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Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop! These tutorials are perfect for Photoshop beginners or anyone who just needs to refresh their skills, covering the essentials topics you need to know to get up to speed with Photoshop quickly! Use the links below to jump to lesson chapters and other popular topics, or scroll down for our latest Photoshop Basics tutorials!

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Latest Photoshop Basics tutorials

Photoshop’s Brush Tool Hidden Tips and Tricks

Learn secret, pro-level tips and tricks to use with Photoshop’s brushes and the Brush Tool, including the best ways to change your brush size, choose brush colors, switch between brush blend modes, and more!

How to Open Images in Photoshop CC

Learn all the ways to open images in Photoshop, including how to use the new Home Screen and the difference between opening JPEG and raw files!

How to Calculate Image Size in Photoshop

Learn how Photoshop calculates the file size of your image, why the image size changes as you change the number of pixels, and how easy it is to figure out the file size on your own!

Photoshop Blend Modes Tips and Tricks

Blending images in Photoshop is easier than ever with these great blend mode tips and tricks! Includes a complete list of blend mode keyboard shortcuts!

How to Crop Images in Photoshop CC

Learn how to crop images, how to straighten images, and how to crop an image non-destructively using the Crop Tool in Photoshop CC. Complete step-by-step tutorial.

How To Copy Smart Objects In Photoshop

Learn how to copy a smart object in Photoshop, an essential skill for creating layouts and templates. You’ll learn the difference between the New Layer via Copy command and New Smart Object via Copy, and which one will give you the results you need!

How To Use Smart Filters In Photoshop

Still using Photoshop’s regular filters and damaging your images? Upgrade your skills to the power and freedom of editable, non-destructive Smart Filters!

Clipping Masks in Photoshop

Learn how to use clipping masks in Photoshop! This step-by-step guide teaches you all about clipping masks, including how a clipping mask works, how to create clipping masks, and how to use them to control a layer’s visibility and fit images into shapes!