Learn Photoshop: All of the Basics for Beginners

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How Do I Learn Photoshop?

While there are plenty of great learning resources available online, it’s often difficult for beginners to know where to start, because everything seems to be scattered. With this post, you’ll find links to plenty of resources to teach you all the basics and fundamentals of Photoshop, including:

  1. How to install and use Photoshop brushes and actions
  2. Keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop
  3. An introduction to Photoshop layers
  4. How to install and use Photoshop styles
  5. Various introductory guides to Photoshop tools

Intro to Photoshop’s Tools and UI:

The resources in this section will serve as an introduction for those who are new to Photoshop. Some people appear to be so deaf and dumb when it comes to the use of adobe photoshop and different tools associated with it. There are a guide and tutorial available for each of the single process so that it becomes really easy for the beginners to start working on adobe photoshop. They will help you to learn your way around the interface and with some of the basics of Photoshop.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop

There are keyboard shortcuts available for wide range of processes to make the things happen quickly for professionals.

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

The Photoshop Workspace (video)

Photoshop workspace is the official platform containing all the useful tutorials and basic things to make it easy for the beginners.

The Photoshop Workspace

The Ultimate Guide to Customizing How You Work in Adobe Photoshop CC

Before you start working on adobe photoshop, this guide will make it really simple for you to use adobe photoshop and understand how

Customizing Photoshop CC

More resources for learning the tools and UI:

Layers, Layer Styles, Layer Masks and Adjustment Layers:

In order to be able to efficiently and effectively work with Photoshop, you will need a solid understanding of layers. The resources in this section provide guides for working with layers in Photoshop, as well as layer styles, layer masks, and adjustment layers.

The Ultimate Guide to Adjustment Layers (series)

Ultimate Guide to Adjustment Layers

In order to customize any photo, you must have a better understanding of how to use different adjustment layers.

Intro to Photoshop Layer Styles (series)

Intro to Photoshop Layer Styles

Layer styles are used to transform the text and convert it into colorful and attractive calligraphic fonts. These customized calligraphic fonts can be used for different purposes.

How to Install and Use Photoshop Styles (video)

How to Install and Use Photoshop Styles (video)

It is important to use photoshop styles if you want to customize the whole picture in a single click.

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Masking in Photoshop

Beginner's Guide to Masking

More resources for learning about layers, layer styles, layer masks, and adjustment layers:

The Pen Tool:

Photoshop’s pen tool can be used for impressive results, but it can be very difficult to use if you don’t understand how it works. The following resources will provide helpful guides to explain the pen tool and how you can use it in your own work.

Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Photoshop's Pen Tool

Pen tool can be used for any geometrical figure or any other desired shape in no time.

Photoshop Pen Tool Guide

Photoshop Pen Tool Guide

Pen tool can be used to draw the variety of geometrical figures and shapes sharply and precisely.

Making Selections with the Pen Tool

Make Selections with the Pen Tool

You will have to use the pen tool in a variety of processes including poster designs and other works. So, the pen tool will be an important asset while working your way through the whole process.

Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes

Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes

More resources for the pen tool:

Brushes and Other Presets:

Brushes, patterns, shapes, and the other presets are an essential part of Photoshop. Whether you are using the presets that come with the software, downloading those created by other designers, or creating your own, learning the potential of these presets and how to work with them should be a priority.

Photoshop’s Brush Tool – Basic Guide

Brush tool can be used to paint a particular object, surface or draw different shapes using the pen tool.

Photoshop's Brush Tool

How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes (video)

Another detailed video describing applications of photoshop brushes.

Install Photoshop Brushes

Installing and Managing Brushes and Other Presets

Brush tools come with a variety of drawing shapes and other presets offer you full freedom to customize the picture in your own desired way.

Installing Brushes and Presets

How to Install and Use Photoshop Actions (video)

Photoshop actions refer to the visual effects that are used in different photos and videos to

Install and Use Photoshop Actions

More resources for brushes and presets:

Type Tool:

The type tool is a little more straightforward than some of the others for beginners, but it still helps to have a firm grasp of how the tool works and what you can do with text in Photoshop.

A Comprehensive Introduction to the Type Tool

Intro to the Type Tool

More learning resources related to the type tool:


With Photoshop’s transform capabilities you can edit and manipulate objects in a variety of different ways. The links provided below with get you started.


The are several different ways to make selections in Photoshop, and each technique has certain situations where it works better than others. Here you’ll learn about the basic selection tools and when to use them.

Basic Selection Tools in Photoshop CS6 (video)

While editing, you will have to manage all the layers and smart objects precisely and carefully. So, there are range of selection tools available for you to do so.

Basic Selection Tools

Quick Selection Tool (video)

Quick selection tool makes it easy and simple for you to choose any particular smart object, layer or any other similer object.

Quick Selection Tool

More resources for selections:

Clone Stamp Tool and Content Aware Fill:

The clone stamp tool allows you to duplicate, or clone, an area. The resources below will explain how to tool works and how you can use it.

Using the Clone Stamp (video)

Clone stamp tool can be used to remove any unwanted or inappropriate thing from the picture carefully and precisely.

Using the Clone Stamp (video)

How to Use Content Aware Fill in Photoshop

Sometimes, it becomes necessary to remove a particular object or material from the scene. This content aware fill tool enables you to do so by creating multiple layers of that object and background.

Content Aware Fill

More learning resources related to the clone stamp tool:

Blend Modes:

Photoshop’s various blend modes give users a lot of potentials to create different results quickly and easily. The links in this section will explain how you can play with the blend modes of your layers and what types of changes it will have.

An Explanation of Photoshop Blending Modes

It is another state-of-art technology to blend and mix different colors or effects to produce a unique color contrast.

Blend Modes

More resources for blend modes:


Photoshop has a number of different filters that you can use, and each has its own purpose and use. These links will explain some of the different filters, how they work, and when you should use them.

Photoshop CC Filters Help Salvage Photos Once Deemed Unusable

Filters customize each and every aspect of the picture as a whole and produce a wonderful unique contrast.

Photoshop Filters

How to Use the Camera Shake Reduction Filer in Photoshop CC

Camera shake reduction filter stabilizes all the colors of the photo and this feature is accompanied with some other simple customizations as well.

Camera Shake Reduction Filter

Create Vignette Effects with the Radial Filter in Photoshop CC

The radial filter allows you to create vintage effects and customize that effect as well.

Radial Filter

More learning resources related to filters:

Smart Objects:

Photoshop smart objects can help you to save time on repetitive tasks, and these links will show you how to use them.

Efficiency and Performance:

If you use Photoshop a lot you will want to make the most of your time with it. The resources here will help you to work smarter with as little wasted time as possible.

How to Tune Photoshop CS6 for Peak Performance

Many people have to face problems as they use a lot of different features collectively or create many layers. So, they can make some simple changes that you can make to boost up the performance of this software.

Photoshop Performance

Manage Your Layers More Efficiently with Photoshop CS6

Sometimes it becomes really tricky to manage all the different layers in adobe photoshop. This tutorial discusses few tips and tricks to make this simple and easy for the beginners.

Efficient Layers

More resources for efficiency and performance:

Saving Images:

These links will show you how you can save and optimize images that are going to be used on websites, for maximum performance.

Saving Images for the Web in Photoshop CC

Saving for the Web

You will learn to save the photo to make the good use of it afterward.

How to Save a Photo for Print in Photoshop CC

Save for Print

You will learn to save and print the photo for desired use.

Working with Colors in Photoshop:

Colors are, of course, an essential part of any design. These resources will explain the basics of working with color in Photoshop.

Color Settings in Photoshop CC (video)

Color Settings

You will learn to apply a suitable color contrast and make the best use of it.

Color Replacement in Photoshop CS6 (video)

Color Replacement in Photoshop CS6

Colors can be replaced with light or dark and other suitable colors to produce an amazing contrast that is worth your time.

More resources for working with color:

Now that you’ve learned the basics of Photoshop, here are some tutorial collections that you may want to check out:

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