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5 Easy Photoshop tips for Beginners

Photoshop has changed the way we transform our imagination and become a center of creativity for almost every digital domain. From web designing to animation, from photography to digital magazine one can imagine it with Photoshop. Good Photoshop skills can enhance your best photo but learning Photoshop is a slow process and needs to be practiced. It is after all digital art. Here are some basic Photoshop retouching skills five tips for beginners.

1. Learning Keyboard Shortcuts
Learning keyboard shortcuts help speed up your processing workflow. In the toolbar is a list of the most common.

ReflectiveImages - Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

ReflectiveImages - Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

• V - move tool
• F - toggles through display screen modes
• Space bar - temporary hand key
• B - paintbrush tool
• D - sets the foreground/background colors to default
• X - swaps between background and
foreground color
• E - eraser tool
• S - stamp or cloning tool
• W - quick selection tool
• Ctrl+J - duplicates the selected layer


2. Color Enhancing-Saturation versus Vibrance
Color is an area that certainly enhances your photographs. Understanding the difference of how saturation and vibrance work is important. Go to "imagemenu" and choose "adjustment" under the menu.

ReflectiveImages - Example Enhance Color in Photoshop

ReflectiveImages - Example Enhance Color in Photoshop

Select the "vibrance" option. You will get two options-Vibrance and Saturation. Vibrance increases the saturation of less saturated colors. It avoids yellow or orange skin tones and works best for portraits. Saturation increases the intensity of all colors in the image equally. Slowly start with vibrance for color enhancement and use saturation later if you need more color.

3. Adding a Vignette
Vignetting is a technique to darken the edges of the frame so that your eyes move naturally to the subject. It works best when your subject is in the center and will result in dark space around the subject. You can manually do this but via Photoshop it is easy.

ReflectiveImages - Adding a Vignette in Photoshop

ReflectiveImages - Adding a Vignette in Photoshop

Go to Filters Menu at the top and select "Lens Correction", then choose Custom Tab on the right. The third section down adds a vignette. Slide the amount to darken and adjust the size of the circle.

4. Adding Sharpness and Details
Adding sharpness will make your image look more detailed. If you upload an image from Facebook make sure you sharpen or detail them as they are small value.

ReflectiveImages - Adding Sharpness and Details in Photoshop

ReflectiveImages - Adding Sharpness and Details
in Photoshop

Here are the steps;
1. Duplicate the selected layer with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J PC or Command+J oP MAC.
2. Open the High Pass filter: Filter>Other>High Pass on the top layer.
3. Apply an appropriate value and click Okay
4. Change the blending mode of the top layer to overlay.
5. Adjust the opacity to your taste.

5. Photoshop Filter Gallery
Filters are automated effects that you can apply to your images. Filters help you achieve certain effects and Photoshop offers a variety. You can apply more than one and can opt to try the advanced tools and techniques. To apply the filter go to Filter, Filter Gallery. Before you apply any filter change your image to 8 bit by Image>Mode>8bits/channel.