Friday, October 26, 2012

Learning Photoshop - Tutorials for Beginners

Hello, and welcome to my page - Learning Photoshop - Tutorials for Beginners. If you're new to Photoshop, then this is a good place to start. Here, you'll find a collection of the different Photoshop tutorials I've made to help you get started with this amazing piece of software. So let's go ahead and start learning Photoshop!

Topic 1: Using the Brush Tool
In this lesson, we'll learn how to use the Brush tool so you can start creating your own digital paintings in Photoshop.

Topic 2: Working with Layers in Photoshop
Layers are one of Photoshop's most basic yet useful features. They allow you to make your Photoshop project more organized, and make editing much more efficient. Learning how to work with layers is one of the first things that every Photoshop beginner should start with.

Topic 3: The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools
In this lesson, we'll get introduced to the rectangular and elliptical marquee tools in Photoshop. These are selection tools. They allow you to select portions of your Photoshop document so that you can isolate those areas and edit them - you can paint over them, apply filters, transfer/move/extract those areas, etc. - without affecting the other areas outside of the selection.

Topic 4: The Free Transform / Transform Commands
The free transform / transform commands allow you to apply transformation changes to the contents of a layer. These transformation changes include scaling, rotation, skewing, flipping, etc...

Topic 5: Transferring Images to a New Photoshop Document
In this quick video tutorial, I'll show you how to transfer multiple images into one Photoshop document. This is useful if you want to combine different images together in your Photoshop project.

Topic 6: Copying a Portion of One Layer and Pasting it onto Another Layer in Photoshop
Watch this quick video tutorial to learn how to copy just a portion of one layer and paste it into another layer in your Photoshop document.

Topic 7: Creating a Layer Mask in Photoshop
Learn how to create a Photoshop layer mask in this video tutorial. Layer masking is a great feature in Photoshop that lets you hide portions of a layer by making them transparent.

Topic 8: Creating a Clipping Mask in Photoshop
Just like layer masks, clipping masks allow you to hide portions of a layer. Watch this video to learn how to create clipping masks in Photoshop.

Topic 9: Color Correction and Photo Retouching in Photoshop
Photoshop has some great tools and features that allow you to color correct and retouch your photographs. You can remove stains and blemishes, adjust brightness and colors, make skin smoother, and more. The videos in this topic will show you just a few of the color correction and photo retouching magic that Photoshop is capable of.

Thank you for visiting this Learning Photoshop - Tutorials for Beginners page. I hope you were able to learn a few things. I will be updating this page whenever I have new tutorials, links, or videos that I would like to share so please check back with us again in the future by visiting this page.

Photoshop Clipping Mask Tutorial (CS5)

If you know how layer masks work, then you'll understand how clipping masks work as well. Just like a layer mask, a clipping mask allows you to hide portions of a layer. The difference is that a layer mask is a part of the actual layer that you want to mask, while a clipping mask is a separate layer that is used to mask another layer. Another difference is that a layer mask only applies to one layer, while a clipping mask can be used to mask multiple layers.

To learn more about clipping masks, watch this Photoshop clipping mask tutorial:

Photoshop Clipping Mask Tutorial

Creating a Layer Mask - Photoshop Tutorial (CS5)

A layer mask is a great feature in Photoshop that lets you hide portions of a layer. Let's say that you want to remove some parts of your image - such as the background, for example. Instead of using the eraser tool to erase the background, you can use a layer mask instead. The great thing about a layer mask is that you can edit the layer mask if you make a mistake. For example, if you end up removing a part of your image that you actually don't want to remove, then you can simply edit the layer mask to bring those parts back. If you make a mistake using the eraser tool, then you can either hit the undo command or start all over again. So the layer mask is a much better option because of its editable feature. To learn more about the layer mask feature in Photoshop, watch this layer mask Photoshop tutorial:

Creating a Layer Mask - Photoshop Tutorial