Get the most common tasks down in this free Photoshop basics lesson. Once you're done, you'll be more familiar with this popular photo editing program.
There's almost no limit to what you can do in Photoshop, but first you'll need to learn the fundamentals. We're going to talk about some of the most basic image adjustments you can make in Photoshop, including:
If you're new to image editing, you may want to review our lesson on Making Basic Adjustments from our Image Editing 101 tutorial to learn more about common problems that can occur when making these changes.
If you'd like to follow along, you can download our example file (right-click the link to save it). We're planning to place this image into an online newsletter, but it's much larger than we actually need so we're going to crop the image and then resize to it be 800px by 600px.
There are two main ways to crop an image in Photoshop. You can either use the Crop tool or make a selection with the Rectangular Marquee tool. These methods work a bit differently, and you may find that you prefer using one method over the other.
You can also move the entire selection box while making a selection. To do this, click and drag to select the area you wish to select, but do not release the mouse. Next, press and hold the space bar on your keyboard and move the mouse to move the selection box to a new location. When you're done, release the Space bar.
Use Method 2 to crop the example file as in the example above. Choose a Fixed Ratio from the Control panel with a width of 4 and a height of 3 before making the selection.