Adobe Education
Educators and Professional Development Specialists

Learn Photoshop CS6

Technical Tutorial Published Apr 23, 2012 Last updated on Jun 8, 2017
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.

Age Levels
1+ Month
Technology Operations and Concepts

Adobe Photoshop CS6 installed on all machines

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
5 / 5 • 61 Ratings

Comments (110)

Write a reply...
or Join for free to view all comments and participate in the discussion.

Gunnar Murpy

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 7:13:13 AM Permalink


AbdelHadi Satti

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 6:00:12 AM Permalink

Thank you ... Thanks​

Solin Tem

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 5:56:48 PM Permalink


Ahmad Adam

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 9:39:00 PM Permalink

​thanx very2 much

Tayo Akinola

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 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 Jun 10, 2016 1:33:00 PM Permalink

Tsaku annah

Posted on May 19, 2016 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 Apr 23, 2016 7:41:29 PM Permalink

Nice ?

Gabriela Virlan

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 1:36:06 PM Permalink

Thanks for all!

olu olu

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 11:47:30 AM Permalink

Thanks help in teaching others.

Fabiola Trombelli

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 6:23:26 PM Permalink

Very useful! Thanks!

awie mawie

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 2:57:19 AM Permalink

I would appreciate, thank u.


Posted on Dec 22, 2015 12:48:06 AM Permalink


David Smith

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 9:11:37 PM Permalink

It looks like can't download to my iPad

Neil Darwin Echipare

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 3:28:29 AM Permalink

Thanks Adobe! Godbless! :)

Antoine Palade

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 10:48:15 AM Permalink

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

raz rajesh

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 10:58:57 PM Permalink

thank you for providing cs6 pdf for free education

Mary Moore

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 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 Jul 27, 2015 10:35:10 AM Permalink


nuthan m

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 8:39:42 AM Permalink

thanks a lot

femi ayo

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 12:47:38 AM Permalink


Mircea Lungu

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 7:55:30 PM Permalink

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

Priscilla Steelman

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 4:07:09 PM Permalink

Thank you for this superb resource.

Cesar de la Peña

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 3:16:04 PM Permalink

Thanks a lot for this..

Dhanaraj Keezhara

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 10:39:59 AM Permalink

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

Masud Rana

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 6:12:52 PM Permalink

Thanks a lot of.

Priscilla Steelman

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 2:53:15 PM Permalink

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

Teolyn Mc Kenzie

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 5:33:01 AM Permalink

Thanks, very useful.

Narendra Sharma

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 7:42:10 AM Permalink

Thanks you to provide useful technique.

Karen Pothier

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 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 Jan 13, 2015 7:21:42 AM Permalink

Its really good, thanks to all of your supports.


Posted on Nov 7, 2014 6:27:25 PM Permalink

goood and useful

Pro Design Tools

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 6:08:28 PM Permalink

shana shana

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 6:22:08 PM Permalink


Simon King

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 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 Dec 20, 2013 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 Dec 21, 2013 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 Nov 29, 2013 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 Dec 2, 2013 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 Oct 28, 2013 3:48:52 PM Permalink

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

Uchitha Wickramaratne

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 7:20:22 AM Permalink

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

Disa Perry

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 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 Aug 23, 2013 9:04:49 PM Permalink

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

Adrian Warnshuis

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 7:54:22 PM Permalink

Nice, systematic approach. A boon to my students.

Jeremy Lee

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 6:10:32 PM Permalink


Imelda Hernández

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 5:44:04 PM Permalink

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

anindya banerji

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 2:07:27 AM Permalink

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

anindya banerji

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 9:08:11 PM Permalink

really ... its useful

Helen Foster

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 4:09:47 PM Permalink

Looks good, Thank you

Imelda Hernández

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 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 Jul 24, 2013 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 May 27, 2013 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 May 28, 2013 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 May 13, 2013 5:25:32 PM Permalink

Thank you.

Alan Garford

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 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 Mar 2, 2013 11:41:56 AM Permalink


sree nath

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 11:41:32 AM Permalink


Arif Muttaqin

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 6:09:07 AM Permalink

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

Dan Long

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 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 Feb 28, 2013 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 Feb 14, 2013 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 Feb 11, 2013 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 Feb 10, 2013 6:19:00 PM Permalink

Thank you adobe  

Julius Wayne Aloro

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 11:30:34 AM Permalink

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

William Boswell

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 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 Jan 31, 2013 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 Jan 31, 2013 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 Jan 31, 2013 2:14:38 AM Permalink

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

Gary Singh

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 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 Jan 6, 2013 1:50:48 PM Permalink

tnanks a lot:)

sejal pariyani

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 1:50:33 PM Permalink

thanks a lot:)

Adesoye Richard

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 10:49:24 AM Permalink

thanks a lot for the tutorial

Raihan Sakib

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 4:22:19 PM Permalink

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

Anup Tabe

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:45:25 AM Permalink

Thank You So much ... These are really helpful

Adobe Education

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 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 Dec 11, 2012 3:58:10 AM Permalink

where is the book or link?

Anish Goyal

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 8:11:57 AM Permalink

thankx for the portfolio

Priya Shinde

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 4:15:14 PM Permalink

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

Maheshchandra Bhat

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 6:37:11 AM Permalink

Thanks for introducing the tutorials ... smiley

Sipho Mdloyi

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 2:00:20 PM Permalink

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

Basanta Baruwal

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 3:38:39 AM Permalink



Posted on Oct 22, 2012 7:52:36 AM Permalink

Many thanks for this great job

anubhav kaphle

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 3:29:59 PM Permalink

thanks Adobe for the tutorial...

nehul surana

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 7:02:46 PM Permalink


salam aldaragee

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 9:37:43 AM Permalink

thanks you are alwayes great

it is good for all leavel of students

Christine McCloskey

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 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 Sep 7, 2012 4:55:39 AM Permalink

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

jitendra kumar

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 4:46:46 AM Permalink

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

John Doherty

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 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 Aug 31, 2012 4:47:12 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this great resource.

rony vills

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 3:14:20 PM Permalink

photoshop is now easy learning!!!! Laughing

melody paloma

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 11:13:41 AM Permalink

thank you adobeee!!:)

Kristie MacLaughlin

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 9:34:32 PM Permalink

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

Adobe Education

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 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 Aug 3, 2012 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 Aug 1, 2012 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 Aug 1, 2012 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 Jul 12, 2012 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 Jul 11, 2012 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 May 31, 2012 2:25:50 AM Permalink

That's fantastic. Thanks for your prompt reply!


Adobe Education

Posted on May 31, 2012 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 May 29, 2012 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 May 28, 2012 10:14:58 PM Permalink

Thank you SO much!

reza rahmani

Posted on May 25, 2012 5:07:19 PM Permalink

thx dear Adobe

Adobe Education

Posted on May 25, 2012 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 May 25, 2012 1:10:18 AM Permalink

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

Richard Bonifacio

Posted on May 25, 2012 12:08:37 AM Permalink

Where is project 5 guide?

Mike McPheeters

Posted on May 24, 2012 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 Apr 24, 2012 4:57:38 AM Permalink

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

AlHasan AlDasooqi

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 8:30:20 PM Permalink

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