Each new version of Adobe’s professional and popular photo editing software Photoshop continues to improve upon the previous edition and provide users with advanced features, more memory, and a satisfying and professional photo editing experience. Photoshop CS2 enables novice photo editors to enter the world of photo editing with ease.
1. Open up the Adobe Photoshop CS2 interface by double-clicking on the icon or loading it through the Window’s start menu. Mac users should place a direct link on their desktop or in their dock.
2. Look at all of the different features that the program presents to you. Default settings should automatically launch the “Toolbar,” “Layers” window, “History” window, the “Color” window, and the “Navigation” window.
3. Open up a new project or an existing photo file on your computer. In order to start a new project, press “CTRL+N” on your keyboard or go to “File” and “New…” A dialog box will open where you can give different attributes for the project. For the sample, select “Default Photoshop Size.”
4. Open up your own picture by pressing “CRTL+O” or by going to “FILE” and “OPEN”. Browse through your pictures and choose open you would like to edit.
5. Save a copy of the photo if it is one you already own. This prevents any accidental damage to an unwanted editing job. Go to “File” followed by “Save As,” and save a copy in the PSD format. Click “OK” when it is saved.
6. Look at the toolbar window. This is the main window you will access to manipulate, enhance, and edit all of your photos. Each tool does a specific purpose when editing the photos.
7. Click through the first section of six tools in the program. These tools focus on highlighting, cutting, and pasting photos. The “Marquee” tool can highlight as a square, circle, or vertical and horizontal rows. The lasso tool is a more specific selection tool that allows you to use polygonal lasso, the magnetic lasso, and the default lasso tool.
8. Click on the “Crop” tool to trim a photo down to any section. This tool also resizes your final image. The “Move” tool allows you to grab highlighted sections, layers, and other pieces of the photo to move to a new position. The “Magic Lasso” tool captures matching areas of color and light, and the “Slice” tool allows you to trim out small sections.
9. Look at the middle section of tools. These are all “brush” type tools that allows you to add things to current projects. Some of the main tools featured in this section include the “Fill” tool, “Brush” tool, and “Rubber Stamp” tool that copies one section of an image to the other.
10. Look through the final tools on the toolbar. Here you can use the “Eyedropper,” “Shape Tool,” “Text Tool” and the “Pen Tool.” The bottom of the toolbar allows you to select colors, two at a time, for convenience and use in gradients.
11. Use the “Layer” box to separate your project into different layers. The “Layer” box is beneficial because it allows you to focus on one section of your photo without manipulating the others.
12. Use the “History” tool to take back any mistakes you made within the project. The tool goes back several steps, so earlier adjustments can be made on the project. Play around with all of the functions to get a better feel for the program and understand all of the features.