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Photoshop Pointillism Painting Effect

Learn how to easily create a realistic pointillism effect in Photoshop by turning your images into paintings of colored dots using the Pointillize filter, Smart Filters and layer blend modes.

How To Add A Transparent Text Area In Photoshop

Need to add text to an image but there’s no good place to put it? Try adding it as transparent text! Learn how to easily create a transparent text area in Photoshop and turn your type into a frame for your subject!

Rich Tool Tips In Photoshop CC 2018

Learn about Rich Tool Tips, a new feature in Photoshop CC 2018 that shows instructional video clips when you hover your mouse cursor over a tool in the Toolbar. You’ll also learn how to switch back to Photoshop’s traditional Tool Tips.

Vintage Photo Effect With Adobe Lightroom

Learn how to turn a new photo into an old fashioned, vintage photo with Adobe Lightroom! Once you know the steps, you can easily create the exact same vintage photo effect with Camera Raw in Photoshop!

Easy Photoshop Color Splash Effect

No time for making selections? Learn how to create a quick and easy Color Splash effect in Photoshop with just a Gradient Map adjustment and a layer mask!

Photoshop Image Navigation Tips Tricks And Shortcuts

Speed up your workflow with this essential list of tips, tricks and shortcuts for navigating images in Photoshop! Covers basic image navigation commands, the Zoom Tool, Hand Tool, the Rotate View Tool and more!

Zooming And Panning Images In Photoshop

Learn how to zoom, pan and navigate your images like a pro in Photoshop! You’ll learn all about the Zoom Tool, the Hand Tool, View modes, and more, along with some great tips and tricks to speed up your workflow!

How To Use Workspaces In Photoshop CC

Learn how workspaces in Photoshop let us customize the interface to better match the way we work. And, how to create and save your own custom workspaces!

Managing Panels In Photoshop CC

Learn how to work with panels in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to show and hide panels, change panel layouts, how to restore the default layout, and more! Part of our Photoshop Interface series.

How To Make Selections In Photoshop

Learn how to make selections using Photoshop’s selection tools! You’ll learn how to use the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools, the Magic Wand Tool, the Quick Selection Tool, the Color Range command, the Pen Tool, Focus Area, and more!

Complete Guide To Opening Images In Photoshop

Chapter 2 of our Photoshop training series. Learn how to create new documents in Photoshop and how to open images from both Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. Also covers how to open images into Camera Raw, how to move images from Lightroom into Photoshop, and more!

Getting Started With Adobe Photoshop

Ready to learn Adobe Photoshop? Start here! In Getting Started with Photoshop, the first chapter in our Photoshop Basics training series, we start right from the beginning. These lessons cover everything you need to know before jumping into Photoshop!

How To Reset The Tools And Toolbar In Photoshop CC

Learn how to quickly reset Photoshop’s Toolbar (Tools panel) back to its default tool layout, and how to reset Photoshop’s tools to their default settings in the Options Bar, using the improved Reset All Tools command in Photoshop CC.

Photoshop Tools And Toolbar Overview

Learn all about Photoshop’s tools and the Toolbar. You’ll learn how the tools are organized in the Toolbar and how to access Photoshop’s many hidden tools. Includes a complete summary of all 66 Photoshop tools!

Getting To Know The Photoshop Interface

Learn all about the Photoshop interface and its features. Topics include the Document window, the Toolbar, the Options Bar, Menu Bar, and Panels. Also covers Workspaces, as well as the new Search feature. For Photoshop CC and CS6.

How To Reset Photoshop Preferences

The most common cause of sudden performance issues with Photoshop is a corrupted Preferences file. Learn how to easily delete and reset the Photoshop Preferences to their defaults. We learn how to restore the Preferences in Photoshop CC and in earlier versions of Photoshop.

Essential Photoshop Preferences For Beginners

Learn how to improve Photoshop’s performance, customize the interface, save backups of your work, and more with the important options you need to know about in the Photoshop Preferences! Covers both Photoshop CC and CS6.

Sync Photoshop’s Color Settings With All Creative Cloud Apps

Using Photoshop as part of the larger Creative Cloud or Creative Suite? Learn how to synchronize Photoshop’s color settings with your other Adobe apps, like Illustrator and InDesign, to keep the colors in your images accurate and consistent.

Essential Photoshop Color Settings

Open your images to a greatly expanded world of color with one simple but important change to the Color Settings in Photoshop. Learn about color spaces, working spaces, the default sRGB color space, and why Adobe RGB is a better choice.

How To Manage And Organize Your Images With Adobe Bridge

Learn all about Adobe Bridge and how to use Bridge to find, organize and preview your images. Topics include the Bridge interface and panels, Full Screen Previews and Review Mode, applying star ratings, adding keywords and copyright information, filtering images, and more!

How To Download Photos From Your Camera With Adobe Bridge

Learn how to download photos from your digital camera or memory card to your computer using Adobe Bridge and its Photo Downloader app. Preview and select images, save a backup of your files, add copyright information, and more! For Adobe Bridge CC and CS6.

How To Install Adobe Bridge CC

Learn how to install Adobe Bridge CC, the powerful file browser and companion program for Photoshop that’s included with every Creative Cloud subscription.