Getting Started Photoshop

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Jessica Swanson Latest activity: Dec 18, 2013

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Where do I start to find lessons on beginning photoshop?

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carolyn brown

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 4:24 AM - Permalink

I have some Photoshop lessons posted on AEE, just search for my name and you'll find them.

Dave Cross

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 3:37 AM - Permalink

Another great resource is creativeLIVE - their classes are free to watch live and you can purchase the recorded classes if you like them. They have lots of classes on Photoshop and related topics. I've had the pleasure of teaching for them a few times and it's an awesome group of people who all share a real passion for education.

Craig Goodman

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 9:59 PM - Permalink

Ross Wallis

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 5:53 PM - Permalink

A great idea is to get some of your students who have already gained photoshop skills to come in and teach those who are just setting out. I also totally concur with the comment above - have a look at Nicole Dalesio's tutorials on the exchange, or at Adobe TV

Mark Fernandez

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 3:59 AM - Permalink

I have been using Photoshop: Essential Skills by Galer & Anderson. Students learn about the interface, the tools, and the features. It's a good book to start with for students who know nothing about Photoshop or image editing. Students first learn the basics of the most common tools (tools and layers panel, channels, etc.). You teach the "when to use this or that tool" concepts and creative process. It's also relatively inexpensive (less than $40) and also available as an online version, which includes all the DVD content. That is a great deal for students.

Scott Citron

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 2:03 AM - Permalink

If you're in NYC, I'm an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop (and Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Lightroom, and Muse). My website is I also run a small design studio, specializing in publication design. Hope that helps!

Leonard Lopez

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 5:48 PM - Permalink

The college I teach at use to use Adobe's classroom in a book until we wrote our own curriculum. It is a pretty good starting point. Also you may want to join NAPP, (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) you don't have to be a professional to join and they offer educator discounts. I have found NAPP to be an invaluable resource. They have great tutorials and video courses that you can view anytime not to mention the great magazine that has great follow along tutorials as well. Happy Photoshopping!

Debbie Jones

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 2:37 PM - Permalink

In my experience first, give yourself something to create that has purpose. Create your sketch to scan in, think about the colors you want to use and the style.

Then I run searches on Photoshop Tutorials for anything related to what I want to create. The key things would be how to work with layers, brushes, masks and begin from here. When I am learning something, I also purchase a covered ledger to write notes in, this helps reinforce what you are learning.

Then, print off the tutorials that you like, keeping them in a folder or binder. I find that over time many of the best tutorials disappear and you regret you never copied them over.

Start out with small things to do and again, make it something that matters to you and has purpose. Work it out from there and do not be discouraged.

There are so many tutorials on-line and some of us do better by watching videos, some do better by reading text accompanied by screen shots. I prefer a blend of both, but for me it also is important I can see what the instructor is selecting, they explain why and it's easy for me to repeat.

Above all - have fun with it and take time to just... dabble. Click on things, read the help on how it is or might be used and go from there.

Joseph LoCicero

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 6:12 PM - Permalink

Fredrik Andersson

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 11:51 PM - Permalink

Alongside the Adobe TV and Nicole Dalesio's great tutorials I remembered that i was and still am

inspired by Chris Orwig's passionate voice teaching Photoshop.


Ella Park

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 6:49 AM - Permalink, youtube, tutorial websites like vectortuts

Adobe Education

Posted on May 30, 2013 2:10 AM - Permalink

Dileepa Thilan

Posted on May 28, 2013 4:20 PM - Permalink

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