Jessica Swanson
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Getting Started Photoshop

Where do I start to find lessons on beginning photoshop?

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

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carolyn brown

Posted on 10/15/13 4:24:04 AM Permalink

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

Dave Cross

Posted on 8/16/13 3:37:15 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 8/9/13 9:59:19 PM Permalink

Ross Wallis

Posted on 7/31/13 5:53:28 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 7/19/13 3:59:34 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 7/18/13 2:03:17 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 7/16/13 5:48:59 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 7/8/13 2:37:16 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 7/3/13 6:12:05 PM Permalink

Fredrik Andersson

Posted on 6/20/13 11:51:03 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 6/5/13 6:49:15 AM Permalink, youtube, tutorial websites like vectortuts

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/30/13 2:10:49 AM Permalink

Dileepa Thilan

Posted on 5/28/13 4:20:22 PM Permalink

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