Photoshop Cs4 Tutorial
Sometimes it can help new Photoshop CS4 users to complete a Photoshop CS4 tutorial or two to get the hang of things. Photoshop CS4 is a very in-depth program that provides a lot of possibilities and features to users, but its functionality can be a little intimidating to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. You can get a more hands-on approach to learning Photoshop CS4 with this Photoshop CS4 tutorial and you can also create something that will impress your friends and family.
To complete this Photoshop CS4 tutorial, you will need:
- A computer
- A valid copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4
- An image file to work with
- Start by launching Photoshop and opening your image file. You can either launch Photoshop from the Start Menu or from your desktop if you choose to place shortcuts there. Once your image is open, select File>Open and browse to the image you’d like to use.
- Save a copy of the file. So that you don’t overwrite the original, be sure to save a copy so you can make edits to the image without risking losing the original.
- Select View>Fit on Screen. If you’re working with a large image, this will help see the entirety of the image without having to scroll left to right or top to down.
- Select Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast. In this dialog box, there are two sliders that help you adjust the brightness and contrast of the image. Playing around with them can help you produce a more vibrant, clear and colorful image. Be sure not to slide them too far to the left or right, or you will end up with a very washed out image. Select “OK” when you’re finished.
- Select Image>Adjustments>Color Balance. If you feel that your photo looks like it’s been filtered with a color, you can help correct this some by playing with the color sliders. As you slide the bars, notice that your picture will change color.
- Select Image>Adjustments>Levels. This option can also make your image pop a bit more if it is missing something. The three arrows under box that reads “Input Levels” can be slid from left to right to help adjust the image’s vibrancy.
- If you want to add an artistic effect, use filters. Select Filter tab and select any of the various effects. There are many included with Photoshop CS4, so it may take awhile to go through and browse the different filters that you can apply to your photo. There are even various options for each filter, so you can spend some time playing with it.
- Save your image file. When you’re finished, save the file as a JPEG image. You can now upload it to your favorite social networking site for view, email to friends and family, set it as your desktop wallpaper and more. Remember that you have the original in case you want to start over or you aren’t pleased with the result.