Lesson III | Beginners Designing Withing the Primary Tools
The primary tools in photoshop are the Move tool, the Text tool, the Shape tool, and the Quick Selection Tool. Let’s take them one at a time with a practical illustration. The video above illustrates how to use the primary tools in photoshop to create a simple design.
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Welcome to our second lesson on Graphics Designing. We have done an extensive introduction to Graphics Designing in our previous lesson. In today’s lesson, we will be exposed to the Primary Tools in Photoshop.
Lesson II – Exposition to the Primary Tools in Photoshop
By Primary Tool, we mean the Basic Photoshop Tools that every beginner should learn firstly, in the process of Designing. They are basics because they are very common and easy to use. They are as follows:
The Move Tool
The Text Tool
The Shape Tool
The Quick Selection Tool
The Move Tool
The Move tool is the most basic tool in Photoshop. It takes charge of every movement of the layers from one place to another. This is the primary duty of the Move tool. The Move tool is less responsive in the older versions (from the first version to CS6) as it requires the designer to locate every layer at the layer window before manipulating it. But in the later versions (from CC), it became more responsive, in that the designer could simply click on the object on the workspace, and the layer will be selected for manipulation.
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Keep in mind that the Move tool has its properties displaying at the property bar when it is highlighted.
The Text Tool
The text tool is a basic tool that takes charge of all the text activities in Photoshop. It simply allows a designer to insert texts into the workspace during design. When the text tool is selected, it displays its property at the property bar where the designer can change the font size, style, color, alignment, and a lot more. Keep in mind that when the designer clicks on the workspace to start writing, Photoshop creates a layer for that text which gives the designer access for editing or any type of manipulation on that particular set of text.
Call to mind that the text layer could be moved from one place to the other using the Move Tool.
The Shape tool is another basic tool that allows a designer to draw finite and primary shapes in Photoshop, such as Square, Rectangle, Circle, Sphere, etc. Again, one could download some Photoshop custom shapes and use them as already-made. Keep in mind that when a shape is drawn, it creates a layer of its own which can be moved around using the Move Tool, or resized using Ctr+T.
The Quick Selection Tool
The Quick Selection Tool is an easy tool that could be used to select the pixel of any object in Photoshop. As a beginner, it is the easiest tool to remove the background, or a part of anything, by just selecting the part, and using the delete (backspace) button on the keyboard to get rid of the part selected. Keep in mind, that any part deleted will not be recovered unless you Ctr Z. But, if you intend to use the part later in the design, you simply cut the part with Ctr+V, or duplicate the part with Ctr+J to create another layer holding the part only.
N/B: If you record any mistake in Photoshop, simply press Ctr+Z to go a step backward. If there is any need to go back more than once, press Ctr+Alt+Z.
You must always be observant enough to notice the changes in the property bar as you select different tools in Photoshop. This is very important. For example, if you draw a square using the Shape tool, and want to change the color, you must change the color using the color pallet on the property bar of the shape tool. This entails that you must highlight the shape tool firstly, before using its color pallet to change the color right away. If you are on the text tool and use the pallet of the text tool, then the shape will not be responding to the change.
You’re welcome to our first lesson on Graphics Designing. This is an introduction to Graphics Designing and Photoshop, therefore it will be concise. There are many Softwares that can be used to create some awesome designs, but we shall focus on Photoshop/Illustrator because it is one of the best Graphics software.
Photoshop/Illustrator is a Graphics software owned by Adobe Company. It presents many professional tools for creating all types of designs, as well as photo editing. You may be attracted to beautiful designs you see every day and keep wondering how the designer created them. Those are things one could do if he/she has sufficient knowledge of Photoshop/Illustrator.
Many would literally see Photoshop (as indicated by the name) as a software used only in the working and editing of photos. Of course, it could be used to edit photos, but its features are not just limited to that. You shall figure out all these as you continue learning photoshop.
Meanwhile, there are many versions of Photoshop such as CS4, Cs5, Cs6, and CC with their year-variations.
Photoshop provides great tools to do any design of your choice; such as the Move tool, Shape tool, Text tool, Brush tool, Gradient tool, Blur tool, Pen tool, and many other professional tools. These tools shall be our friend as we continue learning.
Keep in mind that the topmost bar in Photoshop is called the menu bar. The bar below the menu bar is called the property bar and the one vertically positioned at the left is the toolbar. One more thing, the properties on the property bar is determined by the highlighted tool on the toolbar. Hence, the property bar is flexible.
What to do:
Ensure that you have an updated version of photoshop installed on your computer as subsequent lessons would require some practices.
Ensure to create out time for serious practice.
Good luck, Smart Academy.
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