Photoshop Basics 20 Videos (3:14h)
  • 01 - Photoshop Basics: The Move Tool
  • 02 - Photoshop Basics: The Artboard Tool
  • 03 - Photoshop Basics: The Marquee Tool
  • 04 - Photoshop Basics: The Lasso Tool
  • 05 - Photoshop Basics: The Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • 06 - Photoshop Basics: The Magnetic Lasso Tool
  • 07 - Photoshop Basics: The Quick Selection Tool
  • 08 - Photoshop Basics: The Magic Wand Tool
  • 09 - Photoshop Basics: The Crop Tool
  • 10 - Photoshop Basics: The Perspective Crop Tool
  • 11 - Photoshop Basics: The Slice Tool
  • 12 - Photoshop Basics: The Eyedropper Tool
  • 13 - Photoshop Basics: The Ruler Tool
  • 14 - Photoshop Basics: The Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • 15 - Photoshop Basics: The Healing Brush Tool
  • 16 - Photoshop Basics: The Patch Tool
  • 17 - Photoshop Basics: The Content-Aware Move Tool
  • 18 - Photoshop Basics: The Red Eye Tool
  • 19 - Photoshop Basics: The Brush Tool
  • 20 - Photoshop Basics: The Clone Stamp Tool
Photoshop Basics 2 20 Videos (3:10h)
  • 01 - Photoshop Basics: The Rounded Rectangle Tool
  • 02 - Photoshop Basics: The Rotate View Tool
  • 03 - Photoshop Basics: Layers
  • 04 - Photoshop Basics: The Hand Tool
  • 05 - Photoshop Basics: The Dodge Tool
  • 06 - Photoshop Basics: The Burn Tool
  • 07 - Photoshop Basics: Foreground and Background Colors
  • 08 - Photoshop Basics: The Blur Tool
  • 09 - Photoshop Basics: Quick Mask Mode
  • 10 - Photoshop Basics: The Zoom Tool
  • 11 - Photoshop Basics: The Sharpen Tool
  • 12 - Photoshop Basics: The Pen Tool
  • 13 - Photoshop Basics: The Eraser Tool
  • 14 - Photoshop Basics: The Polygon Tool
  • 15 - Photoshop Basics: The Custom Shape Tool
  • 16 - Photoshop Basics: The Type Tool
  • 17 - Photoshop Basics: The Smudge Tool
  • 18 - Photoshop Basics: The Gradient Tool
  • 19 - Photoshop Basics: The Rectangle Tool
  • 20 - Photoshop Basics: The Ellipse Tool
Photoshop Basics 3 20 Videos (3:30h)
  • 01 - Photoshop Basics: Select and Mask
  • 02 - Photoshop Basics: Smart Objects
  • 03 - Photoshop Basics: The Alignment Tools
  • 04 - Photoshop Basics: Actions
  • 05 - Photoshop Basics: Adjustment Layers
  • 06 - Photoshop Basics: Groups
  • 07 - Photoshop Basics: Color Balance
  • 08 - Photoshop Basics: History
  • 09 - Photoshop Basics: Black and White
  • 10 - Photoshop Basics: Levels
  • 11 - Photoshop Basics: The Liquify Tool
  • 12 - Photoshop Basics: Keyboard Shortcuts
  • 13 - Photoshop Basics: Clipping Masks
  • 14 - Photoshop Basics: Filter Gallery
  • 15 - Photoshop Basics: Curves
  • 16 - Photoshop Basics: Hue/Saturation
  • 17 - Photoshop Basics: Channels
  • 18 - Photoshop Basics: Paths
  • 19 - Photoshop Basics: Layer Masks
  • 20 - Photoshop Basics: Layer Effects

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Photoshop Basics: Master Every Tool in Photoshop


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.

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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.

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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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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

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


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