Latest Photoshop tutorials
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Learn how to install Adobe Bridge CC, the powerful file browser and companion program for Photoshop that’s included with every Creative Cloud subscription.
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.
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.
Is Adobe Bridge opening certain types of files in the wrong program? Learn how to easily fix it and set Photoshop as your app of choice using the File Type Associations options in the Bridge Preferences!
Learn how Adobe Bridge, the free file browser included with Photoshop and with all Creative Cloud subscriptions, makes it easy to find our images and open them into Photoshop!
Tired of cropping your images into rectangles and squares? Learn how to easily crop an image into a circle with Photoshop!
Learn how to easily fill a shape with an image using clipping masks in Photoshop! Step by step, perfect for beginners!
Learn how to easily add an old, antique or vintage photo effect to an image using nothing but the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)!
Now with video! Learn how to easily create a mirror image effect with any photo, turning one side of the image into a mirror reflection of the other! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!
New Super Tutorial! Learn step by step how to create a fun 80s retro text effect in Photoshop using layer styles and custom gradients!
**Now with video!** Learn how to easily turn any photo into a black and white pencil sketch, then learn how to colorize it, first using the photo’s original colors, then with a single color, and then with a gradient!
Learn how the power of clipping masks make it easy to create one of Photoshop’s most popular and classic effects – placing an image inside text! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!
Learn how focus stacking in Photoshop can bring your entire scene or subject into sharp focus by blending the depth of field from multiple images!
Learn how to easily create a custom sparkle brush from scratch in Photoshop, then how to use the brush to add a magical sparkle trail to your photo! Now updated and expanded for Photoshop CC and CS6.
Learn step-by-step how to create the illusion of sunlight shining through trees with Photoshop! Now for Photoshop CC and CS6.
Too many different colors in a photo can distract the viewer and lessen the impact of your image. Learn how to easily unify colors to fit a mood or theme with Photoshop!
In the previous tutorial, we learned a quick way to brighten underexposed images. This time, learn how the same basic technique can instantly darken an overexposed photo!
Need to brighten dark, underexposed images quickly and without a lot of hassle? Learn how adjustment layers and blend modes in Photoshop can do the job instantly!
Learn a fast and easy way to lighten and brighten someone’s eyes in a photo using nothing more than a simple adjustment layer, a blend mode and a brush!
Our complete guide to transforming your color photos into stunning black and white images using a Black & White adjustment layer in Photoshop.
Learn how to quickly open multiple images into the same Photoshop document and have each image appear on its own separate layer!
Learn the basics of layer masks in Photoshop and how to use a layer mask to show or hide different parts of a layer.
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to easily turn any photo into its own decorative background or border! Now for Photoshop CC and CS6!
Did you know that the Crop Tool can be used to add extra space around an image? Learn how it works, and how to easily turn the extra space into a simple photo border!
In Part 3 of our series on cropping images in Photoshop, learn a good way, a better way and the best way to rotate and straighten an image before you crop it!
Take your image cropping skills to the next level by learning how to crop images non-destructively in Photoshop!
Learn the basics of using the Crop Tool in Photoshop, how to crop to specific sizes, and how to crop your images non-destructively so you can re-edit the crop later!
Learn step-by-step how to easily brighten the skies in your photos by adding a rainbow! Now for Photoshop CS6 and CC!
Learn how to easily open your images, how to have multiple photos open at once, the difference between opening JPEG vs raw files, and more, in the latest version of 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!
Learn how the redesigned New Document dialog box in Photoshop CC 2017 makes it easy to create new Photoshop documents, either from presets or using your own custom settings!
Learn all about the hidden Recent Files workspace in Photoshop CC and how it can help us when viewing and selecting our recently-opened files!
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!
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!
Learn how to easily make Adobe Photoshop your default app for viewing and editing images in Windows 10!
Learn how to easily replace Apple’s Preview app with Photoshop as your default photo viewer and image editor in Mac OS X!
If you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you always have access to the very latest version of Photoshop. Learn how to make sure that your copy of Photoshop CC is always up to date!
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!
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!
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.
Take a whirlwind tour of Photoshop’s Layers panel and learn the essential skills you need for working with layers!