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In this article, I would like to show the different components and tools that we use in Photoshop along with their names. We’ll be referring to the tools and components using the names here on. So knowing them is as much as important. Below is the image which shows the names of the Panels and Docks.
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I have used Photoshop (PS) for the past 8 years and in the due course I have noticed that those who wanted to work on PS get worried immediately after seeing the multi-framed screen. I am going to illustrate some basic PS works to start with. Once you are comfortable with the basics, sky is your limit in using PS.
To create a new work, click on “File” on the top left corner and select “New” in the menu dropping down. A pop-up will open. As of now, don’t worry much about the selections here. Set “Preset” as “Default Photoshop Size” and click “ok”. “Document Window” will open.
On the left side, there is the “Tools Palette” window. Click the icon with a “T” in it and then click on the “Document Window”. This is to write a text. Select the Font, Font Style, Font Size, Alignment, and Text Color from the “Options Bar”. (That is the box below the menu bar) Type a text. 
Once you are done with that, you will see that there is a layer added in the “Layer Palette” in the “Three Palette Group” present in the bottom right corner. Photoshop uses different layers for different things/objects/texts that are used in creating the image. The layer order represents the top to bottom arrangement on the image. (In case you want to bring some layer to the top, you have to move the layer tab to the first in the list) Initially, only Background layer will be present. 
If you want to add some effects to the text, right click on the layer and select “Blending Options”. A pop-up will come. In “Blending Options”, under “General Blending”, “Blend Mode” and “Opacity” are present. “Blend Mode” is basically how you want the effects and actual thing has to mix. There are lots of option under that which  we will cover later. As of now, use Normal. “Opacity” is the visibility measure of the effect. A value of 0 makes the effects invisible and 100 makes it fully visible. 
“Advanced Blending” will be used when we come to “Vectors” and “Masks”. “Blend If” is actually a selection criteria to apply the effects. It basically filters the effects based on the color input and output.
You shall start trying the different blending options now. We’ll start with the “Drop Shadow” in the next tutorial. Till then, have fun with PS.

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