What are the most essential PS skills a noob should know?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by OrangeCuse44, Apr 21, 2010.

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    OrangeCuse44

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    Not looking for a list of tutorials (unless you feel so generous), but rather a list of what the most essential tools a PS noob should know how to use. Other than the basics like exposure/white balance/saturation adjustments/etc, what skills or tools do you find invaluable? What do you find yourself going back to most?
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    I assume you're speaking about Photoshop, right?
    For me if I open up a RAW file outside of Aperture then using Camera Raw is important. With that comes masking. Using a mask to tackle issues with color and exposure that do not plague the entire image is key.
     
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    OrangeCuse44

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    Yes, Photoshop.

    Good one. Layer masks are the 1 "advanced" tool I've been playing around with and certainly helpful.
     
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    Deft use of the tone curve is probably one of the most important skills to have I think.

    Sharpening can also be a non-trivial exercise especially if you intend to print your images.

    Although, I think it's better if you approach it in the manner of knowing what you want the final image to look like, and knowing which controls you need to manipulate to achieve that. I think this also applies to any software not just PS.

    Ruahrc
     
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    Masking is the fundamental element of Photoshop.
     
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    layer transfer modes and rubber stamp tool
     
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    MattSepeta

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    Essentials

    Master bevel/emboss. Never know when you might need it
     
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    Good point. The lens flare rendering filter is also a keeper.
     
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    what's some good sites for tutorials
     
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    If you are new to photography??? i would try Aperture because of its simplicity and you can do so much with it, very easy to use
     
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    History brush! Being able to paint forwards and backwards.
     
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    Go to Amazon and get a decent book like Martin Evening's book or the "Photoshop Studio Techniques" (misleading title, but probably the best intro into Photoshop).
     

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