just look over this tutorial so you will have some general ideas you can
use in Photo shop. Adobe
ubiquitous and industry standard graphics software for photographers,
designers, digital artists, as well as casual enthusiasts, can be a
baffling application to understand the first time you fire it up.
Luckily, littered across the vast space of the web are tutorials in all
shapes and sizes that will help you get up and running in no time.
In this post, I’ve pieced together 12 excellent Photoshop tutorials
geared toward beginners. If you’re a complete novice or a casual user of
this software, you’ve stopped by the right place.
Because this is specifically for beginners — and because Photoshop’s
robust set of features is near-bottomless — I’ve skipped intermediate
and advanced topics such as drawing with the Pen tool and working with
If you have tips for aspiring Photoshoppers, share them in the
This tutorial on SitePoint, a popular site for web professionals,
will guide you through the Photoshop fundamentals and the basic tools
available at your disposal. It’s an excellent jump-off point that will
give you an understanding of what you’re up against.
The tutorial starts with a bird’s-eye view of Photoshop’s workspace
to get the reader familiarized with the lay of the land. Then it goes on
to cover essential concepts such as saving files (and the various
popular formats for the web), an introduction to shortcuts that all
Photoshoppers should know, how to choose colors, and much more.
If you’re just starting out with Photoshop, you will no doubt be
spending plenty of your time using the Tools panel, which contains
various tools for working with type, painting, drawing, moving objects,
and so forth.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will get a beginner’s overview of the
various tools contained within the Tools panel. From the selection tools
to the retouching tools, you’ll learn all about them and their uses.
The most important concept you should understand about Photoshop is
its layering system. Layers allow you to stack different objects and
images to keep your work separated, ordered, and easily editable.
This guide will walk you through the utility of layers using a
hands-on, step-by-step approach (so fire up Photoshop and get ready to
get your hands dirty before diving in).
In photography, filters are camera accessories that you place on your
lens to capture photos that will have fascinating effects. This concept
is digitally incorporated into Photoshop and is a convenient way of
editing your images quickly. Filters can be functional (such as the
Sharpen filters to help you correct blurry photos) or stylistic (such as
the Texture filters that give your images unique texture effects).
By reading through this tutorial, you will uncover the power of
filters in Photoshop.
Layer styles are one or more effects that alter a layer. For example,
if you wanted to make a layer semitransparent or if you wanted to give
your text one of those slick "Web 2.0" gradient effects, you can do so
by applying and adjusting layer styles.
Adding layer styles, using layer style presets that come with
Photoshop, what the various layer effects do, and more are covered in
Adjustment layers are Photoshop layers that affect all other layers
beneath them (unless you use an adjustment layer as a clipping mask —
but that’s an advanced topic for another day). It’s typically used to
enhance a graphic, such as if you want to adjust the colors of an image
(which you can do with the Color Balance adjustment layer).
This crash course in adjustment layers shows you what you can do with
them in Photoshop.
Whether you want to add a text caption on a photograph, lay out a
brochure’s copy, or create your typographical poster masterpiece, the
tool that will help you get the work accomplished is the humble, but
powerful, Type tool.
Creating text layers, resizing and modifying text, and adjusting text
characteristics, such as tracking and line-height, are a few of the
topics covered in this tutorial.
The Free Transform command is going to be your go-to tool for
resizing, rotating, and modifying your graphics. This Photoshop tutorial
will show you just how handy Free Transform is in your image editing
Maybe you want to remove the background from a photo, or select just
a certain object in an image and use it in another Photoshop document.
Whatever the case, selecting things inside your canvas is a task you
should expect to do plenty of times in your ‘shopping career.
Set aside 30 minutes, follow this Photoshop tutorial, and you’ll know
all there is to know about the assorted tools and techniques for
selecting areas in your work.
If you’d like to speed up your workflow and extend Photoshop, it’s
best to understand how to manage presets. This tutorial specifically
covers installing and managing Photoshop brushes, but will also get you
started into exploring various other presets such as patterns, custom
shapes, and so forth.
Do you find yourself repeating certain tasks in Photoshop over and
over again? Maybe you’re constantly resizing your images manually to a
certain width and then saving them as a JPEG for use on your blog. Or
maybe you’ve unearthed the perfect combination and sequence of filters
and layer styles, and would like a way to automatically apply it to a
batch of images. Check out Photoshop actions, a feature that enables you
to record and save a sequence of actions.
In this 6-part tutorial, you will learn about the built-in Photoshop
actions as well as how to record and save an action.
These 12 tutorials will have you on your way to Photoshop mastery. If
you’ve had success with other tutorials not on this list, let us know
about them in the comments below.