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    ✎ || air's crash course: photoshop guide



    So you want to know all about photoshop?
    Other guides were too intense or just not explanatory enough?
    Well I have just the thing for your sweet noggin!
    A basic guide on 90% of the interface on Adobe Photoshop CS5.




    Here is how we're going to set up your photoshop for the most efficient usage ( beginner wise ).
    Refer to the picture below each step for further guidance.




    1. Setting up your preferences and settings!

    If you're running Mac, Windows 7, or Windows Vista, the photoshop icon should look like this:

    Click on it and it should bring up the loading screen ( if you've already installed it obviously ) to look like this:


    Once it loads, click on "Essentials" in the top right corner.
    This features different aspects of photoshop to cater to you needs, in this case it will cover only the essential
    tools you need to create your project. If you want to know more about the other stations, feel free to ask!









    Now you can adjust how your icons appear to the left and right of your workspace. You can select more or less
    to appear by clicking Window > and selecting or unselecting which ones you want to appear. You can ALSO change
    your workspace's color ( or back to default ) by clicking Edit > Preferences > Interface.











    2. So now that your preferences are set up, let's explain all of your tools. Tools can be found on the LEFT side of the workspace.






    We'll cover each icon specifically later in this guide.






    Now onto Panels! Panels can be found on the RIGHT side of the workspace.

    We'll cover the panels shown here later in the guide. *If you'd like to request information on a panel not shown, feel free to say so!









    Specific icons and their functions:




    ( this took quite a bit of work to make, sorry for any errors )
    * there are also tools located within these icons, but for beginner's sake we'll stick to these presets.






    Specific panels and their functions:








    3. Now that you know all of your tools and panels, let's open up a page!
    Click File > New. You can select the size ( there are options to select by inches, pixels, centimeters, milimeters and more ).
    To make this easiest, we'll select a simple size. Let's select pixels in the measurement drop down menu to the right of the number box.
    Type in 500 in the width box, and 300 in the height box. Click okay after you have this done.



    * If you don't want a background to start with, you can choose transparent from the background menu.


    So now you should have something that looks similar to this:

    ( I didn't use the size I specified earlier so ignore the larger while canvas )
    You may notice that your background layer is locked, this means you cannot edit it.




    By double clicking the layer in the layer panel, you can rename/unlock the background layer.




    About the Layer Panel
    The eye in the box beside the layer name enables you to hide/show the selected layer. The small multi-shaded box allows you
    to create another layer(s). The trashcan allows you to delete the selected layer.




    If you need more info on layers, here's an excellent excerpt from Adobe:









    4. Let's try out a layer style!
    Click Layer > Layer Style > and choose an option. Experiment with different options!



    Here's another excellent excerpt from Adobe regarding Layer styles:








    5. Enjoy your beginning knowledge of Photoshop!
    If you enjoyed the guide, please let me know! If enough people utilize the guide I will do an advanced guide. c:




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    No one has suggestions at all? Questions?

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    OMG OMG OMG @Air!!!

    What is the font you used to write Photoshop at the start??? I really want to use it and I keep seeing it places but I don't know what it's called! </3

    Also, the guide is really good! ^_^

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    @Drina - It's one of my favorite fonts, aha. It's called starstruck. c:

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    Aiiieee thank you so much @Air! ^____^ I have been searching (though I'll admit perhaps not very strongly) for this font for years!! I am eternally grateful!

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    Looks like you put a lot of time into this. Thanks for the tutorial. Will be using in the future

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