Beginners Tips – Quick Guide for Editing Your Images in Photoshop

Photoshop is useful to everyone and especially for photographers. Every aspect of computer and internet is somehow linked to Photoshop. It can transform an average image into a perfect image, but for that you require some skills. Photoshop is very vast in itself and you can master it with enough practice. Well here are 5 most useful tips for the beginners:
1)    Keyboard shortcuts: Photoshop has a lot of predefined keyboard shortcuts that can boost up the working process and eventually save a lot of time. few most commonly used keyboard shortcuts are:

  •  V = move tool
  •  F – toggles through display screen modes
  •  Space bar = temporary hand key
  •  B – paintbrush tool
  •  D – sets the foreground/background colorss to default
  •  X – swaps between background and foreground color
  •  E – eraser tool
  •  S – stamp or cloning tool
  •  W – quick selection tool
  •  Ctrl+j – duplicates the selected layer

There are a lot more shortcuts which you’ll come to know while working.

Image Courtesy:  L.C. Nøttaasen

Image Courtesy: L.C. Nøttaasen

Image Courtesy:  John Talbot

Image Courtesy: John Talbot

2)    Color enhancement: Color enhancement seems really good as it brings out more detailing from the same image. But color enhancement is based on two aspects saturation and vibrance but the difference between these two is rarely known by any beginner.
To adjust color enhancement in Photoshop follow the given steps:

Image menu> adjustments> vibrance

Here under vibrance you’ll find two options i) vibrance and ii) saturation
Vibrance is best suited for portraits as it avoids orange and yellow skin tones and increases the saturation of less saturated color.
On the other hand saturation increases the color intensity of all the colors at the same time, in other words it just boosts the color detail of the image.

Image Courtesy:  AJ Gulyas

Image Courtesy: AJ Gulyas

3)    Vignette: it refers to darkening the edges of the border of the image. It is used for concentrating the viewers focus only on the main point of the image. This option works best if we have a centered subject. Vignette adds dark space all around the subject.
Steps to add vignette:

Filters menu> lens correction> custom tab> down in the custom tab you’ll find the vignette and you can adjust the intensity and size of the dark circle.
4)    Adding sharpness and details: to make you image look more detailed you can add sharpness. Do not sharpen your image too much and use a appropriate amount else it will look too edgy.

  •  Step 1. Duplicate the selected layer with a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J (PC) or Command+J (MAC)
  •  Step 2. Open the High Pass filter: Filter > Other > High Pass on the top layer
  • Step 3. Apply an appropriate value (just to see the edges in the image) and click Okay
  • Step 4. Change the blending mode of the top layer to Overlay
  • Step 5. Adjust the opacity of that layer to your taste
Image Courtesy:  Maxime Raphael

Image Courtesy: Maxime Raphael

5)    Photoshop filter gallery: filters are pre-defined effects ready to be applied on your image. Photoshop has a number of filters that can be selected. You can apply one or more filters at a time to an image. Beginners are not able to create manual effects so these filters are provided to help them getting pro. Like effects.

Steps to apply filters:

Filter > Filter Gallery. Before you apply any filter in the gallery make sure to change your image to 8 bit. You can do that by going to Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel

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