Monday, October 6, 2008

Photoshop Basic Tutorial 1

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I've received numerous requests (Actually 2 only) to post up a Photoshop tutorial. So I guess it's time for me to do it today :)

You can download Adobe Photoshop here. But it's a 30 days trial version. You can try torrent downloading the full version from websites such as torrentreactor. But I don't really trust 'em. There's a slight chance for the file you downloaded to be virus infected. Therefore, I suggest you go purchase it at Unitek instead (The cheapest and most trsuted one). Or you can borrow it from me :P I got Photoshop CS2. Adobe Photoshop CS4 is yet to release.

Ok, here is a basic tutorial of Photoshopping for amateurs. So expect this tutorial to be a lil bit too basic. Note that I'm still a noob in Photoshop myself. However, I'll try my best to make it simple and brief, so that everyone will understand :)

I'm using a tutorial book called How to use Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Daniel Giordan to guide me in this post. This tutorial aims at Windows user. I dunno how to use MacBook xD

Now, the tutorial:

+Welcome to Photoshop+

Know your equipments. This will help as reference in case you have any questions you might want to ask me later on.

+How to use the Tool Box+

1) Open the Photoshop Tool Box.
The Tool Box should appear automatically on the desktop, but it can be closed, which means you have to reopen it. To open the toolbox, select Windows on the Menu Bar, and click Tools.

2) Select a Photoshop Tool.

Click a tool to select it. If the tool button contains a small triangle in the lower-right corner, that tool offers additional tool options in a pop-out menu. Right click the tool button to view the pop-out menu. Then you can select one of the additional tools.

3) Test It Out!
It will take days for me to explain the function of the tools one by one. I suggest you test it all out by yourself. If you are aiming to be a wallpaper artist, then the Brush Tool and Type Tool will be your most frequently used tool. If you simply want to edit pictures, then the Rectangular Marquee Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Crop Tool, and Brush Tool will be the main ones.

+How to use the Menu Bar+

Again this will be time consuming if I were to explain each of the menu functions. So as to save time, I will only explain the important ones. Perhaps I might write up another tutorial for the other functions later on, provided that you guys still want more :P

1)Using the File menu.

The File menu provides the basic opening, closing and saving of files. This menu covers the import/export of files, workflow management and automated tasks, as well as page setup and print options.

You click on New to start a fresh empty page of image.

This will pop up. You will adjust your preferred image setup here, before proceeding onto the fresh empty page.

You click on Open to import files. No need to explain. Baby stuff :p So as the Save and Save As tab.

2) Using the Filter menu.

For new users, I strongly suggest you to start with this menu. It provides lots and lots of image editing tools.

This menu will not function, unless you open up an image first (Not a blank one!). New users should try every tools starting from Artistic until Texture first. I'll explain how Vanishing Point works in my later entry (only happens by popular demand xp). I have no idea how Video, Other and Digimarc works though! Now, enjoy the effect :D

+Brushes and Fonts+

Good brushes and fonts make good wallpaper. That's how this blog's banner came into being :P It's rather simple actually. All you need is those two, and a good sense of creativity :P

Brushes and fonts can be downloaded. You just have to google it up. Simple.

If you're lazy, then click one of these following links:

Extract them into its appropriate destination. You can extract the brushes anywhere though. It doesn't matter. Fonts you have to extract it to C:\WINDOWS\Fonts, depending on your main hard disk drive la. Mine is Local Disk (C:).

Ok, extracting the files is pretty simple actually. Follow these steps.

1) WinRAR and WinZIP are the most common compression program for extraction. They both provide the same function. So both are pretty much similar.
Download the brushes or fonts, and open it up.

A winRAR icon file.

2) A menu will pop up. Click "Extract To" on the upper left corner of the menu.

3) A sub menu will pop up.

4) If you want to extract Fonts, select the destination, until you reach C:\WINDOWS\Fonts. If you don't get it, it's ok. Just paste C:\WINDOWS\Fonts onto the "destination path" bar. Like this:

5) Now, to activate the fonts in your Adobe Photoshop, open "My Computer". Then open "Local Disk (C:)". Then proceed to open "WINDOWS". Then open up "Fonts". Then you can close the whole thing. The fonts should then be ready for use. If you're not sure what to do, restart your computer. I think that should do the trick :)

If you ever get a message like this, while opening up My Computer, Local Disk (C:), WINDOWS, bla bla bla..

..You just have to simply click "Show the contents of this folder" under the System Task on the left hand side of the screen.

6) Extracting brushes requires no specific destination. However, for the sake of organizing everything, I recommend you to extract it to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Presets\Brushes, depending on where you install your Adobe Photoshop. Don't worry about the destination. It won't harm even if you just extract it onto your desktop, as long as you don't delete it!
Now, redo steps 1 until 4, except you paste the thing with C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Presets\Brushes this time.

7) To activate your brushes, open the Adobe Photoshop program. Click the Brushes on the upper right hand corner of your desktop, just above the Palletes.

A hidden menu will be displayed.

Now click the tiny little button, on the right side of the word Brushes.

Another sub menu will pop up.

Click "Load Brushes... "and yet another menu will pop up.

Select the brushes that you have just extracted earlier. Click Load and Wala, your brushes are now activated :)

7) Test it out! It's easy :) Click the Brush Tool under the Tool Box. You will notice a change on the Option Bar.

Click on the tool that I highlighted above, and a menu will be pulled down.

Now you can finally select the Brushes that you have just loaded :) Enjoy ;)

As for Fonts, you do the same thing, except you select the Type Tool under the Tool Box. Everything should be easy after that :)

Phew! This is quite a long entry! I hope you guys will understand it. If you have any doubts or wish to inquire anything to do with Photoshop or this entry, feel free to tag on the tagboard :)

If you all wish for more tutorials, then just tag also. Note that this tutorial is very basic, and I'm sure most of you crave for cooler Photoshopping technique, like the Vanishing Point or the "Body Replacement" technique for instance :P

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