How to get started with Photoshop

Basic Start Guide for Printable Designers

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your party printables is Photoshop but have no idea where to begin? We all know that learning a software can be overwhelming and daunting at times – this is especially true when we’re talking about Photoshop.

In the beginning when i decided to start designing printables, I remember not knowing where to begin and really wished I had someone leading me through the process step by step (it would have saved me so much time). It was only through a lot of trail – and -error combined with countless hours of research and watching tutorials that I put all of the pieces together and was able to create a simple printable.

I know its a common dilemma for beginner printable designers . One of the questions I most often receive is how I create the printables that I share on my blog and in my shop.

These printable designers are exactly where I was when I began – they want to create something beautiful for their child’s birthday without having to break the bank or they want to create something beautiful so that they can start selling and make money to help contribute to the family finances. But they just don’t know where to begin! This sparked an idea….

So to try to help out any new Photoshop users out there, what I want to do is give you a step by step walk through on how to get started with Photoshop, right from the beginning. We’ll cover:

  • Installing Photoshop
  • How to setup your blank canvas
  • Going through the basic Tools and Functions
  • Using Layers
  • How to align
  • All about Colours
  • Resizing and Rotating
  • Text Tool
  • Backgrounds
  • How to zoom
  • Shapes

As you can guess, it’s not going to be a quick post, so I decided to put all my tutorials into a more easier little package for you – a FREE 4 day mini course, delivered right to your e-mail. And as a extra bonus for joining, I have included my Photoshop Starter Kit which includes a step-by-step checklist, my keyboard short cuts and a tool bar cheat sheet!
(Don’t worry, I’ll wait) 

Ok done that? Ok, then let’s get started!


Installing Photoshop

To get started you will need to download and install Photoshop onto your laptop or computer.

You can no longer purchase Photoshop outright. Photoshop works on a subscription basis but you can get a free 7 day trial over on their website which should give you plenty of time to complete these tutorials.

To download Photoshop please go to Adobes official website here or search for Adobe Photoshop via your preferred search engine

Next, it will ask you to set up an Adobe ID. It will ask for your name, location and email address. You will need to set up an account with Adobe and then you will be given instructions on how to download the program to your laptop or computer.

Now you are all ready to get started!

Click Creativity & Design
A drop down menu will appear – click View all plans & pricing
The plan I use is the Photography Plan – The amount is in Australia Dollars
You also get 20GB of free storage
or if you purchase the other plans you get more storage

Take advantage of their 7 day free trial or you are welcome to purchase a plan

Now that you have installed your Photoshop, your on your way to bigger and brighter things 🙂 Make sure to check your e-mails for the rest of the tutorials

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