Best Photoshop Resources & Tutorials

Photoshop is a powerful tool for editing photos but it also allows you to create custom graphics, illustrations, collages, and combine several effects to create a true piece of art. However, many people are intimidated by the interface and feel lost when they see all the tools and options that Photoshop has to offer.

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If you’re interested in mastering Photoshop or improving your skills, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ve rounded up the best resources to help you learn Photoshop and master new skills. We’ve included tutorials that cover the basics of this powerful editor, photo-effects, illustration, and typography as well as resources for digital assets such as brushes, shapes, and patterns.

Photoshop Basics

In this section, you’ll find tutorials that cover the basics of Photoshop, from getting familiar with the tools panel to individual tutorials covering specific tools.

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Photoshop Tools

  • Getting Started With Photoshop: this Sitepoint tutorial will walk you through the program’s interface, show you how to create new documents, and familiarize you with the most common Photoshop terms.
  • Photoshop’s Tools: a basic overview of the toolbox and what each tool does.
  • Photoshop For Beginners: The Power of Layers: layers are the core of Photoshop and this tutorial does a great job of explaining how they work and how to use them in your workflow.
  • The Pen Tool: this is the most challenging tool for beginners. This tutorial will help you master it in no time.
  • Photoshop’s Filters: filters allow you to add various effects to your photos such as blurring or sharpening an image or adding a texture. This tutorial by Tutorial9 explains the difference between various filters and how to use them.
  • Retouch and Healing Tools: give this article a read if you want an overview of various retouch and healing tools that will help you enhance your images.
  • A Comprehensive Introduction to Type Tool: a thorough overview of the type tool as well as basic do’s and don’ts of the most important features.
  • Master Photoshop’s Selection Tools in Under 30 Minutes: Photoshop offers a variety of tools that allow you to select different parts of your images. Use this tutorial to learn which tool to use when.
  • The Burn Tool: a video tutorial that covers the use of the burn tool and explains how to selectively darken areas of an image along with an overview of settings and tips on working with shadows, midtones, and highlights.
  • How to use the Color Replacement Tool: another 2-minute walkthrough that shows you how to replace colors based on hue, saturation, color, and luminosity
  • Content-Aware Move Tool: if you want to know how to remove unwanted objects from your images, this video tutorial is a must-see.
  • Master Photoshop CS6’s Crop tool step-by-step: this tutorial will show you what’s new with the crop tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and how to properly crop your images.
  • Dodge Tool: learn how to selectively lighten areas of an image as well as different brush options, range, and exposure settings.

Photo Effects

The following section of tutorials will walk you through enhancing photos and adding different effects.

Graphics Tutorials

Photoshop can be used to create wonderful graphics, illustrations, and digital paintings. Use the tutorials below to learn how.

Typography Tutorials

We’ve mentioned that the Type tool is rather powerful in Photoshop and text can be used to create interesting effects. The tutorials below will walk you through the process of manipulating the Type tool.

Tutorial Collections

The individual tutorials mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. The internet is full of tutorial collections that roundup the very best Photoshop tutorials in one place. Use this section to find even more tutorials.

Photoshop Websites

If all of the above is not enough, consider the websites below that have plenty of resources on Photoshop as well as the best places to find shapes, brushes, and more.

  • Design Tutsplus: part of the Tutsplus network, this blog features high quality tutorials and series that are suitable for both beginners and advanced users.
  • PSDFAN: on this site, you’ll find a variety of tutorials, Photoshop freebies, and interviews with designers and artists.
  • Photoshop Tutorials: like the name suggests, this site is focused on Photoshop and offers plenty of tutorials to get you started as well as more advanced tutorials to expand your skill set.
  • Photoshop Roadmap: here, you will find various Photoshop tutorials, brushes, and plugins that will enhance your workflow.
  • Planet Photoshop: this site shares Photoshop-related tutorials, resources, and reviews.
  • Abduzeedo: aside from tutorials, this site covers all the news and updates related to Photoshop.
  • Brusheezy: here you can find plenty of free brushes and vote on your favorites.
  • PSbrushes: a nicely organized website that offers brushes in several categories.
  • The Ultimate Collection of Photoshop Patterns: this huge collection features over 100 downloadable free patterns to add extra appeal to your designs.
  • The Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Actions: Photoshop actions allow you to save time and automate some of the more repetitive tasks. You’re guaranteed to find an action or two to improve your workflow.

Become a Photoshop Master

The resources above will set you on the right path toward learning Photoshop and becoming a pro user. Start learning today and impress your friends and family with your creativity.

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Brenda Barron is a writer from southern California. When not writing about blogging and business, she’s spending time with her family and knitting.

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Brenda Barron is a writer from southern California. When not writing about blogging and business, she’s spending time with her family and knitting.

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