Second Video is up and posted
GOOD GOD, THIS GOT STICKIED~!?
... So, I've been away for - a while - and, after my landlord (who pays for my internet and whom I pay a portion of the fee) contacted me because Comcast was asking if he had set up a dedicated server of some sort - I was forced to stop uploading my BT torrents (for a while...). I came back (just now) to see what my ratio was to find only 1/10th of my bandwidth was logged. Meh, I can leach comfortably for a while. Then, out of passive interest, I thought I'd check out what new banners were submitted, what was going on in The Lounge, and see if anyone had bumped this thread for whatever reason... My surprise is documented above.
So, you're probably thinking: "Good God, Pants - The tutorials you've done are decent, but WTF have you been, and where's the rest of the content?"
"Ummm..." I say, looking at your ankles sheepishly. "Learning Farsi, making digital flashcards for that class that are maintained on a central server (which is ahellofalot'a work), playing Minecraft and making YouTube tutorials for it instead."
"Oh, so that's why... Farsi, Minecraft, and YouTube... I should have known..." You pause momentarily, and continue: "So why don't you make YouTube videos of Photoshop tutorials?"
"Because I don't know of the embed feature that can be used on these forums"
"So, let me get this straight: You haven't been on for MONTHS because you got sidetracked, started playing Minecraft, are lazy and stupid?"
I'll do what I can (after con) but this is a crazy quarter for me this term. Feel free to add your own tutorials, I only request that you give an abstract of what your tutorial is for and *Spoiler
* the content if they take up the page or induce side-scrolling.
- Pants [April 21, 2011]
This will be up until I reach something assembling completion
I've recently been possessed by an impulse to share my relevant knowledge of Photoshop with the BT community.
I sent a PM to Duki with an outline of what I wanted to cover and a place to put it, his response:
Technology board, if it's any good I'll pin it.
However an extensive tutorial like that one you may port it over to the wiki (it will look much cleaner).
It's not exactly BBT tracker relevant material, but there's no problem having it there as some informative section.
So, here I am.
Current subjects to be included: (
= included material)
Explanation of what I'm doing
what I'm intending to do
the scope of the information
, and hyper-linked table of contents.
(2.) Thanks to users
who have contributed/corrected/expanded upon my material. (Revision list?)
(3.) Links to outside sources
that I've found consistently useful in learning Photoshop (independent tutorials, videos, etc), Photoshop resources (brushes, textures, plug-ins, etc), also to be edited to include references that other users recommend.
(4.) Photoshop 101
- what it does, what it doesn't do,
anatomy the work space
customization of the work space
(5.) Opening a new document
canvas vs. image size
desk-space vs. canvas-space
(6.) Layers - what are layers
how to wrap your head around them
anatomy of the layer window
functions of layers
layer styles (superficial explanation)
Introduction to the toolbar
it's content and their features
introduction per tool (non-comprehensive)
(8.) Text in Detail - 'Character' and 'Paragraph' dialogues, examples of text modification.
(9.) Brush tool - 'Brush Presets' dialogue (loading new brushes, saving brush sets), and 'Brush' dialogue (showing basic usage: 'Brush tip shape', 'Shape Dynamics', 'Scattering', and 'Color dynamics').
(10.) Pen tool - Intro to vectors & paths, how it works, tips-and-tricks to keep it from being the bane of your Photoshop experience.
(11.) Moving - Move tool & transformation.
(12.) Layer styles more in-depth: Each option in detail.
(13.) Stamp and healing tools with example of use and specialization.
(14.) Advanced selection techniques. Refine-edge.
(15.) Shortcuts, special user navigation/interface.
(16.) How to remove the background of an image - several examples with pros/cons.
(17.) Saving and Export procedures
(18.) How to upload files to the web for posting in forums.
(19.) How to make and upload a basic BT banner.
(20.) Example of how to clean up Manga pages with recommended export settings/process.
In these twenty posts I will attempt to convey the summation of my relevant Photoshop knowledge onto the BT community. I do not claim to know everything about Photoshop, not even its developers do, but I know enough to be able to give to those who know a bit less. Learning something like Photoshop is sort of like learning a new language, I'm may not be a native speaker, but I'm fluent in some environments - I may not know the word for 'toothbrush' but I can debate the finer points of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's works.
Granted, this series isn't intended for the Russian literature obsessed, but for those who want to shop anime screen-captures, clean up manga pages, or make a bishōjo avatar or banner for their favorite forum. This is what I am here to help you with, Leo Tolstoy can wait for another post. My intent is to have someone who doesn't know anything about Photoshop (but something about how to use a computer) to walk away from these posts with a through understanding of the basics, and a basic understanding of common techniques with references to where to go from there.
The version of Photoshop I'm using for this tutorial is Photoshop CS5 Extended
, but anything from CS3
on will be perfectly relevant; I'm not going to go into any of the new features these versions won't have. Anyone using Photoshop 6
or later can use this information as well, but know that you may need to compensate for an outdated user-interface and there may be some modifiers to tools that my be missing; no real biggie, the skills are the same. The one thing I will say about Photoshop version is don't use any version of Photoshop Elements
; the program is intended for basic photo retouch and not at all the creation of web-graphics. Photoshop itself, in all reality, wasn't intended for our particular uses, it's just become the standard for them and the good people at Adobe have adapted features to the demand.
For those individuals using Macintosh
machines: Yes, I'm using Windows
. But, as far as I can tell, the good people at Adobe have made all features perfectly identical between the systems. The only significant differentiation in the user experience is the use of the [apple]
key in various commands instead of the [ctrl]
key. If where I give a [ctrl]
command, substituting the [apple]
key does not work, determine the correct key sequence and post it here for me to update.
On the subject of preference: The recommendations I may give for various setting and techniques are simply what I prefer. I will not claim that the way I do anything is the 'best', it's simply the methods that I've come to use. If you posses knowledge of any method similar to the ones mentioned here and find yours to be comparable or superior in result, post it here - and after attempting it, I will update the first page and give you credit.
Also, I'm going to highlight
key terms, just like a high-school history book. It's a bit of a trope
, but it should help you pull the most import information from the page at a glance. The other tutorial specific nomenclature I'm going to use are things like Edit > Copy
for shorthand of "Go to the Edit
drop down in the Menu Bar
and select Copy
" (this gets boring to type and read). The other being [ctrl] + V
when I mean "Hold your control
key and press your 'V'
key" - I'm not a kindergarten teacher, you don't want me around your kids.