An introduction to Photoshop: retouching photos

Uploaded by ReallyUsefulGuide on 21.04.2011

Hey YouTube and in this tutorial we will be looking at the basics of Photoshop
lets open that now. I'm going to open a file that comes standard with every version of
Photoshop no matter which one you have Its quite similar if you're on a Windows computer
you just have to navigate to the adobe Photoshop folder and go to samples photo merge I'm just
going to choose this one and open it up and this is the picture Just to point out that
what I'm going to do now should work with most versions of Photoshop whether you're
using a CS version or not. So you have to allow for a bit of change depending on which
one you're using but it shouldn't be that different So now you can see that there is
a picture of a city here and the first thing you notice is that it is quite dark so that
can be cured by going to image adjustments and levels Here we can see the input level
graph the brightness settings of the picture you can see that we can define definite black
and definite white and let's redefine the white, as you can see I'm moving it and as
it moves the image becomes brighter. So you can make it darker brighter and the image
becomes darker and brighter As a general rule of thumb you want this to be right on the
edge of where things are going on in this graph here This should on the opposite end
and this should be somewhere in the middle That looks alright or you could just let Photoshop
do it itself but I think I can do it so I just press ok. That looks a bit better staying
with adjustments you can change the brightness settings to make it more bright that looks
alright you can also do contrast but that would not be beneficial to us in this tutorial
You can change exposure settings we wouldn't really need to change this but just to show
you this would make it pure white and opposite pure black but I think zero is good Offset
make it with a white tinge or with a dark tinge leave it at zero So that looks a bit
better and now the second thing we can see is the dull looking sky and we can change
that quite easily by selecting well it depends on really what colour you want I've seen people
do it with black green even but I'm going to use a dark blue for a dark blue sky so
that looks alright. I'll then use the gradient tool and make sure that this is selected not
at foreground to background but foreground to transparent otherwise it wont work So make
sure that\'92s selected Make sure the linear gradient is selected by hovering over this
one and then quite simply make a new layer I\'92m going to call this layer sky and just
draw a line by holding shift to make a straight line from about there to there and you can
see that it comes with this rather comical looking sky So we can change this by going
to the layer inspection panel and going to overlay You can see that immediately it looks
a bit better feel free to change the opacity settings how you like it about 76 per cent
I\'92m happy with that That\'92s alright And that is basically all we will be covering
in this tutorial apart from now saving it So if we want to export it in an illustrator
readable way then just click paths to illustrator and that will convert it. If we want to save
it as a JPEG or a Photoshop document PSD hit save as choose a location to save it and press
save and it would save I hope you have enjoyed watching this tutorial comment rate and subscribe.
Thank you very much. \f1 \