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Getting started with Adobe Photoshop

Lesson Plan Published 11/11/13 Last updated on 3/2/20

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard program for manipulating images and creating bitmap graphics. In this activity students are introduced to the interface, terminology, and basic panels in Photoshop. They will learn about the purpose of layers in Photoshop, how to organize and customize the workspace, and how to manage color.

File Updates:

  • Files updated on December 5, 2016 to Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (November 2016) release.
  • Files updated on January 29, 2018 to Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (version 22.0 - October 2017) release.
  • Photoshop

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

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Custom Standards
ACA Photoshop 2.1, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.2
ISTE Standards
Students: Computational Trainer

Adobe Photoshop CC

CC License
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Howard Phillips

Posted on 5/23/20 12:33:42 AM Permalink

​Don't Need any of this

Uche Anoruo

Posted on 4/25/20 11:54:20 AM Permalink

​Thanks AdEdX!

Mark Woszczalski

Posted on 4/23/20 5:33:15 AM Permalink

​Thanks for this! Awesome :)

Wendy Gardner

Posted on 3/7/20 9:01:18 AM Permalink

​Thank you

Doug Jeans

Posted on 1/16/20 1:45:28 AM Permalink

​Great looking course. I can't wait to use some of these resources on my classes. Thanks!

Kaila Sweeeting

Posted on 1/13/20 2:13:30 AM Permalink

​how do i download photoshop

McKena Taylor

Posted on 1/6/20 3:24:53 PM Permalink

​I can't get the download to work to get the images to practice in Photoshop. What can I do?

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/7/20 5:39:45 AM Permalink

Hello McKena,

Please try the 'download all' link located above the resources. Once you download the resources there links to images within the resources.​

Elizabeth Switzler

Posted on 1/2/20 10:12:45 PM Permalink


vincent sapla

Posted on 12/11/19 2:58:09 AM Permalink


eunice dimacuta

Posted on 9/23/19 2:19:47 AM Permalink

​Learned new things about Photoshop, thanks.

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/21/19 10:33:32 PM Permalink

​This is great related to Adobe Photoshop i found an updated resource very helpful for me as an educator

Stefania Buzatu

Posted on 9/5/19 12:48:30 PM Permalink


paul bonner

Posted on 7/27/19 9:55:38 PM Permalink

The information and documents look great but do I have to get permission from you to use them; see a copyright on every page? My school uses a digital platform that I could see making a link for some of this information!

Leona Guidace

Posted on 7/31/19 10:03:39 PM Permalink

Hello Paul! The resources are available for you to use as a member of the Education Exchange and part of your instructional, teaching and learning process. Instead of sharing the resources, suggest to your colleagues to create their own member profiles on the Education Exchange so they too can access the resources directly.​

Karima Maghraby

Posted on 7/23/19 11:37:12 AM Permalink

Really helpful as a newcomer to teaching Photoshop. Many thanks!​

Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/19/19 6:25:39 AM Permalink

​Helpful material for RGB and CMYK concepts!

creative videos

Posted on 6/17/19 9:22:25 AM Permalink

​Great! The best ever material I have found over here. Grateful for this sharing.


Raul Ponay

Posted on 5/17/19 1:50:37 AM Permalink

Thank you.​

Mike Victorio

Posted on 5/9/19 11:26:19 AM Permalink

​The material is very good!!

Roberto Ferrera

Posted on 5/9/19 3:37:45 AM Permalink

​As an Instructor and Designer, I just want to remind everyone that image resolution is one of the most important lesson and information to share to our students. In this case they will having good and quality outputs. Thanks Adobe!

Jonathan Doyle

Posted on 4/27/19 4:21:09 AM Permalink

​These will great handouts. Thank you!

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 1:33:10 PM Permalink

​Thank you ! Help me a lot !

Francis Albert Calas

Posted on 3/23/19 3:20:40 PM Permalink

​Thank you for this one. It will be a great help to any educators out there.

Sajid Hussain

Posted on 3/20/19 5:53:17 AM Permalink

​Im using ps cs6 it is best apps for graphics design .

Farhanah Aazahal

Posted on 3/12/19 1:57:41 AM Permalink

​Thank you, great resources

Janet Molicki

Posted on 2/27/19 2:52:15 PM Permalink

I would really like to learn more about Photoshop to share with my students. I have minimal experience with Photoshop, but I know there is so much more to do. I would ask the author if there are more simple and basic first projects for students. Maybe just three layers. I would modify my plans to start very basic as I teach TV Production and so those students are just starting out.

help desk

Posted on 2/28/19 1:00:26 PM Permalink

Adobe provides a large number of tutorials that go from program operations to advanced project based tutorials. Not sure what version you are using, however we have 2018CC and if you go to the Help tab in the Photoshop menu you will see a post for tutorials. This will bring you to the adobe website. In the event you have an older version just do a search on the Adobe exchange. Hop this helps.​

Satyendra Arora

Posted on 2/14/19 12:14:41 AM Permalink

​Yes, very helpful!

Lonnie Scott

Posted on 2/5/19 8:16:49 PM Permalink

​this will definitely me in developing lesson plans!

Jason Lachance

Posted on 2/4/19 10:12:36 PM Permalink

​Great Resource Thank you Adobe

Francis Albert Calas

Posted on 2/3/19 4:31:27 AM Permalink

​Nice resources, thank you very much!

James Tyler

Posted on 1/31/19 1:32:20 PM Permalink

​Great resources, many thanks!

Yvette Worboys

Posted on 1/30/19 4:42:40 AM Permalink

​These are great thanks for sharing.

Joanna Nestoroski

Posted on 1/30/19 4:26:15 AM Permalink

​Great resources for beginners:)

Waqas Ahmed

Posted on 1/28/19 12:31:57 AM Permalink

thak you​

Sharkawi Che Din

Posted on 1/16/19 12:34:08 PM Permalink

​Thank you.

burak durhasan

Posted on 1/14/19 7:09:21 PM Permalink

​thank you

Duhita Parmar

Posted on 1/12/19 6:35:18 AM Permalink

​A beautiful that enables to show your creativity at its best.

Monika Goel

Posted on 1/8/19 6:58:05 AM Permalink

​Wonderful course on photoshop.

TD Wright

Posted on 12/11/18 9:36:25 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing

Leah Levy

Posted on 11/20/18 8:58:29 AM Permalink

very clear and organized! helped me get my head around teaching my first photoshop course!​

Robertino Ion

Posted on 11/16/18 6:11:30 AM Permalink

​Hi, I tried to download these resources but it's not working. Could you help?

Adobe Education

Posted on 11/18/18 11:55:19 PM Permalink

Hello Robertino,

Sorry to hear you're having difficulty accessing the files. The "Download All" link appears to be functioning successfully. ​Thank you!

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 11/14/18 6:55:34 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing.

Richard Montero

Posted on 11/12/18 8:50:43 AM Permalink

​Thanks, Well done.

Anna Cirbo

Posted on 11/2/18 2:43:48 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing.

Ginger Sisco-Cook

Posted on 10/4/18 3:16:18 PM Permalink

​Thank you for your willingness to share. This breaks down the content to an understandable level. Most useful!

Robert Bourgeois

Posted on 9/30/18 12:09:06 PM Permalink

​Well done and very useful...thank you!

jeffrey plummer

Posted on 9/20/18 11:41:35 AM Permalink

​Thanks for providing the resources.

Edward Bustillos

Posted on 8/19/18 7:03:37 AM Permalink

Thanks so much for this very good lecture. ​

Anna Kuvarzina

Posted on 7/12/18 6:39:07 AM Permalink

Badly designed and old-fashioned imagery. Makes Photoshop look boring.

Bridgie Dunne

Posted on 4/27/18 4:46:53 AM Permalink

​Very helpful. Thank-you!

Robyn Mortimer

Posted on 2/11/18 7:15:32 AM Permalink

​Great resources. Ready to use with assets is perfect thanks.

Adobe Education

Posted on 1/30/18 8:30:06 PM Permalink

​We recently updated our files to the Adobe Photoshop (version 22.0 - October 2017) release. We've also added links to assets used in the technical guides.

Jill McKay

Posted on 8/9/17 7:01:19 PM Permalink

​The activities refer to the Photoshop Guide. Where do I access that? Also, it asks you at one point to distribute the technical guides, but where do I get them. I guess what I am asking is where is the material to teach these activities or are these just activity suggestions? The Photoshop User Guide (found in the Adobe Learn link) doesn't seem to match up with the activities.

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/9/17 7:26:30 PM Permalink

If you click "Download All' the other four documents are the technical guides. The link to the Photoshop Guide is just for additional information. The Activity gives the step by step instructions to teach and the technical guides are the content for the students. ​

Jill McKay

Posted on 8/9/17 8:49:19 PM Permalink

Well shoot, I guess I should've looked at all of the downloads before asking for help; rookie mistake. Still learning my way around this site! Thank you for your prompt reply.

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/9/17 9:15:28 PM Permalink

Glad to help and it's understandable first time working with these resources. Hope you find them helpful! ​

yorkshire kid

Posted on 10/15/18 6:45:57 PM Permalink

I'm not following this. If I click 'download all', all I get are the 4 documents that are on this page anyway! If I look at the first document "Getting started​....' it does not show me where these are:

Photoshop guide: Overview of Adobe Photoshop 3.1

  • •Photoshop guide: How to create a new document 2.1

  • I was to assume, as we are 'getting started' there would be tuition on the interface. Have I got this wrong?
  • Heather Nichols

    Posted on 1/1/17 8:25:57 PM Permalink

    ​I would love to have this type of resource for teaching Photoshop CS6 -- is such a thing available?

    Dan Armstrong

    Posted on 3/17/17 3:06:30 PM Permalink

    amy caterina

    Posted on 12/8/16 12:40:58 AM Permalink

    ​Such good resources for me and my students, thank you!

    Adobe Education

    Posted on 12/6/16 12:37:17 PM Permalink

    We recently updated our files to the Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (November 2016) release. We've also added links to image assets used in the technical guides.

    ​The AEE Team

    Zane Walden

    Posted on 12/8/15 2:17:11 PM Permalink

    Is there a site or location where the pictures in the .pdf files are located for download.

    Adobe Education

    Posted on 12/8/15 10:32:48 PM Permalink

    Hi Zane,

    Unfortunately we can't supply the resource images due to copyright issues. Hopefully you can find your own suitable images to use with these guides.

    The AEE Team

    Adobe Education

    Posted on 12/8/15 10:32:52 PM Permalink

    Hi Zane,

    Unfortunately we can't supply the resource images due to copyright issues. Hopefully you can find your own suitable images to use with these guides.

    The AEE Team

    Ehsaan Mesghali

    Posted on 4/17/17 7:28:36 PM Permalink

    adobe owns an entire stock media company now, it would be nice to get a few images from your company to use fair use for educational purposes and include in the next update to these materials. ​

    Adobe Education

    Posted on 4/17/17 7:47:57 PM Permalink

    Dear Ehsaan,

    In our latest update, December 2016, we now include fair use images with links to the assets used in our guides.We hope you find them useful.

    ​The AEE Team

    Marlene Flot

    Posted on 8/15/17 3:39:44 PM Permalink

    How can we get access to the December 2016 update. I can't seem to find it along with the images.​

    Adobe Education

    Posted on 8/15/17 6:18:29 PM Permalink

    When you download the above documents they now have links to the asset files. ​

    Salheddine Boumaraf

    Posted on 10/17/15 10:53:14 AM Permalink

    Very helpful resources, thank's.

    Malik Shaiq

    Posted on 8/18/15 8:39:12 AM Permalink

    Great way of teaching student and professionals. Thanks

    Donna Enard

    Posted on 2/28/15 9:39:03 PM Permalink

    This is a great site because it helps to learn as much as possible about using Adobe Photoshop.

    D. Enard

    Beverly Tate

    Posted on 12/1/14 11:29:22 PM Permalink

    Thank you they will be a great help to my student in the near future.

    judith golombowski

    Posted on 8/25/14 10:43:39 PM Permalink

    Really like these guides but it would be nice to have the example/resource images used in the guides in high resolution so the students could practice.

    Adobe Education

    Posted on 8/28/14 3:23:23 PM Permalink

    Thank you - we're glad you like the guides. Unfortunately we can't supply the resource images due to copyright issues. Hopefully you can find your own suitable images to use with these guides.