Photoshop tutorials are there to help you turbocharge your skills when using the industry-standard image editing software. With the vast feature-set, beginners and professionals alike will have something new to learn about Adobe's editing program. There are so many tools and features to learn, not to mention the host of tricks and shortcuts designed to save time and improve your workflow. So whether you are using the software for creative work or play, there's no limit to what it can do.
Luckily, the internet holds a huge array of Photoshop tutorials. Knowing where to start is the hard part, though Adobe has a thorough range of tutorials that'll set you off on the right foot (find some below). To help, we've selected some of the very best Photoshop tutorials fit for beginners, intermediates and pros. You'll learn core skills and knowledge, and more specific tools for designing logos or creating comic art. Check the quick links to skip to your skill level or read on for the full guide.
The beginners' section focuses on Photoshop tutorials that introduce key tools and essential skills. The intermediate tutorials aim to build on that knowledge with more features, while the advanced tutorials include tips on illustration, master grids, and how to alter photos like a pro.
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Photoshop tutorials for beginners
01. Adobe Photoshop 2022 top new features
Already familiar with Photoshop and simply want to know what new features have been added in the latest edition of the software? Adobe's subscription model might seem like an expensive way to access software, but one of the benefits is that you always have access to the latest version of the software. The latest update to Photoshop includes several bug fixtures, Object Finder (an upgrade to the Quick Selection tool), Neural Filters and a Mask All Objects feature. Jesús Ramirez (opens in new tab) succinctly rounds up these new features and more in under 10 minutes in this handy Photoshop tutorial on the latest release. See our own Photoshop 2022 review for more details on the software.
02. Photoshop for beginners tutorial
Adobe-certified instructor Dan Scott offers a comprehensive tutorial fit for complete beginners with no Photoshop, photography or design knowledge at all. In a three-hour video, Scott, who works for Envato Tuts+, walks through all the basics. Don't have that level of patience? No problem. If you don't fancy consuming three hours of Photoshop knowledge all at once (and we don't blame you), the video has a handy timing list in the description box so you can jump to the section in the Photoshop for beginners tutorial (opens in new tab) that you want and work your way through it in stages.
03. Learn Photoshop in 5 minutes: beginner tutorial
Pushed for time? There are many short and sweet Photoshop tutorials for beginners out there, and here's one of our favourites, Photoshop in five minutes (opens in new tab). In just five minutes, Julian Ball of Flow Graphics walks you through the basic tools and interface, and gives you a good idea of what the software is all about.
04. Get to know Photoshop tutorial
Part of a series of Photoshop tutorials produced by Adobe itself, Get to know Photoshop (opens in new tab) teaches you the basic tools and techniques of the software. You'll be introduced to the work area and will learn how to open and save your images, zoom in and out, and undo mistakes.
05. Photoshop on iPad tutorial for beginners
It's been a few years since Photoshop made the leap to the iPad, and like the desktop version of Adobe's flagship app, the software is constantly evolving. This tutorial from YouTube channel Art and Design gives a great primer, with a step-by-step demonstration of how to use PS on an Apple tablet. In just half an hour you'll learn how to move layers, utilise paint tools, create clipping masks and more with your Apple pencil (see our guide to the best iPad stylus for a review of all the best stylus options for your tablet.)
06. How to resize an image
Image resizing is probably one of the most essential basic tasks you'll want to do as a beginner, and here's one of the best Photoshop tutorials to explain the process. How to resize an image on Photoshop teaches you how to change the canvas size, use trim and more, all without compromising too much on image quality.
07. How to work with layers
Layers are one of those fundamental concepts you'll need to get your head around, and here's another of Adobe's own Photoshop tutorials to walk you through the basics. How to work with layers (opens in new tab) teaches you what layers are and how to use the Layers panel, how to resize the contents of a layer, and how to add images to a layered file.
08. How to adjust image quality
Discover how to adjust image quality (opens in new tab) with this most succinct of Photoshop tutorials. This series of four videos will teach you to enhance brightness and colour, and improve the quality of your images in Photoshop.
09. How to make selections
Some Photoshop tutorials help you master vital skills quickly and easily, and here's a great example. How to make selections (opens in new tab) reveals how to create a selection, work with selection tools, and fine-tune the edges of a selection.
10. How to retouch images
How to retouch images (opens in new tab) is a trio of Photoshop tutorials in video form. They walk you through how to remove unwanted objects, add objects by cloning, and fix other imperfections in your images with retouching tools in Photoshop.
11. How to add text and shapes in Photoshop
This collection of four Photoshop tutorials demonstrates how to add text and shapes (opens in new tab). When you do so, they remain editable, and you can customise them down to the smallest detail.
12. How to use the Photoshop Pen tool
This is one of Creative Bloq's very own Photoshop tutorials. Here, Mark White explains how to use the Photoshop Pen tool, a simple selection feature that enables you to fill, stroke or make selections from whatever you draw.
13. How to use the Photoshop Brush tool
In another of our Photoshop tutorials from Mark White, you'll discover how to use the Brush tool in Photoshop. This step-by-step guide includes helpful guides to what each of the icons in the Brush palette mean.
14. How to make a photo collage
Learn how to combine images to make a simple photo collage in Photoshop with this tutorial from Matt Smith. You can use this technique to create your own collages from photographs, and perhaps eventually build on your compositions to create more intricate design collages from your own creations.
15. Photoshop tutorial on applying filters
Learn how to apply filters (opens in new tab), allowing you add quick effects to an image. Filters can also be combined to create unique results, as these two related Photoshop tutorials demonstrate nicely.
16. Edit your first photo
Photoshop tutorials for beginners can be found on a range of subjects, and this one teaches you how to edit your first photo (opens in new tab). Bring out the best in your images with the useful techniques outlined here.
17. How to use Photoshop layer masks
One of Creative Bloq's own Photoshop tutorials, How to use Photoshop layer masks will help you streamline your digital art workflow. As any beginner will quickly learn, layer masks are one of the most fundamental parts of the software: without them your work will look flat. Follow these tips and shortcuts to work more quickly and easily.
18. How to remove a background in Photoshop
Another of our own Photoshops tutorials takes you through several different ways to remove a background in Photoshop. Jo Gulliver starts off by taking you through how to use the Magic Wand tool and Quick Selection tools to remove a background, before moving on to more advanced techniques.
19. Create your first design
Create your first design (opens in new tab) is a series of Photoshop tutorials that introduces how to work with layers, combine images, use layer masks, and add creative graphics, text, and effects. You can then use these skills to combine design assets into a simple, unique composite for print or online use.
20. How to create a meme in Photoshop
Social media’s all about memes these days, and making them is a nice skill to have. In one of our most popular Photoshop tutorials, How to make a meme in Photoshop, Matt Smith explains how to make multiple memes in moments. Have fun!
21. How to use Photoshop layers: 6 top tips
This tutorial, How to use Photoshop layers: 6 top tips, will teach you to use Photoshop's layer system; the key to unlocking the software's versatility. Here, you’ll find out how to create layers, lock them, group them and adjust opacity.
22. Digital painting with Photoshop CC for beginners
Digital painting with Photoshop for beginners breaks down the process of creating a simple digital painting, from start to finish. If you can work on a canvas with paints, then many of the same painting techniques you use will transfer directly over to digitally painting in Photoshop.
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