#Tech Thursday – 5 Tips and Tricks for Using Adobe Photoshop

PSiconGraphic design is both exciting and empowering. But you don’t have to be a graphic designer by trade to really benefit from learning to use graphic design tools like Photoshop.

With the opportunity to use Adobe Photoshop in classes, students are shown a new way to edit photos and create mock ups for visual assignments. More and more, professional communicators are expected to have basic knowledge in creating and editing photos and images.

One class in our department that focuses on using Adobe Photoshop is COMM 406 Advertising and Imagery. Students at Shepherd University have a head start in pursuing a career in communication or in the graphic design sector. The class has students create advertisements covering topics that are popular in today’s society, evoking the idea of blending creativity with visual communication.

Here are 5 tips about Photoshop, to not only help you learn Photoshop but get you started advancing your career:

  1. Copyrighting your photos. To make sure that the photos are yours, Photoshop provides the option of batch editing. First make sure that all of your photos are in one folder, then proceed and go to File and then go to Process Multiple Files, this will not only help provide a watermark on all your photos but will also make it quicker and easier when posting.
  2. Eyedropper Tool. The eye dropper tool is used to sample different colors from an image to use further in the image. This is great when trying to match colors.
  3.  Transform Tool. The transform tool offers many different options to adjust your picture. These options include rotate, distort and flip. To use this tool go to edit and then to transform or use the shortcut Ctrl +T.
  4. Magnetic Lasso Tool. The magnetic lasso tool is interesting because it not only help you trace and outline a picture, but also separates it from the original picture. To use the magnetic lasso, go to the magnetic lasso tool in Photoshop, it is the last option of the magnetic tool option.
  5. Spot Healing Brush. The spot healing brush removes any blemishes from photos, such as spots, acne  and moles. Place the spot healing brush over the blemish and click the mouse. With this tool, the options are endless for fixing any inaccuracy for portraits.

If you want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop, check out the class COMM 406 Advertising and Imagery, which instructs students on the basics of Photoshop and how to use it in today’s society.

If you’ve got your own Adobe Photoshop tips you’d like to share, drop us a comment below or Tweet us at @ShepComm and we’ll get back to you

Created by: Callie Long 


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