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Photoshop Basics 12 Videos (1:58h)
  • 01 - Move Tool
    Learn to move, transform, resize, scale, and align layers with the Move Tool.
  • 02 - Artboard Tool
    If you're making images and graphics for the web that will be displayed on different devices, the Artboard Tool can help you create mock-ups for web, tablet, and phone resolutions.
  • 03 - Marquee Tool
    Make simple rectangular or elliptical selections with the Marquee Tool in Photoshop.
  • 04 - Lasso Tool
    Learn how and when to turn to the Lasso Tool to draw freehand selections.
  • 05 - Polygonal Lasso Tool
    Draw custom straight-edged selections using the Polygonal Lasso Tool.
  • 06 - Magnetic Lasso Tool
    The Magnetic Lasso Tool will help you trace an object by intelligently finding the edges in an image.
  • 07 - Quick Selection Tool
    Another smart tool in Photoshop, the Quick Selection Tool will automatically find and select similar areas of an image.
  • 08 - Magic Wand Tool
    The go-to tool for simple selections, get some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the Magic Wand Tool.
  • 09 - Crop Tool
    Crop your photos for better composition or change the size and aspect ratio with the Crop Tool. Learn how to use this tool non-destructively to change your crop at any time.
  • 10 - Perspective Crop Tool
    If you're working with architecture, interior, or urban landscape photos, the Perspective Crop Tool can help make sure every line is straight and distortion-free.
  • 11 - Slice Tool
    Quickly cut large images into smaller sections for the web with the Slice Tool.
  • 12 - Eyedropper Tool
    Learn how to use the Eyedropper Tool to sample colors from an area or an individual pixel to use with other tools like the Brush Tool.
Photoshop Basics 2 12 Videos (1:52h)
  • 01 - Ruler Tool
    Get perfect spacing, measurements, and even straighten the horizon in a photo with the Ruler Tool in Photoshop.
  • 02 - Spot Healing Brush Tool
    Often used in retouching and blemish removal, learn the basics of the Spot Healing Brush Tool and how it compares to the normal Healing Brush Tool.
  • 03 - Healing Brush Tool
    The Healing Brush Tool is one the most important tools for retouching. Learn how to use it to sample and paint to remove small blemishes and distractions.
  • 04 - Patch Tool
    Use the Patch Tool to select out large objects in an image and replace them with content from another area.
  • 05 - Content-Aware Move Tool
    The Content Aware Move Tool allows you to move any object and Photoshop will intelligently fill in the background where it was previously located.
  • 06 - Red Eye Tool
    Remove red eye from any photo with the Red Eye Tool.
  • 07 - Brush Tool
    Quite possibly the most powerful tool in Photoshop, the Brush Tool can do it all. Learn the keyboard shortcuts, settings, and options like changing the type, size, hardness, opacity, and flow of a brush.
  • 08 - Clone Stamp Tool
    Another tool commonly used for removing objects, the Clone Stamp Tool will directly copy one area from a photo and allow you to paint it onto another.
  • 09 - Rounded Rectangle Tool
    Create rectangles with rounded corners! Learn how to customize the amount of curvature in the corners, add a stroke, and fill with color.
  • 10 - Rotate View Tool
    Similar to how an artist might rotate their paper or canvas for a more comfortable position to draw or paint, the Rotate View Tool allows you to rotate your canvas in Photoshop for a more comfortable approach.
  • 11 - Layers
    Layers are the backbone of Photoshop. Get a strong understanding of what layers are, how they work, and they can interact with one another.
  • 12 - Hand Tool
    Get to know the Hand Tool for extremely fluid navigation around your canvas as you edit.
Photoshop Basics 3 12 Videos (2:08h)
  • 01 - Dodge Tool
    The Dodge Tool can brighten areas of an image to add shape and dimension. Combines with the Burn Tool, they can help you dodge and burn any image but they do it destructively. Aaron shares his advice on a better dodge and burn workflow.
  • 02 - Burn Tool
    The Burn Tool can be used to darken areas of your photo to add more contrast and dimension. Aaron demonstrates how it works and then shares his preferred method for dodging and burning that is non-destructive.
  • 03 - Foreground & Background Colors
    Learn how to set your foreground and background colors, swap between them using keyboard shortcuts, and get back to the default colors, black and white.
  • 04 - Blur Tool
    Learn to use the Blur Tool to pain in blur in any photo to create a realistic bokeh effect.
  • 05 - Quick Mask Mode
    Learn how to use Quick Mask to create, view, and edit selections in Photoshop.
  • 06 - Zoom Tool
    This section is all about the best ways to zoom in and out of your photos in Photoshop.
  • 07 - Sharpen Tool
    Learn to use the Sharpen Tool to bring out the detail in the areas of your photo that matter most.
  • 08 - Pen Tool
    Aaron covers the basics of the Pen Tool, his go-to for making precise selections and paths.
  • 09 - Eraser Tool
    The Eraser Tool erases pixels from layers in Photoshop.
  • 10 - Polygon Tool
    Three sides, eight sides, or 12 sides–the Polygon Tool will create a variety of useful shapes in Photoshop.
  • 11 - Custom Shape Tool
    Create any shape you need, from arrows to stars, in vector form.
  • 12 - Type Tool
    Words are important. Make some using the Type Tool.
Photoshop Basics 4 12 Videos (1:48h)
  • 01 - Smudge Tool
    The Smudge Tool can be used to push and pull pixels in a photo, similar to using your finger to smudge fresh paint.
  • 02 - Gradient Tool
    Create a fade effect between any colors or numbers of colors in Photoshop.
  • 03 - Rectangle Tool
    Don't be a square, try the Rectangle Tool (it also makes squares).
  • 04 - Ellipse Tool
    The Ellipse Tool allows you to quickly make circles and ellipses in vector form.
  • 05 - Select & Mask
    Select and Mask can help you cut objects out of their background in Photoshop.
  • 06 - Smart Objects
    One of the best ways to work non-destructively, Smart Objects allow you to edit a reference of any image or layer rather than edit the image or layer itself.
  • 07 - Alignment Tools
    Left. Center. Right. Learn to align text and layers using the Alignment Tools in Photoshop.
  • 08 - Actions
    Record any process in Photoshop, no matter how simple or complex, so that you can repeat it more quickly in the future.
  • 09 - Adjustment Layers
    Make changes to color, exposure, and make impressive effects, all non-destructively with Adjustment Layers in Photoshop.
  • 10 - Groups
    Grouping layers can help you stay organized and help you apply edits to multiple layers simultaneously.
  • 11 - Color Balance
    For quick color correction, try Color Balance in Photoshop.
  • 12 - History
    The History Panel stores every action you take in Photoshop, allowing you to view your work and go back in time.
Photoshop Basics 5 12 Videos (2:09h)
  • 01 - Black & White
    Black and White Adjustment Layers are the quickest and best way to view your images in black and white.
  • 02 - Levels
    Levels Adjustment Layers can be used to make changes to both color and exposure in an image.
  • 03 - Liquify Tool
    The Liquify Tool allows you to warp and shape objects in Photoshop. Learn how to use it to get the most realistic results possible.
  • 04 - Keyboard Shortcuts
    Work faster in Photoshop with keyboard shortcuts! Learn the shortcuts for the most commonly used tools and items and then learn how to make your own.
  • 05 - Clipping Masks
    Learn to use Clipping Masks to have a layer only be visible where the layer underneath it is visible.
  • 06 - Filter Gallery
    Learn how to use the Filter Gallery to preview and create eye-catching effects for your images.
  • 07 - Curves
    Curves are extremely powerful, allowing you to make fine adjustments to exposure and color.
  • 08 - Hue/Saturation
    Change the color of nearly anything in Photoshop using Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers.
  • 09 - Channels
    Channels can make even the most challenging selections a breeze. Follow along as Aaron selects soft clouds with all of the original details.
  • 10 - Paths
    Paths allow you to work with vectors in Photoshop. Learn how to use text, shapes, and the Pen Tool to create paths.
  • 11 - Layer Masks
    Layer Masks might be the most important tool in Photoshop, allowing you to show or hide any parts of a layer that you choose.
  • 12 - Layer Effects
    Add glows, drop shadows, and many other effects using the Layer Effect dialog in Photoshop.
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How to Use Every Tool in Photoshop – Master Collection


Photoshop has dozens of tools for countless applications. We break down the fundamentals, tips, tricks, and extended techniques for 60 of the most powerful tools Photoshop has to offer.

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Photoshop Basics Example 1

Quick Reference

This collection is designed to make it easy for you to get in, learn what you need, and then get back to editing. Every tool and technique has its own tutorial, complete with example images so that you can follow along.

Photoshop, Inside and Out

Photoshop is capable of a lot, and it’s easy to forget that some tools and techniques exist. Being able to quickly identify the best tool to complete a job can greatly improve the speed of your workflow and help you deliver a more accurate, polished product.

Tips & Tricks

We don’t only show you the fundamentals of each tool, we’re going to dive-in and demonstrate some PRO tips to get the most out of everything Photoshop has to offer.

Photoshop Basics Example 2

Extended Techniques

Using Channels to make a selection, Layer Masks to edit areas of you image with precision, or Smart Objects to maintain quality and flexibility as you edit. We cover as much as we can, as quickly as we can, demonstrating each tool’s obvious and sometimes not-so-obvious applications.

Selections and Masking

Making accurate selections and masks is one of the most challenging aspects of mastering Photoshop. Not only that, but there are many different methods for both. We’ll show you the best methods to create selections and mask out objects given different circumstances and using a wide variety of tools.

The Essential Tools

While every tool in Photoshop has its uses, you’ll be coming back to some a lot more often than others. A thorough understanding of tools like the Brush Tool, The Pen Tool, and Layer Masks will go a long way in making sure no Photoshop challenge feels insurmountable.

Photoshop Basics Example 3

All About Layers

Layers are the key to understanding the how Photoshop images are structured. Throughout this collection, we’ll cover the optimal ways to use layers for non-destructive editing as well as the many different types of layers you can use to make adjustments to your images.

Keyboard Shortcuts

We provide on-screen keyboard shortcuts for every tool. Learning these shortcuts will help speed up your workflow and make navigating through Photoshop a snap. We even have a section dedicated to keyboard shortcuts, where we’ll reinforce some of the most commonly used combinations as well as show you some recommended custom shortcuts that we’ve created.


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    this is the best toturial for beginners , i hope if you do same foe adobe illustrator <3

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great!Nice tutorial.I have learn much.Thank you.

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    Hi I enjoy learning from your lessons. I feel like a pro after so many time going over the same lesson. They are great to get some humour from them. Cheers Michael

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    Was dubious at first but have warmed to the vast range of well described, well timed descriptions. Hooked. Thanks

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Aaron, I have been a photographer for many years and I loved film/darkroom work but Photoshop is so involved I felt lost! I needed to move my photography to the next level so needed a thorough understanding of the tools in photoshop. I was getting so frustrated with photography I was about to pack it all but decided to buy your Pro subscription a couple of days ago as a last ditch effort to understand Photoshop. So far, so good – slowly working through you Photoshop Basics tutorials and they are great – explained so well and clearly – thank you – 5 stars 🙂

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    I am new in Photography and ofcourse Photoshop and Lightroom. Aron really explains it great with a funny way, Already pleased that i took the pro subscribtion. All members of the Phlearn team… Big Thanks.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Man, I love this site! Aaron, I salute you. Since watching the tutorials on here (and a few others *cough cough*), my work has gotten so much better. This simple yet ESSENTIAL list of basics covering all the essential tools is simply … well, it’s just amazing. Something I’ll be watching!!!! Thanks so much for what you do man! Salut from London, UK.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great, great collection of tutorials! Perfect for the beginner or the seasoned Pro. I have taken Adobe certified photoshop courses and due to the lack of time, they couldn’t review all of this material and definitely not in this simple and concise manner. New programs can be so daunting to a beginner and Aaron has a way of breaking it down so that it all makes sense. I have always felt that there has been a lack of foundational curriculum for Photoshop and that other teachers tell you how to do a certain technique, with their particular workflow style and that is the way it is. As everyone knows, the more they use it, there are many different paths to the same end point. Aaron breaks down each tool with different reasons for use, and gives the end user the power to explore the right technique for them. No matter how “basic” the tutorial may be, I still seem to learn something new each time. I wish I had this type of material when I was in school.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Although you can spend hours looking through similar videos like this on YouTube, these videos were far better. Clear, concise, and straightforward. Broken down into simple examples that were easy to follow and easy to recreate. I also learned so much more about each tool that I didn’t already know. you are a wonderful instructor, Mr. Nace.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mr. Aaron You are a fantastic Trainer…. Clear and depth training


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