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Introducton to Adobe Photoshop
Drawing Things on the Canvas  

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Of course, now that you are comfortable with your workspace, you will want to start painting things. Actually, I am sure you have already begun to play around with tools in the toolbox. However, before we start "officially" talking about getting virtual paint everywhere, we need to discuss a couple more things.

Like any good program, Adobe Photoshop uses a carefully constructed metaphor to transform a very complex computer aided task into a fun and easy-to-understand process. So why not take advantage of the metaphor. While you are using Photoshop, imagine yourself in a quaint barren room overlooking the side streets of Paris. Put one of those funky painter caps on. Now imagine a blank canvas, a table full of differently shaped brushes and various bottles of colored paint, and an easel in front of you.

Photoshop includes several options for using a stylus with a drawing tablet for a more traditional/intuitive drawing experience. For example, you can affect how thick a brush stroke is by applying more pressure to the drawing tablet. This works more like a real artistic tool would unlike what you would experience with a mouse. However, most web developers are not adobe power users and will not being using a stylus. Thus, we will skip a discussion of stylus options.

Like a painter, you will begin your work of art by first mixing your colors and choosing your brush.

Thus, before we start actually painting, we need to know a few things about the types of tools you have at your disposal as well as well as where all the colors are located on your virtual easel.

Let's look first at our easel and how to choose colors

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