A few things I want to clarify before we start:
- I am learning with you. So I am no expert at all. I will try to answer any questions you might have but again…I am learning along with you.
- I am going based on the book that I bought. I understand that some of the beginning sessions of the series might not interest you, but they are important.
- Please please please, ask questions and leave feedback. I want this series to be as interactive as we can get…so don’t be shy.
- If there are any avid Photoshop users out there, please let me know so that I can lean on you for advice and questions. I do have designer friends that can help me out as well.
Ok, so. Today’s topic is Becoming Friends With Photoshop. Before we learn to become friends with the platform, you need to get Photoshop on your computer. Now, I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a program that I am just learning.
You can download the program for free from Adobe.
Serial numbers that are needed during installation:
Huge shoutout to Patricia who posted this on her blog and I snatched it up! Thank you lady!
Alright. Now that you have Photoshop on your computer, it’s time to learn about the platform.
Open up Photoshop. If it asks you to register it, I just say Register Later each time.
It should look like this when you first open up the program. We are going to spend today getting used to this platform and Adobe. I am briefly going to go over each of these areas. We will be getting into more detail as we move along in the Series.
Starting at the top of the program we have the menu bar.
Looks pretty standard, right? Well. There are a few differences like “Image”, “Layer”, “Select” and “Filter”. Again. We will be going into more detail on these later. Essentially, each of these menu bars shows a drop down box to help you enhance your pictures.
Right below that is the Options Bar.
This is where you can store your tool presets. We will go into more detail on those in another session. This Bar also does other quick changes as well.
A little further down to the left is the Tools Palette. This is the meat and potatoes of Photoshop – in my opinion. I want to spend a whole session going over each of these tools individually, so this is just a snapshot of them.
Don’t stress if you don’t know what these are. We will get into more detail on them in a later session. (They need their own session to really understand what each does).
On the right side we have more strange looking components. We have the Palettes section.
Again, we will get into more detail in later sessions. This is to familiarize yourself with Photoshop and become friends with it. It might look intimidating, but once you start using it and get used to it, it really isn’t so scary.
That is all for today.
I hope that you were able to:
- Download Photoshop for free.
- Get used to the Photoshop platform.
- Familiarize yourself with Photoshop.
The next session will be more hands on. I know I originally said I would do these monthly, but I think I know enough now to dive in and do sessions weekly. Tune in next week for: Photoshop 101: The Tools Palette.
Homework: Please upload a picture of your choice and start playing around with Photoshop. The best way to learn (at least for me) is hands on. Start to familiarize yourself with the Tools Palette for next week.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will do my best to answer them for you.