Learn about the eight things that make Photoshop Photoshop: layers and channels, sharpening, selections and masks, the retouching tools, blend modes, color modes, Smart Objects, and layer masks.
- Hi, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to my very brief course on the eight things everyone should know about Photoshop. And this grew out of a conversation we were having about what are those features that distinguish Photoshop from every other program on the planet. So for example, you can correct the heck out of colors in Photoshop but you can do that in Lightroom as well. You can add text to an image in Photoshop, but you can do that in Illustrator. You can crop, scale and rotate a photo in Photoshop, but you can do all those things in InDesign.
So, what I did was I came up with a list of eight things, eight broad groups of features, that distinguish Photoshop from every other program on the planet. Starting with old school channel operations, also known as chops versus layers. Then we'll take a look at the sharpening filters. Now, sure you can sharpen inside Lightroom, but not with the degree of control you have in Photoshop. We'll take a look at the quintessential Photoshop functions, which are selecting and masking. Then we'll move on to something else Photoshop does better than any other program out there, and that's retouching.
We will see blend modes. Now, sure blend modes exist in other programs, but Photoshop has them all, and you use them routinely as well. Then we'll take a look at the color models, RGB, CMYK, and the Photoshop only Lab mode. We'll see smart objects, which allow you to apply all varieties of non-destructive modifications. And we'll end things with another one of those quintessential functions, layer masks. Here, let me show you what, in my opinion, are those functions that make Photoshop Photoshop.