Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies

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And I decided to make more useful journals ;P You have to wait for my next tutorial A LOT, so I decided to make short tutorials journals. I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: How to make layers, How to change color to a layer, How to make groups/folders, How to change background color, How to rotate canvas and all basics in tool menu on the right side. :la: In this tutorial I used my newest image Mermaid's Wisps, just to show you few things (I just had to open something :giggle:)

If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080px... OK I cropped bar below ;P). I used Photoshop CS6 here, so some things may be different in lower PS versions. I'll make even more tutorials like this, so stay tuned. And if you like it, then you can :+fav: fav this article. Thank you and enjoy. I hope it's helpful :hug:

How to make layers and change colors
Photoshop basics by Valentina-Remenar
Alright... first step is how to make LAYERS. It's really simple. Just click on the Layer button, on the right bottom side of your screen (see image above) and new layer will be added (or Ctrl+Shift+N on your keyboard). When you click with RIGHT MOUSE button ON that layer, then you'll see many options...below you can see colors (I added colors on the image). Just simply click on color which you like and layer will color (with color which you chosen). In older PS versions you may click with right mouse button on IMAGE which layer have (NOT THE TEXT)...when you click on the text, then you have other options, like Delete, Merge... when I used older PS versions it was like that :D
Photoshop basics2 by Valentina-Remenar
RENAMING a layer... if you don't want to get lost, then it's good if you rename your layers. Simply click TWICE with LEFT MOUSE BUTTON on a layer text... but not too fast...because FX tool will open. 

Making groups/folders
Photoshop basics2-groups by Valentina-Remenar
1.) OK... on first image on left you can see how color changed when I selected yellow color for a layer.
2.) When you want to make a Group/Folder then click on Folder button on the right bottom side of your screen (see image above)... and Folder will be added. You can also rename it as layers (you can also add layer color on them). 
3.) If you have more similar layers (like more layers for Face, Hair, Clothes...) then you can add them into Folders. Select layers which you want to add into a Group... for selecting MORE LAYERS then hold SHIFT on your keyboard. 
4.) Then simply DRAG/DROP them into a Folder...and all layers will be under that folder. When layers are in a Folder then you can see that layers are a bit moved from left edge of Layer menu. 

Changing background color
Photoshop basics4 by Valentina-Remenar
Next step is how to change Background color. You can see that on First image above I had light background... and on this one is darker. If you want to change a color, then click with RIGHT MOUSE button ON the background (gray area). You'll see more options: Black, Dark Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Custom and Select Custom color... (if you have older PS versions, then you probably have Black, Gray and Custom color options in that menu). I had Dark Gray here and when you want to choose new color then simply click on Select Custom Color menu...and choose new color.

Rotating the canvas
Photoshop basics5 by Valentina-Remenar
You can also rotate canvases (I think that in older PS CS5 this works... there Rotate option doesn't exist). Simply choose Rotate View Tool on the left tool bar (see image above)...or click R button on your keyboard. To rotate the canvas use your Mouse or you can select Angle in the tool bar above (see the image). If you want more "sharp" angles then hold SHIFT on your keyboard (and you'll get correct angles). 

More basics
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1.) More PS basics... on the first image you can see how to select Layer visibility. If you want that layer is visible, then simply leave EYE icon VISIBLE. If you want to hide layer then click on the EYE icon and it'll turn invisible (if you want to turn it visible again, then click on the icon again). 
2.) Below Layer menu you can see FX/effect icon. When you want to Drop Shadow, add Stroke, Glow, Emboss...and other things, then you can choose effects from this selection.
3.) And layer mask... let me tell how this thing works. When you draw on one layer, then if you don't want to delete some parts with eraser permanently,  they you can click on this button. New IMAGE will appear next to your layer (white image), and there you can erase things with Eraser. If you want that some parts of this layer get visible again, then you can draw with BRUSH over that layer again (or you can disable/delete Layer mask layer). Remember that when you erase/draw over, then you have to choose LAYER MASK LAYER...not regular one. 
4.) And this button is to delete layers...nothing special. When you want to delete more layers, then hold SHIFT and delete them more. 
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5.) This is for choosing LAYER OPACITY. When you want that one layer isn't visible too much, then simply select lower Opacity.
6.) And this is Layer Fill... When you have Normal layer, then you really can't see difference between Layer Opacity and Fill. Well, when you have some effects, like Shadow, Glow, Stroke...(from FX menu), then when you set 0% and Fill opacity, object which you drew on that layer will become invisible, but effects will remain (when you would select 0% at Opacity, then effects would be invisible also).
7.) Here are LAYER MODES... each layer mode will do different effects to a layer. For coloring black and white image I mostly use Soft Light and Overlay layer mode... for adding other effects I use others also (I use many layers with different modes, so I can achieve more effects and colors).
8.) And when you have GROUPS you can also hide/expand it (I mostly hide it when I have more layers and when I don't use layers from that group). Simply click on TRIANGLE button, between eye icon and folder icon... there you expand/hide group and its layers.

That's everything for now :dummy:... I hope you learned something new and if you liked this tutorial, then you can also :+fav: fav this article. Thank you :heart: More tutorials by us you can see under THIS folder :la:

If you have any questions, then feel free to comment under this article. We'll be glad to help you. :D

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BlackKusanagi's avatar
You do the lords work.
PhantomSkies's avatar
This such a great tutorial! Thank you so much! :la:

I have recently transferred from Paint Tool Sai to Photoshop CC after a very short period of using it, mainly because of personal taste and how comfortable I am on using which program. Of course since I'm still completely new to Photoshop as a beginner artist, it is rather overwhelming at first but your tutorial is slowly helping me get a better understanding of it. :)

Although... one small problem I'm having is that when I imported a .sai file of my current drawing to .psd, for some odd reason I only get a transparent checkered background instead of the normal white background. But then I realised it's because I don't have a proper background added. Is there any way to fix this? Because the last thing I wanted is to have to redraw my artwork all over again a third time after it first crashed on me. No offence.

Update: Never mind, I figured out how to do it. I was just being dumb. :lol:
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
AWW thank you and it's totally my pleasure :love: 

Oh yes, Photoshop has quite many options and is pretty different from SAI, so it might take some time till you get used to them :D But when you get comfortable with it, then it's quite easy to use it :la:

HAHA and I'm glad you figured it out :D
PhantomSkies's avatar
No problem! :hug:

Yeah, I was sorta aware about SAI being different compared to Photoshop like you said to be honest. :hmm: But that's what the tutorials are for right? 

Hopefully I will be able too soon. I mean I am a pretty quick learner, but yeah, it will just take time. Although I did recognise that some brushes and tools work in a similar matter to each other so that will be easy to an extent.

Yep! All I did was go to Layer -> New -> Layer from Background. It was so simple that it was right under my nose! Then again I wished SAI had a Background layer from the beginning so it wouldn't cause such a problem despite being minor.
chaszensanchez's avatar
i still don't understand if what is the purpose of LAYER MASK, i think its a very useful tool.Waaaah! I think I've fainted. 
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
Yes, Layer Mask can be very useful... I usually use it for erasing parts of my lineart/background/character... since if you erase your normal layer then parts which are erased are lost. You can't recover them back later on... but if you erase your drawing ON Layer Mask then you can restore part of the drawing later... you just use brush tool and then you draw with it ON Layer Mask (over erased part). Then you should be able to see lineart again. On Layer Mask you can't "draw" with colors... you can use Black color and White... with one you can erase (you can also use eraser instead) and with another one you draw. If you use grey color then it'll just partly erase the lineart or whatever part of the drawing you try to erase (aka, it'll be a bit transparent... not fully visible, not fully erased). :D
Raynebow-road's avatar
do you have a photoshop download? I have no money to buy it :/
Please Please Please 
LenamoArt's avatar
Get Krita - it's completely free and really good for painting.
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
I have Photoshop CC 2017 now... I pay for the licence each year XD
Laaleh's avatar
I searched very long for a PS CS6 tutorial and finally I found yours! ^^ (it's really hard to find any tutorials at all for ps cs6)
It's really Awsome! Thanks a great deal! It's easy understandable (even for dummies like me). Thanks!

Will you perhaps make a tutorial for vectoring? Would really help.
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
Aww, thank you. I'm glad that it was helpful :la: And I rarely use vectoring in PS since I have illustrator for that. I usually just cover subjects which come useful for illustrations.
DinowCookie's avatar
What's the one thing you would say that you discovered about photoshop, that you wish you knew from the very beginning? ^_^ 
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
Huh... I never thought about that XD Hmmm... first Photoshop which I used was I believe CS2, so it didn't have the same features as PSCC have. But I believe that I wish I knew to work with Adjustments before, since I use them all the time nowadays XD It's too bad that older PS didn't have Adjustment layers, like newer versions have, so I guess I wouldn't be able to use them the same way as I do now. Photoshop changed quite a bit with newer releases and updates, making many awesome features which weren't available before and it's possible to experiment with them even more. :D
DinowCookie's avatar
I am entirely new to Photoshop so I wouldn't even know what that is ;-; 
Sounds like I'll have to look that up ^_^ 
Thank you for answering! 
HaruKuroshiromaru's avatar
I'm curious: Did you figure how to use all your tools by yourself or did you have to search on the internet?
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
I learnt most of it myself, since when I started to use Photoshop years ago I didn't have internet connection... so yeah, no googling :XD:
AbuelnagaDesign's avatar
Thank you from my heart :) (Smile) 
Valentina-Remenar's avatar's totally my pleasure :icontardhugplz:
AbuelnagaDesign's avatar
Thank you from my heart
chizcuit's avatar
i encountered a problem with my photoshop. i'm new to photoshop. when i use color grey or diff color my first coating appears light grey then when i add some grey again in gets darker and sometimes it becomes black when i put coat to fix it? i cant color with this.
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
Ah... does this happen when you use a Brush tool? Cause you might have set a different Brush mode... maybe Multiply or something. Just set it to Normal (like on the pic below). I hope this helps :D
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