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Free Adobe Photoshop - Photoshop for Beginners

Jul 16, 2008
Ever wanted to do abstract art? Well with computers it can be quite simple. Start by creating a new file with black as background color. Select gradient tool. Select radial mode as gradient style. Create a new layer and apply the gradient. Apply another gradient several times as shown below. Change the layer mode to "Color Dodge". Repeat the above steps again to create more disco loops. Create duplicate of both disco layers and merge the duplicate layers. From "Filter" menu select "Distort>>Wave". Press Ctrl+U to open hue/saturation window. Change the layer mode to "Screen". There you have it creating disco balls with photoshop.

So first you need to pick out a photo. Now create a new Photoshop document 150x150 px with a #725F3B background. Drag the photo over to this document. Next, we need to make this photo look old. So, desaturate the image, then use the Add Noise filter with the following settings. Now we need to darken and color the picture using the Levels and HueSaturation. It looks a little rough, so you use the Blur filter and repeat. Not bad. But it's a little boring with the picture so static. Let's liven it up by adding some degraded stripes and shifts. Let's begin with the stripes. Create a new layer and paint it black. Use the Grain Filter.Now change the Blending Mode for Screen. This will be one of the shots. To create the other 5 shots you need to repeat the procedure: create the new layer, paint it black, use the Grain Filter with slightly changed values and change the Blending Mode for Screen. And there's a much easier way to do this. Duplicate the layer with the stripes and then repeat the use of the last filter. Do that 5 times. Don't be afraid of too much noise. We will correct it in Image Ready. To make the correction make all layers with the Grain invisible. Then in the Animation Panel push the button Duplicate current frame 10 times. Make visible the first layer with Grain for the first shot. Now the second layer - for the second shot and etc. The seventh shot leave with the sixth visible layer, the eighth with the fifth, and so on in a reverse sequence. Now we've got some movement, but it is very quick. Select all the shots and then set delay time to 0.1 sec. Almost done. The last thing I'd like to add is a shift for a couple of the shots. Select the sixth shot (where the shot with Grain repeats), select the layer with the picture and shift it for several pixels below and to the right. Then select the next seventh shot and shift it for several pixels to the right. Save it - and enjoy the results.

The basics of photoshop, well one major thing is learning how to save your picture history. Start by opening a file you've been working on or create a new file. Then go to Edit > Preferences > General. Check off "History Log". You then have three options to choose from. I will describe what each of them do. To begin, let's choose "Metadata". You then have three options with the "Edit Log Items". Start working on your file by creating layers, adding fills or gradients, using filters, etc. Then go to File > File Info > History. Notice how it keeps track of each step you take. Save this file and close it. Then open it back up again. Notice that the history is still there! Let's look at the second option for the history log. Go to Edit > Preferences > General. Choose "Text File" this time and save the file to a folder of your choice. I chose to save mine to the desktop. Again, work on your file by creating layers, adding fills or gradients, using filters, etc. Now go to wherever you saved your text file and open it. Notice that it keeps track of each step you take! The final option for the history log is "Both". This option saves your steps in both the History section as well as the text file. So there you have it. Three different ways to save every step you take during a design process without losing the information when closing the file. Enjoy!

If you upgrade your photoshop you have to know how to access these brushes: To use some of these new brushes, simply select you brush tool in the tools palette. Once you have selected the tool, you can change the shape of the brush in the upper options palette. There are plenty of stock brushes that Photoshop ships with. You can add more by downloading them from the web (there are a few really good brush makers out there), or you can use the remaining stock brushes with photoshop. In you options palette, click on the symbol for the brush shape you are currently using. This will create a dialog box with a scroll box full of different brush shapes. To add brushes, click the arrow in the upper right corner of the dialog box. Select "Load Brushes", browse until you find the brushes you want and append them to your set. Below is a look at the brushes dialog box within Mac OS X. Play around with it and see what you come up with. The brushes palette even allows you the option of changing the size of custom brushes. This feature is really a time-saver. Simply create one brush in any size, and then resize it to fit whatever you are working on. To find free brushes out on the net, you can do a search for "Photoshop Brushes" in your favorite search engine (Google is the best for my money). Once you download them, simply load them into your brushes palette (as in the last paragraph), and voila, instant brushes.

Sometimes you wanted that cool yellow moon effect, well its easy enough to turn a full moon into a harvest moon. Open an image of a normal looking moon in Photoshop.Select the Eliptical Marquee tool. Create a perfect circle around the moon. Goto Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. This will turn the moon to black and white. Goto Image > Adjustments > Color Balance. Adjust the Yellow slider to the left to give the moon a yellowish color. Click OK. Create a new layer. Make sure the circle selection is still there. Use the Paint Bucket tool and fill the circle selection with a bright yellow. Change the layer mode for the yellow circle layer to "Multiply". Right click the Yellow Circle layer from the layers palette. Choose "Blending Options" from the pop-up list. Set the properties for "Outer Glow". Click OK and you should now have your Harvest Moon.

Adding cool effects to photos is quite amusing. A fun one is to split apart a picture like a puzzle. First find an image of Guitar. Then open the saved picture in photoshop. We are going to split the image.Go to Views>Rullers.Or simply press CTRL+R.Then using the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Press Ctrl+J to copy and paste the selected part in a new layer. Repeat these steps until all the parts of guitar is selected.Try drawing different rectangles because we want to add this puzzle effect. Select a layer and choose the blending options. Again apply the stroke effect as needed. Now right click the layer you applied the effects and select Copy layer style. Go to next layer and right click on the layer and choose paste layer style. Paste the layer style to remaining layers. Click Ctrl+T and transform each layer. With some Gradient Effect you can get a better effect.

Folow these instructions to add a contemporary frosted pixel overlay to your photos. Open a picture into Adobe Photoshop. Next, press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Change the blending mode to Overlay. Go to Filter> Pixelate> Mosaic and in the Mosaic Photoshop filter settings, set ethe pixels to the size that you want the squares to be. Then, press Ctrl+J to duplicate the top layer and change the blending mode from Overlay to Multiply. Now go to Filter> Stylize> Find Edges. Press Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate the outline so that they don't have any color to it. Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur and add a little gaussian blur to the outline which will add the frosty effect.
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