Fun with Graphics and Photo’s 101

Authors Note: All the information, herein, is based on Adobe Photoshop 3.0. is from my personal experience and education. None of the information shared below was taken from their manual or help files, but was written from my perspective and use. It is based on the function s when using Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, which will perform similarly with Microsoft Windows 98 thru Windows XP operating systems.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Adobe Photoshop will automatically store itself in Local Disk (C 🙂 /Program Files/WIN32APP/PHOTOSHP and will save projects in: Local Disk (C 🙂 /Program Files/WIN32APP/PHOTOSHP/TUTORIAL.
Always remember to flatten your finished project before final save. PS will only save your project as a .PSD file, which is unreadable for many users, unless they have Photoshop. You can change to .jpg format after you flatten image. The only images you should not flatten are prop images used for custom or advanced editing projects that are on a canvas with transparent background. I save each file twice. Once as a .PSD, then save as same exact name but as a .jpg.
Photoshop (PS) will automatically adjust the color palette to whatever format you are working with. If you paste in a Black and white format, the color palate will be blacks, grays and whites (gray scale) and if you paste in a color photo, a color-filled palate will show.
When you have copied a photo, or a selected portion of a photo, and copied it from PS, your picture files or hp photo imaging, PS will automatically detect the image size and will make the “canvas” the same size. Good for, changing picture, touch up photo, embedding graphics and or text, within image. If you want to add graphics, photo or text, outside of image, you will have to resize your canvas.
After you paste in an image in your new file, go to task bar, click on select and select none, then name the file and save it. Keep the new image as it is. Then “save as” picture name and add an A, and edit that file. SAVE this file, after every action you make and like. You can only undo the last action you made, even if you didn’t save the previous actions, once you go on to another edit or action, there is no removing the others, unless you close file, and do not save changes, your project will open to the last time you clicked on save. This will make more sense as you work with the program. Remember, if you like what you have done save it. If you are going to experiment, so you are not sure what more you will do, then change edited file A, and “save as” same file name with B.
With every new project, pay close attention to the canvas options, image placement and background format. Once you set it, it will open the same, every time, until you change settings manually or have selected a portion or all of a picture. This program also offers a transparent background, which is very necessary for advanced editing.
Another great feature about this photo-editing program is that it will resize or display size in inches, pixels and other measuring formats.
Let’s get started!
Open windows explorer, highlight Program Files and make a Folder labeled MY PROJECTS, then make sub folders in MY PROJECTS, labeled ADOBDOCS, MY CREATIONS, PHOTOS and PROJECTS.
Place this file in ADOBDOC along with the graphic displayed with this tutorial.
Lesson I:
Set up, Tools, options and Lessons 1A:
When you open Adobe Photo Shop, the task bar at the top should read: File, Edit, Mode, Filter, Select, Window amp; Help. (4) Windows should pop up (A-D below):
A.) Tool box, a vertical rectangle, click on to use tools, dbl click for options available for all tools. Listed, in order left to right, top to bottom:
Marquee tools, square, or oval/round, single row and single column. (For drawing and selection and object deletion) Lasso, for custom outlined selection, using mouse while holding down the left clicker. (Also for drawing and selection and object deletion.) Magic wand, automatically selects specific items. Arrows, image moving tool, moves specific image or all images, if none are selected. Hand (we will not use yet) magnifying glass, zoom tool, for specific area. If you zoom too much and need to downsize, click on Window in task bar and Zoom Out and vice-versa. Handy for enlarging area to select or lasso specific items, color changes and photo touch ups. Crop tool (we will not use this either) Text tool Paint bucket Gradient tool Line tool, for making straight lines, octagons and odd shapes Color picker, very handy for selecting color from image Eraser Pencil Airbrush Paintbrush Rubber stamp tool Smudge tool Focus tool Toning tool Foreground and Background color
****Tools not listed and #’s 5, 7, 17, 18, 19 and 20 will not be used.
B.) Color chart, window, with (3) optional settings; Picker, swatches and scratch. I keep mine set on swatches, and if I want to make a custom color, I dbl. click on the foreground color square that appears in the toolbox, use cursor to pick color, it will show new color and previous color, if you click ok, foreground color will be changed. You can also reverse the foreground and background color, by clicking on the arrow, in the color-selected box, in toolbox.
C.) Brushes and brush options menu. Pretty self explanatory.
D.) Layer options window. We will work more with this later, as well.
LESSON 1A:
Click on file, then new. Make it 25″ X 25″, set mode to RGB (colors ranges) then select transparent background and press OK. Your canvas will pop up and the background will be checkered board, like graph paper.
Select the marquee tool, by dbl. left clicking on it and make sure it is set to rectangle. Place cursor to where you want to start making your shape. Then hold down the left click, and size with mouse.
Click on any color in swatches. Color should appear in toolbox. Leave background color white, for now.
Click on your paint bucket, then click anywhere within your square.
Go to task bar, click on select and select none, then take a moment to save file. Change your mind about square and don’t like it, but you can’t undo, select it with any select tool and click on delete, then click on select in task bar and click on none. Once you have a square you are happy with save file.
Now, click on every task item in the task bar, and see what is there. Try all the options you can, but do not save them. Simply, click undo in edit and continue until you have gone through all the ones you can. When you are done, your square should be as it was, when you saved it. Now change the color in toolbox to a different color then click on your paint bucket tool and left click outside of the color square. Then say “OOPS” and undo paint bucket in edit.
Add more shapes; make them different sizes and colors. When you like an added shape, save project.
Draw lines, with different thickness and different colors, using all your drawing tools, saving your project frequently.
Now get familiar with your lasso, magic wand and object moving tools.
Take your magic wand, click on any shape, then go to Image, in task bar, and play with all the features in this group except, duplicate, and apply image and calculations.
Make sure you have made one shape, colored by using the gradient tool.
Add text by selecting color in toolbox first, then select the Text tool, then click anywhere on canvas, and text window will appear. Once you have selected font and size type your desired text and click OK. Text will appear, highlighted, select arrow mover and place where you want it, then select none. If the text isn’t big enough, go into edit, click undo none. The text will be re-selected and you can press delete key. Click on text again, fix what you need to and follow the same process, until you are happy with result. Now, click on the arrow, in layers window, and click on flatten image and “save as” same image name, but change format from PSD to .jpg, and direct it to save in your new, my projects folder named My Creations. Your project should look similar to the graphic at the beginning of this article. If it does, you deserve an “A.” If not, try again until it does. There is no shame in failed attempts, as this is a learned skill.
. ***Authors Note: All the information, herein, is based on Adobe Photoshop 3.0. is from my personal experience and education. None of the information shared below was taken from their manual or help files, but was written from my perspective and use. It is based on the function s when using Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, which will perform similarly with Microsoft Windows 98 thru Windows XP operating systems.****