Learn Photoshop Basics for Beginners

For those of you who want to learn Photoshop but don’t know the order of learning where to start, and how to edit photos for the first time in Photoshop.

Of course, before you look for tutorials to learn Photoshop, I assume here you have installed Adobe Photoshop.

If not how? You have to install it first and please download it on the official website.

If you have an old version, that’s not a problem either, because the Photoshop function is not much different from the latest one.

The only difference is the appearance of the work page and features, the basics remain the same so you don’t have to worry just because of different versions.

Well, with this article I will share a step-by-step tip in learning to use Adobe Photoshop for beginners.

Photoshop Learning Stages

So, we will learn to recognize the appearance of adobe photoshop, its framework, features, menus and initial recommendations for watching the tutorial that I present.

There are indeed a lot of features provided, but that doesn’t mean I will explain all of them.

Here I will discuss the use of certain tools that are often used for photo editing.

1. Getting to Know the Adobe Photoshop Workspace

The first thing we see when we want to edit a photo is the front page or the Workspace of the software itself,

I find this section very often, such as tools, menus, layer columns when I want to edit, the display in the image above is from Adobe Photoshop CC 2018.

Red Box, is a menu for many functions, as well as adobe photoshop features that are used. There you can open project files, open images, export images, effects, change image resolution and many others.

We will take a closer look at the File menu section, because this feature is very important for learning Photoshop for beginners.

Here are some features of the File menu that you should memorize, including.

  • New ( Ctrl + N ) creates a new layer or project in Photoshop because the way it works in this software can open or create several projects simultaneously.
  • Open ( Ctrl + O ) function is to open an image or project file in Photoshop which will automatically be inserted into the work page.
  • Save As ( Shift + Ctrl + S ) to save the results of our photo editing in Photoshop, you can save it in an image format such as jpg, png or other and most importantly the project itself ( .psd ).
  • Export, usability is the same as save as, the difference is more specifically for exporting images to this format, where we can adjust the size, quality of the photos to be saved.

Why not explain everything? Because the rest are additional features that you might have to recognize first on a basic basis.

From the explanation of the File menu, it is the one that will often be used when you want to enter or save an edited photo.

Also Read: How to Add Images in Photoshop

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Yellow box, tools that function to edit, change, shape, create objects in our Photoshop project files.

Tools in Photoshop

As a tip, point the cursor to the tools menu, there will be writing the name of the tool. Well, I will explain some of the tools that are often used by Photoshop users.

  • Move Tool (V), serves to move objects or images from a project. This is a very simple but very important tool for continuous photo editing.
  • Rectangular Marquee tool, Selects an image from a certain part to copy, move, or add effects from the selected one.
  • Crop tool, is a very useful function when you want to crop an image from Photoshop.
  • Eraser Tool, Makes one object in the photo to be transparent or change using color.
  • Pen Tool, create custom paths or objects using the pen tool which is very useful when you want to select objects in an image.
  • Text, you can add a text from the photo you want to edit from the photoshop project.
  • Shape tools, this is very basic to create object shapes such as boxes, ovals, stars, lines and if you want to make a custom one, you can use the pen tool.
    Photoshop shape tools

So those are some explanations of tools that are often used when you want to edit in HPtoshop, you can explore further by trying them.

The green box, is a very important feature when you want to edit photos that function to store layers.

You are required to learn from the use of layers of the important features of Photoshop. There are several things like options, filtering layers, blending modes, lock layers, opacity and fill, row layers, create, link, and delete.

So, when the image is imported into the project, the photo will be stored in the layer column which you can play there to add, edit, delete as well.

The light blue box, is an additional feature contained in the tools described above. For example using text, there will be other optional features such as changing the font, font size and many others.

2. Do Simple Editing

After knowing some important parts of Adobe Photoshop, I suggest you to immediately practice simple editing. For example, adding images, creating text, changing image resolution, exporting images and many others.

Well, if you are confused, you can see the tutorial that we have provided for basic photo editing.

3. Look for Video Tutorials

This is a very effective way when you want to take Photoshop seriously. There are some people who can directly see videos or also in the form of text such as books or tutorials on blogs like the one I share here.

I have shared the basic concepts above there to understand some very important parts of the tools to start photo editing.

Maybe that’s all I can say about some steps to learn Adobe Photoshop for beginners. If you have additional requests from this article, just comment below. Hope it is useful

PS5’s First Update Supports 120Hz and HDR Boost

Sony’s first major system software update for the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is now available and includes various support and improvements, including external cold storage and new social features.

The update also includes some previously unannounced features, such as improved support for the 120Hz refresh rate for PC monitors and HDR settings.

With the update, TVs or monitors with 1080p/120Hz display support can now be used to play PS5 games and users have the added option of switching console output video to non-HDR when using software without HDR support.

The latest version update (21.01-03.00.00) also reveals new options for HDMI Device Link compatible displays.

Now users can enable or disable One-Touch Play features individually. Apart from that, users can also disable in-game chat and hide games from game library.

Reporting from Polygon on Friday (4/16/2021), other updates also include storing PS5 games on USB additional storage, using the Share Play feature with players on PS4, adding zoom to accessibility features, to updates to Game Base and Profiles.

Parental control settings also got an update. Now, users can select a country or region in parental control settings for PS5 users and guests who haven’t joined the PlayStation Network yet.

The country or region selected will determine what ranking system is applied to PS5 games and apps. You can see a more complete list of software updates on Sony’s official website for the PlayStation 5 update.

PlayStation History from PS1 to PS5

It’s been 25 years since PlayStation has accompanied gamers around the world. During that time there have also been many PlayStation products released by Sony. Starting from consoles, handhelds, accessories, to thousands of games. But for 25 years maybe not many people know how and what PlayStation products were released from the past until now? Answering this, the author has summarized it through the following list of PlayStation history.

  1. PlayStation – 1994

Sony first entered the console market on December 3, 1994 with the release of the PlayStation. This console is the first generation console owned by Sony. Previously, this console was introduced through the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) under the name Play Station or Super Disc.

The name was chosen because this console has used discs (CDs) and no longer uses cartridges. At that time Sony also hooked Nintendo in the development of its console, but this collaboration did not go smoothly.

Sony then released its own console. PlayStation launched in Japan after Sega released the Sega Saturn. As a result, sales of the PlayStation console were successful with long lines in stores. Where Sony sold 100,000 units on the first day, and then two million units after six months on the market. Until the end of 1996, it was recorded that more than 400 game titles had been developed for the PlayStation console.

  1. PlayStation One – 2000

Six years later, Sony released the next generation of PlayStation called PlayStation One (PS One). PS One has the same specifications as the previous generation. What distinguishes the PS One from the PlayStation is the size and color. If previously the PlayStation had a gray color, then on the PS One Sony replaced it with white. This is also a differentiator with the PlayStation 2 which was released in the same year.

The last PS One was sold at the end of 2006, where the first-generation console scored 102 million units. Along with the end of the production of the PlayStation and PS One, Sony also announced the presence of the PlayStation 3.

  1. PlayStation 2 – 2000

After Sega released the Sega Dreamcast console, Sony also announced the second generation of PlayStation, namely the PlayStation 2 at the 1999 Tokyo Game Show. Until finally the PS2 was released in March 2000 for the Japanese region first, followed by the United States and Europe in 2001. The PS2 comes with a black and blue color combination, taking the concept of earth and space. There have been more than 3,800 game titles released for the PS2 console, with more than 1.5 billion units sold worldwide.

Before Sony officially closed its technical support and maintenance in 2018, PS2 was still getting a new game namely FIFA Soccer 2014/14 which was also the last game for the console. PlayStation 2 is also Sony’s best-selling product which is still played by many people. PlayStation 2 sales exploded to reach 155 million units.

  1. PlayStation 2 Slim – 2004

In September 2004, Sony launched a new version for the PlayStation 2, the PS2 Slim. As of late October 2004, It’s a slimmer, thinner, and quieter version of the PS2 Fat version. Because it’s thinner, the PS2 Slim doesn’t support an internal hard disk drive. This generation of consoles also don’t have an internal power supply, which makes them quieter than the PS2 Fat.

PS2 Slim has no difference in specifications compared to PS2 Fat. However, the PS2 Slim is equipped with an Ethernet port and supports multitap features. Due to its slimmer size, the PS2 Slim only weighs 600 grams, making it very easy to carry everywhere.

  1. PlayStation Portable – 2004

The development of mobile devices at that time was very rapid. Seeing Nintendo’s success with the Nintendo DS handheld, Sony has finally released its own handheld called the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Although the PSP was not able to score as many sales as consoles, its appearance proved that Sony could also make a quality handheld device. In addition, PSP sales are also not too bad, it was noted that the PSP managed to sell more than 70 million units.

  1. PlayStation 3 Fat – 2006

In 2006 Sony finally released the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Japan. This third generation console brings a number of significant updates. In addition to displaying better graphics because it is supported by the specifications it has. The DualShock 3 controller on the PS3 is also wireless. The PS3 had strong competitors at the time of its release. In fact, until now, PlayStation competitors are still fiercely competing with Sony. PS3 competitors at that time such as the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, and the Wii from Nintendo. Users no longer find the memory card feature because the PS 3 is equipped with a hard disk in it with a capacity of up to 250 GB.

Although it brings more sophisticated specifications and features, PS3 sales are not as good as PS2. Where the PS3 only managed to sell more than 70 million units. This makes the PS3 is in fourth position, just below the Nintendo Wii which has sold more than 99 million units.

  1. PlayStation 3 Slim – 2009

Because PS3 Fat comes with a larger form, many gamers are asking Sony to bring a Slim version. This request was finally realized with the release of the PS3 Slim in 2009. This version of the PS3 Slim is slimmer and has a hard drive configuration of 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, or 320 GB. Plus, the PS3 Slim is 32% smaller, 36% lighter, and consumes 34% less power than the previous model.

But in this PS3 Slim version, Sony has stopped the PS2 backwards compatibility feature because it is considered to make PS3 sales not successful. This PS3 Slim version is a favorite because of its design which is considered better than the Fat or Super Slim models. Even in terms of durability, the PS3 Slim is said to experience less YLOD than the Fat model.

  1. PSP Go – 2009

When the era of smart phones began to spread, finally Sony also released the PSP Go handheld. Unlike the previous PSP, this handheld which was released in 2009 has a slimmer shape and has a slide concept to provide a more comfortable playing experience.

Unfortunately, this console was not successful in the market. To play the game, players have to buy it online at full price. Even though the game is still similar to the previous PSP so many of them choose to stay loyal to the PSP. PSP Go stopped circulating in 2011. In the same year, Sony also released a PS3 Slim version.

  1. PlayStation 3 Super Slim – 2012

At the 2012 Tokyo Game Show, Sony finally introduced the latest model variant of their flagship console, the Playstation 3 (PS3) Super Slim. Sony did not change the specifications of this Playstation 3 offal at all, and only changed its shape to be more “slim” than its predecessor. Playstation 3 Super Slim comes with a size 50% smaller than the original Playstation 3 and 25% smaller than the PS3 Slim.

The launch of the Super Slim variant also didn’t really boost sales of the PS3 console. Despite being slimmer, the Super Slim variant is referred to as a console with a rather strange shape because it uses a slide lid that looks cheap.

  1. PS Vita – 2011

In 2011, Sony finally released its newest handheld, the PS Vita, in Japan. Unlike the PSP, this handheld can provide sharper graphics so you can play more beautiful games. As an additional feature of the PSP, the Vita has two analog sticks mounted on the left and right with the support for the PS Vita card format feature. PS Vita also comes with a Remote Play feature that allows PS3 and PS4 users to play games via the handheld.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 2013

In 2013, Sony finally released its fourth generation console, the PlayStation 4 (PS4). For a console that was released in 2013, the PS4 is still a console capable enough to play the latest games. The PS4 already uses amazing technology. The processor used is an AMD Jaguar x86-64 eight core. Then there is a second processor chip to facilitate multitasking, which allows users to play while updating or downloading the latest games.

In terms of graphics, there is no need to doubt because the PS4 is able to play full HD very comfortably. Even the average game on PS4 already supports full HD. PS4 has a futuristic design plus a futuristic controller too. Sony still maintains the wireless controller, but this time the PS4 controller has a touchpad that is useful for hovering over the cursor. In addition, the appearance is also slimmer than the PS3 generation.

  1. PlayStation 4 Slim – 2016

After three years of selling PS4 Fat, Sony finally presented the PlayStation 4 (PS4) Slim variant in 2016. As the name suggests, this Slim variant is the smallest and slimmest variant. Sony has also implemented a simpler design, where the glossy panel is no longer included, and the power button is replaced with a physical power button so it won’t be easy to touch anymore.

The appearance is now more like a sandwich, and we can no longer see the blue streak of light when the PlayStation 4 slim is turned on. The size and weight are also the smallest compared to the other two variants, making this type the most suitable for those of you who don’t have much space in your house or boarding house.

  1. PlayStation 4 Pro – 2016

The era of 4K graphics and HDR made Sony to create the highest variant console, namely the PlayStation 4 Pro in 2016. The PlayStation 4 Pro is arguably the most expensive type among the three. Because this type has stronger hardware specifications so that it offers performance far beyond the other two console variants.

PlayStation 4 Pro is the type with the largest and heaviest size. The shape is almost like the PlayStation 4 Slim, but there is a new layer in the middle that makes it now look like a triple sandwich. Just like the slim version, this type also uses the physical power button and the gloss panel is also not included anymore.

  1. PlayStation Classic – 2018

Sony is following in Nintendo’s footsteps by re-launching its original console in mini versions, namely the NES and SNES Classic. For the first time, Sony will release a mini version of the old PlayStation console (PS1) with a new name, PlayStation Classic in 2018. Compared to the original version. PlayStation Classic 2018 shrunk 45 percent in size.

The design and colors, are still the same as the PS consoles of the 90s. Although it has a similar design, there are some original features that are updated. Sony also offers two classic PS1 controllers that support multiplayer gaming with every bundling purchase. This console also features 20 legendary genre-specific games pre-loaded, including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4.

  1. PlayStation 5 – 2020

In 2020, Sony plans to release its fifth generation console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5). This console is called Sony will have specifications that are not much different from the Xbox Series X. PS5 is equipped with a custom processor and GPU from AMD, which uses the Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture. computing up to 10.28 TFLOPS. In addition, the PS5 is also equipped with 16 GB of RAM and an 825 GB SSD which can be added to an NVMe SSD.

Although it has revealed the specifications and form of the DualSense controller, Sony is still keeping a secret what the PlayStation 5 console will look like. Godfall, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods and Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and the latest games from Bluepoint Studios.

So that’s the history of PlayStation, from PS1 to PS5. From this list, which one do you have? Keep up with Dunia Games for interesting information about other games.