Day 3 of teaching myself the fundamental basics of Photoshop. I can honestly say that I am really enjoying these tutorials and have begun to vitally understand the principle of this tool to avoid me within my burgeoning creative career.

Today I am looking at:


This tutorial was short and sweet but really informative and I learnt the difference of IMAGE vs CANVAS SIZE.  IMAGE size adjusts both the size of the image and canvas and CANVAS size only adjusts only the proportion of the canvas………CONFUSED?



Firstly I clicked on the IMAGE tab, scrolling down to choose IMAGE SIZE. A proportion box appeared which could be changed to to a range of different measurement i.e pixels, inches, centimetres, so I chose inches for this demonstrative purpose. The wonderful thing about the IMAGE SIZE is that it will automatically change the proportions to match each other (no warping of image); CMD+Z can be used to UNDO any unwanted mistakes.




Unlike it’s predecessor, CANVAS SIZE will only affect the size of the canvas and the proportions won’t change when altering width and height. The proportion box will look markedly different, but the wonderful features of the CANVAS SIZE means that ‘borders’ can be created to add text, motifs or other images. These borders can be created at whatever side you want; WIDTH creates ‘borders’ to the left & right and HEIGHT creates ‘borders, to the top & bottom.



Holding ALT & The Mouse simultaneously will allow a fluid zoom in and out of the image in Photoshop.

Always try to work/design at 100%


SCRUBBY ZOOM enables a box (moving ants) to be created round the desired area to be worked on/manipulated, which would be a mastic tool when needing to fine tune a specific area.


Fantastic way to organise files!!! Make easily accessible by filing under description and date, for e.g lineflower_27042018.psd (underscore to separate description of file and date).

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The tutorial, MEG LEWIS, informed me to CREATE A NEW DOCUMENT; I chose an A4 size document, chose the measurements in inches and set colour to CMYK. The F key was used to create a wider and more user friendly screen.

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I then decided to create my own preferred colour background, choosing a beautiful light Duck Egg Blue.To create this new layer complete with my preferred colour I clicked on the ‘CREATE NEW FILL OR ADJUSTMENT COLOUR’ icon, which revealed a scrollbar to select SOLID COLOUR.

It is recommended that each new layer is created to describe each layer (to avoid confusion in layers). Before creating any new shapes a new layer must be created, which can be created by clicking on the NEW LAYER icon second from right within the layer window.

The SHAPES can be created within the RECTANGLE TOOL (Hold down to show range of shapes available). Holding down SHIFT can create a perfect square, circle etc; to choose a new colour for the shape double click on the desired layer which will bring up the COLOUR PICKER (FOREGROUND COLOUR), looking like the EYEDROPPER TOOL….and simply choose the colour. I actually found out that the V button is a shortcut for the MOVE TOOL!! By pressing V I can now move the shape.

Follow previous steps to create a new layer etc and choose a new shape too. To create a triangle I needed to choose a POLYGON, but had to amend the sides from 5 to 3.

Within the COLOUR PICKER (HUE CUBE) there is a little box to demonstrate how the previous colour looks against the new colour (New vs Current), which is an amazing tool to see how well the colours interact i.e contrast, harmonise etc and perfect for a designer such as myself.

By dragging one layer under another the shape will now be underneath rather than over the top; invaluable when looking at the juxtaposition of more complex designs in the future.


I created a new layer each time I created a new shape and followed all previous steps. To resize the shapes/images make sure the relevant layer is highlighted/chosen; the FREE TRANSFORM TOOL (CMD+T) was employed, but the SHIFT key must be held down to maintain the shape and avoid warping. The MOVE TOOL needs to be chosen to fix the transformation.

To resize the image as a whole hold SHIFT down and select each layer (minus the background solid colour background). The layers can now move as one and not individually.

This Online Resource Tutorial has been utterly invaluable!!! I have nor grasped the basics of Photoshop and am looking forward to the next tutorials. Like everything in life, I need to practice, practice and practice.

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