Category: Photoshop Basics Collection

 

We all need to start somewhere. Photoshop is an immense program with a tool, tab, or technique to accomplish any creative task. We break down the fundamentals of over 60 tools from the Brush Tool, to the Pen Tool, to Channels and more!

Easy   |   10 Hours   |   60 Video Tutorials

 

Just as a painter may turn his canvas for an easier brush stroke, turn your image for easier editing! This is especially useful when using a pen and tablet.

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Need to get precise? Zoom in! Images are getting more and more detailed as new cameras are released, so zoom in and get to the details.

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The Quick Mask Tool is great whenever you are working with selection tools. It helps clearly define what you do and do not have selected.

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Add creative and artistic effects to your images using the Filter Gallery.

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Save yourself the hassle of trying to eyeball it and use The Alignment Tool. You can even align objects within the confines of a selection.

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Rounding the corners of a rectangle can give you a much softer look that’s easier on the eye. Great for creating buttons or icons, we’ll teach you all the ways to use this versatile shape.

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Not happy with the changes you made? Go back in time using History. Photoshop records all of your actions and allows you to go back to previous versions of your image.

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Learn to make perfect selections of shapes with straight edges like architecture, products, and landscapes. Master the tool that has the precision of the Marquee Tool and the flexibility of the Lasso Tool!

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The Polygon Tool allows you to create a shape with as many sides as you want. Best of all, they are vector based objects, so they can be scaled up and down without losing quality.

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Learn to use the Patch Tool to replace minor blemishes and distractions or use it to duplicate any object or area in your photos.

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Learn all of the tricks that the Eyedropper Tool has to offer. Select the colors you need with precision, safe your favorite colors for later use, and even grab colors from external programs!

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One of the most essential tools in Photoshop, the Crop Tool can help you remove empty space from a photo, adjust composition, or change aspect ratio.

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Red eye is not as much of a problem as it once was, but if you do find yourself editing an image with red eye, this is the perfect tool to use.

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For irregular shapes and objects, you can freely draw with the Lasso Tool to get the selection you need. Learn to adjust your selections, add borders, and add feathering!

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Get anything out of the way with the Content-Aware Move Tool! Move an object in an image, while Photoshop fills the gap by automatically sampling surrounding areas.

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There are several tools in Photoshop that will help you get accurate measurements, but the easiest one to use is the Ruler tool.

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When cropping isn’t enough, try the Perspective Crop Tool! Not only can you adjust composition and aspect ratio but you can also straighten objects in an image that might be slightly distorted.

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Based off of color and tone, the Magic Wand Tool can make quick work out of the most complex selections. Learn what situations are best for this powerful tool and how to add and subtract from your selections to make them perfect.

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The Marquee Tool is one of many selection tools that can select objects for color change, cut objects out, and replace part of an image. Best of all, it’s the easiest to use and a great entry into understanding how to master selections.

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Perfect for retouching areas that contain a hard edge or line, the Clone Stamp Tool is one of the go-to tools for any retoucher, composite artist, or photo editor.

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Blemishes be gone! The Healing Brush Tool is great for small and precise work such as removing scars, tattoos or a stray strand of hair.

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Select large areas easily with the Quick Selection Tool. Learn when and how to make the most of this smart feature and learn how to further refine your selections.

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The Spot Healing Brush Tool is great for removing blemishes and distractions from your image. Unlike the Healing Brush Tool, you don’t need to pick a sample area to work from, Photoshop does it for you.

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Perfect for images with high contrast, the Magnetic Lasso is a smart tool that can automatically detect edges, making the process of selecting an object incredibly easy! Learn how and when it’s best to use it in this tutorial.

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The Pen Tool is one of the most challenging tools in Photoshop to master but it is the best way to create perfect, precise selections. Learn everything you need to know about Paths and the Pen Tool in this essential tutorial.

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Opposite of The Dodge Tool, The Burn Tool darkens pixels as you paint. Best used in conjunction with The Dodge Tool, this is a great tool for adding definition to your images.

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There are several ways to blur objects in Photoshop, but the Blur Tool comes with a number of ways to control and fine tune it. Unlike Blur Filters, The Blur Tool allows you to precisely apply a blur to certain areas in an image.

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Modeled after techniques used when developing film, The Dodge Tool enables you to lighten pixels in your image. This is great for drawing attention or creating contours.

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There are several different ways to apply Gradients to your image, but their basic function is creating a gradual change between colors or a color to transparent.

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The Rectangle tool creates vector based rectangles that can be scaled up or down infinitely.

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Similar to the Rectangle Tool, The Ellipse Tool gives you the ability to make vector based circles and ovals that can be infinitely scaled up and down.

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Adding text to your image is easy with the Text Tool. Plus, there are tons of adjustments and controls that can be applied to change the way your text appears.

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Required for almost any project, learn to use the Move Tool to precisely relocate, resize, and align objects in an image.

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The Smudge Tool essentially pushes pixels around in your image. Although it is not the most practical tool, there are some artistic applications.

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The Polygon Tool allows you to create a shape with as many sides as you want. Best of all, they are vector based objects, so they can be scaled up and down without losing quality.

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One of the most useful navigational tools when doing closeup, detailed work, The Hand Tool allows you to easily move around your images.

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The Custom Shape Tool is great because you can create any shape you want, and since they are vector, they can be scaled infinitely up and down without losing resolution.

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Layer masks give you the ability to hide or show certain parts of layers. Best of all, they are completely reversible, so you can always bring back whatever you have hidden.

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Color Balance is a great way to make color adjustments to your images and can also be used to introduce some new colors as well.

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A Levels Adjustment Layer gives you control over color balance, tone and exposure. After you master it, Levels will become one of your go-to tools.

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Hue/Saturation gives you the power to adjust, change, and add colors to your images. Colors have a ton of control over the look and feel of your images, so this is a great tool to be familiar with.

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Black and White Adjustment Layers give you the most control when transfering a color image to Black and White. You can even adjust the light values for each individual color in your image.

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Curves are an awesome tool that give you control over the exposure and color in your images. Curves are very similar to Levels, but with some practice, they can give you a lot more control.

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Easily one of Aaron’s favorite tools in Photoshop! The Brush Tool can be one of the most powerful and versatile tools, capable of retouching, compositing, and stunning special effects.

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When you need to see a page or design in a variety of formats, the Artboard Tool has got your back. Create designs and canvases for any screen size, from web browsing on a computer to any of the most popular mobile devices.

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Adjustment Layers allow you to apply effects and changes to your images that are not permanent and can be adjusted or reversed. Adjustment Layers are key to non-destructive editing.

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Perfect for graphics designers and web developers, learn to use the Slice Tool to cut up a high resolution image into multiple pieces to prepare it for the web.

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Photoshop Actions allow you to record a series of editing steps, and then apply that same series of edits to anything else. Actions can save you a ton of time when it comes to complex processes like sharpening.

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As opposed to directly affecting your image, a smart object creates a reference file of the original, so you are never directly changing the original file.

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Push and pull pixels in your image with the Liquify Tool. This tool is great for reshaping or restructuring objects that seem a little off or out of place. This tool can be a Photographer’s best friend, but the key is moderation.

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Edit faster and more efficiently by utilizing Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop. Easily access the tools you need and spend less time searching through menus.

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All of your images are made up of a ton of color information, Channels allows you to separate, select, and view this information in 3 primary colors, red, green, and blue.

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Strategically and artfully merger and blend your layers in Photoshop with Clipping Masks. Great for combining multiple images, or being selective with an adjustment layer.

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Sometimes you can end up with a bunch of different layer while editing in Photoshop. Groups are a great way to stay organized and edit multiple layers at once.

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Previously known as the Refine Edge Tool, Select and Mask has evolved to make getting the perfect selection or mask even easier.

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From drop shadows to strokes, Layer Effects are the easiest way to apply 2 dimensional styles to your layers. When used correctly, they can create some awesome looking effects in your images.

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Understanding how foreground and background colors work in Photoshop will speed up your workflow and help you use Layer Masks more efficiently. Learn some commonly used keyboard shortcuts and how to get the most out of the Color Picker and Swatches.

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One of the few vector based features in Photoshop, Paths create line segments that can be scaled up and down without losing resolution.

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The building block of creating great images and a speedy workflow, understanding Layers is key to mastering Photoshop. Learn all of the layer types, how to work non-destructively, and how to organize your projects like a pro.

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