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  • Writer's pictureCorrina Crazie Espinosa

Photoshop Basics Lab

Updated: Jan 29


In order to get 25 points you must create an image in Photoshop and demonstrate the following tasks:


Here is a link of the very basics of photoshop for your reference: https://lifehacker.com/learn-the-basics-of-photoshop-in-under-25-minutes-5753459


Intro Video (hint - the answers to the written questions are in this video)



A quick but important tour of Photoshop's platform, and how to:

  1. Create a new photoshop file.


In this video you will learn to complete the following tasks.

  1. Paste in a background.

  2. Paste in another object on top of the background (eg. a cat).

  3. Use Select > subject to get rid of the background on that object.

  4. Use a blending mode on that object.


In this video you will learn to complete the following tasks.

  1. Paste the same object in again, rotate it and resize it.

  2. Use magic wand to get rid of the background on that object.

  3. Use layer styles (double click the layer to get to the layer style panel).

  4. make a stroke around the object

  5. drop a shadow from the object


In this video you will learn to complete the following tasks:


  1. Paste in a new unique object (eg. a pizza)

  2. remove the background from that object.)

  3. Use the lasso tool to make a freehand selection and delete a portion of the object.

  4. Use the lasso tool to make a freehand selection and delete a portion of the background.

  5. Use the spot healing brush to change something on the new object.

  6. Use the clone stamp tool to clone a part of one object somewhere else (an eye or a hand, pepperoni or something similar)



In this video you will learn to complete the following tasks:


  1. Use the brush tool to make a mark somewhere.

  2. Use the pencil tool to make a mark somewhere.

  3. Use the paint bucket tool.

  4. Use the eraser.

  5. Use the blur, sharpen and smudge tools.

  6. Use the dodge, burn and sponge tools.

  7. Create text, change the font, change the color, make it arc.

  8. Use the shape tool to create a generic shape (circle or square)

  9. Use the gradient tool inside of that shape.

  10. Use the shape tool to make a custom shape (tree or flower).

  11. Use 2 adjustment layers (brighten, saturation, etc.).

  12. Paste in your second object again (eg. the pizza).

  13. Use 2 filters from the filter menu on this new object.

  14. Use edit > transform for something other than scale on the third object. (skew, distort, perspective or warp)



When you are done, post the final JPG of this quiz demonstrating the tasks above on your blog and include written answers the following questions:

  1. What is the standard resolution for images made for the web?

  2. What is the standard resolution for images made for print?

  3. What 2 types of files should you always save, and what are their purposes?

Please feel free to email me your questions, I am happy to help.

The video of this class will be up on Canvas under the announcements section soon.


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