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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

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!

How To Restore Legacy Brushes In Photoshop CC 2018

Upgraded to Photoshop CC 2018 and can’t find the additional brush sets from earlier versions of Photoshop? Learn how to restore all of Photoshop’s missing brushes using the new Legacy Brushes set.

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!

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.

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!