Start studying our Photoshop glossary to improve your vocabulary
Everyone, from beginners to the most experienced photographers, knows the raw pictures that come straight out of the camera can always be improved and enhanced. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful image editing programs on the market. It’s designed to help photographers take your raw images and turn them into beautiful masterpieces. Photoshop is an important program for all photographers to know, and we’ll cover the essentials terms and functions of the system in this Photoshop glossary blog.
This powerful software program allows photographers to edit and enhance photos to make them visually stunning. Photoshop takes your photos to the next level by enhancing their color, composition, highlights, and more. This program has a million and one uses and can be a bit overwhelming to beginners and experienced users alike.
One of the best places to start is to understand some of the basic Photoshop terminology. Use this handy Digital Workshop Center Photoshop glossary to get started:
- Action: In Photoshop, if you like to finish your photos the same way every time, you can set a sequence of steps that you can automatically treat every photo with.
- Layers: One of the best features of Photoshop is the ability to have multiple layers in a single photo. This can be putting multiple images on top of each other, adding text to an image, or a huge variety of applications. Each element stacked on one another is known as a layer.
- Background: When speaking of layers, the background is the base image in the set of layers.
- Brush Tool: This cool Photoshop feature allows you to add a wide variety of art and digital paint to layers of your image. You can alter the brush size, spacing, hardness, and many other features to make the brush act as you wish.
- Clone Stamp Tool: If you ever want to edit the image to remove things in the background or make the image more uniform, you can duplicate a portion of the image with the clone stamp tool, which allows you replicate certain areas of the image in other places.
- Curves Tool: In the curves tool in Photoshop, you can edit the brightness, contrast, shadows, and highlights and alter the color by editing the curve of the photo.
- Eraser Tool: All good software gives you the ability to erase certain aspects of your work. The eraser tool in Photoshop does as its name suggests: it allows you to erase portions of the layer you’re working on.
- Eyedropper Tool: If you want to determine a certain color that’s used elsewhere in the image, you can use the eyedropper tool to grab the color value of an area within an image.
- Flattening: After you’re done working on your image, you can merge all the layers of your image into one single layer through the flattening feature in Photoshop.
This blog is by no means a comprehensive or exhaustive Photoshop glossary. If you’re ready to learn more about the uses and power of Photoshop for your photography business or photography hobby, consider taking photography and Photoshop courses at the Digital Workshop Center. Our highly trained, Adobe-certified instructors will guide you through Photoshop for Beginners all the way through to the Advanced Adobe Photoshop course.
These classes are designed to give you the skills you need to learn how the software works and effectively edit and manipulate photos in Photoshop to create stunning images. Learn more about our Photoshop courses and register today!