Adobe Photoshop has been a constant in the digital world for over a decade. It’s the standard image manipulation program—even if the current version does not precisely align with earlier versions. More than one Google search can find related information and tutorials to assist the user in learning the basics of Photoshop’s features.
Whether they’re a Photoshop power user or not, the majority of those who use a digital imaging software will not only know what Photoshop can do, they may not even know how to use it.
However, the best way for the nonprofessional to learn Photoshop is to use an image and overlay it with many of the features available.
After using Photoshop, a user may need to reference other pages and sites to learn advanced features.
This guide includes how to apply a pencil filter, use pixel ruler, use Camera Raw with a RAW file, creating a multi-layer file, use 3D tools, produce a PDF document, use Photoshop Lens Blur, use Masking, use opacity, and use layer groups.
How to Apply a Pencil Filter
Apply the Pencil filter using the commands shown in the image below.
How to Use a Pixel Ruler
Select Rectangle Tool
Click on the red line shown on the right side of the image.
Click/drag to extend the measurement line.
Release the mouse to stop extending the line.
Measure the line with the Layer Properties window.
Right-click on the layer and click on “Anchor” to lock the layer to the measurement line.
Clicking on “Free” in the Layer Properties window releases the layer from the measurement line.
How to Use Camera Raw with a RAW File
Place the RAW file in Camera Raw.
Load the RAW file in Camera Raw.
Click on the thumbnail to open the RAW file on the right side of the screen.
Click on the View menu and select “Camera Raw.”
Click on the “Preview” tab to bring up the 2×4″ preview window.
Right-click on an area to “Load” as a new layer, and then enter an image name.
Click on the “+” to add another layer.
Click on the layer and drag it below the first layer.
Click on the 3D button in the top left corner and click on “Recenter.”
How to Create a Multi-Layer
Let’s take a look at how to use Photoshop Elements to edit, crop, merge, and print images.
For more advanced Photoshop users, there is Elements+. It adds more options, uses layers, and has more power with all its features. However, Elements+ is only available for PCs, and it is not inexpensive.
Getting Photoshop Elements
There are many tutorials on how to download Photoshop Elements, and you can buy it directly on the Adobe site. If you have a computer running Windows, you can download it. If you are using a Mac, you can download the macOS version of Photoshop Elements. In the following steps, we will be using the Windows version.
Starting Photoshop Elements
With Photoshop Elements open, you can edit, crop, resize, crop, and merge images. If you make a mistake while changing the image, you will lose the image.
To start using Photoshop Elements, go to File > Open. Find your image, click Open, and click OK.
Resizing an image in Photoshop Elements
You can resize images in Photoshop Elements in one of two ways.
First, you can select an existing image in your document and make it larger or smaller. For example, if you have an image that is 980 pixels wide and you want to make the image 900 pixels wide, you can right-click on the image and choose Resize Image.
You can also use the Crop tool. Click on the tool, hold your left mouse button down, and move the cursor around to manually crop the image.
Crop using the Crop tool
Editing images in Photoshop Elements
You can edit an image in Photoshop Elements by clicking on the image and selecting Edit > Edit In > Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements will open, and you can edit the image to make changes.
You can use the following tools to edit images in Photoshop Elements.
Magic Wand tool
Fuzzy Select tool
Pencil tool with Eraser
When editing a photo in Photoshop Elements, you can change an image’s brightness, contrast, and sharpness. You can also adjust a photo’s color.
To increase the brightness of an image, click the Brightness adjustment button
Google’s Latest Q4 & Year-End Results Are In: What You Need To Know
In the final day of the year, all of the world’s tech giants prepare their latest quarterly or annual earnings. And it’s not one of Google’s better quarters.
A couple of months ago, the company announced it had a 27% year-over-year revenue increase — and up to $22.2 billion in profits. However, this growth didn’t appear to have been enough to keep up with its user growth — and it was one of the most disappointing quarters that the search giant has ever published.
Now, the company has released its fourth quarter financials. What we’re looking for is how the important search and display business is doing, how its ads business is faring, and whether there are any signs of Google’s impending $125 billion purchase of the company’s advertising technology division, DoubleClick.
One of the biggest takeaways from the press release is that Google appears to be benefiting from its recent acquisition, YouTube. The search giant’s overall ad business performed better this quarter than it did last year.
In the fourth quarter, Google added $5.4 billion to its ad business, which it now says contributed about one-third of its total revenue — a number that is in line with what the company told its advertisers in September.
YouTube, by contrast, posted a whopping quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 115% — a result of a hefty $3.9 billion revenue increase thanks to its purchase of the video site earlier this year.
Google is also beginning to roll out some big changes to its search, drive, and display products as part of its “double-digit yearly investment in user experience.” One of these changes is the introduction of voice search, which is currently available in a handful of countries.
On the earnings call, Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette mentioned that the search giant is rolling out “more news, fun and entertainment,” which seems to be a reference to the many new features available on YouTube as part of its recent acquisition.
Other initiatives include a “more precise knowledge panel” and the possibility of putting ads inside of apps.
In the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai focused on its ad business by saying
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