5 Photoshop tips and tricks for beginners 

1. Save for web

This is my favourite method of saving photos for Facebook and my website. Hit Shift+option+cmd+S to bring up Save for Web window. You can quickly adjust image size and it will be saved in high quality, yet small file that will take no time to load once it’s online.

2.  Rotate view 

Did you notice how difficult can masking or brushing be if you have to move your  hand in an unnatural way to get to all those hiding spots or tight angles? To rotate your view hit R and drag it to the desired angle. 

Hit R and turn the image with Hand tool (H)

3. Cycle blend modes

Cycle through different Blend Modes using Shift + or -   It’s super fast and you’ll use this shortcut on every edit. 

This one is a bit difficult to see, but cycling through blending modes using Shift + or - will speed up your workflow rapidly

4. Dodge and burn the right way

Here’s how to do it: create a new layer, that’s Shift +Command + N, Change mode to Soft Light. Click Fill with Soft-Light-neutral colour (50% gray) then hit OK. Now, select a soft brush and change opacity to anywhere between 1 and 20%. The Black colour will darken, white colour will brighten your image. 

Follow those steps to create a great dodge and burn layer

5.Changing colours

This is where Photoshop really shines! You can change any colour with a few easy clicks and blend modes. Create a new layer and paint over your subject with new colour. Next change blending mode to “Colour” or “Hue”. Both interact with colours in different ways so try with and see which one you like most.

Simplest way to change colours in Photoshop.

Bonus tip:

Use Layers, from now on, make sure that every change you make is on it’s own layer. If you’re adjusting brightness create a new layer, If you’re cleaning up blemished do it on a new layer, if you’re adjusting exposure,  you get the point. Layers will allow you to change any edits to image, or even remove them completely.  Don’t forget we do not work on the original image we always work on layers. 

Layers, layers, layers. Layers everywhere. Use them!