Phlearn’s free courses trump most of the paid options that are out there and the PRO ones absolutely destroy them. Phlearn is the only place where I’ve seen practical solutions and examples to the problems that photographers face on a daily basis.
Aaron’s presentation of both photography and Photoshop techniques is clear, concise and enjoyable. The value you get from the texture packs and PRO courses is fantastic and they immediately take your finished products to a whole new level.
I love my weekly dose of Phlearn and look forward to the ambitious projects in upcoming PRO tutorials. Keep up the great work Aaron!
– Michael Woloszynowicz
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
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
The amount of knowledge you learn from the Pro videos is invaluable.
I would encourage it to anyone who is just starting out – or for anyone that wants to take their craft to another level, this is the place to start. Right here at Phlearn. You will learn techniques that you had no idea existed in Photoshop!
– Ron Ibarra
I absolutely LOVE Phlearn. It is the #1 site I recommend to anyone wanting to learn about photography or Photoshop. There is just no comparison to the amount of information you get, the quality of it, and the entertainment you get along the way is a big bonus! Aaron Nace is a truly likeable person who very deftly explains sometimes complicated skills in a way that’s very easy to grasp. I was good at Photoshop before I discovered Phlearn, but it has taught me SO MUCH. After nearly episode, I find myself exclaiming, “Holy shit, I had no idea!” about some technique or another.
I love the free episodes they make every week, but, my god, the Pro Tutorials are just unbelievable. I have purchased a number of them, including the Nude Flying Fairy and Dark Skies, and the trove of information you get for the price is just unbelievable. Aaron does a spectacular job at breaking down the steps of the photo, making what might seem like an overwhelming edit easy to digest in bite-sized chunks. The level of detail he goes into makes the techniques you learn in each tutorial applicable to any situation you might find yourself in.
You leave each tutorial feeling like a whole new world of Photoshop has been opened up to you that you never knew existed. And better still, if you find you can’t quite remember how a particular bit was done, you can replay the video any time you need a refresher. Aaron’s playful personality makes all these tutorials so fun; it’s like a good friend is in the room with you, helping you understand the task at hand, and never judging.
In short, Phlearn is just THE BEST Photoshop/photography site around, period. After you go through a tutorial, your work will never be the same.
– Sarah Allegra
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
Phlearn pro tutorials are exactly how I wanted a tutorial to be. Fun, extended, and super informative. I really like the way Aaron teaches, he’s is the teacher I always wanted to have but never could find. For years I’m roaming the net for good quality education on photography and Photoshop but I always get lost or bored after a while.
Since I know Phlearn, I always look out for the next episode. I’m hooked! Thanks Aaron for being such an inspiring tutor.
– Remco Zwart
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 Pro tutorials are literally the best photoshop tutorials I found on the net. And I’ve looked hard. Of course they are not for everyone. If you are only beginning to learn photoshop, then I think, they are not for you. But if you know the basics, and want to learn how you can express yourself better using photoshop then there is nothing comparing to what Aaron teaches! For a very long time I’ve looked at incredible composites done in photoshop and dreamed to learn how they were done. These tutorials made it possible for me!
Thank you Aaron for your work!
– Greg Brave
The quality of tutorials and content that is produced by Phlearn is second to none.
After spending years watching tutorials on YouTube and buying expensive videos, I discovered Phlearn. The average Phlearn tutorial is much longer than any homemade YouTube tutorial. The content of each video is also much more in-depth.
It’s unbelievable how many new things you can learn from each video. There’s always a couple small things, that you pick up here and there, that you find yourself using all the time. This is in addition to all the extras that are included with the tutorials like brushes and actions.
The price point for videos in perfect, especially because I have paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars for 1-2 hour videos.
I am constantly telling my friends about Phlearn . I am found that both photographers and artists love it equally.
– Ray Miles
As far as photoshop is concerned I’m very much in the early stages, but the way Aaron teaches even an old non-techie beginner like myself can follow along with plenty to learn in a very understandable way no matter how much, or little, they know.
Someday maybe I’ll actually get decent at this stuff, but for now at least I found a place where I can find plenty to keep me going without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated… Proud to be part of the Phamily!!!
– Scott Allan
Using Phlearns tutorials and weekly newsletters have really increased my skills with photoshop, not to mention getting a ton of good ideas for projects I take on.
I recommend all my peers to check out Phlearn!
– Tucker Joenz
To start, Phlearn is amazing! I have searched the web over and over trying to find good photoshop tutorials that actually went into depth on the tools and techniques for creating the type of photos I see in my head. About six months ago I found Phlearn and am so glad I did. I’m only on my 3rd Pro Tutorial, but have already learned more than I could have imagined in that short time.
Aaron Nace is such a good, fun teacher and really breaks down every step and tool used to create his photos. Not only that, but he shows you how to do things several different ways so you can pick the one that is most comfortable for you. If you’re questioning wether or not to get a Pro Tutorial or if Phlearn is right for you, the answer is YES! Thanks for all you do Aaron and all the others who make Phlearn what it is.
– Dru Lester
Even taking into consideration the seemingly endless amounts of free tutorials on the internet, I was hard pressed on looking for something that contained a purpose in its teachings. Mostly all you would find is how to apply a one-off text effect you’ll never use in your work, or how to pull off a half-baked manipulation where the steps and narration get so verbatim that you get to the point where you’ll see yourself following directions for a couple of adjustment layers without any other guidance besides “Set hue to +34, lightness to -7” and so on, and so forth.
Taking this into paid services such as creativeLIVE, or perhaps even Lynda.com; although you do receive some supportive commentary, you’ll find yourself doing a lot more review work and get to the end figuring out that the person teaching you this segment might benefit from some tutorials themselves.
I feel as though PhlearnPRO changes this. These tutorials on an arbitrary scale of work are not completely out of the norm, but the combination of thought process and conversation throughout the edit from the sketch to the sharpening will have you interested in the *why* as much if not more than the *how*. This is imperative to visual learners (Which I’m assuming by coming to websites such as these, we all are), and I feel that Phlearn nails this. I knew of the tools of photoshop and how to use them properly, but PhlearnPRO taught me *why* to use them and *when* would be the best time to according to what is on my canvas. That help alone has been immeasurable, and the experience of watching PhlearnPRO has been a pleasurable one, as you get to know Aaron on a professional, as well as personal level.
I recommend this service to anyone who’s been looking for that purpose in their post-processing that will give them the drive to execute work that they have had in their heads, and the confidence to follow through without feeling like you’ve bit off more than you can chew.
– Rj Osorio
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 started in photography about 2 years ago and decided to see where my imagination can take me. I quickly realized that I loved to edit my shots to create something that often the naked eye can’t see. I heard a lot of chatter on different social networks regarding the use of Photoshop and how nothing in photography is real anymore…well, I couldn’t disagree more. Photoshop is just the new painters canvas, and just like every major painter drew what their heart saw, we use Photoshop to bring to life what is in our minds.
I saw Aaron’s work a while back on Flickr and was amazed by his level of creativity, the quality of his editing and of course his amazing photography in the first place. And this is where PHLEARN came into play for me. The first time I came across PHLEARN, I thought “Finally! Someone is providing and teaching the tools for those who want to express the images in their heads but didn’t have the know how”.
Just through the Free Episodes alone you can tremendously improve your skills and start to build images like never before, so just imagine what is possible with the PRO Tutorials. On top of all that, PHLEARN doesn’t even ask for a lot of money for what they provide, which makes it the first honest and fair deal on the net with a serious return on investment.
Go through 3 Free Episodes and I promise you, you will be hooked on the entire PHLEARN package!
– Dan Hashemi
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
I’ve just joined your great Phlearn community… and just bought my first Phlearn Pro tutorial too… (The Last Athlete).
It was really great… In my learning experience, tutorials often goes up to 50 or 60% of the professional level you want to achieve (tech stuff, criteria, lightining, etc) … the other percentage is totally up to you in your experience and perseverance in your work…. but it always seems to be certain PRO knowlege that is really hard to deduce… and it would take a large amount of hours (or days) to get there.
Although you always have to do your homework, this tutorials really give you that… specialized techinques and very practical ways to solve complex situations, and also… very important… they also train your eye and your brain to get a really good criteria to know what to look for in your images.
Thanks for your great work.
– Jose Duenas
Without Phlearn I would not be where I am now. I spent hours watching your tutorials, enjoying the high quality and friendly atmosphere. If I need to know something Phlearn is where I look first. You have taught me so much and you guys are just incredible for sharing your knowledge with us, not asking anyting in return. You’ve showed me things I hadn’t even considered to think about and I have to say THANK YOU for being just awsome! I’m very proud to be part of the Phlearn Phamily!
– Lia Niobe
I met Aaron at B&H in NYC for a free lesson on retouching a portrait and I was completely blown away by his skills, his style and -of course- enthusiasm! Then I follow the guy on twitter and he announces that he’s launching “something” called Phlearn! I give it a try and I became addicted to “phlearn” something new almost every day. Then, he launched the first Phlearn PRO and I became addicted once again. Nothing is left out, he tells you EVERYTHING he knows while he’s doing it! You see him doing the stuff step by step, explaining it to you and then you do it and magic happens!! I actually keep notes with the minutes and seconds of the videos of stuff I like to keep for future references (like how to apply some make up or how to put light on a fairy’s wings) 😀
Phlearn PRO tutorials are phenomenal. Almost all I know in photoshop is thanks to those tutorials. I was completely lost before this, I had some skills but without direction and since Phlearn I’ve been able to apply Aaron’s techniques to my own style and I’m more than satisfied with the results.
I gotta warn you, you’ll get used to Aaron’s energy and style and it’s going to be hard for you to go back other tutorials from another artist.
– Eduardo Perez
Phlearn helped further my technical skills in camera and on the computer because the art and design school I went to did not have the best photography program. Thankfully, I did not choose to go into photography there, but minored in it. As a Communication Designer with a passion for photography, Phlearn was the photography school I had been searching for. Conceptual, technical, 24/7, and most of all, taught by a young and passionate professional in the industry who knows his craft.
Phlearn, you are doing something great and I believe you are changing lives because you help guide people who lack artistic vision to experts who have been in the industry for years.
Proud to be part of the Phamily!
– Julie Xiong
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
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
First time I purchased a pro tutorial I was skeptical because I don’t normally buy anything off the internet. I had no idea what I was getting exactly, and frankly wasn’t sure if it would even be worth it since theres tons of videos on youtube.
After checking out a few of the daily tutorials I went ahead and decided to purchase the blacksmith pro tutorial. I was immediately hooked on the pro tutorials. I could not believe the phlearn team gave me over 3 hours of valuable learning information, and brushes.
At first I was phlearns greatest skeptic, but now a daily follow that has purchased 8 separate pro tutorials. Do yourself a favor, save some money and buy the package, because in the end you will want to purchase all of them and they are well worth it.
There is no better learning tutorials out there.
– Isaiah Vaba