1. Learn the image analysis tools - The Histogram, The Eyedropper, and The Info Palette
These three tools provide you with essential information about your image or photograph. The Histogram will tell you everything you need to know about the exposure of the photograph, whether it is under or over exposed, and the tonal ran
2. Learn how to straighten a tilted image - Use the ruler to find the angle of tilt.
Learning to use the Ruler tool will allow you to determine precisely the angle of a tilted horizon and this can then be used with the Rotate canvas command to rapidly correct a tilted image. No guesswork needed! With so many people using cameras with only viewing screens at the back rather than a proper viewfinder, it has become all to common for pictures to come out of the camera with a severe tilt to them. Learning to use the ruler and rotate canvas combination makes correcting these pictures really easy!
3. Learn to crop the picture - Use the Crop tool
Cropping is the process of removing anything from around the edges of a photo that does not add to the impact of the photo. The Crop tool should be learned next since cropping is a very important creative process. There are very few photos that cannot benefit from being cropped. Too many Photoshop beginners just accept the content of the photo as it came from the camera without thinking about whether the picture can be improved visually by cutting away unnecessary edges. The additional benefit of cropping the picture early is that you also reduce the file size which makes further changes to the image run much faster since you are using less memory and disk space.
4. Learn to remove dust marks and blemishes - Use the Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp tools
Even with modern sensor cleaning built-in, you may find your image contains dust marks or other blemishes. These will often be seen in areas of smooth tone such as a clear sky. These should be removed using the Healing Brush tool, especially useful on smooth colour and tones like skies, and the Clone Stamp tool. The Clone Stamp tool is essential for removing or correcting areas of detail which the Healing Brush tool quite often just messes up. Get a grip on these two important tools quickly so you can really clean up your important images.
5. Learn to correct the tonal values - Use the Levels command
The next logical step is to correct any exposure problems or tonal range issues. If the picture is too dark or light now is the time to correct it. To do tonal corrections you need to learn to use the Levels command. The levels command uses a histogram to show the tones so your previous learning from Step 1 above will really help you now. I told you it was a logical learning sequence!
6. Learn to remove colour casts - Use the Colour Balance command
Although modern cameras make a reasonable job of interpreting the colour of light reaching the sensor, they also often get it wrong which results in a photo with an obvious dominant colour. This is known as a colour cast and needs to be removed using the Colour Balance command. Once a dominant colour has been corrected you are ready to make more creative colour enhancements if desired.
There you have the six most important things for a Photoshop beginner to learn. Each of these steps can be mastered quite quickly and the knowledge gained will provide a solid foundation for all your future Photoshop work; whether you just want to improve a family snap or produce an advanced special effects work of art.
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There are various ways to make money creating your own stuff on-line. Everyone knows about various on-line services that let you upload your designs, apply them on various items like, mugs, apparels, t-shirts, personal gifts and so on.
Let's just mention cafepress.com, zazzle.com, fotomoto.com and similar.
However, not everyone is aware of four additional ways to make money with your des
Now, here is how it works.
Let's say you want to go into Rubber stamp business, but you are not so good with Photoshop or similar software. Or, you even might be good at these but you are going through some kind of creativity block. Don't let that stop you from doing what you want to do.
All you need is Photoshop, a good collection of PS brushes with commercial use license and a little bit of time.
1. Rubber stamping
There is a whole deal of sites explaining how to about rubber stamping, which is, by the way, increasingly popular in US. So, if you don't really have an idea on the shapes for the stamp, just find some cool Photoshop brushes (for instance floral or swirls) turn them into rubber stamps and - voila, you have your own product for sale.
2. Paper design
You guessed, same applies here. With Photoshop brushes you can create patterns for paper design. Then, you can sell that design on sites like picturepaper.com
designers earn from $30.000 - $80.000 per year. So, if you are thinking about starting a career there, again, Photoshop brushes will get you up to speed in no time.
4. Logo design
There are a bunch of places where you can compete in logo design contest. One of my favorite one is crowdspring.com. But don't miss eLance or FreeLancer either. Again, if you own a good collection of Photoshop brushes with commercial license - jump in!
Of course, there are, virtually, unlimited ways to use Photoshop brushes in creative process. Especially if you are just a beginner, but also if you are experienced in Photoshop going through a creative block - Photoshop brushes will be here to save your day. As I said in the beginning you just need to be sure that the brushes you use come with the commercial use license.
Interested in Photoshop brushes with commercial license? Visit the Graphics-Illustrations.Com Blog for help with photoshop brushes, as well as Adobe Photoshop.
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