Design 101: Photoshop Basics

Design 101: Adobe Photoshop Basics

Take control of your blogs style

 

I’m a self taught Photoshop user. I have found it to be one of the best tools I own. I am not a professional, but an enthusiast. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or two and would like to share them with you.

This post is for people who already have a sense of how Photoshop works.

Working with layers + Groups

Most of us have have been there, done that- a project with layer 78 copy … ! Frustration when you want to move that one element and you can’t remember which layer it is. I still do it, however the first time I find my self searching I stop with the unnamed layers and the absence of groups.

So here are some basic tips and shortcuts when adding layers and creating groups.

I am using my current header as an example.

a Creative Mess - dream, create, inspire + repeat

As you can see there are many elements (which I’ll get into later). Each of these items has many layers and attributes.

For example the notebook with writing.

Take a look here how I’ve grouped and named the items. This allows me to turn layers off, to turn groups off and also to adjust them at one time.

One the left the group is closed, in the middle opened and on the right I have turned off a layer of text.

using layers and groups in photoshop

Some shortcuts for making groups.

 

 

Elements

Working with elements to create gorgeous imagery for your website/blog or any creative project involving digital design is a great way of presenting basically anything. You can create the elements yourself using your own images, or you can go to sites such as Creative Market and Etsy to find awesome items that are affordable and easy to use. In my header I’ve used products from Station Seven + We Lived Happily Ever After.