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Top 3 Photoshop tools for beginners

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This blog is a continuation of our previous 2 blogs about graphic design. This week we tackle Photoshop in “Graphic Design Software: The Big Three”. We are going to go a bit more in depth in the world of Photoshop. We are going to talk about the top 3 Photoshop tools used by beginners.

Let’s start off with a small introduction to Photoshop. This editing software enables graphic designers, illustrators and the likes, to manipulate photos in whichever way they desire. There are multiple tools and plugins but we are going to focus on what I believe are the best and most useful tools.

  1. Quick selection tool

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The first thing you want to learn in photoshop is how to select the part of the image you want to manipulate. You can then adjust the pixels you selected to either, move them, delete them, change their size and much more. There are two types of selection tools, the quick selection tool and the magic wand tool. Quick selection lets you use a brush to quickly paint a group of pixels you want to change. The magic wand tool enables you to select a specific colour range or tolerance, when you click on a relative colour range.

 

 

  1. Layers

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The layer tool is fantastic for working on an image in an organised way. When multiple people can edit an image, you can show them exactly what editing you have done on each part of the photo. Just like stacked pieces of paper, you can see what is above and below a certain part of the image. You can edit these layers in either transparency or opacity. You can also add special effects such as glows and gradients.

 

 

  1. Transformation tool

Screen shot 2016-08-12 at 16.25.47The transformation tool is the most useful and popular tool when it comes to changing the shape, size and rotation of your image. You can also apply transformation to vector shapes, paths and selection boarders. To use the transformation tool simply select the item you want to change, then choose a command in which you want the image to be change in. You can do multiple function in one go. For example you can distort and wrap at the same time.

 

I hope this blog was useful for beginners who want to know how to start off in graphic design. If you need any web, graphic or UX design, contact us today!

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