7272 Adobe Photoshop For Beginners

Truro & Penwith College

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP FOR BEGINNERS
Selections – Quick Mask The Quick Mask tool is a slightly different way of viewing selected areas and altering/creating selections. Press Q on the keyboard to switch to Quick Mask mode. Now switch to the Brush tool (B) and start painting an area of your image. Remember there are many different types of brushes you can use. I you paint part of an image you didn’t mean to, switch to the eraser (E) and get rid of it. The areas you are painting should show up as a pale red colour, and the name of your file should have [Quick Mask] appearing at the end of it. Press Q again to exit Quick Mask mode and your painted area will become a selection. However, the area actually selected will be the opposite of the area you painted, so you need to go to Select -> Inverse to get the area you wanted. You can also use Quick Mask to view and alter a selection made with a different tool. For example, if you draw a selection with the Marquee tool and then switch to Quick Mask (Q), you will see the selection you drew as a pale red area, you can now alter that selection using the Eraser (E) and Brush (B) tools.

Adjustment Layers Adjustment Layers work in the same way as the Image Adjustments we’ve already tried. They let alter all kinds of things about your image, brightness, contrast and colours in many different ways. The key difference is that as the Adjustment is applied to its own layer it doesn’t actually change your image irrevocably. The adjustment can be turned on or off or altered at any point. Adjustment Layers can also have masks that determine which part of the image they are affecting.
Jago Silver 2008 

7272 Adobe Photoshop For Beginners

Truro & Penwith College

Select part of your image and then create an Adjustment Layer , Layer >New Adjustment Layer - > Choose a type of adjustment. The new Adjustment Layer you’ve created will only affect the part of your image that was selected. You should see that in your Layers palette, on the far left, is an “eye” symbol. You can click this to make the layer visible or not. If you made a selection before creating your Adjustment Layer there will also be a small black and white image that shows the area you selected. Click on this and you can use the Eraser (E) and Brush (B) tools to alter the parts of your image that the Adjustment Layer affects (just like the Quick Mask).

Multi Layered Images To create a multi-layered image, simply open two or more files and drag one file onto the other with the Move (V) tool. When the cursor changes to a “+” symbol you can let go of the mouse button. To move your images around use the Move (V) tool. If you want to resize your image use Ctrl+T on the keyboard to enter Free Transform mode. You can resize the image by pulling the “handles” on the corners (to keep your image in proportion hold down Shift while doing this. Hold down Alt to rotate the image and Ctrl to pull it into distorted shapes. Blend Modes You can affect how each layer is visible by changing the Blend Mode in the drop down menu at the top of the Layers palette. Multiply, and Darken will only show the darker colours in your image, making whites and pale colours completely transparent. Lighten and Screen work in the opposite way, making darker colours more transparent. The other blend modes all do different things, but it is hard to categorise them as it will always depend on what images you are using.
Jago Silver 2008 

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