Thanks for putting out some of the most accessible, interesting, and informative tutorials on the web. I am simply in awe of your Photoshop knowledge and techniques. I’ve been a working landscape photographer since 2008 and I thought I knew my way around the program. How wrong I was! In every Phlearn tutorial I’ve watched I’ve learned one, or two, or ten new things about Photoshop. But I’m not just talking about tips, tricks, and shortcuts. Your techniques are fantastic as well. I had no idea you could accomplish so much with the simple brush tool.
But of course, technical Photoshop knowledge alone doesn’t create great images. I’ve really gotten a lot out of hearing your theories and ideas on color and light matching for composites. It makes all the difference in the world. I can honestly say that even though I’ve only watched a handful of Phlearn tutes so far my portrait images are light years ahead of where they were only a few months ago.
Thanks much and keep up the great work.
– Josh Cripps
A few weeks ago, Jeremy Cowart tweeted about how great of a Photoshop teacher Aaron Nace is. So I checked out a few free videos on Aaronâ€™s Phlearn site, and I was immediately hooked. I bought a Pro Tutorial and I swear I learned more about Photoshop in 3 hours than I have in the past 3 years.
Aaron is a highly skilled photographer and Photoshopper, a great teacher, and has a wonderful, quirky sense of humor. Absorbing all the information that Mr. Nace is laying down would normally make my brain hurt, but thanks to his goofy jokes and casual approach to teaching, there is no headache involved.
– Patrick Niddrie
People generally dont like being wrong, even worse we dont like admitting we were wrong.
I had been watching Phlearn for about a month or so before I bought my first Pro Tutorial. I had learned and grown so much just from the free daily shows I felt like I was getting way to much for free so I decided i wanted to support Aaron by buying a tutorial. So i picked one that looked interesting, thinking that for the price i would maybe learn a few extra tricks that didn’t happen to make it in the daily show (or had been done in the archives). I was wrong. Very wrong and I will happily admit it!
I still use what i learned in that first tutorial in a large portion of my images along with all the other tips and techniques I’ve learned in all the other tutorials I’ve purchased since. In fact, there isn’t an image I’ve made recently that hasn’t had a touch or more of Phlearn influence and i couldn’t be more grateful. Phlearn continues to help me get my images to where I want them to be, and also shows me where I’ve never thought of taking them.
I really can’t express how valuable these Pro Tutorials are, at any price!
– Willard Chivers
I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop for 4 or more years now, and I found myself constantly using the same techniques which did not help me progress and did not make my photos look too realistic. After coming across Phlearn, joining the daily discussions in the episodes and getting a Phlearn Pro video, I realized how much more there is to Photoshop. The episodes opened my eyes to new ways of editing a picture and making it stand out. Aaron covers absolutely everything there is to know about the program!
The Flood Pro episode that I have purchased showed me the process of making an image (explanation of the light sources was very helpful), as well as the post production. I learned how to make the model look perfect yet natural, I learned about making a composite and how to create a mood for the picture, as well as many more ways of creating a photograph that I still use today.
I highly recommend getting a Phlearn Pro to anyone who is interested in taking their creativity to the next level!
– Natalia Osmolovskaya
It doesn’t matter if youâ€™re new to Photoshop or if you’ve been using it for years Phlearnâ€™s Pro tutorials will teach you something new and help you understand the how, when, why of using each technique taught.
I’ve been using Photoshop for more than 10 years and Phlearnâ€™s Pro tutorial has been the absolute best learning resource I’ve encountered.
– Bryan Dockett
I have been using Photoshop for a few years, but have just started my first 365 self-portraiture project. Wow, It takes a lot of work to make me look like I want to look. Once I found Phlearn, it was like an addiction. There is so much useful information on the site, and Aaron is truely talented and amazing (and a little crazy).
After watching hours and hours of free videos, I downloaded the retouching pack from the Pro Tutorials. There is so much information in there about what to look for, how to fix it, some truly amazing techniques made simple. Now, I just have to figure out how not to end up with a blue face, but artistically, I don’t think Aaron can teach me that. Just practice. I am at the beginning of my photography journey, but learning by leaps and bounds, thank you Phlearn, and Phlearn Pro Tutorials.
– Carrie Tucci
I have been a follower of that “aknacer” since I finded him on Flickr years ago. His photos was so surreal, provocative, and super, SUPER realistic. I didn’t know how he did that. But I know now (just a little).
On the PRO tutorials, Aaron explains absolutely everything about the creation of one of his images. You choose what edition do you want to learn, you pay, you watch, and you know. Simply like that, better than a college class, and a lot cheaper. It’s perfect!
– Ruben Chase
Phlearn is one of those exceptionally rare places where you can learn from someone (Aaron Nace) who is so good at what he does that he doesn’t need to be teaching. But Aaron teaches because he loves to and he’s a darn good teacher to boot.
The “PRO” tutorials on Phlearn over-deliver every time, sometimes reaching over 3 hours of pure content. These tutorials are vastly superior to anything available on any of the subscription learning sites or in any college.
The latest “PRO” tutorials have gotten scary good. It should be pointed out that only a hand full of people in the world can produce the level of work that Aaron does now. Naming these tutorials “PRO” is appropriate as he’s a consummate pro at composite work rivaling photographers like Gary Land or Dave Hill.
Professionals like these aren’t teaching their craft at any price. Yet through the Phlearn episodes, Aaron takes you by the hand and and gives you an education you can’t get anywhere else (believe me I’ve looked).
– Daniel Cook
At first I thought this PHLEARN guy was off his ROCKER and had a lot of girlfriends. I quickly realized he means business. Phlearn is our go to resources for all things photoshop.
‘Phlearn It’ has become part of our every day vocabulary. Keep up the great work Aaron…you whacky b@stard.
– liam hennessey
I had been editing with Photoshop for about 1,5 years already when I discovered Phlearn! It was pretty much at the beginning and if I remember correctly, I found out about it via Aaron’s Flickr stream. It must have been around episode 25 or so and ever since then I have been hooked! I loved the old episodes and I love the news ones and I esp. love the Pro Tutorials because it makes you understand the magic behind it!
I used to watch tutorials on YouTube and could never really follow them too well so I gave up eventually, most of the time pretty frustrated because I wanted to improve my skills! Phlearn has showed me the inside secrets of Photoshop and how easy it can be if you know certain things! Thanks to Phlearn, I have improved to a whole new level and I will forever be grateful for that.
You rock, Aaron and Phlearn! <3
– Andrea Peipe
PHLEARN is my go to place. I search endlessly trying to find information to help me edit my images and there are few willing to help. I give freely any knowledge I may have to anyone who asks, which is why I am a faithful patron of PHLEARN.
Thank you Aaron and all who assist you for the willingness to share so that the photographic community can grow. I have learned a great deal and that has made such a difference in my work which my customers are the beneficiaries. I have gained confidence knowing that my images are the best they can be from my perspective. Keep it up. I thing there is one or two more things for me to learn!
– John Hill
Phlearn serves great food for thought in the continuous strive to perfect the PS crafting
What’s most striking is the great bang for the buck. Quality equals those charging 5x for similar content…
– Jonas Forsberg
Phlearn got me out of my own slump. I was looking to learn some new PS skills but all the resources online seemed to just be rehashed and reposted, then I found Aaron/ Phlearn.
I have learned a great deal from the site, but my favorite part is referring other people in a similar situation to the site.
– Adam Elmakias
I am currently a graduate student in Art and Design and Phlearn is my number one resource for Photoshop and Photography tutorials. When comparing Phlearn to other training sites, the first thing which stands out is Aaron’s passion for the subject matter and teaching it to others. When I was in Chicago I stopped by to check out their studio. The staff at Phlearn couldn’t have been nicer to take the time out of their schedule to give me a tour and talk to me.
The tutorials are much more than the technical way to create an image. They help you think about ways to solve and make your own photos. Where other sites teach about the tools. Aaron teaches how to use them in a successful manner. Although I have only been serious about photography for the last two years, I feel the biggest improvement in my craft started by watching Phlearn.
– Ben Scott
I can’t tell everyone how helpful Phlearn has been to me as a photographer. Its like an addiction to a substance that helps you get further in life rather than holding you down or burdening you with expenses. Phlearn serves inspiration in a large daily dose of awesomeness; pure fun and light hearted honesty in every free episode made my the team.
The Phlearn Pros, of which I own 15+ of are the most helpful resource of photography tutorials that teach the things that I want to learn; I have never came across anything on the internet like it, and I even own a Lynda account.
I would recommend Phlearn to every skill level of photoshop user, from causal beginner to advanced photoshop masters. I would like to thank Aaron Nace for his enormous contribution to the photography/photoshop world and would consider him one of my greatest inspirations in this field. That being said, I will continue to support the community and Phlearn as a whole as long as I can even past a high level of photoshop proficiency.
– Griffin Beste
The Phlearn Pro Tutorials have completely changed the way I approach projects in Photoshop.
Not only have I learned so much new material, I’ve now seen how the tools I used to use on a regular basis used in completely different fashions rendering amazing results. The icing on the cake is all the extras you get with the purchase; the patterns, textures, brushes, actions, etc.
You guys have really built something great here. Thanks a lot!
– Nick Silvester
I’ve been a Photoshop nerd since version 3, and I can tell you that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with PS since the very beginning. As powerful as it is, PS is also one if the most frustrating and difficult to learn pieces of software I have ever encountered. I used to think of myself as somewhat of a PS “guru”, that is until I happened upon the Phlearn website. It was immediately obvious that despite his somewhat cavalier and funny exterior, Aaron was a guy who knew the in’s and out’s of PS like know one I had seen before.
After viewing countless free tutorials (hey, I’m cheap) I finally broke down and purchased several of the Pro Tutorials and let me tell you that I can unabashedly recommend these tutorials to anyone at any skill level. Anyone who wants to get the most out of PS and increase their productivity and creativity. I have rarely seen a person with a gift and passion for teaching like Aaron and I can honestly say that I have learned and applied something from almost every tutorial I have viewed: Something that cannot be said about every tutorial site I have used and there have been many!!
Thanks Phlearn, I’m better at what I love to do because of you guys!
– Mark Feliciano
I own 18 of the Phlearn Pro Tutorials, and each one has taught me something new.
Aaron is such a great teacher, everything is explained in a way that I can understand. What I thought was once out of my reach in Photoshop is now at my fingertips. I have grown and expanded my knowledge to a point where my imagination and time are my only obstacles.
– Kim Whittemore
Aaron and the whole Phlearn Phamily have helped me break out the the rut of doing the same thing over and over again. It had gotten so bad that I was not even opening Photoshop anymore and I was just using lightroom. Phlearn has helped me re-discover Photoshop and have the confidence to explore new techniques that I would not have done prior to discovering Phlearn. Thanks Aaron and everyone at Phlearn!
– Nick Cardona
Aaron Nace and the team at Phlearn have put together some amazing resources for photographers and digital artists.
For photographers and artists interested in learning advanced shooting and Photoshop techniques, Phlearn is second to none.
– Pye Jirsa, Co-Founder SLR Lounge
I have only recently come to learn about Phlearn and Aaron Nase and boy, has this combo changed my world!
Having come from a CGI/3D animation background, I’ve long used Photoshop but in a very different way to how PS is used in photo manipulation and photography. The thing about Photoshop is that it can be used in so many different applications across multiple industries. These Phlearn tutorials are just so incredibly helpful even to a seasoned PS user such as myself.
I take my hat off to Aaron for being so generous with sharing his vast knowledge and experience with the software. I have never come across any other teacher who has been so thorough and in-depth with instruction. The tutorials are low-cost and Aaron has been so kind to offer this exceptional education to the general public.
If you have always dreamed about being able to perform magic with your photos, then you will not be disappointed with what Phlearn has to offer!
– Mark Soon
I knew from the first video that I had found something life-changing.
– Christian Lawson
PHLEARN is awesome!
First off, Aaron is a character. I’ve watched a lot of other photoshop tutorials, but Aaron keeps it entertaining, supportive, and positive. All of that is really important for creating a learning environment that has worked for me. It’s weird – watching a PHLEARN PRO episode is super-entertaining. I might honestly watch them even if I wasn’t trying to learn… but as Mary Poppins once said: a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!
And does it ever! I’ve gone from being intimidated by Photoshop to feeling confident using the many different tools, techniques, and strategies that Aaron demonstrates. No, more than that – now I feel confident exploring and experimenting in Photoshop.
I want to thank Aaron and the rest of the crew at PHLEARN for what they are building, and how much they have already taught me. Thanks guys!
– Michael Petrachenko
I appreciate the quality/thoroughness of the pro tutorials here at Phlearn. They are a phenomenal value for the money. I should know — so far I’ve purchased 11 of them.
I’ve purchased many photoshop tutorials and PHLEARN is (in my opinion), are the best value for the money by FAR.Love the entire Phlearn site as well. If there is time in my day to only check out one site, Itâ€™s going to be PHLEARN.
Thanks to you and your team for all you do!
– Jeff Whitlock