I have always wondered what the Windows were in Photoshop and what they could do; Skillshare, specifically MEG LEWIS’ Fundamentals of Photoshop: Getting Started with the Interface, Tools and Layer (No1), has given me the confidence to explore and find out more……COLOUR AND SWATCHES

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Colours can be created by toggling Sliders or by the Hue Cube, and as you can see there are so many different ways to set up a preferred way of working.

There is a preset amount of swatches which can be incorporated and new colour swatches can be added from individual designs or images; the possibilities are endless.


Can manipulate Layers by changing HUE, TONE, BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST, INVERSION, POLARISATION, GRADIENT and even add a PHOTO FILTER. This will looked at in more detail at a later date.


(Left) The tab in the top right corner will create the menu (Right) that opens up some of the most important options when creating/manipulating layers.

The HISTORY Layer is a fantastic tool which will enable taking a step/multiple steps back in time, and can be extended if many steps had been taken.

Windows can be added or subtracted by choosing the middle icon, which will create an option list as above. Essentials will always default back to factory settings.


This is the LAYER Window; the tab/icon second from bottom right is used to create a new layer. Next, the RECTANGLE TOOL was used to create a perfect square (hold down SHIFT), which became the last colour used in the HUE CUBE.


This will bring up the PROPERTIES Window, which can be used to manipulate the shape. colour via it’s width or height etc. It is recommended, to avoid confusion when undertaking complex design solutions, especially when creating a multi-layered images, to rename each specific layer.

Clicking on the EYEBALL hides and shows the highlighted layer; the layer highlighted is the layer that can be moved or manipulate. The Default Background layer is usually locked, but can be unlocked by holding the padlock and dragging it to the trash. A COPY layer can be created by dragging the desired layer down to the ‘CREATE A NEW LAYER’ tab second from right at the bottom of the layer window.

A fantastic way to organise the layers is to colour code them!! Simply right-click on the eyeball on a chosen layer and choose between the colours on offer. I think this could be really handy to rank importance or layer sequence.


Typical Photoshop file is named .psd. FILE….SAVE AS….CHOOSE TITLE….WHERE (DESKTOP)….FORMAT (PHOTOSHOP).





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