Get to know Photoshop
Welcome to the Get Started with Photoshop tutorials that teach you the basic tools and techniques of Adobe Photoshop. This tutorial introduces you to the Photoshop work area and shows you how to open and save your images, zoom in and out, and undo mistakes.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Sample files to practice with (ZIP, 22.4MB)
Open images, and create new images.
What you learned: To open and create images
- In the menu bar, choose File > Open to open existing images.
- In the menu bar, choose File > New to create a new image from scratch. Select a document preset. You can customize the preset by typing in your own values, like width and height.
Get familiar with work area
Tour the work area
What you learned: The interface
- Menu bar (at the very top) shows the File, Edit, Image, and other menus that give you access to a variety of commands, adjustments, and panels.
- Options bar (underneath the menu bar) displays options for the tool you are currently working with.
- Tools panel (on the left) contains tools for editing images and creating artwork. Similar tools are grouped together. You can access related tools in a group by clicking and holding a tool in the panel.
- Panels (on the right) include Color, Layers, Properties, and other panels that contain a variety of controls for working with images. You can find the full list of panels under the Window menu.
- Document window (in the middle) displays the file you’re currently working on. Multiple open documents show up in tabs in the Document window.
- Close image: Choose File > Close.
Learn how to zoom and pan
Change your view of an image.
What you learned: To zoom in and out and pan around
- The Zoom tool is located in the Tools panel. Change from Zoom In to Zoom Out in the options bar.
- The Hand tool, also located in the Tools panel, allows you to pan around a large or zoomed-in image.
Undo a command
Undo single or multiple steps, and use the History panel.
What you learned: To undo
- To undo the last thing you did, choose Edit > Undo or press Control+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (macOS).
- To redo the last thing you did, choose Edit > Redo or again press Control+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (macOS).
- To undo multiple steps, choose Edit > Step Backward multiple times, or select a step in the History panel.
Save your work
Use the Save commands.
What you learned: To save an image
- Choose File > Save or File > Save As.
- Saving in Photoshop format (.psd) will retain layers, type, and other editable Photoshop properties. It’s best to save your image in PSD format while you’re still working on it.
- Saving in JPEG (.jpg) or PNG (.png) format will save as a standard image file that can be shared, opened by other programs, and posted online. When you’re finished editing, save a copy in one of these formats too.
Change Image Size
Learn how to resize an image, crop and straighten, and add to the image canvas in Adobe Photoshop.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Sample files to practice with (ZIP, 8MB)
Resize an image
Change the size of an image.
What you learned: To resize an image
- Choose Image > Image Size.
- Measure width and height in pixels for images you plan to use online or in inches (or centimeters) for images to print. Keep the link icon highlighted to preserve proportions. This automatically adjusts the height when you change the width and vice versa.
- Select Resample to change the number of pixels in the image. This changes the image size.
- Click OK.
Set the resolution
Change the resolution of an image.
What you learned: To change image resolution
- Choose Image > Image Size. Resolution in this dialog box means the number of image pixels that will be assigned to each inch when the image is printed.
- Leave width and height set to inches for printing.
- Deselect Resample to preserve the original number of image pixels.
- In the Resolution field, set the number of pixels per inch to 300 for printing to a typical desktop inkjet printer. This changes the number of inches in the width and height fields.
- Click OK.
Crop and straighten an image
Use the Crop tool.
What you learned: To crop and straighten an image
- Select the Crop tool in the Tools panel. A crop border appears.
- Drag any edge or corner to adjust the size and shape of the crop border.
- Drag inside the crop border to position the image inside the crop border.
- Drag outside a corner of the crop border to rotate or straighten.
- Click the check mark in the options bar or press Enter (Windows) or Return (macOS) to complete the crop.
Expand the canvas
Add some space to the document canvas.
What you learned: To change canvas size
- Choose Image > Canvas Size
- To add a canvas, enter the amount of width and height to add. Measure width and height in pixels for online use or in inches for print.
- Select Relative, and then select an anchor point in the canvas diagram. The arrows point to the sides where the canvas will be added.
- Click OK.