Edit in a browser
When editing images in Photoshop using a web browser, be sure to use the Save for Web & Devices setting (if it’s not already enabled in the browser) before saving.
When you save an image for web use, a couple of things need to happen.
First, you must make sure that your image is transparent. It may be transparent already, so just double-check that the Transparency checkbox is selected when you open the image in Photoshop and the RGB/CMYK settings are correct.
If the image you want to save for web use is not transparent, or if the image is already fully opaque, you must make sure that the Opacity checkbox is selected.
Second, you must set the image properties (even if the image is transparent) so that the image is a proper size for web display:
* **Base layer thickness (or raster size)** **:** At 72 pixels per inch, the web is 72 pixels per inch wide, and you should size your image accordingly.
* **Image quality** **:** At 72 pixels per inch, which is the resolution of most web browsers, you should use a quality setting of 72. You should set your image quality to the same image quality you would use for print. Use about 300 dpi for printing at up to 8 inches.
* **Compression** **:** Set the Compression level to something reasonable (such as 10) for web use.
* **Filters** **:** If you’ve used a filter to adjust the brightness or contrast, make sure that the filter is set to “Remove during conversion.” This setting isn’t required for web display, but the images are a little smaller than the size of the pixels, so the filter will still be applied and be converted to the web’s 72-pixel-per-inch output.
Figure 1-6. The Save for Web & Devices button opens an interface that determines which settings will control the output.
Photo editing software also needs to be able to run fast. Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are notable for running faster than both the older and newer versions of Photoshop.
Best Free Photoshop Alternatives
1. Affinity Photo
Affinity Photo is one of the best photo editing software available for free and is one of the most popular alternatives to Photoshop. You can use Affinity Photo to edit photo, design, create content, and use for everyday tasks.
Gimp is similar to Photoshop in terms of features but is free and open source. It is arguably the most powerful of the alternatives to Photoshop. It supports all the powerful features of Photoshop and has an even more complex feature set. It is also more difficult to master and use as a basic user.
There are some key differences between Affinity Photo and Gimp:
Gimp is more powerful and complex. It is also easier to master but requires more time and effort to become very good at using.
It is a feature-rich and powerful tool. It has the ability to edit color with the Color Picker, use clone stamp, a selection brush, and more.
Paint.net is often considered an alternative to Photoshop, but it does not include as many of the advanced features as Affinity Photo or Gimp. It is suited for image editing, a quick and dirty way of working.
Free Photoshop Alternatives for Mac and Windows
1. Affinity Photo
Affinity Photo is available for all the major operating systems and is one of the most popular alternatives to Photoshop. It is one of the best options for Mac users because of its extensive feature set and numerous menu options for designing.
2. Photoshop Express
You can use Photoshop Express if you want a simple, fast, and direct way to edit and save a photo. However, it is not a full-featured alternative to Photoshop.
Phatch is a powerful free online photo editor that allows you to edit photos in a simple web browser. The free web app has a feature set that is on par with some of the more sophisticated options of Photoshop.
Pixlr is another alternative to Photoshop and has many of the same features. It is a quick and dirty photo editor for all platforms. It is a very basic app and does not offer many editing features.
How to Use the Pen Tool
The Pen tool lets you make selections on images by simply dragging a freehand path over the artwork. If you want the selection to be created with a solid line rather than a continuous, see using the Eraser tool. You can select several different styles of handles, including a solid gray line with a black handle, a gray line with a white handle, and a black line with a gray handle.
You can also choose to lock color while using the Pen tool. If you do so, the color of the active brush will be locked with the Pen tool.
Here are some of the most common Pen Tool settings:
Tools > Pen: Select the Brush tool.
How you select a brush will depend on your settings.
You can also select the Brush tool and access the Brush menu by using the left- or right- arrow keys. This opens the Brush menu, which lets you change the width of the brush, opacity of the brush, and other settings.
To change the size of the brush, do one of the following:
Click the Brush Size button.
Drag the slider.
Click the Brush Size menu and choose a brush size.
To change the opacity, do one of the following:
Click the Brush Opacity button.
Drag the slider.
Click the Brush Opacity menu and choose a brush opacity.
You can also change the opacity using the Brush menu.
To change the edge of a brush, do one of the following:
Click the Brush Edge button.
Drag the slider.
Click the Brush Edge menu and choose a brush edge.
You can also change the edge of a brush using the Brush menu.
Click the Background Color menu and choose a background color.
To change the size of the brush, select a brush size.
To change the opacity of the brush, select a brush opacity.
To change the edge of the brush, select a brush edge.
Click the Bold, Italic, or Underline button, or the menu that appears when you click the button.
NOTE: Bold, Italic, or Underline do not work for the Brush tool.
Brushes and the Eraser tool
These tools allow you to erase pixels from an image.
The Eraser tool lets you click on a pixel and select from one of three Eraser options: the Spot Eraser, the Magic Eraser, or the
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