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Adobe Photoshop – Lecture 1

Here we are, I’ve started Adobe Photoshop lectures. I’m trying to start all courses at once. So you may not get bore, so get ready for Lecture 1 please.



Adobe Photoshop is a Raster based Graphic Designing Software. The easy way to learn the word Raster based is that, those software in which you see Pixelization (like image in small boxes). Other software known as Vector Based like Coreldraw and Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop is used for Graphic Designing, whether Web Based or Print Media. Most probably web mockups are being designed in Photoshop. It is also use for Photo Laboratories.



Whether you have to take new file or you have to open Existing file (either picture or your older files).

On the left side you are watching Toobox (from this you have to pick any tool of your desire and you can work on the file). Right area is used for Panels, you will get differnt Panels, like Layer, Channel, Styles, Character etc. etc. Like additional commands for any tool etc. On top you are watching the Navigation bar and bellow that bar is Property Bar, it will change when you pick any tool.


If you want to make anything of your own desire, you have to take new file. For this purpose you can press Ctrl+N shortcut key or you can run the command File >> New. You will see the following box:


In this box you may write any name in Name box, this will be the name of your file when you will save the file first time then you will no need to type it again.

From Preset you can chose Existing page sizes.

In Width box you have to type the Width of your new file. Remember when we are going to work on any Web based project then we use Pixels in the Unit list box and if we are going to work on Print Media (like visiting card, brochure, letterpads etc.) then we have to use Inches, mm, cm etc.

In Height box you have to put height of your new file.

Resolution is the important thing. If you are going to work on Web based Project then you have to type 72 in this box. (i.e. Pixels/inch) and if you are working on Print Media then you may change it from 150 to 300 (depending upon the nature of your project).

Color Mode is also important, usually we take RGB when we are going to work on Webbased projects, while for Print Media we usually used CMYK.

From Background Contents you may chose White, Black, Color etc. This would be the background of your new file. Transparent will not be having any color in the background. (We will also use on many occasions).

Hit OK after putting all of your desire values.


After taking new file, you may go forward. Now you will be needing the Know-How about Toolbox and the Layer Panel.


On the left side you will be watching different tools. This area is know as Toolbox. From this box you have to pick any Tool of your desire. If you want to see all Tools, then visit All Tools in Photoshop tutorial here (http://www.stunningmesh.com/2009/12/photoshop-cs4-all-tools-with-shortcut-keys/)

Color Palette:

You must be watching two different colors (Black & White by default) at the bottom of Toolbox. This is know as Color palette. From here you can chose two different colors, so you may use these in the file.


Layer Panel:

Layer Panel is the important panel. When you draw any object, it will come in new Layer. Working in layers will help you a lot, when you will be going to modify anything. Mean if you want to delete anything from your file and if it is present in separate layer, then you will have to delete that layer or to hide that layer. To Display or Hide this panel you will have to press only F7 (functional key).



I’m going to write few shortcut keys here, because if you want to be a Professional then you have to use Shotcutkeys instead of using Navigation bars etc.


You will be using this when you need Default Black and White colors in Color Palette.


If you want to exchange Foreground colors and Background colors in Color palette, just press X.


When you have selected any object and if you are watching Marching Ants, then press Ctrl+D to deselect.


To inverse the selection, you will have to press Ctrl+Shift+I.


If you will press this key then Foreground color will be filled on whole layer or if you have selected anything then Foreground color will be filled over that area. For example if you have selected Black color in foreground and press Alt+Backspace, then black will be filled ove whole area.


Background color will be filled over whole area, and if you have selected anything then it will fill that area.

Ctrl+ +(plus):

It will zoom in from the center of the file.

Ctrl+ -(minus):

It will Zoom out.

Spacebar+Mouse left:

If you have Zoomed in and you want to see the objects or area around, then hold Spacebar and drag the screen towards your desire direction.

I’m concluding first lecture here, so get ready for Lecture 2.

About Wijdan Rohail

A professional Web/Graphic Designer, working as Freelancer since 2000. Designing is my passion, blogging is my hobby.

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  1. thank you very much sir i want to learn about photoshop this will be very helpful i hope you can send me lecture 5. thanks

  2. vry useful n easy ford beginners,if possibke pls snd me lecture regarding how to create a web template in photoshop,i knw how to use it by cutting in css

  3. thank u so much sir for providing such a nice lectures , from a line i was searching this type of lectures
    n wheb see urs lectures i was very happy

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