See how by making layer 5 invisible, the dark blue becomes invisible. Layers mayseem tedious at first, but once you get the hang of them, you’ll be able to see howhelpful they are.
1. Basics: Toolkit
In Photoshop and all Adobe programs, you have a toolkit/toolbar for easy access to allyour tools. In Photoshop 7, it looks like the image on the right. Note how most of the tools have a small arrow at the bottom. Selecting that arrow will bring up more tools.Quickly, here are the tools and their functions, going left to right:Marquee Tool: Selection of items for deletion or moving Move Tool: Self explanatoryLasso Tool: Select a portion of an item to manipulateMagic Wand: Auto select a portion of an image with the same colorCrop Tool: Self explanatoryExacto Knife: Cut shapesHeal Tool: Used with cloning toolBrush Tool: For painting Clone Tool: Clones portions of the image to place elsewhereHistory Brush: Reverses last action in certain parts of the imageEraser: Self explanatoryGradient Tool: Self explanatoryBlur Tool: Self explanatoryDodge Tool: Lighten a certain areaPath selection tool: Select paths drawn by the penText Tool: Self explanatoryPen Tool: Draw paths, curves, etc.Polygon Tool: Draw vector shapesNotes Tool: Make notesEyedropper: Selects color on an imageHand Tool: Move objectsZoom Tool: Self-explanatoryColor selection: Color on top (blue) is foreground, Color on bottom (white) isbackgroundThe rest of the menu you really don’t need to know. We will only be using about 10 of these tools frequently.
1. Basics: Filters
Filters are fun, fast ways to get exciting effects, however, novices often overuse them.Therefore, try to limit your usage of filters, and blend them into the imageappropriately. We’ll be using filters later, especially in enhancing images, so right now this will be a quick introduction. Note that there are far too many filters for me to giveyou examples of each, just experiment with them when you have free time. When weget to modes you’ll be able to see ways in which you can blend your filtered layers toget better effects, as well as playing with their transparency.