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First things first, you can't
Photoshop a picture without
first creating a Photoshop
document. What you want to
do is select File>New... and
set your canvas size.
-Tip- If you copy an image
from the internet, the size of
the canvas will be the EXACT
same size as the image you
coppied. If you copy a
345x892 pixel image from
the interwebs, that is going
to be the size offered to you
in the New... window.
I chose to re-size my canvas
size to 1000x1000 pixels just
to make it a nice box to put
whatever comes to mind into
it. I looked up puppies in
Google images, and was
about to make this
Instructable about the basics
of Photoshop, with puppies
being my lab rats, but
decided a car would be
much easier for
demonstration purposes. It
is easier to Photoshop
because you do not have to
worry about hairs. I find
Photoshopping something
with hair to be more difficult,
and not suited for a basic
tutorial.
Once you find the right
image, copy and paste it into
the canvas (Ctrl+V for PC,
Command+V for Mac)
Step 2: Tools: Move
Tool (V) and Marquee
Tool (M)
Ok the first, and most basic
tool that I am going to cover
in this tutorial is called the
Move Tool. You should be
familiar with he Move Tool if
you have ever put a picture
into a Microsoft Word
document. Selecting the
Move Tool (the shortcut for
the Move Tool is V), will cause
boxes to show up at every
corner, and in the spaces
between the corners. To re-
size your picture, simply click
and hold on a box located at
the corner of the picture.
-VERY IMPORTANT TIP-Now
before you do anything you
regret, such as guessing the
correct dimensions so as to
avoid stretching the image, it
is important to HOLD SHIFT
before you start to drag the
corner out. This will cause
the image to scale properly
without stretching the
image.
Now that you have the image
re-sized to the correct size,
you can chop your image
down to size with the
Rectangular Marquee Tool
(the shortcut for the
Marquee tool is M). The
Marquee Tool will allow you
to create a box with
marching ants (the moving
dashes). You can then cut,
copy, paste, or delete what is
inside or outside of this box.
Once you have the Marquee
tool selected, you can either...
A) hold shift and drag the
box around your car to
create a 1:1 ratio box
B) drag without the shift to
make a non-ratio selection
C) OR look up in the Style
drop-down menu, and select
Fixed Ratio. With this
selected, you can create a
box who's ratio between
sides will NEVER FALTER! I
chose a 1:1 ratio in order to
make a perfect square
selection. This is shown in
pictures 3 and 4.
Once you have what you
want selected, you can right
click the box, choose Select
Inverse, and Command+X to
cut away what you didn't
originally select. You may be
thinking "WHOA" after that
last sentence, but don't
worry, it is merely a way to
delete all of the unwanted
pixels outside of the original
selection. This little move
becomes useful when you
want to get rid of a
background or something
big.



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