How to Photoshop a Picture – Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide

What is Photoshop?

How to Photoshop a Picture. No program can compete with Adobe Photoshop when it comes to photo editing. More images have been manipulated with this program than any other on the market. So if you want to learn how to edit a picture so that it pops, using Photoshop is a great place to start!

Struggling to Edit a Picture in Photoshop? Follow These 10 Steps for Quick and Easy Editing

How to Photoshop a Picture

In some cases, even though your digital photograph has been taken at just the right moment and from an ideal angle, the colors still seem too dull, or the contrast between dark and light areas of your image is off. If that sounds like your picture, then follow these ten easy steps below as you use Adobe® Photoshop® software – which has just about every editing tool you could need – to get the results you desire.

1) The Basics:

First things first, before anything else, go ahead and open your image in Photoshop by going to ‘File’ at the top of your screen and clicking on ‘Open.’ Once your picture is ready for editing, it’s time to tweak the brightness and contrast so that everything stands out and pops off the page. Do this by going over to ‘Image,’ then moving along the drop-down menu until you reach ‘Adjustments.’ From there, select either ‘Brightness/Contrast,’ or click on one of these words if they’re already highlighted. Either way will bring up a new window with two options (and a slider bar) in it. change the bar to the left or right for more darkness/lightness, and when you’re ready, go ahead and click ‘OK.’

2) Adjusting Brightness:

In some cases, even though your digital photograph has been taken at just the right moment and from an ideal angle, the colors still seem too dull, or the contrast between dark and light areas of your image is off. If that sounds like your picture, then follow these ten easy steps below as you use Adobe® Photoshop® software – which has just about every editing tool you could need – to get the results you desire.

3) Adding Text:

Now it’s time to add some text to your image! Start by going back to ‘File,’ then going up to ‘New’ and clicking on the drop-down menu where it currently says ‘Untitled.’ From there, select either “Landscape” or “Portrait,” depending on your orientation. This will give you a blank grey canvas to start from. Next, go back to your toolbar – by hovering over each icon until you find the one with a few lines crossing each other – and click on the rectangle with rounded corners and a smaller rectangle inside it. Once that’s done, use your cursor to click and hold anywhere on your screen until the new options menu pops up. Go ahead and choose whatever font looks best for you! Or, if none of them suit your fancy, try selecting ‘Type’ from the menu and uploading a separate font file.

4) Resizing and Cropping:

It’s time to fine-tune things even more! Start with, go back up to ‘Image’ and select ‘Image Size.’ A new window should pop up in front of your document with an option for height, width, and resolution in it. For most purposes, 72 pixels per inch is ideal. Still, suppose you’re uploading your work online. In that case, later on, you may want to consider adjusting this setting according to whatever website will be hosting your image (some websites require that images be 72 pppi, but others ask for 96). Now that you’ve done that, we can move on. Scroll down until you see ‘Crop’ and click on it. A new window should pop up, allowing you to choose how much of your picture you want to be cropped away. To start, only highlight the section of the photograph you want people to see (and leave room around it for a border if you want one), then click ‘OK.’

5) Adjusting Your Cropping:

Now that you have selected your crop area, go back to ‘Image,’ then select ‘Image’ again from the drop-down menu at the top where it says ‘adjustments.’ From there, move down until you reach ‘Canvas Size’ click on it. Another new window should pop up, which allows you to add horizontal padding in between pixels and vertical padding in between pixels, in addition to changing your canvas size by either typing in a new measurement or moving the slider if you want your picture’s proportions equal, type ‘0’ into both fields of the width and height options.

6) Choose Your Resolution:

Before you get too invested in editing your picture, quickly go to ‘Image,’ then select ‘Image Size’ from there again. Once that window pops up, look for the option ‘Resolution’ and ensure it is set to 72 PPI (pixels per inch). If not, click on it and change it accordingly. This setting is crucial if you want smaller pictures to remain clear once they are saved!

7) Save As:

Finally, it’s time to save what you have worked so hard on! Go up to ‘File’ and select either ‘Save As…’ or ‘Save a Copy…’ depending on whether or not you want to keep the original file as-is. In either case, another new window should pop up, which asks you where you want your image saved and what the filename should be. Once that is done, hit ‘Save.’ Congratulations – your editing work here is complete!

8) Saving for the Web:

If you’re uploading your new and improved picture online and don’t mind having a bit of compression applied (the method by which images lose some detail but shrink in file size), then go back up to ‘File’ and select ‘Save for Web. In the new tab that pops up, make sure to select either ‘JPEG’ or ‘GIF’ from the drop-down menu. [In most cases, using JPEG is your safest bet because it can compress pictures into a relatively small file size while still retaining a good amount of quality in them.] If you selected JPEG, use the 256 PPI slider below to adjust how much compression you want to be applied. For GIFs only, go ahead and decide which colors you think will look best once they are compressed (for example, if 95% of your picture is one solid color, then only leave that option ticked). Finally, click on the little checkmark at the bottom right corner of the window to start compressing your picture.

9) Save for the Web, Part II:

Now that you have selected the compression method and adjusted its settings, go ahead and click on ‘Save.’ Again, another new window should pop up, asking you where you want your file saved and what it should be named. Finally, all that’s left to do is click ‘Save,’ then sit back and wait while Photoshop works its magic!

10) Bonus Tip:

If at any stage during this step you notice something isn’t turning outright or are unhappy with how your changes are looking, hit ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Z’ on your keyboard (or select ‘Edit,’ then go down to ‘Undo’). The last change you made will be reversed one by one, allowing you to go back and adjust it accordingly.

Written By: Syed Hammad Hassan

Edited By: Affiliatic Tech

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