Photoshop 201 8 Videos (7:49h)
  • 01 - How to Use Camera RAW in Photoshop
  • 02 - How to Use the Brush Tool in Photoshop
  • 03 - How to Use Layer FX in Photoshop
  • 04 - How to Load, Use, and Create Actions in Photoshop
  • 05 - How to Use Photoshop Filters
  • 06 - How to Use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  • 07 - Exercise 1: How to Put Someone on a Graphic Background Realistically Using Blending Modes
  • 08 - Exercise 2: How to Retouch Hair and Skin in Photoshop
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Photoshop 201 – Learn Workflow & Photo Editing


Prepare to dive in head first and tackle some of Photoshop’s most powerful tools. Discover best practices that every photographer and retoucher will benefit from. Never look at layers and their endless number of adjustments the same way again. Take your knowledge to an intermediate level in Photoshop with this tutorial.

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10 Sample Images   |   8 Video Tutorials   |   PS Action
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Adobe Camera RAW (ACR)

It is highly recommended to shoot with your camera in RAW mode allowing you to capture 16-bit images. 16-bit images allow for much more flexibility when editing. In order to open a 16-bit RAW image in Photoshop, you have to use Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). We provide an entire section teaching how to use ACR.

Correct White Balance and Exposure

Learn the best methods for color and exposure correction while working in Adobe Camera RAW with a 16-bit image. Reveal the hidden potential that’s waiting for you within your images.

Lens Correction

When light travels through glass it bends and changes direction causing image distortion. These effects are especially noticeable when shooting with a wide angle lens. Learn how to correct lens distortion (barrel distortion) and vignetting to achieve a more realistic image.

Create Presets to Save Time

Stop wasting time making the same image adjustments over and over. Learn how to create presets to save time by applying the same adjustments to any image or group of images instantly.

Learn Every Adjustment Layer

Adjustment layers allow you to change color, exposure and more. Plus, they are non-destructive which allows you to easily go back and change their effects. There are countless adjustment layers to choose from which is why there is an entire section teaching adjustment layers.

Create and Script Patterns

Learn how to create patterns from scratch in Photoshop using any shape. Once you create a pattern, learn how to fill your image with different variations of the pattern. You will be amazed at what you can do with patterns in Photoshop.

Save Time with Actions

Actions allow you to save time by recording your steps in Photoshop. Once you record a sequence of steps, you can apply the exact same sequence to any image. Creating actions can be tricky because they need to work on different images. Learn the best way to create and use actions in Photoshop.

Retouch, Quick and Simple

Learn simple retouching techniques that you can use on any portrait. We focus on making a big difference in a short amount of time. Work on what matters without wasting time on what doesn’t.

Add Filters

Photoshop offers hundreds of filters to enhance your images. Some of them are made to give your images an artistic spin, others are used for photo enhancement. Learn how to use the complete library of Photoshop filters to reach new heights with your images.

Blur and Sharpen

When it comes to enhancing your photos, blurring and sharpening are the most commonly used filters. Each method offers many options and tools. Learn the theory behind using blur and sharpen to create more stunning effects in your images.

Use Smart Filters

Smart filters offer an advantage over regular filters because they can be edited at any time. Imagine never being stuck with your original choice! You will also learn how to create smart objects in addition to the best practices for using smart filters.

Enhance with Liquify

Liquify is an extremely powerful image transformation filter. With this tool you can push and pull pixels and reshape photos. Learn to properly harness the power of the liquify tool to keep your images looking their best.

Create Custom Brushes

The brush tool is among most powerful tools in Photoshop. Learn how to use advanced brush options and how to create your own custom brushes. Custom brushes are excellent for advanced retouching and adding special effects to your images.

Use Flow and Opacity

Most Photoshop users are familiar with opacity which controls the transparency of your brush stroke or layer. Flow works in a similar manner, but operates more like a natural brush would. Learn the differences and how to use both flow and opacity together to gain more control.

Advanced Brush Options

Dive deep into advanced brush options and be amazed at what you can accomplish with the brush tool. There are thousands of different brush combinations and we show you how to harness the power of them all.

Dodge and Burn

Learn advanced dodging and burning techniques to make your subjects really stand out. Go in-depth with the included portrait example to learn which areas should be lightened and darkened for maximum impact.

Layer FX

The Layer FX dialog is as powerful as it is complex. There are many options to consider when adding Layer FX to a layer that we dedicate a section to learning them. Give your images that little, or big, something extra that will be sure to set them apart.

Learn All Blending Modes

Blending modes are an essential part of photo and graphics manipulation in Photoshop. For instance, if you have a black and white image you can make all the black areas disappear instantly just by changing the blend mode to Screen. Discover how each of these modes will change your images so you never have to guess again.


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing tutorial.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Her Layers said Luminosity But her eyes said Illuminati 10/10

  3. (verified owner)
    Rated 5 out of 5

    This video tutorial has been of extreme value to me. I am only half way through so far, and already I’ve learned a ton! I have been photoshopping on and off for about 6 years now, even receiving certification in CS5; and still, the tricks and tips Aaron is including in these tutorials are priceless. Absolutely satisfied and excited to check out the others! Thank you so much.


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