How would you like me to share some Photoshop techniques I use in my image creations? Well, look no further, and get your notebook, 'coz it's time for Photoshop techniques 101.
1. Use a good version of Photoshop
First of all, I recommend you to use a version which has features you'll use, and a version which
your PC can handle. I don't recommend the latest version, CS3, since it's still buggy, even though it's
Vista-compatible. The version I use is CS2, and even though it runs a bit sluggish on my machine, it
works. But if your PC can't handle CS2, try CS1(or CS) instead.
2. Use gradients.
I find the usage of gradients in background provides a nice effect. If you have a base picture/image, you can get your colors there, either by mixing your own or using the eyedropper tool. If not, you can use some of the preset colors(found on the toolbar directly under the menu bar. It shows up if you select the gradient tool itself.).
3. Use Layer Styles
Another neat technique is the usage of layer styles in Photoshop. If you've been hiding in a rock for some reason, you can find a submenu named "Layer Styles" in the "Layer" menu. It allows you to have anywhere from transparent effects to emboss effects to your layers. Use in conjunction with multiple-layered *.psd documents.
4. Use Filters
Those Photoshop filters aren't only for wasting RAM, they're for adding some neat touch-ups to your image. For instance, I love using the Render > Lens Flare effect. Try experimenting for yourself. :D
5. Have a Good "Base Image"
Oftentimes when you're making a Photoshop image you won't have much idea on its concept. Well a good tip is to search for an image you will base this Photoshop image. Google, Yahoo, and probably others have an image-searching service, and other interesting sites you may find with pics could be useful. Conclusion: everytime you see an image worth scrutinizing, start up Photoshop and make an image out of it!
Well, that's it for the tips. I'll give ya guys more Photoshop techniques, once I learn them(heh)