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Ready to Learn - Let's Go!


My first video ever, so don't judge me too harshly. I actually had a live workshop over this info and was so happy to learn that not a lot of people know this information about photoshop. 

I work off a Macbook Air and Photoshop 2017, so you'll hear me refer to "2021ers" a lot, because all of my attendees at my live workshop, had the 2021 version. I say, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. It's served me well all these years so until I need to upgrade, I'll just keep my 2017 version. 

NOTE: I do my editing and magic in Lightroom. For adjustments, I use Photoshop.

Hope you enjoy, and more importantly, hope you learn a thing or two!

The tools I use in Photoshop specifically....


  • Open 2 images to work with at a time

    • You want to make sure to open by clicking File; Open; and then an image

  • Drag the correct image over the incorrect image you are fixing

  • Click 'Command; J; V' at the same time OR click the top left icon titled Move Tool

    • You should see a white lines over your image now, enabling you to move it. If you don't, look for a button that says 'Show Transform​ Controls' and click it. Now you're able to move the image

  • Drag the image over the incorrect image (this creates Layer 2)

  • Turn down the Opacity on the tool screen on the right

  • Once you've lined up your image over what you are replacing, whether you had to resize or not - turn back up opacity

  • Add layer mask (it's the little camera-looking icon on the tool box on the right and at the very bottom)

    • When you click this, you will see a white rectangle show up beside your image from Layer 2

  • Click 'Command; I' to turn the white rectangle to black

    • If it's not black, you won't be able to make corrections​

  • Make sure your paint colors are black and white (Refer to video)

    • To make corrections, white color​

    • To go back, black color

  • Click the Brush Tool (on your lefthand toolbar)

  • Click your mouse down and drag over the area you are replacing or correcting (you will see the CORRECT image start to appear)

  • To fix over-corrections, click 'X' and drag back over

NOTE: To do additional adjustments to your image once you're done with this step or ANY steps:

  • Click 'Shift; Option/ Alt; Command; E' together (this will form a new layer) OR TRY 'Command; J'

    • You should see a new layer pop up​


  • Open your image like above

  • Clone tool (on your lefthand toolbar; looks like a chess piece)

  • Click 'Option/ Alt' You will see your mouse change; now you're ready to press down your mouse to click what you want to clone

  • Adjust your size of your brush & hardness should be at zero (refer to video to learn about hardness)

  • Click and hold your mouse and the area you clicked to clone will appear

QUICK SELECTION - Sharpen tool

  • Click the Quick Selection Tool on your lefthand toolbar

  • Click your mouse over the area you want to sharpen

  • Click from the top 'Filter; Sharpen; Smart sharpen' - you can adjust amount accordingly

LOGO - making it a brush preset

  • If you want a logo or an image online, make sure it has a white background and itself is black

  • Open an image

  • Open your logo or image

  • Click from the top 'Edit; Define brush preset' (you can now choose to label it or not)

  • Adjust the size as needed

  • Go to the image you want to put your logo (your logo should appear)

  • Adjust the color as needed

  • Click your mouse to paste your logo to your image

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