How to use Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Using any version of Adobe Photoshop can seem a little overwhelming at first, but given a little time and practice, it can become quite simple and helpful to learn how to edit your photos in Photoshop 7.0. This step by step process will show you how to improve the look of your photos and create neat effects using Photoshop's features.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0
  • Choose open windows. Under the "Windows" button are a list of multiple windows you have have open to help you adjust your photo. To make the window appear, click on the button to make a check appear by it. If it has a check already, click on it again to make the window disappear. The two windows that you will commonly need the most are "Tools" and "Options," but you can have as many open as you need to help you.

  • Change the light levels. If you have some photos where the light came out brighter or darker than you hoped, you can still try and save that photo by changing the levels of light. To do this go to "Image," then "Adjustments," and then "Levels." You will see three arrows at the bottom of a graph image. The black arrow tunes the darkness of the picture, the white tunes the brightness, and the gray fine tunes between light and dark. Moving the arrows to the right darkens the picture and moving them to the left brightens it. Adjust the levels until you feel they appear right.

  • Change brightness/contrast. Another way of changing the light is through "Brightness/Contrast" under the "Adjustments" menu. Click on it and a window with two bars should appear. Move the arrow on the top bar left and right to change the brightness and move the arrow on the bottom bar to change the contrast.

  • Change color. The "Color Balance" option is also located under the "Adjustments" menu. A window will pop up with three bars, each designated to a specific to colors, "Cyan/Red," "Magenta/Green" and "Yellow/Blue." Move each arrow towards the color you want to make the picture adjust to that color. Keeping all three arrows in line with each other will keep the image's color the same, regardless of where they are placed on the bar.

  • Try "Auto Levels," "Auto Color" and "Auto Contrast" from the "Adjustments" section if you want the program to adjust the settings for you. This can produce mixed results, especially with auto color, but it saves time.

  • Try Image/Canvas Size & Rotation. Under "Image" are three options to adjust the size and position of the picture. "Image size" will allow you to increase or decrease the overall size of the picture. "Canvas Size" will not effect the picture, but will change the amount of space you have for the picture. Decreasing this will cut out parts of the picture and increasing this will give you more blank space. "Rotate Canvas" will let you change the angles at which the picture is viewed.

  • Adjust the image through Free Transform by using the marquee option (on the toolbar) to select all (press ctrl+a), go to "Edit," then click "Free Transform." Click and hold the boxes at the edges of the picture to adjust freely. If there is only a certain part of the image that you want, select it with the marquee or lasso tools, then go to "Image" and then "Crop." This will cut out every part of the image out of the selection.

  • Know that the "Filter" button allows you to add numerous effects to your photo. Each feature has a name which is self explanatory as to what it does to the photo. Some features like "Sharpen" and "Blur" will automatically affect the photo little by little every time you click on it. Other features will allow you to adjust the intensity of the effect by moving the arrows on the bar back and forth, just like the "Brightness/Contrast" adjustment. Because there are so many options, you will have to test them out for yourself to see which ones give the best image.

  • Use Layers. Whenever you add elements like text or images from another picture, you create what's called a layer. Each layer can be edited on its own without having any effect on the other layers. To change between layers, open the layers window from "Windows" and use that to switch between each one. When you are finished adjusting each layer, select "Merge Visible" from the "Layers" button to make all layers into one.

  • Save your photo. The file type that you use to save your photo is entirely up to you. Saving as a JPEG file is the most common way, but you can change the file type by clicking "File," then "Save As" and then clicking the arrow next to "Format." This will bring down a list of file types available to you. If there is a specific file type you want, click on it, name the file and click "Save."

Tips & Warnings

  • There are more features available, but the best way to learn them is to try for yourself. Follow the steps, play around with the settings and try to have fun with some of the features.
  • Make sure you save the original copy of the pictures in case you make adjustments that you don't want. If you save the photo and close the program, you won't be able to undo the changes you made.

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