Photoshop Tutorials

Tutorial 1: Basics: Creating Objects
What you'll start with:

(nothing)

What you'll end up with:

(something worth bragging about)

Photoshop can be overwhelming for the absolute beginner.  Therefore, I've compiled a few of the basics that you'll need to get up and running with this amazing piece of software.  The tutorials are aimed at getting you familiar with most of Photoshop's tools.  So, let's get started.

1. Load Photoshop.

2. The first thing you'll want to do is make a new document.  Go to File, New and choose a document size.  300 by 300 pixels will be enough for this tutorial.

3. To create a circle we'll need to use the Elliptical Marquee Tool.  you can bring this up by pressing 'M' on your keyboard or by selecting it from the toolbox.  If you see a square in place of the Elliptical Marquee Tool, simply click and hold the button until you get a little menu.  Now, choose the second tool and release the mouse button.

4. Before you draw a circle on your document, it's a good idea to create a new layer for your object.  Press Ctrl+Shift+N to create a new layer.  Give your layer a name when the pop-up box comes up and click OK.  You should see your new layer in the Layers box on the right of the screen.

5. Draw a circle on your new layer by clicking and dragging your cursor and then letting go.  Now change the foreground and background colors to any colors of your choice in order to fill/stroke your object.

       

6. Right click inside your circle and choose Fill from the pop-up menu.  Make sure Foreground Color is selected and click OK.  To add a border to the circle choose Stroke from the pop-up menu and then set its width and color.

That's it!  Just click outside the circle to deselect it and you've just made an object.  The other tutorials will show you how to add effects to objects and make them really stand out.

One last thing.  When you go to File, Save you save your document as a .PSD file which stores all your layers and effects.  If you want to save to a .GIF or .JPG file for distribution on the Web you'll need to go to File, Save for Web so that your image is compressed and all.

Good luck!