So I had a session on Thursday learning the basics of Photoshop. This is a programme that I have used before, but just for layering usage, and not for the use of more professional works (even though my experimentation at the end wasn’t that professional, yet I loved it!) We also had three students (PhD and MA students) as our lecturer couldn’t make it due to their recently born child. *all go awh*

We learnt the true basics of; open, start, import, tools, basic layout, save for functions, layering and resolutions. I’m going to write this as almost a step-by-step guide to ensure that not only you could use Photoshop, but I will actually understand what I have to do next time. So here goes!

  1. Open up Photoshop
  2. File
  3. New
  4. Name it
  5. Choose what you’re using your paper for e.g. printing or putting it on a website. This will alter the size and resolution of the piece.
  6. Size – custom is the one most people pick for ‘odd’ dimensions and often pick cm as this is a standard measurement everyone knows and is able to work with.
  7. Resolution – best/mas is 300 pixels per inch, which is the general standard for printing (you should know what dimensions and resolution you need to print at as if you change these part way through creating the piece, it can kinda mess it up).
  8. Colours – some inks need CMYK instead of RBG colour scale
  9. 8bit/16bit/32bit – (Check images when searching for them – new image – save – right click – open with Photoshop – image – image size (Shows dimensions/resolution) – imternet images normally have resolutions so need to adjust the resolution to 300 – need to adjust image size – link tool keeps proportion and size of image.)

Some other useful Photoshop information I learnt;

  • We can copy images into images – file – new – choose paper size – change orientation = image – image rotation
  • Zoom in and out on apple keyboards/macs, use cmd + or cmd – (or go into view – zoom in or zoom out)
  • Tools: hover over each one to get the name of he tool e.g. crop tool, brush etc
    • Lasso tool/quick select too is useful in order to take something out of an image or copy a select part
  • Can record the screen on Quicktime which will be useful in the future for documentation (and you might see some links appearing up on here!)


  • File – save as –
    • Photoshop project – change the format – Photoshop (cannot print this and can only be opened by Photoshop)
    • JPEG – standard photograph (can also print as PDF) – option box = highest quality
    • PNG – screenshots
    • To save for the web you need to change the resolution to 72 which is the most basic resolution and the lowest you would want to go. This is so then the webpage doesn’t take ages to load and the images appear quickly. You may also want to change the size because it is a lower resolution.

Below are some screeenshots that I took while working through the project, just to also give a visual representation of some of the things we did.

After learning theses skills, I hope to use Photoshop in different projects to give my work a different style, and to also just experiment with it! Overall, the session was really fun and I can’t wait to work with Photoshop again.


Experimentation with the skills learned:

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