Thursday’s Tut #1: Some Basics

Before I dive in, I want to admit I am pretty nervous about this post, however, I have promised my mum I will help her with her Photoshop and this is the easiest way with us being so far apart. So, if you’re reading this and would like to comment, I’d love to hear from you; but please be kind! This is the first time I have ever done anything like this before! Thanks.

The thing I have found most helpful since I began playing with Photoshop is just that; playing. So, we’re going to do some very basic photo editing to clean up our pic to get you going..

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* Open the photo you’re going to edit – File > Open. I have chosen this one of Kahlei I took the other day –>

* The first thing I am going to do is zoom in – View > Zoom In and use the Spot Healing Brush Tool to fix any blemishes, in this case it’s a tiny bit of dribble.

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* Create a duplicate layer – Layer > Duplicate Layer. A pop-up box will appear, select okay.

* Activate the duplicate layer by clicking on it in the layers palette. This will allow you to work on this layer.


* From the dropdown menu in the layers palette we are going to select Screen as our blending mode and adjust the opacity until we’re happy with the result. I have chosen an opacity of 80%


* I love this effect on photos of the girls, but there are parts of this photograph I want the clarity and colour to remain ie eyes. To do this; click on the eraser tool, select a brush and erase the parts you want to keep bright. I used a 9px hard brush with 100% opacity


*Flatten your image by right clicking on the duplicate layer in the layers palette and selecting Flatten Image

* Now, we’re going to do a simple crop. Select your crop tool then click and drag to create the crop box, right click and select crop when you’re happy with what’s within the box.

* Save 🙂

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As I said, just some basics that I use (keep in mind this tut is primarily for my mum who hasn’t worked with anything like photoshop before…). Now, I encourage you to go and branch out, explore. You never know what you might discover! I’d love to see your before and afters 🙂

One Comment

  1. Thanks for this honey, I have read through, but just haven't had a chance to put it into action because we've been so busy.

    Maybe I'll get time on the weekend.

    Love you. Mumeroo xoxox

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