New To Photoshop? Get Started With Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Photoshop, the place where you can create, manipulate and possible do anything you feel like with an image. Out of all of Adobe’s software, Photoshop has to be one of the most popular. This is because Photoshop offers a vast array of tools that can be used to create or change the image. Online graphic design courses include tutorials that allow beginners to understand the tools well.

With newer versions of Photoshop coming out, a person who is just beginning to learn the software might be confused as to which version they should begin with. The latest version of Photoshop is the Creative Cloud 2015 and is a lot more advanced version. A better choice to begin learning Photoshop would be to use the CS6 version of Photoshop.

Let’s Begin:

Importing Images

Photoshop CS6 allows the user to edit and work with different types of images and their formats. When getting started, make sure you have thought of some images that you would like to experiment with.  Find them or take shoot them yourself and store them somewhere on your computer for later use. After this is done, open up Photoshop CS6 and in the upper left corner, click on File. Choose place from the drop down menu that opens after clicking on File and browse for the folder that you had created and stored your chosen images in. Select the image you want and clock on place.

Starting With The Crop Tool

Crop tool in Photoshop CS6 is designed in a way that it is extremely easy for a beginner to use. It is quite evident that the most used tool among people who edit images is the crop tool, the other tasks follow later. This is because cropping is an important part of aesthetically making your image look good. Graphic design classes make sure that the students learn about aesthetics before they are given any sort of editing task to have a good design sense already created.

The Photoshop cropping tool was enhanced in CS6, and gave it an edge for improved usability both for beginners and experienced editors. Select the crop tool from the toolbar on your left, and drag to make a box around the area you want to keep. If you want to keep the unselected area of the photograph, you can uncheck the box Delete Crop Pixels to prevent Photoshop from deleting it unless you want to. Once the selection is done, click the tick mark on the upper left corner to crop your image according to preference. You can even bring back the image that you have cropped out by simply clicking the crop tool again and on the right side toolbar, use the handles to bring part of the image back.

Introduction To Blur Tool

There are times when there is a lot happening in an image and the editor wants to divert the attention of the viewer in a specific direction. This is where a bit of blur will help you out. The blur tool in Photoshop CS6 contains three different types of blur effects for the user, Filled bur, Iris blur or Tilt shift. Go to the Filters section in the upper toolbar and choose Blur after the drop down menu appears. The blur feature in Photoshop is especially helpful because it can give an image the kind of look you want from different lenses.

The blur tool gives you a lot of options to play with. You can make adjustments as to how much do you want an area to be blurred, you can reshape the area you want to be blurred or use the dial to increase the intensity of the blurring. The blur tool does not apply to the whole picture at once, you can use different blur types on different parts of your image.

Patching A Photo

In CS6, the patching tool had been considerably improved by introducing Content-Aware patch tool. Before, the patch tool simply used to sample the content from the nearest surrounding area of the selection made. You can use it by clicking patch in the upper tool bar and selecting Content Aware from the patch tool. Next to Adaptation, choose Very Strict from the menu. Click on the Patch tool on the left toolbar and make an outline around the imperfection you want to fix, then simply drag.

Photoshop CS6 is a wonderful software for beginners as it is easy to use and most of the things you need to know about the latter version is already available here. Online graphic design courses will have you doing different tasks on Photoshop, to mainly increase the speed at which you work and also to give you a sense of problem solving using the software.

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