Photoshop Basics: Understanding the Fundamentals of Photoshop
As you must already know, Photoshop is probably the single most versatile photo editing software available. Part of the popularity of Photoshop comes from the fact that almost everybody can use it, from an entry level photographer to an advanced illustrator or graphic designer.
However, in order to start working on the amazing software, you will need to first understand the fundamentals. This guide will introduce to you just some of the capabilities of Photoshop. These specific tools and applications are the most frequently used and they comprise of a set of skills that everybody at the starting level should know.
For the first time user, the interface may be a little intimidating. The software itself has evolved over the years and the current versions present a very professional looking suite, something that often confuses new users. There are now more options and applications of the software than ever, with new plug-ins and add-ons arriving on an almost weekly basis.
Simply put, understanding the software from scratch is the only option, if you hope to keep up with the developments in the future. And in order to better understand the software from scratch, first you will need to know its interface.
Due to the rapid development of Photoshop throughout the years, the name of the software has gone through some changes. Photoshop CC is the most recent version, which is also the version that we will be discussing.
If you have an older version of the soft ware installed on to your PC, you will need to purchase the newest version, with the highest number of application.
Let us first look at the interface.
The list of tools in Photoshop is ever expanding. Starting from just a few to the dozens that we have today, the number is expected to go up. The basic tools though, have remained a staple on the software’s toolbox, partly due to their practicality and usefulness, and partly because of the way these can modify and completely transform an image.
There are several tools that define Photoshop and its functionality, chief among which are the three most used; the Crop tool, the Rotating tool and the Resizing tool. Slightly more advanced is the Dodge and Burn tool, which will be discussed later on in the book. Let us look at the Crop tool first.