Photoshop tips and tricks: the best tutorials and straightforward tips

Photoshop is one of the most popular graphic tools. It is used in many areas, such as photo editing, graphic design, and content creation for social networks. This software was created by Thomas Knoll and John Knoll, and has been developed for over 20 years by Adobe Systems. It is available on several platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, or iPadOS.

This utility is very complete. It has a large number of functions that let the user, among other things, remove the background of an image, suppress the red-eye effect, or create illustrations. Currently, Adobe also distributes a much simpler free version, that is available in the most popular app stores, both on Windows 10 and mobile devices. It is known as Photoshop Express.

If you want to take your first steps with Photoshop or you are looking for how to perform a specific task with your images, Malavida can help you. We have prepared a long list of articles that aim to give you a hand when using Photoshop. For example, we tell you how to install this application on your computer and explain if there is a portable version that does not require installation. You will also learn step by step how to crop silhouettes with Photoshop, edit an image, change eye color, create an image with HDR effect, and much more. Finally, we solve some important doubts, such as why it is not possible to edit banknotes with this application or what formats it supports.

Photoshop is a paid software. However, you can try it for seven days completely free of charge. All you have to do is download the installer using the link available on this page.

How to edit images with Photoshop

Photoshop is a very complete image editing software. It is very difficult to talk about all its functions in a single article. However, here, we have made a compilation of the main parameters that you can modify in a photo to edit it.

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How to remove objects from pictures with Photoshop

One of Photoshop's strengths is its ability to remove objects from any picture. You may think that this is a very complicated process, but in fact, it can be done relatively easily. To illustrate the first method, we are going to use a car with one of its headlights removed.

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Why Photoshop won't let you edit banknotes

If you have ever tried to edit a banknote image in Photoshop, you probably encountered an error message that prevented you from doing so. The notice is very similar to the one you see in the cover image. The main reason why this action is prohibited is the inclusion of the Counterfeit Detection System (CDS) in this and other image editing programs.

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How to enhance a face with Photoshop

To remove the imperfections of a face in a photograph thanks to the potential of Photoshop, all you have to do is open it. Then, duplicate the layer to avoid working with the original image. Right-click on the layer and select Duplicate layer.

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How to create an image with HDR effect in Photoshop

The HDR effect consists of overlaying several identical photographs, but with different exposures. Thanks to this method, it is possible to obtain vibrant colors in all areas of the photograph. HDR is very useful in certain situations, such as when photographing a window from inside a room. In that case, due to HDR, a good illumination of the room is achieved without losing the view outside the window.

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How to create text with glass effect in Photoshop

Designing a text with a glass effect in Photoshop is very simple. To start, create a new project. Next, type the text you want to apply the effect to.

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How to cut out silhouettes with Photoshop

Photoshop lets the user select any target within an image by creating a silhouette. Subsequently, it is possible to isolate it from the rest of the content and insert it into other projects. This method is commonly used to remove the background of a photo.

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How to change the eye color in Photoshop

One of Photoshop's most popular functions is to change the color of a person's eyes in a photo. Here is how you can do it yourself. The first step is to open the image you want to edit. Next, create a duplicate of the layer by right-clicking on the original layer and selecting Duplicate layer.

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How to install Photoshop

The installation of Photoshop does not involve major complications. If you want to have this complete photo editing tool on your computer, follow the instructions we give you in this guide.

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What are Photoshop layers?

Photoshop layers follow a concept similar to that of stacked sheets of acetate. Therefore, each layer contains unique graphic elements, that can be seen even with other layers on top of them, as long as they occupy transparent areas. The layers can be rearranged and placed on top of each other. Depending on the objects they contain, they should be placed in the upper part of the layered area, giving them priority display, or in the lower part, being hidden or semi-hidden.

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What are Photoshop actions?

A Photoshop action is a command that includes a collection of tasks that are executed in a batch. Its effects are applied to the project you have open in the application. The purpose of this function is to automate certain recurring processes, required by the user time after time. Knowing how Photoshop actions work can save you a lot of time, speeding up your work and letting you be more productive.

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How to put an image on top of another in Photoshop

There are several ways to place one image on top of another in Photoshop. For example, you can use the clipboard. Simply access a compatible application that lets the user copy images, such as File Explorer, Microsoft Word, or the Windows 10 photo viewer.

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What is Photoshop and what's it for?

Photoshop is an image editing and graphic design software. Its first version was released more than twenty years ago, in February 1990. This software was first developed for macOS, then known as Macintosh. A few years later, the Windows version was released. Adobe has now also made Photoshop available on iPadOS.

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Is Photoshop free?

Photoshop is a paid program. Thus, it is not possible to use it free of charge. If you wish to use this tool daily, either personally or at work, you must pay a subscription. It can be paid on an annual basis with monthly payment, annual with a one-time payment, or monthly. Photoshop, which is currently managed by an application called Creative Cloud, from where subscription payments are controlled and software from Adobe is updated, will be automatically activated as soon as the first payment is made.

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How Photoshop works

Photoshop is an extremely powerful software. Due to a large number of functions available to the user, it is very difficult to write an article about all of them. Therefore, here, you will find a beginner's guide to help you take your first steps in Photoshop.

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Photoshop Portable: can it be downloaded?

A portable application runs without installation. The surname "portable" comes from the custom of storing this type of application on memory sticks, being able to carry them anywhere and run them on any computer. Until CS6, it was possible to create a reduced version of the Photoshop executable that was fully functional and did not require installation.

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How to vectorize an image in Photoshop

To vectorize an image with Photoshop, the most recommended option is to follow a manual process. We have chosen the image of this construction to show you all the steps. The first thing to do is to identify the shapes in the photograph. In this case, we have a background, a bluish triangle, and a pink tetragon.

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How to make a collage in Photoshop

To create a collage with Photoshop you must follow the steps below. First, create a new project with the dimensions you consider necessary. These will depend on the number of photos you want to include in your collage. As an example, in this article, we will create a photocomposition with four spaces. When you have your new project, go to View and click on New Guide Layout.

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What formats are supported by Photoshop

Photoshop is an extremely versatile tool, mainly thanks to its excellent compatibility with a vast majority of formats. It is indeed well-known thanks to its own format, PSD. But if you want to know all the formats you can open with Photoshop, keep an eye on the following lists in this article.

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What is a mask in Photoshop

The mask is one of the most basic Photoshop tools. Thanks to it, it is possible to select a specific area of an illustration or a photograph, applying completely reversible modifications. This detail differentiates it from other utilities that Photoshop itself has, such as the pen or the selection tool.

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How to whiten teeth with Photoshop

Photoshop is a complete photo editing software. Among its functions, you will find the possibility of whitening the teeth of any person in a photo. You may be wondering how can I whiten a person's teeth in a photo? Well, follow this guide to find it out.

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How to make rounded edges with Photoshop

Making a selection with rounded corners in Photoshop is a very simple task. Moreover, creating geometric shapes with rounded edges is also very easy. Below, we explain the process to perform both actions.

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How to remove an image's background in Photoshop

One of the most popular Photoshop features is the ability to erase the background from any graphic document. This process can be useful in some specific editions, such as modifying the atmosphere of a picture or changing a landscape's sky. Below, we explain in detail the steps to erase an image's background.

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How to crop an image in Photoshop

Photoshop is a complete image processing suite. Although it has extraordinary and complex functions, it does not leave aside the simplest tasks. For example, it lets you freely select any item to isolate it from the original document. Just use the Lasso Tool. Pressing the letter L on the keyboard serves as a shortcut.

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April 7, 2021. Translated by Manuel Sánchez