Using the Quick Selection Tool

The Quick Selection tool lets you select the outline of a shape within an image (for example, this yellow flower that I need to cut out and paste into another image) without having to manually trace its outline. This is easiest to do with bold shapes that stand out from the background, but you can edit the selection with precision where needed.

This is just one of the many Photoshop techniques you’ll try out on our 2-day Photoshop course. Coming to us to train in person means having a trainer on hand to trouble-shoot and give you advice – much more useful than trying to figure out this complex software by yourself or by using online video tutorials that can easily go out of date. If this is old-hat to you, why not come on our Advanced Photoshop course?

To Use the Quick Selection tool:

1. Load your image in Photoshop and select the Quick Selection tool (hint: it’s toggled with the Magic Wand tool).

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Shooting Awesome Photos on Your Cruise

Make sure your holiday photos are good enough to show off with a Photoshop course. Adobe’s powerful image editing software is great for bringing out the best in your photos and highlighting details you may have missed – as demonstrated in the Photoshop CS6 preview video where a poor quality mobile shot of the Eiffel Tower is turned into something to be proud of. First though, you want to take some great photos, here are some tips for cruise photography that can also be applied to travelling in general…

Good news for the young and the young at heart! Cruises are no longer just for middle-aged couples and aging members of the upper class. The 21st Century cruiser can be any age; single, coupled up or with a family in tow. Today they’re usually in search of easy going travels, entertainment and enlightenment whilst seeing the world in style.

You see, many modern cruisers are not climbing aboard in order to sit on deck 24/7 for the next two weeks and have their every need waited on: they want to experience the wonders of the world with no need to worry about lugging an oversized rucksack around or dealing with rammed and rickety transport between destinations.

Not only that, but the modern day cruiser wants to make memories that will last a lifetime, which is good, because a cruise presents the perfect opportunity for practicing your photography skills.

If you want to remember the sights and scenes of your cruise and its port calls forever, read on for our top tips to help you shoot awesome snapshots on and off the deck.

Travel Light

While we’d all like to utilise our best equipment for every shot, you didn’t embark on your cruise to be crippled down with the weight of half a camera shop. Read the rest of “Shooting Awesome Photos on Your Cruise”

Photoshop Tutorial – Save for the Web

Images are the main cause of websites taking an age to load. Slow websites not only annoy users but can affect a website’s Google ranking.

Speed is often overlooked by graphics and web designers because as digital pioneers they are usually hooked up to the fastest connection available. A graphic designer’s goal is to produce high quality images that look great so they want their images to be as sharp as possible. As a factor in Google’s algorithm, speed should be taken seriously – images are often the largest files on a site so are key to bringing down the load time of a page.

This isn’t just something that concerns SEOs but anyone who produces images for the web. We offer a Photoshop for Web Graphics course for a more in-depth look into how to optimise images for the internet.

For advice on SEO for Images read our guide on getting your images ranked on Google Image Search.

Handily, Adobe Photoshop has a feature that allows you to optimise your photos for websites without affecting how an image looks. The tutorial uses a photo as an example but can be used for other images too. I will show you how I turned a 13mb photo direct from a camera into an 86kb photo suitable for the web.

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0.6% file size of the original image without compromising on quality

Photoshop’s Save for Web & Devices Feature

‘Save for Web & Devices’ is a commonly overlooked but very useful tool. Most people just use File>Save which does contain resize bar and will tell you the resulting file size. That’s okay but Photoshop has a much better feature that is usually ignored – ‘Save for web & devices’. Read the rest of “Photoshop Tutorial – Save for the Web”