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Hello and welcome to this tutorial, brought you by Adobe—and in this one, what we’re going to be looking at is three just simple things to do in Photoshop, things that maybe a little bit confusing and not necessarily straightforward to beginners. So this tutorial is mainly aimed at beginners, but it's well fortunate if you're a bit more experienced, because you might find this is a quick a way of doing things.
So typically, the first thing you do is open a file or create a new one. Usually, I end up creating file that’s new, because I want the new one, but occasionally, we’ll want to open a file. Quite obviously, file open is the way to open a file, you can open a file here. But, the way I tend to do things is to find it in my filter, because they usually have the filter from running, if I'm compositing multiple images and just drag it in and we have our image.
So that’s one way of doing it, but another way of doing it, which sometimes you will have to do is copying and pasting an image in, especially if you're finding images off the internet, any downloads, save them to your hard drive. Now, if you use Google Chrome like me, you'll run into a bit of an issue here, because when you copy an image inside the Chrome, it appears to Photoshop, if I just copy this image here, as if nothing is in the clipboard. Well, there is something there, because I already have something on the clipboard, but you will not add it to the global clipboard, you add it to a limited clipboard.
But it works with all the other brasses, as far as I know, so I'm just—I've got an image here, I'm using the stock exchange, free stock photos. You can just right click, choose copy in the clipboard if you need it in upper, go in Photoshop and you can either go edit, paste or as I tend to do CTRL V.
Now, notice on the background layer, which is a lot, which means I can't just paint or I shouldn’t be able to. Okay, not paint, I can't resize, that’s what I meant, so I can't resize my image on this, because I’m on the lot, background layer, you can only edit, you can't change it, so to speak.
But notice, when I go edit paste or CTRL V, it conveniently adds it to a new layer for us, now as you will immediately notice, it is way oversized, it's huge. And the way you resize something or the best way to do it is to go either edit free transform or hold CTRL T. If we just zoom out here, by holding CTRL and pressing minus a few times, you see we have this huge box around here, which represents the size of our image.
Now, you can just drag it like this, but otherwise, if you're not very careful you will have, but the way, I'm just zooming in by holding CTRL and pressing plus, you will have a very crooked cat, if you're using your cat, of course. You’ll have unproportionately size image, if you want to scale an image proportionally, which we’re going to press escape to cancel this, and CTRL T to start fresh, you hold shift and from one of the handles, one of the corner handles, drag it.
And there you go, you have nicely resized your image, you can either press the tic or press enter to confirm it. So, let's say you decide—I'm just going to make this background layer a normal layer, by Alt double clicking on it.
So this is our fabulous piece of work here. Scale is done, it’s not usually the photos, that’s holding CTRL T, make sure you press CTRL, ALT if you will access the photos. This is our fabulous piece of work here. But let's say it's a bit too big, what we want to do is scale the whole thing down proportionally, we don’t crop, we want to scale the whole thing down and go to image, image size, and on the top here, we have pixels, we have it in pixels. If we scale this down to, let's say 1000, 400 do you see—make sure you have—if you have a constraint proportions, it changes the other value for us, which is quite convenient, press okay, and this gives everything down nicely.
Let's say we do want to crop it. Well, at least do here. I’ll kind of explain what it looks like, so it looks like a box with the corner edges coming out, I can't really explain it, it's called the crop tool. You just crop this, it's really, really simple to use. Let's say you don’t access the grass and you don’t want the box of this, draw a box on the center, you can see exactly what you're cropping, maybe bring it down a bit, press the tic and you’ve cropped.
But another useful thing this crop tool can be useful, is if you drag a box out of the whole image, and then drag upwards or outwards or with that anywhere, then press tic, you usually get extra space on what the color background layer was. By this we mean you have a white layer, of course.
And there you go, that’s the easy way of cropping, resizing and opening an image aimed at beginners. I hope I made this clear enough, otherwise I end up having to do it again. But if you enjoyed this tutorial or any of my others, please comment, write and subscribe to them on me. Other than that, thank you for watching!