Tips and Tricks for Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop Edition

Tips and Tricks for Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop Edition

By: alexbrz
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The Adobe Creative Suite programs are amazing when you know how to use them, but can drive a person crazy when they’re trying to learn. Sure, at the beginning the programs seem fairly straight forward. Like PowerPoint and Word were combined, with a few extra tools you don’t know and will just avoid using. But what happens when you need to trace a picture or professionally edit a photo? This is you, after four hours on Google:

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These tips and tricks won’t always show up in your Google search (unless you know to look for them). I was privileged enough to learn them in class, and now I want to pass them on to you. Be sure to check out my other article, Tips and Tricks for Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator and InDesign Edition for further help!


Kuler: This fantastic tool shows you which colours work together. You choose your main colour and the colour style you want (monochromatic, triad, etc…), and Kuler selects the colours. Find it in Photoshop (Window – Extensions - Kuler) or online: https://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/

Kuler

Photo editing: I was told by one of my professors that, when it comes to photo editing, it’s as simple as four steps:

  • Crop your photo using the crop tool.
  • Adjust the light and shadows. People like to use the brightness and contrast tool, but my professor suggested the levels tool. It’s easier to use and the effects look great. Drag the end points in until they touch the edges of the graph, and use the middle point to adjust the shadows.
Photo Editing
 

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  • Adjust the colour with the hue and saturation tool. Be careful with the hue, too much will give your photo a green or red tint!
Adjustments
  • Sharpen your photo using the Unsharp Mark option (Filters – Sharpen – Unsharp Mask). It’s easy to make finite adjustments, so your photo won’t get pixilated. Every photo is different, but 100% and 1.0 are standard sharpening levels.

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For more of Alex's Adobe tips, check out Tips and Tricks for Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator and InDesign Edition!

Posted on May 23, 2014