How To Use Photoshop Cs4
Many people find themselves wondering how to use Photoshop CS4 because the program looks extremely intricate from first glance. There are so many settings, options, menus and buttons that you might be scared you’ll mess something up if you press the wrong button. The truth is that Adobe products are really simple once they are demystified and learned. Many people also find that they are extremely powerful.
To use Photoshop CS4, you will need:
- A copy of Photoshop CS4
- A computer
- An image file
- Start by opening Photoshop CS4. When you open the program for the first time, you’ll be prompted with a welcome screen which allows you to open recent files or begin a new file. Close this out because you don’t need it now.
- Select File, Open and browse to an image file you’d like to edit. Almost any image file will open in Photoshop CS4, but to keep things on the safe side, make sure it’s a common file-type. JPEG, PNG, TIFF and other common types will work fine.
- Save a copy of the file so that you don’t overwrite the original. You can name it something similar to the original, but make sure you do this so that you don’t end up overwriting your original file with an edited one you don’t like.
- Start by adjusting the Brightness/Contrast of your photo. You can access this by clicking Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast. Play with the sliders until you come out with something you like. Sometimes it takes a while to come upon a desired result, but this effect can really bring your photo to life. Make sure not to go to crazy, however, because this can make your photo look a little too intense and washed out.
- Try the Levels setting out. Sometimes this setting can also produce desirable effects. You can find it under Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast. It’s a little more in-depth than the Brightness/Contrast settings, but you can definitely get some good results out of that feature.
- If you’d like a black & white photo, use the Black & White feature. This is typically located under Image>Adjustments>Black & White.
- Filters are also nice adjustments you can make to your photos. These settings can really enhance the way a photo looks with just a few clicks of the mouse. The different types of filters can be be found under the “Filter” menu at the top.
- Using the paintbrush tool and zoom, you can edit out blemishes and spots. This method in photo editing takes a little bit of time and patience, but the more you work on a particular spot, the better your results will be. Play around with the various tools in the Tools panel to edit various things in your photo. For example, the Blur and Smudge tool are very powerful.
- Keep practicing. The best way to use Photoshop CS4 is to keep practicing. There’s no doubt that the program can be confusing in the initial stages of using it, but the more you use it and complete online tutorials, the more familiar it will become to you.