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How To Use Photoshop | Tutorials For Beginners

In this part of the site I'm going to teach you how to use Photoshop, right from square 1. I love Photoshop and use it every day, but I can remember how I felt when I first used it...confused. So, with that in mind, I have created a Photoshop crash course for beginners. This is the best place to start if you are new, or fairly new, to Photoshop. You can then move on to more cool tutorials for interesting tricks and techniques. Here goes...

The Photoshop For Beginners Series

15 lessons from Photoshop noob to very competent user - that's what this course is about in a nutshell. I've covered all of the areas that you need to know about in order to really start seeing how Photoshop can take your images up to professional standard. We'll learn about important best-practices and techniques, and see how they work in lots of examples. This is a fun, fast and effective way to learn how to use Photoshop. So let's get started...

getting started with Photoshop introducing photoshop layers photoshop blending techniques
organizing photos with adobe bridge how to read a histogram having fun with adjustment layers
using photoshop masks sharpening techniques
colour correction techniques camera raw processing

Now for the technical (but crucial) stuff...

colour modes and bit depth image size and resolution

 

Popular Photoshop Tricks and Tools


Got the basics sorted? Great! Now let's check out some popular Photoshop tips and tricks that you can try out on your photos.

These are handy processes that you'll use time and again when editing your images.

 

Introducing the clone stamp tool (make things disappear!)

The clone stamp tool is a great way of cleaning up unwanted parts of an image, and comes in handy all the time

Photoshop techniques for improving portraits

Here's how to use Photoshop to create professional looking portrait photos in just 5 simple steps.

Blending multiple exposures in Adobe Photoshop

This Photoshop trick will change your photography forever! Get the perfect exposure in every part of an image - no compromises!

Converting black and white photos in Photoshop

Black and white photos are all about colour! Well, in terms of how it converts to brightness and contrast anyway. Here's some background information, plus 2 great methods for b/w conversions.

Brightening and sharpening eyes in Photoshop

These simple techniques for improving eyes are really important when it comes to creating vibrant, fresh portraits.

Easy portrait softening in Photoshop

Softening skin has a huge impact on portrait photographs, yet it's such an easy thing to do. Here's the quickest way to do it successfully.

Photoshop text tutorial

The basics of creating, positioning and formatting text, in addition to some cool effects for use in various design projects.

How to separate things from a white background in Photoshop

How to select really awkward shapes and give them a new background in a matter of seconds.

Cool Photo Effects

 

Photoshop doesn't just enable us to improve the quality of our photos, we can give them an entire creative makeover too!

So, now let's have a look at some of my favourite little Photoshop tricks for creating brilliant artistic effects...

 

Simple but brilliant cross processing effect

This tutorial explains how a few tweaks to the colour channels in a Curves layer (cross preocessing) can create an amazingly retro, nostalgic mood.

Selective coloring and 'color-popping'!

You might have heard this called 'colour-popping'! It's a great way to add impact to colours in a photo. Here's a look at the different ways it can be used.

Create awesome pop-art style mosaics

I've made some really striking images with this Photoshop trick. Try out different photos to find the ones that it works best with.

A quick 'n' easy guide to using textures

How to use Photoshop to incorporate interesting textures into your images. One of my faves! You'll use this loads.

 

The Lightroom Tutorial Series

Lightroom has long been a favourite image editing application amongst photographers. It is clean, simple, well organized and powerful.

In these Lightroom tutorials, professional landscape photographer and printer David Fleet provided new users with a step-by-step guide to mastering the software.

1. Importing Photos to Lightroom

2. Organizing Photos in Lightroom

3. The Lightroom Develop Module

4. Editing Photos in Lightroom: The Basic Tab

5. Editing Photos in Lightroom: The Detail Tab)

 

Resizing Photos

Not the most exciting topic, but important to get right! Let's see how to use Photoshop to resize photos for storing, printing and displaying. How does resolution relate to image size? How can you work out the maximum print size for an image? How can you resize a batch of photos?

 

How to resize digital photos

A simple guide to the do's and don't's of resizing your photos in Photoshop.

How to resize digital photos in a batch

The monotony of resizing large groups of pictures 1-by-1 is just too painful to not find a better solution. Here it is!

 

Photoshop Books

Once you're bitten by the Photoshop bug there's no turning back! So where to get the fix? Where to keep learning how to use Photoshop to create professional, exciting images? Well I want to share my own personal favourites here. Check out my reviews of these books and decide whether they're for you.

Recommended Adobe Photoshop books

I love both of these books. Scott Kelby's guide to Elements, in particular, is easy to read and always gets the points across quickly.

An honourable mention...

I've been a subscriber to Digital Photo magazine for ages now, and each edition comes with outstanding Photoshop video tutorials on a CD - Bargain!

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