The Power of Layers: An Introduction to Layers

When I was around seven years old, I first started using Photoshop. It was only on version 4 back then and I barely understood the program at all.I played around with it in much the same way I had done in MS Paint before then; I certainly didn’t know about the existence of layers. Being so very young, I quickly got bored with how limited it all felt to me. Then my older brother told me about something called ‘online tutorials’ – and a whole new world opened up to me. It didn’t take long at all for a tutorial to… Continue reading

Mastering the Photoshop Pen Tool

Adobe Photoshop’s pen tool is incredibly versatile, but difficult to master. It’s perfect for creating smooth shapes- any shape, whatever you can imagine! The pen tool can not only create new shapes; it can also make very smooth lines, make very clean selections… the list goes on. The functionality expands with new versions of Photoshop, too – so this article may not always be completely up-to-date. The pen tool does all of this with vector paths. Paths are, simply said, guidelines which the program can follow to do certain things such as making a selection or creating a line. Paths… Continue reading