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Photoshop Resources and Tutorials For All Levels

Have you ever seen a clever picture on the internet that you know was somehow constructed from multiple other images? The term for creating such an image is called “photoshopping,” a term that originates from the program Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is image editing software that has a plethora of great features to make pictures look better or even create them from scratch. Even some professional photographers use Photoshop to edit their work and make the subjects more clear. Whether you’ve never touched Photoshop or you’re already a pro just looking to familiarize yourself with some of the more complex features of the program, this page should have link to the right guide for you.

Beginners

  1. Photoshop for Absolute Beginners (PDF): Learn where all of the tools are located and how to use basic functions like reducing red eye, cropping and resizing a photo. Presented by Georgia State University.
  2. 5 Good Photoshop Habits to Form from the Start: Memorize keyboard shortcuts and other important tips for getting started with Photoshop’s layout. From Jetimpex, Inc.
  3. Web Design Photoshop Tutorial: An explanation about how to use Photoshop to make basic backgrounds for your webpage.
  4. A Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop 5 (PDF): Absorb basic information regarding zooming, cropping, saving, printing and several other beginner Photoshop tools.
  5. Create a Template in Photoshop: Part one of three in a beginners guide to creating a great webpage template in just two to three hours using Photoshop.
  6. Make a Flag: A great instructional for how to take a design and make it look like it’s waving.
  7. Introduction to Photoshop (PDF): A detailed and picture-laden tutorial explaining how to make an image and retouch one.
  8. Scanning and Basic Editing (PDF): A nice tutorial that outlines how to scan a picture into Photoshop, save it for editing and use the basic tools to modify it.
  9. Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tutorial (PDF): A thorough walkthrough for some of Photoshop CS5’s basic functions including selection and alteration tools, cropping, resizing and saving your work.
  10. Photoshop File Optimization: A tutorial that explains how to create a banner for use on the Blackboard site (though this applies to all sites) and then save it as a small-size file.
  11. Creating Web Graphics: From how to optimize your work area to basic image editing and saving pictures with the proper extension, this is a definitive Photoshop guide for beginners.
  12. Quick Fix Techniques: The University of Delaware presents some basic techniques for modifying the brightness, color and noise of an image.
  13. Bare Bones: Spice up your PowerPoint presentations by making your own slide templates with the tools in Photoshop. The version used in the tutorial is Photoshop 6, but the elements should cross over.
  14. Multimedia Training: Some informative Photoshop training videos for all aspects of the program including tool menus, specific tools (ex. Magic Wand, Paint Bucket), how to swap colors and how to save your file.
  15. Elements Video-Tutorials: A series of videos that teach newcomers how to use Photoshop Elements, a stripped version of Photoshop 7 designed for photo enthusiasts.

Intermediate

  1. How to Remove a Watermark from an Image: A brief Devil’s Workshop tutorial that uses actual screenshots from Photoshop to run through the process of removing a watermark.
  2. Pencil Sketch to Smooth Digital Shading: A tutorial created by Troy Packer that explains how to smudge and smooth a pre-scanned pencil sketch into detailed digital art.
  3. Using Levels: Photographer Stephen Bair shows you how to use the levels tool in Photoshop to get the same result as he does when he uses it to edit professional pictures. 
  4. Intermediate Photoshop (PDF): This article from Saint Michael’s College explains how to use layers to obtain the most desirable result.
  5. Photoshop 7.0 Lessons: Fifteen detailed tutorials, five for each skill level, for using Photoshop and all its features including intermediate level tools such as layers, filters and blending.
  6. Layer Blending in Photoshop: An explanation of how different layer blends affect the appearance of a picture over its background.
  7. Filters Gallery: What is the Photoshop filters gallery and what types of benefits does it offer users? Find out with this guide from a Chicago State University CIS class.
  8. Filters: Learn about what the blue, distort, noise, pixelate, render, stylize, and a few other filters do and what they will make your image look like.

Advanced

  1. 350 Best Photoshop Tutorials: Walkthroughs for some advanced techniques including combining stock photos, mastering the splash tool, applying water reflection, as well as using the scripting and Cinema 4D features.
  2. Animate the Splash: Layers Magazine, a publication dedicated to Adobe and its programs, explains tow to create an animated splash using Photoshop and After Effects.
  3. Converting a Photoshop Markup: Part Two, Episode One of a well-received video series about converting Photoshop markups to HTML and CSS.
  4. Ink Bleeding Effect: A tutorial for how to animate with ink effects and create videos similar to “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.
  5. Using Masks and Layer Styles (PDF): A detailed guide for combining two images using masks and layer styles. The guide has pictures to follow in addition to text instructions.
  6. Paths and Masks: An interesting and informative video in the “You Suck at Photoshop” series. The narrator is comically critical of you, but it adds some personality to the presentation.
  7. Typing along a Path: The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay shares basic instructions for using a path in Photoshop.