The world of digital design can be an intimidating place for new designers. There are so many Photoshop terms that it seems impossible to keep up with them all. However, there is no need to worry! In this blog post, we will go over some common Photoshop terms and what they mean. This is the perfect introduction for beginners who want to learn more about how Photoshop works in a simple way!
- Blending Mode – The blending mode is an option within Photoshop that will allow you to change the way your photos and graphics look. You can use this feature to make a picture more blurry or sharp, for instance, depending on what effect you are going for in your design!
- Brush Tool – The brush tool allows you to paint over images with ink by using different sizes of brushes as well as colors. This could be helpful if you want some basic effects without having any other tools handy.
- Clone Stamp Tool – If there’s one thing designers are always looking for ways how they can better their workflow, it has got to be finding easier methods instead of long complicated processes. With the clone stamp tool, everything becomes a lot simpler because all it does is copy and paste from one area to another!
- Curves – A helpful tool that will allow you to manipulate the color, contrast and lightness of your design. You can alter these three aspects in a variety of ways including brightness or saturation (making colors more intense) as well as gamma level (messing with how bright everything is).
- Doge And Burn Tools – These two tools go hand-in-hand together because they are basically used for similar purposes: either making something lighter or darker, depending on what effect you want to achieve.
- Eyedropper Tool – This handy little device allows designers to pick up specific colours out of their designs so it’s easier than ever before if you need some additional shades in order to complete your work. This will allow you to combine different shades together without having to go back and forth for every individual pixel!
- Feather – The easiest way to cut out an object is using the feather option, which does exactly what it sounds like: blends the edges of a selected area so they are not as harsh or noticeable.
- Fuzzy Select Tool – The fuzzy select tool allows you to quickly isolate areas by using your mouse as well as other tools like the rectangular marquee or lasso selection tool. It does not require any previous knowledge on selecting specific shapes; just hover your cursor near a location until the area darkens.
- Foreground Select Tool – The foreground select tool will allow you to get rid of specific pixels in your design with just one click, which can be useful if something goes wrong while using Photoshop. You may have selected too many items at once or want to clear up some extra left-over pixels as well. With this easy-to-use feature, getting rid of what’s not needed has never been easier.
- Histogram – A helpful graph that will show how dark your photos are in order to determine if there’s any noise within them. You can also use this feature with curves or other tools depending on what kind of effect you’re looking for in your design!
- Layers – Layers are one of those features that may seem more complicated than necessary at first glance but once you get used to them, it becomes easier to use them in your workflow. They allow you to create new layers, change the visibility of older ones and even edit individual pixels!
- Layer Masks – Layer masks are essentially like Photoshop’s best friend because they can be used as a way for designers to show or hide what is on their current layer based on whether it covers up certain areas (or not). This will make editing easier than ever before with just one click!
- Magic Wand Tool – The magic wand tool allows you to cut out certain objects within an image by clicking on a contrasting color area and selecting “include areas similar” or “exclude areas different”. This is the perfect way to remove an unwanted background from any photo without having to tediously use other tools!
- Move Tool – The move tool will allow you to reposition items on the page by clicking and then dragging them into a new position. This is especially useful if you want to change your Photoshop layout or add some text, but don’t have any idea where to put it!
We hope these terms help give beginners an easier understanding of what they can do in Photoshop. Feel free to share this blog post with anyone who would like more information about how digital design works!