Photoshop Tips and Tricks
2016 marks 26 years since the miracle of Photoshop came into our lives.
After all, the term Photoshop has become so integrated into our digital lives that we’ve even turned it into a verb to describe all altered photos… even if the outcome can be a little funny at times.
From a blemish removal to adding some impressive design elements, anyone can learn the basics of Photoshop. Here are some of our simple Photoshop tips and tricks for a beginner.
Ctrl+Alt+z- lets you do more than one history state.
Combine images with text
There’s a really easy way to overlay an image on top of text. Drop an image layer over a type layer then hold down Alt and click the line between the two layers in the Layers Panel to clip the image to the text.
Change the size of an image, rotate, flip or distort it
Click Edit > then click Transform > and select the action you desire.
Or try these shortcuts to make life even easier:
Press Ctrl + T on your keyboard and a bounding box will then appear around the image, indicating transformation. This means you can now resize your image. The best way to do so is by placing the cursor on one of the rectangle corners of the box and then dragging the corner while holding the Shift key. When you’re finished just press Enter and you’re done.
Magic Wand Tool
The Magic Wand is another selection tool, ideal for when you are working with a background that is more like a solid color.
The Magic Wand tool is most often used to switch up backgrounds or large color blocks. To use it, choose the Magic Wand tool from the tools panel and click on the part of the image you want to select. Make sure that you toggled the “add to selection” option on the top bar (icon of two squares) so that you can move forward with switching up the colors and tones of your selection.
Custom Shape Tool
Did you know that in addition to photo editing, you can also easily add shapes and design elements to your Photoshop creations. The Tool Panel has all of the basic shapes you need like square, line, circle, ellipse etc in addition to a whole slew of extended options. The Custom Shape tool is easy to find in the Options Bar, represented by an icon that kind of looks like a puzzle piece.
Access even more shapes by clicking again on the small arrow on the right side of the panel. If you are looking for banners, speech bubbles or arrows of all kinds, this is just the tool for you.
Spot Healing Brush
Probably the tool that Photoshop is best known for, this tool was created to remove life’s little imperfections. The spot header brush is that magic tool that we wish was around in our awkward teenage years to make pimples disappear from every picture. Just place the brush over the area you want to “fix”, make sure the brush is a bit bigger than the blemish and click. Photoshop automatically samples from around the retouched area to color match your image to perfection.
Sometimes all you need from Photoshop is to do away with some fine lines. That’s where the Blur tool comes in. This simple tool works wonders to remove small wrinkles by blurring them in just a bit. Use the Blur tool to smooth-out small imperfections like the wrinkles around the eye or mouth area and simply blur them into the background. Again, be gentle and remember not to overdo it or instead of improving your image or you can end up spoiling it.