Adobe Photoshop Tutorial. Copyright Michael B. Karbo.

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    1. Preface

    Professional picture processors have always used Photoshop; but also more and more ”ordinary people” are getting access to Photoshop. For example, if you buy a digital camera, you might receive Photoshop as a bonus gift. Be happy for that! Adobe Photoshop is an excellent and unsurpassed picture processing program – that holds true for both pc and Mac.

    The only problem with Photoshop is that it is difficult to get started with. We have experienced that also – it may take some time to get going with the program. This book is designed to simplify that process. If you do the exercises one by one, you will guaranteed be better acquainted with Photoshop.

    It is always difficult to select the material. This is especially true regarding a program like Photoshop, which is so uncredibly large. We have in this booklet included a number of very different exercises. Hopefully they will illustrate the programs width. Near the end of the booklet (page 124) you will find a number of exercises that show how you can repair damaged pictures – a subject we have been asked to include.

    IMPORTANT: the book is based on the version 7.0, but is well suited for later versions of Adobe Photoshop as well. The book has its own home page on the address:

    Homepage to get files for exercises.

    Here you can find the links that are mentioned in the booklet and much more. Have fun! Many thanks to Peter, Ebbe, Jens and not in the least to Jette, who have tested the exercises and provided valuable feedback.

    January 2006, Michael Karbo. Homepage to get files for exercises.

    2. Introduction

    Photoshop is quite different from other Windows programs. In the beginning it appears complicated. But as you get familar with its construction, you will find Photoshop to be both quick and comfortable.

    Mouse, pen/tablet and precision

    You will be working a lot with the mouse. Therefore it is important that you invest in a tablet – that is an indispensable aid. But Photoshop certainly also uses the keyboard. There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts, and they provide options for variation in your daily work.

    Photoshop is a very complete and precise program – everything is really possible. Here Photoshop differs from the smaller and cheaper picture processing programs like Paint Shop Pro and PhotoImpact, which also are excellent programs. Photoshop can do much more, but it is a big task to learn it all.

    Hardware and software

    Adobe Photoshop is originally a Macintosh program, but it is used to-day on pc’s with Windows 98/2000/XP and on PowerPC based Mac computers with Mac OS software 9.1, 9,2, Mac OS X version 10.1.3 (or higher).

    Photoshop works about the same on both platforms, Mac users just need to remember that the Control key corresponds to the apple key. But this booklet is based on Photoshop in Windows 2000. It takes a powerful pc to utilize the program completely – we recommend as starting point a processor with a minimum of 1600 MHz (and preferably more) and a large, fast harddisk.

    Pictures occupy a lot of memory, so RAM capacity is also important. I recommend 2048 MB RAM with 1024 MB as minimum. Furthermore it would be logical to use a really good screen and a good graphics card (ATI or Ma­trox brands). Of course the color setting has to be 24 bit or better. Similar equipment for Mac computers.

    Figure 1. You need a high resolution and great color depth to work with pictures.

    Open the program

    Now you need to get started, and the first step is to open the program. We only show the procedure for the Windows based version.

    That is very simple. Click on the Start button and select the Programs menu. There you find the menu item Adobe, which gives acess to Photoshop 7.0. Select that program now!

    Figure 2. Photoshop is found in the Start menu under Programs and Adobe.

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