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Welcome to Photoshop Essentials, where everyone can learn Photoshop! We offer fun, exclusive, step-by-step tutorials for all skill levels, and all written with beginners in mind. From Photoshop Basics to Photo Editing and Retouching, Photo Effects, Text Effects and more!

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Create Your Own Photoshop Custom Shapes

Creating our own custom shapes in Photoshop can be lots of fun. In this first of a two-part tutorial, we learn how to create a basic shape, how to add details to the shape, how to save it and use it as a custom shape, plus a whole lot more!

Making Selections With The Pen Tool In Photoshop

Still using the Lasso Tool to select everything that isn’t a rectangle, square or circle? It’s time to take your selections to a whole new level! Learn how to outline objects with paths using the Pen Tool, and then how to easily convert those paths into professional quality selections!

Understanding Layer Masks In Photoshop

Still permanently damaging your images with the Eraser Tool because you think layer masks are beyond your skill level? If you know the difference between black and white and can paint with a brush in Photoshop, you have all the skills you need!

Photoshop CS3 Essential Preference Settings

If you’re upgrading to Photoshop CS3, making sure the newly renamed and reorganized Preferences are set up correctly is one of the first things you should do to make sure both you and Photoshop are working efficiently.

Multiple Text Strokes With Smart Objects In Photoshop

Need to add multiple strokes around your text? Normally Photoshop only lets us add a single Stroke effect to a layer, but in this tutorial, learn how to easily get around that problem using Smart Objects so you can add as many stroke outlines to your text as you need!

Editable Blurred Type With Layer Styles In Photoshop

Most Photoshop users turn to the Gaussian Blur filter when they need to blur text in an image or design, but in this tutorial, learn how to keep your blurred type fully editable by creating the same effect with layer styles!

Stroke Text With A Brush In Photoshop

Learn how to create interesting designs out of text in Photoshop by converting the text into a path, then using brushes to add stroke outlines around the letters!

Textured Text Effect In Photoshop

Learn how to create an interesting effect by adding a texture to text in Photoshop, using nothing more than a photo for the texture, a layer mask, a simple image adjustment, and of course, some text! Includes a trick for pasting an image directly into a layer mask in Photoshop!

Faking Text Wrap In Photoshop

Reality isn’t the only thing we can fake in Photoshop! Thanks to paths and Photoshop’s ability to use a path as a container for text, we can easily fake the “Text Wrap” feature you’d normally find in a page layout program!

Wrapping Text in 3D With Photoshop

Take your Photoshop skills into the third dimension! Wrapping text around an object in 3D couldn’t be easier and takes only a few simple steps!

Worn And Torn Text In Photoshop

Learn how to easily give text a worn, cracked look to it using nothing more than a basic selection tool, a brush filter and a layer style.

Knock Out Text Effect In Photoshop

Convert text to a shape, then learn how to use one of Photoshop’s more interesting shape options to knock out sections of letters that overlap each other!

How To Resize Images In Photoshop

Let’s look at one of the most popular uses for Photoshop, how to resize your images! We’ll learn how to make photos smaller using the Image Size command, and why making them larger is almost never a good idea.

Photoshop Essential File Formats Quick Guide

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of file formats to choose from when trying to save your images in Photoshop? This quick guide looks at the essential formats we need to know, including the pros and cons of each one and the situations where it makes the most sense to use it!

Seeing The Difference With JPEG Compression In Photoshop

It’s a fact of life with digital photos that sometimes we need to compress them to make our file sizes smaller. Our computer screens don’t always make it easy to see the damage being done to the image, but thanks to one of Photoshop’s rarely-used blending modes, the horrors of jpeg compression become strikingly clear.

The Benefits Of Working With 16-Bit Images In Photoshop

The whole point of editing images in Photoshop is to make them look better, so why risk making them look worse in the process if you don’t have to? If you’ve been editing 8-bit images when you could have been working in 16-bit mode, you’ve been missing out on a world of flexibility.

RGB and Color Channels in Photoshop Explained

If RGB is just a three letter word to you and color channels are something you watch on tv, your Photoshop work is suffering. Learn how Photoshop displays colors in your images and take your skills to the next level.

Difference Between Image Resizing and Resampling in Photoshop

A lot of people use the term “image resizing” whether they’re resizing or resampling an image in Photoshop as if they’re the same thing, which they’re most definitely not, and if you’re concerned about image quality, it’s important to know the difference.

Understanding Image Pixels In Photoshop

Image pixels are the tiny building blocks of every digital image. All Photoshop sees is pixels. It’s these pixels that you’re changing in some way with every edit you make to your image, and it’s these pixels you’re printing when you send your digital photos to the printer.

Image Resolution, Pixel Dimensions and Document Size in Photoshop

In this section, we’ll look at some of the most confusing terms you’ll come across when working in Photoshop: image resolution, pixel dimensions and document size – what it all means, why it’s so important to understand, and why you may not need to understand it at all!

Image Resolution And Print Quality

Learn how image resolution and the number of pixels in your image will affect the quality of your digital photos when you print them, why images you download off the internet usually print with poor quality, and how many megapixels (MP) your camera needs to have in order to print professional quality photos at different sizes.

Selective Coloring Effect In Photoshop

Can’t decide if your photo would look better in color or black and white? Why not try both at once! Learn a fast and easy way to do selective coloring in Photoshop, turning most of your image black and white while keeping your main subject in full color!

Radial Zoom Enhanced Eyes Effect In Photoshop

In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, learn how to give someone’s eyes a fun, easy to create ‘zoom’ effect with blur streaks that zoom out from the center of the eyes. We’ll also enhance the brightness and color of the eyes while we’re at it!

Faded Pixels Photo Border Effect In Photoshop

In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, learn how to create a “faded pixels” photo border, with the image appearing through randomly-sized and scattered square pixel shapes that gradually fade into a solid colored background.

How To Blend Textures With Photos In Photoshop

Learn the essentials of blending textures with photos in Photoshop, including how to quickly cycle through the layer blend modes, how to blend only the brightness values of the texture to keep the photo’s original colors, how to invert textures for different results, and more!

Photo To Colored Dot Pattern With Photoshop

In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to easily turn a photo into a pattern of colored dots, using one of Photoshop’s filters, a layer mask and a simple repeating pattern we’ll create from scratch!

Vertical Photo Panels Effect With Photoshop

In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how layer groups and clipping masks make it easy to create the illusion that a photo is being displayed as a series of vertical panels!

Shape Cluster Photo Display Effect With Photoshop

Learn how to display a single photo as a cluster of shapes, similar to larger wall cluster displays where several photos, usually in different frame shapes and sizes, are arranged together on a wall to form a larger design. In this tutorial, we’ll create something similar but on a smaller scale using just a single image!

Classic Vignette Photo Effect With Photoshop

In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to quickly add a timeless, classic vignette border to a photo! Perfect for wedding and engagement photos, anniversaries and other family portraits!