This is my collection of Photoshop editing videos that I use in my Multimedia/ Web Development class at La Salle Prep. I find it very useful to make these screencast videos using Camtasia. I use the videos to introduce the editing concepts in class and then the students use them for review whenever they need them.
This Photoshop playlist contains nine videos showcasing various editing techniques for Photoshop CS3.
Here are a few Photoshop CS3 tips:
- Use the Quick Selection tool (or marquee tools) to select a portion of an image and then apply the adjust layer to only that section.
- Adjustment Layer – An adjustment layer (Go to Layer / New Adjustment Layer) applies color and tonal adjustments to your image without permanently changing pixel values. The adjustment layer sits on top of your image in the Layers Panel. Paint on the adjustment layer’s image mask (with the black paintbrush) to apply an adjustment to part of an image (for example: to allow the color to see through).
- Layer Effects & Styles (fx) – You can add a variety of effects—such as drop shadows, glows, strokes (outlines) and bevels—that change the appearance of a layer’s contents. Go to Layer / Layer Style and choose the appropriate effect OR use the (fx) icon on the bottom of the layers panel. You can apply layer effect to images or text.
- Filters – You can use filters to clean up or retouch your photos, apply special art effects that give your image the appearance of a sketch or impressionistic painting, or create unique transformations using distortions and lighting effects. Go to Filter / Filter Gallery and choose the desired filter. You can adjust the features of the filter by using the slider bars in the panel. Smart Filters applied to Smart Objectslets you use filters non-destructively & can be readjusted anytime.
- Mask – Select the portion of image with the Quick Selection tool or marquee and then go to Layer / Layer Mask and choose Hide All to hide everything except the selection. This is a non-destructive to to cut out or MASK a portion of an image. You can also use the mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
- Because all of these adjustments are non-destructive you can into the layers panel and temporarily hide them or remove them if you want.