Adobe Photoshop is an image editing software that allows users to retouch pictures, create graphic art, assemble images from multiple photographs, and modify or add special effects to images.
Versions of Photoshop have been on the market for more than 20 years and has now become the industry standard for image editing. But the program has a steep learning curve that can make it difficult for beginners to learn.
There are three ways to learn Photoshop:
Learn how to use the keyboard shortcuts, especially when editing text;
Learn how to use the trial-and-error method; and
Learn from one of the many tutorial videos available that teach users Photoshop’s features one at a time.
Learn Photoshop the keyboard way
Photoshop’s most powerful tool for image editing is the keyboard. Using the keyboard shortcuts allows you to work with multiple layers, create masks, and add artistic elements to an image faster than the trial-and-error method.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts to quickly access your image history, use tools, and upload and print a digital photo.
First, press and hold CTRL/Cmd on your keyboard and hover over the image you want to access. The image should automatically expand so you can see a single, highlighted object. Select the image that you want to modify. Pressing the SHIFT key also selects the object’s adjacent pixels. If you don’t see the highlighted object, check that the image’s layers are visible. If this doesn’t happen, simply use the ALT or OPT key to open the Layers panel.
Layers and the History Bar
When working with layers, you’ll use the Layers panel to make changes to an image. To access the Layers panel, press the ALT key to open the panel. If you prefer, you can open the Layers panel by pressing the F key.
In the layers panel, you can add a new layer by pressing the T key, and you can choose which layer you want to use from the Layers panel, right-click on a layer, and select Layer | Merge Layers. You can view all of the layers in an image in the Layers panel by choosing the View | Show Layers option from the menu at the top of the panel. Each layer contains the image’s pixels, and you can view and edit all of the layers at the same time.
When you’re ready to use a layer, right-click on it in the L
Elements is about a third the size of the professional version and lets you work more quickly.
Here’s the quick guide on how to use Elements to edit a photo in Photoshop.
Note that Elements can also be used in any other version of Photoshop, including Photoshop 2020, Photoshop Classic, or Photoshop CC. However, the more memory you have, the better version of Elements you can create.
It’s worth checking which version of Photoshop Elements you’ll need on your computer before you download Elements.
If you’re new to graphics editing then also check out our Photoshop Elements tutorial.
Photo editing shortcuts
Editing photos in Photoshop can be long, tedious and repetitive, so you’ll save time and make more precise edits if you make changes using shortcuts.
In Elements you can use keyboard shortcuts to edit photos, perform actions and filter photos, for example. Some Photoshop shortcuts also work in Elements.
Let’s start with the most important one.
Ctrl + A Copy All
The first thing you should do when you open Elements is to select all the images you want to edit. Use the Ctrl + A shortcut and click on an image. You can use this shortcut repeatedly.
The other shortcuts for:
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + F Find in Files
Ctrl + N Open New
Ctrl + N Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Alt + P Profile
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo
Ctrl + Z Flip Vertically
Ctrl + Shift + Z Flip Horizontally
Here are some shortcuts for actions in Elements:
Ctrl + H Increase the brightness
Ctrl + I Decrease the brightness
Ctrl + ↓ Decrease the contrast
Ctrl + ↑ Increase the contrast
Ctrl + S Desaturate
Ctrl + W Gradual white balance
You can also filter photos using the following commands:
Ctrl + G Gradient
Ctrl + B Blur
Ctrl + T Tint
Ctrl + I Invert colours
Ctrl + X X-ray
Ctrl + O Dissolve
Ctrl + D Darken
Ctrl + L Lighten
Ctrl + H Increase the hue
Ctrl + H Decrease the hue
Ctrl + ←
Inserting an image in a UITableViewCell causes the cell to fall off
I have a UITableView that contains two cell types, custom cells and UIImageViews. A UIImageView is added to every custom cell.
The problem is that when I populate the table, each image causes the cell to drop down, and not show up until the cell is scrolled back up.
Does anyone know why this happens?
here is the code I use to create the custom cell
UITableViewCell *cell = [[[UITableViewCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault reuseIdentifier:@”Cell”] autorelease];
//create custom cell views
UILabel *label = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(10, 10, 200, 35)];
label.tag = kLabelTag;
[label setFont:[UIFont boldSystemFontOfSize:22]];
[label setBackgroundColor:[UIColor clearColor]];
[label setTextColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:2.0/255.0 green:132.0/255.0 blue:6.0/255.0 alpha:1.0]];
[label setText:[self.friendName objectAtIndex:indexPath.row]];
UIImageView *imageView = [[[UIImageView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(10, 50, 200, 35)] autorelease];
imageView.tag = kPhotoTag;
[imageView setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@”s.png”]];
Areas in an image that contain the same color and shade will be blended together. Use of this tool can be used to unite backgrounds that are inconsistent and cover up seams and other imperfections.
The Blur filter selectively blurs an object or area. It is useful for erasing backgrounds to achieve a more focused subject in your image.
The Smudge tool is used to soften the edges of objects and to soften details. It works well for removing wrinkles and other details when used with the Finger Press in TrueOS.
Finger Presses can also be used to layer images to create beautiful collages.
Different types of color and grayscale filters can be applied to an image for various effects.
The Lasso tool allows you to select and move parts of an image by defining a rectangular area. The tool can also be used to quickly select and copy certain objects in an image.
Free Transform allows you to stretch, resize, and move items in an image.
The Move tool allows you to move selected objects in an image.
The Brush tool can be used to paint a path on top of an image, typically used for adding text or a logo onto a background.
Selective brush tools allow you to paint color in areas of an image that you want to be different than the rest.
The Knife tool is used for retouching images. It allows you to remove unwanted objects and features from an image. The Knife tool is similar to using the Scissors tool, except the knife blade is pointed instead of curved.
The Burn tool is used to darken or lighten areas of an image by adjusting the Opacity setting on your Layer or adjustment layer.
The Spot Healing Brush tool can be used to remove spots or blemishes in an image.
The Clone Stamp tool can be used to replicate pixels from one area of an image and paste them on to another.
The Eraser tool can be used for erasing a part of an image. Use it for removing small and large objects from your picture, such as a fly in the shot or a sticker on the wall.
The Healing Brush tool is similar to the Spot Healing Brush tool, except it can heal both large and small areas of an image. This tool is useful to repair a damaged portion of your image so that the original object is not destroyed.
The Spot Healing Brush tool can be used to repair small or large areas of damage in your image.
The Content-Aware Fill tool allows you to select an
Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Any type of display
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
RAM: 2 GB
Required Hard Drive Space: 10 GB
Image Quality, Resolution, and Settings:
• Image quality: 1080p or Full HD
• Resolution: Wide aspect ratio only
• Settings: Standard quality
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