manage layers
Layers offer a wide range of functionality and are therefore widely used. These are “layers” that stack on top of each other, each containing an element or effect of the image. The superposition of all these layers gives the final image. The “Layers” panel offers an overview of all the layers used and allows you to manage them.
For example, you can insert text with the “Horizontal text” tool, a new layer containing your text will be automatically created, or create a white border around your photo by inserting a white layer in the background, then reducing the layer leading.
9 – Merge two images
Merging two images amounts to manipulating the layers via the “Merge mask” tool. The layer masking technique has the advantage of being reversible and provides great flexibility in retouching compared to simply erasing part of the layer.
After adding a layer mask via the “Layers” panel, it is a question of painting in black the area of a layer that you want to mask to reveal the layer below, or, on the contrary, to paint it in white if you want it to appear in the foreground. In addition, grayscale allows you to create a finer blend with gradients.
10 – Outline an element
Clipping is the operation of retaining only part of the photo and removing or replacing the rest. This technique is often used to replace the background of a portrait to make it stand out more.
To do this, you must use the “Quick selection” tool in the left bar and keep the cursor pressed while delimiting the outlines of the element to be cropped. Then add a layer mask to be able to integrate another photo in the background.
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