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Latest Photoshop Basics tutorials

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!

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

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.

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

Learn how to install Adobe Bridge, a powerful file browser that makes it easy to find your images and open them into Photoshop!

How to Close Images in Photoshop

Knowing how to get your images into Photoshop is important, but so is knowing how to close them. Learn how to close a single image or multiple images at once, how to close images with unsaved changes, and how to close an image and return to Adobe Bridge.

How To Open Images Into Camera Raw

If you’re a photographer, you’ll want to do your initial image editing work not in Photoshop but in Camera Raw. Learn how to easily open raw files, as well as JPEG and TIFF images, directly into Camera Raw.

The Legacy New Document Dialog Box In Photoshop CC

Adobe has completely redesigned the New Document dialog box in Photoshop CC 2017, but the original, legacy version is still around. Learn how to easily switch between the two versions, and how the legacy version works!

How To Disable The Start Workspace In Photoshop CC

The Start workspace is a great feature in Photoshop, but not everyone will want to use it. Learn how to disable the Start workspace while still being able to create new documents and open your images!

The Updated Start Workspace In Photoshop CC

Learn all about the updated Start workspace in Photoshop CC and how it lets us create new documents, open images and re-open our recent files, all from one convenient screen!

Photoshop Layers Essential Power Shortcuts

From creating, copying and selecting layers to blend modes, clipping masks and more, learn how to speed up your Photoshop workflow with these essential layers shortcuts!

Creating A New Background Layer Action In Photoshop

Need to quickly free yourself from Photoshop’s Background layer limitations? Learn how to replace your default Background layer with a new one from scratch and how to save the steps as a time-saving action!

The Background Layer In Photoshop

In this tutorial in our Photoshop Layers series, learn all about the Background layer in Photoshop CC, why it’s different from normal layers, and how to get around its limitations.

Understanding Layers In Photoshop

New to Photoshop layers? In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step lesson, learn the basics of what layers are, how they work, and why knowing how to use layers is such an essential Photoshop skill.

How to Customize the Toolbar in Photoshop

Learn how to customize the Toolbar in Photoshop CC using the Customize Toolbar dialog box, and how to save your custom Toolbar layout as a preset. You’ll learn how to remove and restore tools, group and ungroup tools, how to reorder the tools in the Toolbar, and more!

New Darker Dialog Boxes In Photoshop CC 2015

Learn all about the new darker dialog boxes in Photoshop CC, one of several changes to Photoshop’s interface that Adobe made as part of the November 2015 Creative Cloud updates.

Photoshop Free Transform Essential Skills

Our complete guide to learning the many ways of transforming objects and selections with Free Transform in Photoshop, from Scale and Rotate to Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp, and more!

How To Draw Vector Shapes In Photoshop CS6

Learn the essentials of creating vector art in Photoshop CS6 with its easy to use shape tools, including the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, and Line Tools!

New Guide Layout In Photoshop CC

Tired of dragging guides out from the rulers? Learn how the New Guide Layout feature in Photoshop CC lets you quickly add rows and columns, gutters, and margins to your documents, and save your guide layouts as presets!

The Improved And Enhanced Color Panel – Photoshop CC 2014

Tired of always needing to open the Color Picker to change colors in Photoshop? With the Creative Cloud 2014 updates, you don’t have to! Learn all about the newly-enhanced Color panel and its great new features that make choosing colors easier than ever!

Focus Area Selections – Photoshop CC 2014

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) has been updated with exciting new features for 2014! In this first tutorial, learn how Focus Area lets us make selections based on the in-focus areas of an image!