Adobe Photoshop is a popular image editing software that provides a work environment consistent with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and other products in the Adobe Creative Suite. This photoshop basic 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.

Setting up the document

photoshop basic tutorial - creating new file in photoshop

Document Setup dialog box – creating new file [ Basic Photoshop Tutorial ]

To create a new document, click File > New. This will open the Document Setup dialog box

Here you will be able to name your file, set up the correct page size and orientation for your document.

In the Preset dropdown menu you can find 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 file. The standard recommended resolution for printed images is 150-300, for Web images it is 72.

Choose a color mode that will best fit your project. For example, when making a graphic for a web site, choose RGB. When making an image for print choose CMYK.

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/file where your image is saved. Choose the image file 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 file, select File > Save As and type in the new name of the file in the dialogue box.


Photoshop Basic Tutorial Lessons :

Chapter 1 – Interface Layout Described (The Photoshop Workspace)

Chapter 2 – Toolbox (Selection , Drawing, Alteration and Additional Tools)

Chapter 3 – Basic Image Editing