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Photography Basics Tutorials by Aaron Nace

1. Non-destructive work process.
You should organize your work with Photoshop in a way to have an opportunity to restore default image. One option here is using non-destructive editors like Photoshop Lightroom or Google Photos. They save the original image, so you can always undo the changes and return to the beginning.

Another variant of use the Photoshop layers. Each layer contains graphic elements, which can be texts, shapes or other graphic objects. When you make changes on the layer, other layers and original image remain the same. You may also adjust picture on every layer separately for fine image tuning.

2. Use the correct file extension.
An important thing among Photoshop photography basics that can destroy your work as well. Remember that only files in PSD format support Photoshop layers. Saving in other formats will unite all layers into the one. If you need to print or send the interim result, please save a JPEG, PNG or TIFF file copy.

3. Learn to use filters.
Photoshop filters are presets that affect your images in just one click. Filters are very useful for beginners, as they don’t require advanced skills and experience.

4. Master image cropping.
No matter why do you need to crop the image – preparing for printing, selection of image area, correcting the horizon line or creating completely new composition, it is one of the essential skills in photo editing. You can crop using edit panels, shapes or crop to the defined format.

5. Discover cloning and healing.
These tools are important parts of Photoshop photography basics. They can be useful for removing undesirable elements and defects from your photo. Clone tool samples from desired areas, while healing brush samples the pixels near the area that requires to be corrected.