Learning Photoshop CS5 - Day 1

Photoshop has always been a program that's intrigued me, but due to general lazieness and stupidity, I've never bothered to learn how to use it. 
 
But now that my school has given me a laptop full of Adobe programs I've decided to give it a shot. It's a pretty daunting undertaking for me but but hopefully I'll master it someday. I watched some tutorials on Youtube, a channel named Ch-Ch-CheckItsClan has some pretty useful tutorials. I also looked up how to change my language from Swedish to English since English is much more useful to me.

The picture above is my first succesful photoshop work, again it's pretty basic but I hope to be better soon. I could really use some helpful tips from people on how to be better and what I can actually do in Photoshop, since there's so much that's possible
 
Thx for reading Y'all
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18 Comments
Posted by Venatio

Photoshop has always been a program that's intrigued me, but due to general lazieness and stupidity, I've never bothered to learn how to use it. 
 
But now that my school has given me a laptop full of Adobe programs I've decided to give it a shot. It's a pretty daunting undertaking for me but but hopefully I'll master it someday. I watched some tutorials on Youtube, a channel named Ch-Ch-CheckItsClan has some pretty useful tutorials. I also looked up how to change my language from Swedish to English since English is much more useful to me.

The picture above is my first succesful photoshop work, again it's pretty basic but I hope to be better soon. I could really use some helpful tips from people on how to be better and what I can actually do in Photoshop, since there's so much that's possible
 
Thx for reading Y'all
Edited by rye256

I found this on Youtube recently and I found it really entertaining and informative. It certainly shows the basics in a far funnier tutorial than I have ever seen before.
 
  YouTube - MyDamnChannel's Channel

Posted by FirePrince
@rye256 said:
"I found this on Youtube recently and I found it really entertaining and informative. It certainly shows the basics in a far funnier tutorial than I have ever seen before.
 
  YouTube - MyDamnChannel's Channel "

I second that.The guy is just so damn funny.
Posted by Dylabaloo

God speed sir!

Posted by HitmanAgent47

One thing I use very often is layer > layer style. Go and change the boxes and stuff around, the settings and for example your text will have shadows, textures and all that good stuff. I sometimes color a drawing, then mess with this to create shadows which saves me time because it's a very lazy way of doing things.

Posted by Venatio
@FirePrince said:
" @rye256 said:
"I found this on Youtube recently and I found it really entertaining and informative. It certainly shows the basics in a far funnier tutorial than I have ever seen before.
 
  YouTube - MyDamnChannel's Channel "
I second that.The guy is just so damn funny. "
Yeah he seems pretty good
Posted by Zidd

Photoshop has a hell of a learning curve but is incredibly powerful once you get to know what everything does and how it works. There is also more to it than layer effects and filters which is what most of the tutorials floating around the internet revolve around.

Posted by Jack268

Let me teach you something: 
 
1. Select something using lasso tool or any other marking tool. 
2. Press F5 or go to edit->fill 
3. Select content aware and press ok 
4. Smudge any rough edges 
 
Boom, pure fucking magic. I use content aware for everything, it's a really powerful tool which will take you far. I think the hardest part of learning photoshop is remembering to be in the right layers and such. People get very frustrated when shit doesn't work when the solution is as simple as clicking a layer. Speaking of layers, USE THEM. Basically everything should have it's own layer. If your layer list is getting long put the layers into folders. Also give the layers DESCRIPTIVE NAMES so that you know what's on the layer so you don't have to sift through a thousand layers to find that little detail.  
  
And remember not to be too picky with details in your images, while you may think those 3 pixels ruin the picture and you just can't stop thinking about them, someone else will likely not even notice. Of course being precise and trying to make everything as perfect as possible is good, but sometimes you just can't get every pixel right in a timely manner. It's sometimes better to leave it be at that point instead of spending weeks trying to remove a small fault. 
 
And if you have the full CS5 suite, learn flash and actionscripting. Flash is bloody awesome and learning it is great. It is even more challenging than photoshop but also very rewarding to learn.

Edited by TheSeductiveMoose
@Venatio:  I play around in photoshop, but I am not super skilled or anything. I've learned pretty much everything I know from doing shit in the GIANTBOMB STAFF - official photo edit thread -.  I would definitely recommend it if you want a fun way of learning photoshop.

 Imagine, you could create something even more stupid than this.
Posted by Venatio
@TheSeductiveMoose:  That was pretty good :D, made me laugh
Posted by iam3green

i say look around the internet to learn a lot about photoshop. there are a lot of tutorials about stuff. also i found the help search function work a lot. if you search for layers it will give you like 50 different things about layers. 
 
here are some commands for quick changing, off the top of my head. it may take a second faster but still good to learn.
[   ] changes the brush sizes for things
CTRL / COMMAND, ALT, Z cancels the changes and  to undo more. 
CTRL/ COMMAND +  - zoom in and out of the image. 
CTRL/ COMMAND D deselects all. 
CTRL/ COMMAND A selects all. 
 
some useful information for quick things.

Posted by TheSeductiveMoose
@Jack268 said:
" Let me teach you something:  1. Select something using lasso tool or any other marking tool. 2. Press F5 or go to edit->fill 3. Select content aware and press ok 4. Smudge any rough edges  Boom, pure fucking magic.

I just needed to say thank you for this. Had no idea it existed, but HOLY SHIT ITS FUCKING MAGICAL.
Posted by MaFoLu

What I've learned from the few lessons I've had in school about Photoshop is pretty much just ''Use layers''. 
So, yeah, now you know everything about Photoshop... (not really)

Posted by ZeForgotten

I use this site for tutorials myself. 
I've learned all kinds of stuff from there that I use almost every day

Posted by Venatio
@ZeForgotten said:
" I use this site for tutorials myself. I've learned all kinds of stuff from there that I use almost every day "
Do you have some suggestions on what sorta stuff I should learn in Photoshop, what are some important things? I wanna learn how to effectively use it but I'm not quite sure what I should do
Posted by Monk

I really hate Photoshop, it really needs a good UI designer. It feels like it tries to break itself half the time.

Posted by ZeForgotten
@Venatio said:
" @ZeForgotten said:
" I use this site for tutorials myself. I've learned all kinds of stuff from there that I use almost every day "
Do you have some suggestions on what sorta stuff I should learn in Photoshop, what are some important things? I wanna learn how to effectively use it but I'm not quite sure what I should do "
Depends on what you wanna do yourself. 
If you just wanna manipulate a few photos like some of the users on this site are doing and call that "super hard" there's some stuff to learn. 
If you wanna draw stuff using photoshop and learn how to shade stuff there's all kinds of weird things for that too.  
 
Or if you're bored, just make a quick Planet :P  
That's how I started out, I just wrote down random words like "shadows" or "creepy" and stuff like that in the search bar and just messed around with the different tutorials that came up and later decided to mix a few of the things together later on and that was fun an all that. then i started drawing stuff myself using my wacom so I'm not making planets that often anymore :P
Posted by super_machine

My photoshop powers are truly great.