Adobe Photoshop CS6 Tutorial For Beginners (part - 1) Photo Editing Tutorial


 Adobe Photoshop CS6 Tutorial part - 1

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 is a popular image editing software that provides a work environment consistent with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and other products in the Adobe Creative Suite. This tutorial is an introduction to using Adobe Photoshop. Here you will learn how to get started, how to use the interface, and how to modify images with basic editing skills. 


1: Getting Started 2: Interface Layout 3: Palettes 4: Toolbox Pg. 5: Selection Tools   6: Alteration Tools  7: Drawing and Selection Tools 



1. Begin by opening Adobe Photoshop CS6.

On a PC, click Start  - Programs  > Adobe >Photoshop CS6, or click on the shortcut on the desktop.

On a Mac, click Go  >Applications >Adobe Photoshop CS6 > Photoshop CS6 shown in

Figure 1, or click the icon in the Dock.

Setting up the document Setting up your document correctly from the start will make your job much easier as you work through your project. This will require some advanced planning. For example, if your inal output will be a brochure, you may need to set up your document to be horizontal and double-sided. To create a new document, click File > New. This will open the Document Setup dialog box (Figure 2).

Here you will be able to name your ile, set up the correct page size and orientation for your document.
Options include, but are not limited to:
Page Size and Orientation
Change the page size by typing in new values for width and height. Page size represents the inal size
you want after bleeds or trimming other marks outside the page. In the Preset dropdown menu you
can ind such common sizes as letter, legal, tabloid, etc. Typing in exact values for Height and Width gives
you more control over the size and orientation of your page.
Resolution is the number of pixels on a printed area of an image. The higher the resolution, the more
pixels there are on the page, the better the quality of the image. However, high resolution increases
the size of the ile. The standard recommended resolution for printed images is 150-300, for Web
images it is 72.
Color Mode
Choose a color mode that will best it your project. For example, when making a graphic for a web
site, choose RGB. When making an image for print choose CMYK.
Background Contents
Choose the background: white, color or transparent. When you have entered all of your document
settings, click Ok.
Opening an image from a disk
If the image you have is saved on a disk or to the computer, select File > Open, and then navigate to the disk
drive/ile where your image is saved. Choose the image ile and click Open. At this point, you may want to save
your image under a different name so that you can always have the original to fall back on in case of a mistake.
To save your ile, select File > Save As and type in the new name of the ile in the dialogue box.

2. Interface Layout

Menu Bar 
 If you look at the top of the screen you will see the Menu bar (Figure 3), which contains all the main functions of Photoshop, such as File, Edit, Image, Layer, Select, Filter, Analysis, 3D, View, Window, and 
 Most of the major tools are located in the Toolbar for easy access. The Image
 The image will appear in its own window once you open a ile. Image Name 
 The name of any image that you open will be at the top of the image window as shown above. 
 Palettes contain functions that help you monitor and modify images. By default, palettes are stacked together in groups. These are the palettes that are usually visible: Color, Adjustments and Layers. If none of the palettes are visible, go to Window in the Menu bar and choose the palettes you need.

3. Palettes
Below is the description of the most commonly used palettes in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Palettes used for more advanced image editing will be covered in the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Tutorial - Intermediate. Color, Swatches, Style The Color palette (Figure 4) displays the current foreground and background colors and RGB values for these colors. You can use the sliders to change the foreground and background colors in different color modes. You can also choose a color from the spectrum of colors displayed in the color ramp at the bottom of the palette. 
In the Swatches palette (Figure 5) you can choose a foreground or background color and add a customized color to the library.
The Styles palette (Figure 6) allows you to view, select, and apply preset layer styles. By default, a preset style replaces the current layer style. You can use the styles in the palette or add your own using the Create New Style icon. 


The History palette (Figure 7) stores and displays each action performed allowing you jump to any recent stage of the image alteration. The alterations should be created during the current working session. After saving or closing the document, the History palette clears all the contents. Each time you apply a change to an image, the new state of that image is added to the palette. It is important to know that once you click on any of the previous stages, all the changes that were made after it will be lost. 


The Adjustment layers palette give you the ability to apply an effect to a group of layers in Photoshop, and then you can edit that effect later, while preserving the original layers. 


Layers let you organize your work into distinct levels that can be edited and viewed as individual units. Every Photoshop CS6 document contains at least one layer. Creating multiple layers lets you easily control how your artwork is printed, displayed, and edited. You will use the Layers palette (Figure 9) often while creating a document, so it is crucial to understand what it does and how to use it.

 A) Layer Visibility -The eye shows that the selected layer is visible. Click on or off to see or to hide a layer.

 B) Layer Locking Options -Click the checkered square icon to lock Transparency, click the brush icon to lock the Image, click the arrow icon to lock the Position, and click the lock icon to lock all options.

 C) Layer Blending Mode -Deines how the layer’s pixels blend with underlying pixels in the image. By choosing a particular blending mode from the drop-down menu you can create a variety of special effects. 

D) Fill -By typing in a value or dragging the slider you can specify the transparency. 

E) Opacity -By typing in a value or dragging the slider, you can specify the transparency of the entire layer. 

F) Layer Lock -The icon shows when the layer is locked and disappears when it is unlocked. Double-click the icon to unlock the layer. 

G) Layer Options Menu -Click the black triangle to display the following options: New Layer, Duplicate Layer, Delete Layer, Layer Properties, etc. Some of the options are presented as icons at the bottom of the Layers palette. 

H) Link Layers – Can be used to link layers together. 

I) Layer Styles -If a layer has a style, an “F” icon shows at the bottom of the Layers palette. Click the little black triangle to see style options. 

J) Layer Mask -Allows you to hide certain parts of the layer, which can then be revealed by using the paintbrush and the white paint color to expose portions of the layer. 

K) Layer Set -This option helps to organize images with multiple layers. Click the icon to create a folder for several layers. 

L) Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer -Have the same opacity and blending mode options as image layers and can be rearranged, deleted, hidden and duplicated in the same manner as image layers. Click the icon and select an option to create a new ill or adjustment layer. 

M) Create New Layer -Click this icon to create a new layer. 

N) Delete Layer -To delete a layer, select a layer in the Layers palette and drag it to the trash can icon, or select a layer and click the icon. 

4. Toolbox

If you used other Adobe products, such as Illustrator or InDesign, you should be familiar with the toolbox in Adobe Photoshop CS6 as it shares some of the tools from these applications. If you are a new user of Adobe products, you should keep in mind that you might not need to use all of the tools. In this tutorial, only the basic tools will be discussed in-depth. Some tools in the toolbar have additional “hidden” tools. These tools have small black triangles in the right-hand corner. To view the “hidden” tools, click and hold down on any tool that has a gray triangle in the corner (Figure 10).

5. Selection Tools

Used to select and move objects on the page. Click the tool button, then click on any object on the page you wish to move.

 Selects an object by drawing a rectangle or an ellipse around it. Click the tool button, choose a rectangular or an elliptical marquee. Drag the marquee over the area of the image you wish to select.

 Selects an object by drawing a freehand border around it. Click the tool button, drag to draw a freehand border around the are of the image you wish to select. 

Selects all objects in a document with the same or similar ill color, stroke weight, stroke color, opacity or blending mode. By specifying the color range or tolerance, you can control what the Magic Wand tool selects.

 Click the tool button, then click and drag the tool over the part of the image that you want to keep. Resize the selected area dragging the squares at the sides and corners. Click the Return/Enter key when your crop box is sized correctly. 

Takes color samples from colors on the page and displays them in the Color Boxes. Select the tool, click on the color in the image you wish to sample. The Color Box will display this color. 

6. Alteration Tools

Corrects small blemishes in scanned photos. Select the tool, hold down the ALT key and left-click on the base color you need to heal. Then left-click over the blemish.

Draws brush strokes of different thicknesses and colors. Select the tool. Then click on the selected area, drag to draw lines. Use the Options bar to change the brush, mode, opacity and low. 

Takes a sample of an image and applies over another image, or a part of the same image. Select the tool. Hold down the ALT key and left-click on a certain point of the document where you want to start your copy point. Then, put your mouse over whatever part of the new document you want the picture to go to. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the page to copy the picture. 

Paints over an image using the source data from a speciied history state or snapshot. Select the tool, specify the brush, blending mode, opacity, style, area and tolerance. 

Removes part of an existing path or stroke. You can use the Erase tool on paths. Text can only be erased when rasterized. Select the tool, click on the part of the image you wish to erase. Drag to erase pixels.  

Applies a color ill to a selected part of the image or to an entire layer. Select a layer you wish to apply the paint bucket to, click the tool button, click on the starting point, and click the area you wish to ill. 
Blurs the sharp edges of an image. Select an area where you wish to apply the tool. Click the tool button and choose the brush, mode, and strength. Drag the brush along the edges.

7. Drawing and Selection Tools 

Selects paths and path segments. Select the tool, click anywhere on the path. 

Types text on a page. Every time you click the Type Tool on a new portion of the page, a new layer will be created. Select the type tool, click on the page and begin to type. You can specify the font and size in the Options bar. You can also resize and transform the text box by dragging the squares at the sides and corners. Use the Move Tool to move the text on the page.

Draws smooth-edged paths. Select the tool, click on the page and drag to draw a path. Click and drag the anchor points to modify the path. 

Draws a straight line. Other shapes that are hidden in this tool are: Rounded Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, Polygon Tool, Line Tool, and Custom Shape Tool. Select the tool, click and drag on the page to draw a line. 

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