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Introducing Photoshop

Lesson 2 from: Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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2. Introducing Photoshop

Mark explains what Photoshop is and why it can seem overwhelming at first. We will learn how to simplify things to get the most from Photoshop for our needs.
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Class Introduction


Introducing Photoshop


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How To Open Files


Using The Home Screen


Exploring The Interface


Getting Additional Help


Understanding Workspaces


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Introducing Photoshop

let me introduce you to Photoshop now. On. First glance when we look at Photoshop for the very, very first time, it can be overwhelming. I mean look at this. You got all these tools over here and there's menu items above us here that popped down. We've got what looks like a bunch of rainbow colors over there. There's menus and panels and all kinds of things. It can be really confusing when you first look at it. But there's a reason why it has so many of these things. There are to actually really good reasons. The first is that Photoshop is an application that's part of a family of applications called the Creative Cloud. And so if I click on this little icon here, these are all the different Creative Cloud applications. There's many, many of them actually there's Photoshop and illustrator and in design and Lightroom and premiere and on and on it goes. And so what these applications allow us to do is if you're a team and you're building content for a tv production or web production or Yo...

utube channel, whatever those applications all work together. So Photoshop has a bunch of different menu items and features and tools that allow it to work with these other applications. We don't need any of those things right now. So we're gonna set those aside. And so that will make the menu and all the interface a little less confusing when we do that. The second thing that Photoshop has going for it is in the beginning it was created for photography and photographers but then other disciplines started using it. And so adobe started adding different features to support those disciplines. And so you have photographers and they have graphic designers and web developers. You have film and video and multimedia professionals using this. You've got people designing three dimensional graphics and layouts in Photoshop. You've got manufacturing professionals using this. You have medical, medical professionals using this to measure things like the size of kidneys and brain scans and all kinds of things. And then you have scientific researchers using Photoshop to do scientific research and each of those disciplines has tools in Photoshop specifically to do their jobs. Now we're photographers we don't need to count how many molecules or how many different things are in a Petri dish. We just need to know the tools to do color correction or skin correction that kind of stuff. And so don't worry I'm going to demystify all of this stuff in Photoshop. So we'll focus on the tools that we need to use as photographers and we'll set aside all the rest and so it isn't so complicated and I'll show you exactly how to do that. So to begin we need to get some class files so we can load in some of these images and start working on them. So let's do that. Next

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Ratings and Reviews


Mark did a great job at explaining things and going over them multiple times throughout the lessons. My only issue was that sometimes it went a little faster than I could keep up and I needed to rewind it a bit and start again. But from someone who has never worked in photoshop before I 100% recommend this class to anyone trying to learn.

Terri Schwartz

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