The New User Interface
Since Photoshop CC 2015, Photoshop is a completely new tool that you’re going to have to get used to. Photoshop’s performance has been greatly increased, and most of the toolbars are now on the left. See the following image to get an idea of how this new interface looks.
Photoshop CC 2015 has been completely redesigned with an emphasis on ease of use. This tool is really geared toward the amateur photographer.
In fact, the user interface in Photoshop CC 2015 is similar to what you may have used with the older Photoshop CS versions.
The following section helps you get acquainted with Photoshop’s new user interface.
An alternative to traditional Photoshop but contains most of the same features.
Adobe Photoshop is by far the most popular photo editing software. Photographers and graphic designers use it for everything from cutting, retouching, blending and sizing images to creating professional quality images. It is also used by web designers, indie game developers, and anyone who wants to make images for social media.
There are many tricks and shortcuts to make image editing faster, easier, and more reliable. In this guide, we will teach you Photoshop in a simple, logical order.
The order in which we teach Photoshop will depend on how familiar you are with the software. We will start from the beginning with simple tasks like adjusting and cropping images. We will then cover more advanced tasks, like sharpening images, creating filters and manipulating images in the Layers panel.
We will cover everything from how to make a GIF from a video to how to create a text overlay on an image. We will teach you to add photography, video and content to an image. We will show you how to organize images in Layers, and how to use the more advanced features of the software like smart guides, and creating 3D layers.
In each section, we will explain what the button does and the shortcut you can use for that function. If you need to access the main Photoshop editor to make changes to an image, we will teach you that, too.
This is an elementary Photoshop tutorial for those who have basic photo editing skills, and want to learn everything from beginning to end. You do not need to know much about Photoshop before starting.
Those who are more advanced will have a different set of tutorials to work through.
For the most up to date Adobe Photoshop tutorials, check out our top 100 free Photoshop tutorials and our complete collection of Photoshop tutorial ebooks.
Learn Photoshop in a logical order.
Follow along as we teach you how to use the keyboard shortcuts.
If you are using Photoshop on a Windows or Mac computer you will already be familiar with a few things.
On Windows, you are familiar with the task bar, and how to open a folder or the File Explorer window. If you are using macOS, you know how to open Finder and how to work with the toolbar.
You might also be familiar with Command + Y, to open a new document or Command + O, to open an image.
Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Click here to read this Gigaom Research Community post. After nearly four years at Silicon Valley’s top public relations firm, Krissi Mattison is ready for a change. After selling an app company she co-founded and writing a book about her startup experiences, she’s now planning to start her own firm, which she’ll call Third Door Media. A former publicist for Microsoft (s msft), Google (s goog), and Intuit (s intc), Mattison will bring on a team of well-connected PR pros to handle the startup’s nuts and bolts, including marketing, PR and business development. She told Gigaom in an email that the idea is to build a “uniquely designed and branded digital agency that is focused on helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies.” Her mission: to be the “beginning of a new generation of PR pros who are more innovative than their predecessors and more focused than ever on building a real business by helping entrepreneurs leverage the major shifts in media, technology, and mobile.”
Mattison founded the company in April with Mark Frauenfelder, the publisher and blogger behind GigaOM. He’ll manage the startup’s day-to-day operations and fund it with an undisclosed amount of money from his family’s investment firm, Maveron. Mattison will stay at GigaOM as a consultant until the firm can fully absorb her startup.
While Mattison doesn’t have as much branding experience as her competitors — her previous PR firm had worked with companies including Google, JetBlue and Avis — she’s had a pretty illustrious career as a founder. She left Microsoft in 2008 to found Olark, a company that created an application that allowed people to talk to potential customers on the web via text, video and voice. She and her former Olark CEO, Rishabh Motwani, raised $6.5 million from Andreessen Horowitz in 2006. The company launched the year before and eventually sold to RingUp in 2010 for an undisclosed sum. Mattison then sold on her expertise in the startup world by co-authoring The Fine Print: A Survival Guide to Entrepreneurship with her GigaOM colleague Tom Simonite (and an adviser to GigaOM). The book takes readers on a journey
You can also add special effects to images or change the color, texture or brightness.
Make sure to check out the official Photoshop tutorial for a quick overview of the tools in Photoshop.
The most common brushes can be found in the Brush menu. We also recommend you install the “Brushes with Easy Controls” Photoshop add-on.
“Brushes with Easy Controls” adds a number of Brush presets to the Photoshop Brush tool. The preset brushes have been created to make creating various effects or styles a much faster process. The brush preset-creators have tested out several different brushes to get the best results.
There are a number of different features which are not as well-known. A few such tools are:
Alpha Channel: This channel contains opacity information. You can mask with the Alpha channel and add transparency to various objects.
Brush tool: This tool is useful for quickly applying a variety of special effects to the currently-selected area.
Gradient tool: You can use this tool to create and apply gradients or patterns to layers.
Lasso Tool: The Lasso Tool is useful for creating selection, framing and highlighting. The Lasso Tool can also be used to quickly create shapes, lines or curves.
Magic Wand Tool: The Magic Wand tool allows you to select adjacent pixels that are of a similar color. Once a selection is completed, you can use it to delete unwanted areas from an image or use it to select a new area in which to apply an effect.
Paths: These tools allow you to create a selection by tracing the path of an image. This can be useful for adding text to an image, as well as for drawing curved lines or shapes.
Paint Bucket tool: You can use this tool to quickly fill a selection or the entire layer with the current foreground color.
Threshold tool: You can use this tool to create a selection of a lighter color while excluding darker areas from selection.
Blend Modes: These features allow you to create and apply special effects to selected layers. You can use them to color, sharpen, lighten or darken layers.
Edit inverse: This tool can be used for removing or adding unwanted elements to an image. It is useful to remove a portion of an image or crop the image.
OS: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB
Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB of RAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 60 GB available space
Network: Broadband internet connection
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K @