Photoshop 101 – Getting Started in Photoshop


If you want to learn Photoshop quickly, while picking up the best techniques, this is the perfect class for you. Learn, side-by-side with the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world, Aaron Nace.

Photoshop 101 covers nearly every tool and menu available to you in detail. This is your starting point for getting introduced to the incredible editing possibilities in Photoshop. Learn how to edit quickly, build confidence in your skills, and ensure your images come out looking great!

* This tutorial is part of the Photoshop 101-301 Bundle


  • 8 Sample Images
  • 2 RAW Images


Table of Contents

Photoshop 101
  • 01 - Workflow
  • 02 - Layers, Layer Masks & Groups
  • 03 - Every Photoshop Tool (Part 1)
  • 04 - Every Photoshop Tool (Part 2)
  • 05 - Every Photoshop Tool (Part 3)
  • 06 - The Photoshop Menu (Part 1)
  • 07 - The Photoshop Menu (Part 2)
  • 08 - Colorful Portrait (Exercise 1)

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Learning Photoshop Starts Here.

Learn Proper Workflow

Photoshop is an expansive program and it can be difficult figuring out where to start. With so many options for editing and saving, how do you make the right choice? The workflow section helps keep you focused and moving forward with confidence.

Color Profiles Explained

Discover the many color profiles and which ones should you use. With Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, sRGB and others the choice can be quite confusing. Some are best for editing while others are best for web.

Layers, Masking and Groups

Learn the best ways to properly work with layers to save time and headache. Layers are one of the primary building blocks of Photoshop. We dedicate an entire section to working with layers, masking and groups.

Define Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts will greatly increase your efficiency in Photoshop. While many are preset, you can create your own shortcut for just about everything. Learn how to view all the keyboard shortcuts and then how to create your own.

Learn Typography Basics

There are many options when it comes to working with Type and the Type Tool. Leading, Kerning and Tracking all adjust letter spacing differently. See exactly how each of these fields work and how they work together.

Create Advanced Selections

Selections allow you to make changes to specific areas of your images. See how to create and combine selections using a variety of tools. Then learn how to edit and save selections to work more accurately giving you better results.

Start Here!

Photoshop 101 is the perfect place to start learning the tools and techniques in Photoshop!

Healing Vs. Clone

The healing brush and clone stamp tools can both be used to retouch minor blemishes in Photoshop. However, each tool works best in different scenarios. Learn how to use both tools to get the most out of Photoshop and your images.

Select with Quick Masks

Quick masks allow you to create custom selections expanding your options for creating and editing selections. Quick masks also allow you to use filters like blur on selections. Learn how to create quick masks and edit selections.

Intro to Filters

Photoshop includes many filters. Some are used for creative effects and others are used to enhance your images. Learn the basics about the most commonly used filters and their options.

Brush Controls and Shortcuts

The brush tool is one of the most commonly used tools in Photoshop. See how settings like size, opacity, flow and hardness all have a role in shaping your images. Learn how to quickly make changes to these settings to work more quickly and accurately.

Eraser Vs. Masks

Learn the proper techniques for removing objects in Photoshop. The eraser can be useful, but will permanently remove pixels. While layer masks allow for non-destructive editing. This tutorial explains the ins and outs of both tools giving you greater flexibility when editing your images.

Dodge and Burn

Enhance highlights and shadows using the dodge and burn tools. Photoshop makes these tools very accessible, but there are less destructive ways to accomplish the same thing. Learn how to retouch in a way that you can change at any time.

Transform, Warp and Scale

Layers often need to be moved, rotated, scaled and sometimes even warped. Learn how to properly use the transform tools in Photoshop while not destroying image data in the process.

Layer Alignment Control

See how easy aligning objects and layers can be. By using the align layers tool you can create cleaner, more structured designs. Objects, layers and layer groups can all be aligned to each other as well as the document’s artboard.

Add, Subtract and Create Selections

Learn each selection tool and their options to create more complex selections. Keyboard shortcuts can speed up how you add, subtract and intersect selections making it vital to learn how multiple selection tools to be used.

Export Perfectly for Web

Saving images properly for the web requires the understanding of colorspace and settings. Colors may appear differently in Photoshop than when placed online. Learn all the correct settings to use to ensure images display properly online.

Crop More Effectively

There are multiple ways to crop an image in Photoshop. Learn how to crop and resize your images while maintaining all of the original image information. Using the methods you learn will allow you to change the crop later without having lost any of the image.

Basic Image Adjustments

Learn basic color and exposure adjustments to enhance your images. Learn how to create and use curves, levels and hue/saturation adjustment layers. Combining these adjustment layers with your images will give your more control than you have ever had before.

Create Custom Brushes

Photoshop brushes are very powerful and often overlooked. Learn how to get the most out of the brush tool by creating your own custom brushes. Imagine painting with any shape you want!

Practice Exercise Included

Learn by doing. Follow along from start to finish editing the included sample image in Photoshop. All of the exercise files are included so you can learn and practice at the same time to make sure you will remember everything you learn.


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