7 Must-Know Photoshop Tips for Beginners

Guest Author: Debra Novara
Corporate Branding Manager, NH Learning Solutions

When I first started using Photoshop some 20 years ago, I was in awe of what I could accomplish with just a few key strokes and a mouse. Gone were the days waiting on airbrush artists to alter a photo in some way or another. We were able to make it happen instantly (well, after a handful of undos) and the results were remarkable. Changes that took days, even weeks were accomplished in hours (this also resulted in shrinking deadlines much to our dismay). But even so, this powerful tool was giving us designers more control over our art than ever before and we loved it.

And now, with every new release the software becomes more invaluable to me as a designer. Not only do I depend on it for the simple act of retouching photos, but as part of the marketing team here at NHLS, I use it daily to design and produce art for our web sites, blogs and (along with InDesign and Illustrator) all of our marketing materials.

Even though Photoshop has become more robust with new tools and abilities, don’t underestimate the value of knowing the basics. So with that in mind, here are a few tips from my list of must-knows for Photoshop productivity:

These tips will save you time and help you produce your projects with winning results. Although there are tons of tips and tricks out there, these seven are invaluable for the beginning PS user. One of my favs (and I think one of the most overlooked tools) is the healing brush tool. Pair this knowledge with the red eye removal tip and you can clean up your photos in no time, making you look like a pro and saving you time in the process.

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Debra Novara's love affair with design and the outdoors was truly realized when just two weeks after graduation she landed in Denver with nothing more than a backpack, her portfolio and a pair of skis. After 20+ years of designing for the Denver market (and skiing every resort) she returned to Michigan where she continues to work in the design industry as a member of the NHLS Marketing team. In addition to receiving awards for her design work, Debra has taught design at universities, served on multiple design panels and is recognized as one of the founding members of the AIGA-Denver Chapter.


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