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Learn Photoshop CS6

Technical Tutorial Published 4/23/12 Last updated on 3/2/20
Use this collection of technical tutorials, from the Visual Design curriculum, to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop CS6. Technical guides include:
  1. Overview of Adobe Photoshop CS6 workspace
  2. How to create a new document
  3. How to resize, rotate, and crop images
  4. How to use layers in Photoshop
  5. How to use selection tools
  6. How to retouch photos
  7. How to generate different file formats
  8. How to correct color
  9. How to combine images in Photoshop
  10. How to use painting tools
  11. How to use drawing tools
  12. How to understand color management
  13. How to add text to images
  14. How to use filters
  15. How to create layer comps
  16. How to add a watermark to images
  17. How to warp images
  18. How to use gradient maps
  19. How to use advanced color techniques
  20. How to blend, feather, and smooth
  21. How to use the Vanishing Point filter

To view this PDF Portfolio, please save the file to your desktop and open with Acrobat 9 or Adobe Reader 9, or later.

For more information about the Adobe Certified Associate, Visual Communication with Adobe Photoshop CS6 exam and how to sign up to take the exam in your area, please visit the Adobe Certified Associate page.

  • Photoshop

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

Age Levels
1+ Month
ISTE Standards
Students: Computational Trainer

Adobe Photoshop CS6 installed on all machines

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Henley Oki

Posted on 4/19/20 3:07:40 PM Permalink

​How large is Learn_Photoshop_CS6.PDF file?

Elizabeth Switzler

Posted on 3/12/20 5:47:58 PM Permalink


Asadul Islam

Posted on 2/25/20 8:36:49 PM Permalink


مجاهد التاج

Posted on 2/22/20 3:57:19 PM Permalink

شكرا جزيلا لك

robiul islam

Posted on 12/4/19 5:33:05 PM Permalink

​Thank you very much

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 7/10/19 7:17:17 AM Permalink


Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/19/19 6:53:35 AM Permalink

i always want to get knowledge about design using photoshop! still the best!​


Posted on 6/3/19 5:11:07 PM Permalink

​Very nice, very helpful thank you

Cortez William

Posted on 5/19/19 4:39:37 AM Permalink

This is very helpful. Thank you for the outline. We will definitely be on the right track of learning Photoshop CS6.

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 2:20:31 PM Permalink

Thank you !​

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/20/19 9:46:23 PM Permalink

This is great thanks

Farhanah Aazahal

Posted on 3/12/19 2:00:18 AM Permalink

​Thank you. I really need this.

Romain Patte

Posted on 3/5/19 2:04:11 PM Permalink


Elizabeth Switzler

Posted on 2/22/19 11:41:36 PM Permalink


Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 2/20/19 8:03:49 PM Permalink

​great resource. Thanks.

Juan Freire

Posted on 2/19/19 12:30:24 PM Permalink

​Wow great guide! Thanks a lot!

Elizabeth Switzler

Posted on 1/28/19 8:37:56 PM Permalink

Thank you so much I understand everything now.​

all in 1

Posted on 12/5/18 2:58:43 PM Permalink

​This is a great work for new adobe photoshop learner .

Thanks a lot

Mark Romeo

Posted on 9/19/18 12:22:50 PM Permalink

​Thanks for great guide

Dickson U

Posted on 9/15/18 4:57:42 PM Permalink

​A great guide and more insight into the app. Kudos to the author(s).

Molla Degu

Posted on 8/29/18 4:32:16 PM Permalink


Sarah Lumang

Posted on 8/16/18 11:31:11 AM Permalink

This is great! Not all schools in the world have strong enough hardware to run CC. Good to find a resource on CS6 here!

Foisul Alam

Posted on 8/9/18 2:36:49 AM Permalink

Thanks for providing us the PDF ​

Greg Junior

Posted on 7/28/18 2:55:43 PM Permalink

​I need a learn about Photoshop

Michael Peterson

Posted on 7/11/18 6:52:45 AM Permalink

​Many many thanks for sharing with us the resource.

janakiram somisetty

Posted on 7/2/18 8:58:27 AM Permalink

Thank you for providing CS6 pdf.

Tony Martinez-Malo

Posted on 4/13/18 2:55:01 AM Permalink

Still relevant for some schools today!​

Nicklye TheAwesome

Posted on 2/19/18 12:47:48 AM Permalink

​Thanx for sharing. It is very beneficial for me

Gunnar Murpy

Posted on 8/30/17 7:13:13 AM Permalink


AbdelHadi Satti

Posted on 4/4/17 6:00:12 AM Permalink

Thank you ... Thanks​

Solin Tem

Posted on 1/14/17 5:56:48 PM Permalink


Ahmad Adam

Posted on 12/24/16 9:39:00 PM Permalink

​thanx very2 much

Tayo Akinola

Posted on 7/29/16 2:35:58 PM Permalink

I can't thank you enough for this... this is exactly what i have been looking for. I will finish all these tutorials and watch few videos on youtube then i think i am good to go.

jules petit

Posted on 6/10/16 1:33:00 PM Permalink

Tsaku annah

Posted on 5/19/16 1:46:30 PM Permalink

So much joy clouding my heart right now. Indeed if u search for knowledge you would find it.

Odd Rune Wang

Posted on 4/23/16 7:41:29 PM Permalink

Nice ?

Gabriela Virlan

Posted on 3/21/16 1:36:06 PM Permalink

Thanks for all!

olu olu

Posted on 2/29/16 11:47:30 AM Permalink

Thanks help in teaching others.

Fabiola Trombelli

Posted on 1/22/16 6:23:26 PM Permalink

Very useful! Thanks!

awie mawie

Posted on 1/4/16 2:57:19 AM Permalink

I would appreciate, thank u.


Posted on 12/22/15 12:48:06 AM Permalink


David Smith

Posted on 12/15/15 9:11:37 PM Permalink

It looks like can't download to my iPad

Neil Darwin Echipare

Posted on 11/4/15 3:28:29 AM Permalink

Thanks Adobe! Godbless! :)

Antoine Palade

Posted on 10/28/15 10:48:15 AM Permalink

Just download now.. many many thanks..:)

raz rajesh

Posted on 8/19/15 10:58:57 PM Permalink

thank you for providing cs6 pdf for free education

Mary Moore

Posted on 8/10/15 5:14:24 AM Permalink

Thanks Adobe. These resources are a God send. Don't know how much time I would have wasted trying to learn how to use CS6 alone. I am so grateful to you for these e-books!!

Dilpesh Bhavsar

Posted on 7/27/15 10:35:10 AM Permalink


nuthan m

Posted on 6/17/15 8:39:42 AM Permalink

thanks a lot

femi ayo

Posted on 6/2/15 12:47:38 AM Permalink


Mircea Lungu

Posted on 4/28/15 7:55:30 PM Permalink

A very useful resource! Thank you very much for it!

Priscilla Steelman

Posted on 4/28/15 4:07:09 PM Permalink

Thank you for this superb resource.

Cesar de la Peña

Posted on 4/28/15 3:16:04 PM Permalink

Thanks a lot for this..

Dhanaraj Keezhara

Posted on 3/30/15 10:39:59 AM Permalink

WOW..It's great for students. Thanks for sharing this great resource.

Masud Rana

Posted on 3/12/15 6:12:52 PM Permalink

Thanks a lot of.

Priscilla Steelman

Posted on 2/17/15 2:53:15 PM Permalink

Thank you so much. This is comprehensive, helpful and concise.

Teolyn Mc Kenzie

Posted on 2/17/15 5:33:01 AM Permalink

Thanks, very useful.

Narendra Sharma

Posted on 2/6/15 7:42:10 AM Permalink

Thanks you to provide useful technique.

Karen Pothier

Posted on 1/22/15 11:55:24 PM Permalink

Thank you for the tutorial. I look forward to learning how to use CS6 to bring my photography alive!

Prasenjit De

Posted on 1/13/15 7:21:42 AM Permalink

Its really good, thanks to all of your supports.


Posted on 11/7/14 6:27:25 PM Permalink

goood and useful

Pro Design Tools

Posted on 6/28/14 6:08:28 PM Permalink

shana shana

Posted on 1/19/14 6:22:08 PM Permalink


Simon King

Posted on 12/19/13 1:01:54 PM Permalink

"You'll need to save the PDF file to your desktop and then open it with Adobe Reader 9 or later. If you do that, you'll have no trouble viewing the file."

the ONLY download link I can see (safari) is one which when used opens up the 'get Acrobat reader'. I have already done this.

Adobe Education

Posted on 12/20/13 4:54:23 PM Permalink

Hi Simon - not sure what to tell you, but if you save the file to your computer and open it in Adobe Reader 9, you should be able to see it. This file is a PDF Portfolio which is a way to include multiple PDF files in one PDF and makes it easier for us to distribute this content. Hope you're able to work it out.

Simon King

Posted on 12/21/13 12:20:14 PM Permalink

my bad - I was opening with preview

Opened with AR and yes there are a few things there that I don't know about.
However, just as feedback, and I don't whicsh to be ungrateful but I find this style of learning (from written text etc) hard work , videos do it much better for me
But thanks anyway:)

jacques legault

Posted on 11/29/13 4:51:38 PM Permalink

I never could dowload the 1000 pages to learn PS6 . They always direct me to download the flash player that I already have. Is there a way to get the pdf files differently ?


Adobe Education

Posted on 12/2/13 4:23:08 PM Permalink

You'll need to save the PDF file to your desktop and then open it with Adobe Reader 9 or later. If you do that, you'll have no trouble viewing the file.

Andrik Pratama

Posted on 10/28/13 3:48:52 PM Permalink

it's helpfull... this is like a bible of Adobe Photoshop :D

Uchitha Wickramaratne

Posted on 9/5/13 7:20:22 AM Permalink

It's great for students,and very useful !!!!!!!!

Disa Perry

Posted on 8/22/13 9:44:46 PM Permalink

Is there somewhere we can download the resources that are used (images, etc.) in this curriculum?

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/23/13 9:04:49 PM Permalink

Hi Disa - unfortunately, we cannot provide these images due to copyright restrictions.

Adrian Warnshuis

Posted on 8/20/13 7:54:22 PM Permalink

Nice, systematic approach. A boon to my students.

Jeremy Lee

Posted on 8/15/13 6:10:32 PM Permalink


Imelda Hernández

Posted on 8/5/13 5:44:04 PM Permalink

I think that 40 hours is enough to know the basic tools of Photoshop.

anindya banerji

Posted on 8/5/13 2:07:27 AM Permalink

u said it will take 1+ month,
can u say in hours pls.?

anindya banerji

Posted on 8/4/13 9:08:11 PM Permalink

really ... its useful

Helen Foster

Posted on 7/28/13 4:09:47 PM Permalink

Looks good, Thank you

Imelda Hernández

Posted on 7/25/13 2:04:51 AM Permalink

Gracias por compartir este material, será de gran utilidad para las actividades que realizan mis estudiantes en las clases de diseño y fotografía que imparto a jóvenes universitarios.

jacques legault

Posted on 7/24/13 2:03:16 PM Permalink

Everytime I try this download, it says that I need to download flash player which I do but nothing happens .

Can you help ? I just want the pdf for photoshop cs6.


Steven Howes

Posted on 5/27/13 10:34:02 PM Permalink

Can anyone help with getting the EULA "Accept" button to work? I can't use Acrobat until I Accept, but the same Accept window keeps popping up. Thank you.

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/28/13 3:28:27 AM Permalink

Hi Steven.

I'm sorry for the trouble you are having. Unfortunately we don't do product troubleshooting on the Education Exchange, but please contact Adobe support to help you with the issue you're having with Acrobat.


~Adobe Education

Patrick Ferguson

Posted on 5/13/13 5:25:32 PM Permalink

Thank you.

Alan Garford

Posted on 3/21/13 7:50:01 AM Permalink

Nice to get a good feebie, it helps a lot with the new changes. Thank you :o)

sree nath

Posted on 3/2/13 11:41:56 AM Permalink


sree nath

Posted on 3/2/13 11:41:32 AM Permalink


Arif Muttaqin

Posted on 3/2/13 6:09:07 AM Permalink

i am still newbie, but this book look friendly :D

Dan Long

Posted on 2/28/13 5:28:43 PM Permalink

I have Creative Cloud membership, but links to various eBooks all lead ONLY to the Photoshop book. (Even the link to "Download all eBooks here") ???

Paul Davies

Posted on 2/28/13 12:52:27 PM Permalink

Looks a great resource but not a fan of this portfolio. Seems a very clumsy format. Can i not get it as a single pdf file?

AmanDeep Singh

Posted on 2/14/13 4:09:43 AM Permalink

Thanks a lot Adobe ....................I really want a tutorial to learn ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS 6....................THANKS ADOBE LOOOOOOOOOOVE UUU

Adobe Education

Posted on 2/11/13 3:49:22 AM Permalink

@ Juluis - yes it's free. This is a PDF portfolio so you must right or ctrl-click the file and save to your computer.


~Adobe Education

nasir saleem

Posted on 2/10/13 6:19:00 PM Permalink

Thank you adobe  

Julius Wayne Aloro

Posted on 2/10/13 11:30:34 AM Permalink

is this free? and how to save this to desktop?

William Boswell

Posted on 1/31/13 5:40:51 AM Permalink

I saw the extraction button on each of the pages and thought that was something else. I just extracted each of the PDF's from the individual pages and put them into a separate folder. Thanks for explaining that.

It's actually working in Acrobat Pro 9 since I believe I installed just the latest Flash for it would work. Before all I got was a black page. I don't think it installed the latest Adobe PDF Reader since Acrobat 9 loads when I double click on each file. I plan to upgrade AA9 soon anyway since it's a little out of date and has newer features. I was confused with what I was installing because it showed both Flash and the Reader on the link.

Gary Singh

Posted on 1/31/13 5:20:26 AM Permalink

@William Boswell: Download it again using a different browser. Re-install Reader 11.

When you open the file, the first thing you see is a list of chapters (a total of 21 chapters in this file). You have to extract each chapter to view its contents. You can extract it by clicking the extract button on the thumbnail of each chapter.

William Boswell

Posted on 1/31/13 2:28:49 AM Permalink

Mine is only 10 pages long. The download link shows more than 100 pages. Where are the rest? I'm using Adobe Reader 11.X because my Acrobat Pro 9 version won't open it.

ruby cornelis

Posted on 1/31/13 2:14:38 AM Permalink

thanks. for the learning.........

Gary Singh

Posted on 1/14/13 4:53:49 PM Permalink

I don't believe why people pay hundreds of bucks learning Adobe products from 3rd party sites. This is the best file there is! Thanks a lot!

sejal pariyani

Posted on 1/6/13 1:50:48 PM Permalink

tnanks a lot:)

sejal pariyani

Posted on 1/6/13 1:50:33 PM Permalink

thanks a lot:)

Adesoye Richard

Posted on 12/24/12 10:49:24 AM Permalink

thanks a lot for the tutorial

Raihan Sakib

Posted on 12/20/12 4:22:19 PM Permalink

I like Photo Shop. Bt hw to use it well?

Anup Tabe

Posted on 12/18/12 8:45:25 AM Permalink

Thank You So much ... These are really helpful

Adobe Education

Posted on 12/15/12 3:05:37 AM Permalink

@Hemendra - in the body of the post above look for "File Upload:" and ctrl- or right click on the link that says Learn_Photoshop_CS6.pdf and save it to your desktop. You can then open it from there.

~Adobe Education

Hemendra Moradia

Posted on 12/11/12 3:58:10 AM Permalink

where is the book or link?

Anish Goyal

Posted on 11/14/12 8:11:57 AM Permalink

thankx for the portfolio

Priya Shinde

Posted on 10/30/12 4:15:14 PM Permalink

Thank You So Much for you guidance...Like it

Maheshchandra Bhat

Posted on 10/27/12 6:37:11 AM Permalink

Thanks for introducing the tutorials ... smiley

Sipho Mdloyi

Posted on 10/23/12 2:00:20 PM Permalink

It doesnt download, instead it is openig up a new black-blank window. Whatsup?

Basanta Baruwal

Posted on 10/23/12 3:38:39 AM Permalink



Posted on 10/22/12 7:52:36 AM Permalink

Many thanks for this great job

anubhav kaphle

Posted on 10/14/12 3:29:59 PM Permalink

thanks Adobe for the tutorial...

nehul surana

Posted on 10/3/12 7:02:46 PM Permalink


salam aldaragee

Posted on 9/12/12 9:37:43 AM Permalink

thanks you are alwayes great

it is good for all leavel of students

Christine McCloskey

Posted on 9/7/12 1:24:17 PM Permalink

This is incredible! I start school on the 17th for Graphics & Web Design. How wonderful that I can take advantage of this in addition to the "In Class" learning experience! I'm gonna rule the world in another 10 months! Thanks Adobe :)

jitendra kumar

Posted on 9/7/12 4:55:39 AM Permalink

Wonderfull ...... Great work done ADOBE !!!

jitendra kumar

Posted on 9/7/12 4:46:46 AM Permalink

I want to download the other tutorial .. Where can I get it ..

John Doherty

Posted on 9/6/12 7:53:08 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this great resource. Nice to have so many guides in a clear logical order and in one download.

John Doherty

Posted on 8/31/12 4:47:12 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this great resource.

rony vills

Posted on 8/30/12 3:14:20 PM Permalink

photoshop is now easy learning!!!! Laughing

melody paloma

Posted on 8/20/12 11:13:41 AM Permalink

thank you adobeee!!:)

Kristie MacLaughlin

Posted on 8/3/12 9:34:32 PM Permalink

Our campus just upgraded from CS4 to CS6. This is a huge help. Thank you!!!

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/3/12 3:05:53 PM Permalink

Hi Erin - Yes, that's fine. Feel free to print or photocopy any or all of the guides in this e-book.

Erin Sadowski

Posted on 8/3/12 12:27:43 AM Permalink

Another question about the Creative Commons License: Is it okay for me to photocopy parts of this for my students to use in class, if I attribute it to Adobe?

Thank you,


Adobe Education

Posted on 8/1/12 3:13:09 PM Permalink

Hi Fern - Yes, you can share with your students on your Blackboard site. Please attribute the resource to Adobe when you do. Thanks!

Fern Helfand

Posted on 8/1/12 2:31:47 PM Permalink

Just to make sure about the Creative Commons ...

Is it OK for me to post this document, Learn Photoshop Cs6, on our restricted course "Blackboard" site. Only students registered in the class have access.


Fern (Canada)

Adobe Education

Posted on 7/12/12 4:02:46 AM Permalink

Hi Edper,

We don't supply the images within the screenshots in these documents for copyright reasons. You'll have to capture or find suitable images on your own to work through the tutorials.

Edper Castro

Posted on 7/11/12 1:33:25 AM Permalink

Hello there.

Where could i get the resources (e.g. images) needed to complete the task on this tutorial?

Thanks ahead and GOD bless.

Craig Agnew

Posted on 5/31/12 2:25:50 AM Permalink

That's fantastic. Thanks for your prompt reply!


Adobe Education

Posted on 5/31/12 1:41:03 AM Permalink

@ Craig

Thank you for your comment. Indeed the Creative Commons license is the correct one for our curriculum. We used an Adobe template and that's why the All Rights Reserved copyright shows up on the bottom. We will remedy this system but rest assured the Creative Commons licenese is indeed the correct one.


~Adobe Education

Craig Agnew

Posted on 5/29/12 4:13:43 AM Permalink


In the information above it says that this title has a Creative Commons "Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike" license, however at the bottom of each page of the document there is an All Rights Reserved copyright for Adobe Systems Incoporated. Which license is correct?



Priscilla Steelman

Posted on 5/28/12 10:14:58 PM Permalink

Thank you SO much!

reza rahmani

Posted on 5/25/12 5:07:19 PM Permalink

thx dear Adobe

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/25/12 6:19:24 AM Permalink

@ Mike: I just tested the file and it works fine. However, this file is a PDF Portfolio, nd not viewable in an Internet browser. Please save the file to your desktop by right or ctrl-click and then open with Acrobat 9 or Adobe Reader 9, or later.

@Richard: File #5 (How to use selection tools) is in the PDF portfolio. However if you are looking for Project five of the curriculum these tutorials are from it is here.

@Peter. I did just test the file and they are all there. As this is a PDF portfolio, once the intro page loads, the first guide in the list is in front, use the arrows above "1/21 Overview of Adobe.." to naviaget to the different guides - to open a guide double click it. Alternatively, in the top navigation, click "Files" for a list of the guides in the portfolio and then click to open a specific guide.

Peter Dean

Posted on 5/25/12 1:10:18 AM Permalink

I can only down load the intro page - where is the remainder?

Richard Bonifacio

Posted on 5/25/12 12:08:37 AM Permalink

Where is project 5 guide?

Mike McPheeters

Posted on 5/24/12 9:58:12 PM Permalink

Clicking on uploading the Photoshop CS6 ebook link just sends me to the Adobe reader link, which I already have.

Where is the Photoshop ebook?

rohit ramesh

Posted on 4/24/12 4:57:38 AM Permalink

thanks for introducing the tutorials.. it is great..:)

AlHasan AlDasooqi

Posted on 4/23/12 8:30:20 PM Permalink

aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome ::D:D:D:D .. looooooooooooove you adoooooooooobe :D:D:D