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Thursday, June 19, 2008

How to Learn Photoshop

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Are you having trouble learning Photoshop, or want to learn how to use it at all? Follow the steps in this manual and with a little practice, you'll be on your way to becoming a Photoshop expert.


  1. Get the program. Either buy the full version in the store or online, or test drive the demo by downloading it at Adobe Downloads (see external links below).
  2. Become familiar with the interface and tools. Find a picture that you want to fiddle with, load it into Photoshop and try editing it with all the different tools and brushes. Experimentation is your best bet if you've never used photo editing software before. If you don't like how something looks, you can always undo it.
  3. Go through as many tutorials as you can. This is the easist way to learn Photoshop. Every tutorial you go through will teach you something new about the program.
  4. Practice practice practice! Without spending time with the program you won't ever discover all the wonderful things you can do with Photoshop!
  5. Enter a competition. When you get a few skills amassed, try a Photoshop contest, like the one at PhotoshopPlanet (see below for link). You don't have to be superb and you often get very helpful critiques. Just do your best and try to be creative; you can always back up and try again. A cheaper hobby (after the initial payment) will be hard to find.


  • Go to Tutorials for a wide variety of tutorials
  • Adobe Photoshop is rather a difficult program for beginners. It is complicated, because it is almost infinitely FLEXIBLE. You can do just about anything to an image that you can imagine with Photoshop. It may be more sensible for you to start with a less-complicated (and free) program like GIMP, PhotoFiltre or Picasa. (Photoshop is a raster program, so don't expect vector programs like CorelDRAW to teach you ANYTHING about Photoshop). After becoming familiar with the concepts and basic commands you can decide if you SHOULD buy Adobe Photoshop. Not everyone actually NEEDS the advanced features and capabilities of Photoshop. Not everyone is willing to invest the amount of time that it takes to learn such a program, either. However, for those of you who are willing to learn, this is the ultimate graphics manipulation program in existence.
  • Adobe Resource Center / Tips & Tutorials / Advanced Search is a good place too.
  • Some forums are very helpful, such as www.ps-garage.com/forum. they offer tutorials if you join.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop (or at least a trial version)
  • A computer with an attatched mouse (or tablet)
  • Digital camera (or access to digital photos to edit)
  • Time

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