Free photoshop resources

Photoshop CC - Lesson 1 - The Workspace

Video 7 minutes
I will cover the very first steps for working with Photoshop CC. I will teach you how to use the core parts of the program starting with the tool bar, option bar, panels and image work space.

Optimize perfomance photoshop cc

There are four primary ways to affect performance in Photoshop:
• Specify Photoshop performance preferences
• Use good work habits in Photoshop
• Optimize your hardware setup
• Optimize your operating system for Photoshop

The easiest way to improve performance, without spending money, is to set your Photoshop preferences and fine-tune its features to take advantage of the way you work and the type of files you typically work with.

How To Open Images In Photoshop CC

Adobe Photoshop may be the world’s most powerful image editor, yet before we can do anything with our photos, we first need to know how to get them into Photoshop. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to open images using the Start screen and the Recent Files panel that were first introduced in Photoshop CC 2015. We’ll also look at the more traditional way of opening images using the Open command found under the File menu. And, we’ll look at the important difference between what happens when we open a standard JPEG image and when we open a photo that was captured in the raw file format.

Open Images Into Photoshop From Adobe Bridge CC

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to use Adobe Bridge CC to navigate to, select and open our images into Photoshop! And if you’re thinking, “Great, something else I need to buy”, don’t worry. Adobe Bridge CC is already included as part of your Creative Cloud subscription!

Essential Photoshop Color Settings For Photographers

Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most powerful (and popular) image editor, trusted by both amateur and professional photographers everywhere to help their photos look their very best. With that in mind, it may surprise you to learn that Photoshop’s default color settings - that is, the settings that determine the range of colors and tonal values we have available to us when editing and retouching our images - are actually preventing our photos from looking the way they should, both when viewed on screen and when printed. In this tutorial, we’ll learn why the default color settings are not the best choice and which settings will give us better results.

Photoshop Help / Introduction to Camera Raw

A camera raw file contains unprocessed, uncompressed grayscale picture data from a digital camera’s image sensor, along with information about how the image was captured (metadata). Photoshop® Camera Raw software interprets the camera raw file, using information about the camera and the image’s metadata to construct and process a color image.

Adobe Camera Raw: Using the White Balance tool | lynda.com

how to correct a color cast with the White Balance tool in the Adobe Camera Raw view

Understanding White Balance – A Beginner’s Guide

As long as you shoot in RAW, knowing the color temperature of different light sources is not that important. Simply understanding the basic concept of color temperature should be enough for most photographers. What is important is knowing how and when to adjust white balance, either in camera before you create an image or in post processing software after you create an image.

Easy White Balance Tricks!

video 4 minutes
Save yourself a lot of time and energy with these simple Adobe Camera Raw white balance tricks. You can apply the same technique using Lightroom - use the white balance selector tool. Instead of copy/paste settings you will use the sync button. Just make sure you select the image you want to sync to as the first one.

ALL ABOUT RESIZING IMAGES IN PHOTOSHOP CC

video 6 minutes

This quick tutorial will take you from zero knowledge about resizing images and documents in Photoshop and walk through cropping, sized selections, and even changing the printed size of a document. You will learn a lot about resizing in this video!

Adobe Photoshop CC - 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How To Do

Video 46 minutes
Terry White’s Tech Blog 

Setting the Black & White Point with Camera Raw and Photoshop - Video 10 minutes

Automatic Color Correction in Photoshop CC - Video 2 minutes

Photoshop CC Curves Tutorial - Video 16 minutes

The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Part 1) - Video 23 minutes

The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Part 2) - Video 31minutes

The Quick Start Guide to Photoshop (Part 3) - Video 15 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 1 Photoshop Interface Essentials - Video 31 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 2 Documents and Navigation - Video 22 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 3 Digital Image Essentials - Video 25 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 4 Camera Raw Essentials - Video 21 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 5 Cropping and Straightening Images - Video 21 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 6 Working with Layers - Video 31 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 7 Transforming Images - Video 25 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 8 Working with Smart Objects - Video 18 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 09 Working with Layer Masks - Video 16 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 10 Making Selections - Video 41 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 11 Essential Blend Modes - Video 32 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 12 Adjustment Layer Essentials - Video 21 minutes

Photoshop CC 2015 Beginners Tutorial Pt - 13 Creative Adjustment Layer Techniques - Video 18 minutes

Dodging and Burning

video 11 minutes

Dodging and burning in Photoshop can be thought of as lightening and darkening specific areas of an image for tonal balance, dramatic effect or to guide the viewers eye. I attempt to clarify some misconceptions that some people may have about how the Dodge and Burn tools work in conjunction with a 50% gray Overlay layer.

Copy a Tone

Did you ever see a toned image on the web and wonder how they did it? Here's a simple procedure you can use to copy a tone from any picture and apply it to your own image.

Make quick tonal adjustments

Tips To A Better Black & White Photo In Photoshop - Phlearn

video 10 minutes
How to create a black and white photo in the right ways. Today I will show you a few different tricks that can give a different look and feel to your images, more so then just desaturating them

How To Use Adjustment Layers In Photoshop - A Phlearn Video Tutorial

Video 20 minutes  
Which Adjustment Layer is Best?
The right one for the job of course. Knowing what that is can be a headache however. Today we are going through the rest of the Adjustment Layers, and showing you which ones should be used in what circumstances. You will be able to make your images much better in less time by knowing the right layer to grab.

Photoshop Tutorial: Layers & Layer Masks For Beginners

Video 19 minutes
This is a beginners level tutorial on how to use layers, adjustment layers and layer masking in Photoshop.

Photoshop CC Tutorial | Layer Masks 1

Video 16 min

Understanding Layer Masks in Photoshop

Video 16 min

Once you start using Photoshop, you will quickly learn that one of the most important things to understand is the use of Layer Masks. All the cool layer blending, compositing, photo manipulation and even photo retouching required an understanding of Layer masks and how they work. This Photoshop CC tutorial will show you how to use Layer masks, and it is the same for any version of Photoshop if you don’t have CC.

Photoshop Layers 101 Photoshop Tutorial

There is a lot to layers and they will take some time to master. But they are not that difficult once you understand how they work. In this tutorial I will explain the concept of layers, describe the features and walk you through a simple tutorial. Along the way I will throw in a few cool tips to help you work faster and easier

ALAN BECKER - 3 Step “Quick Fix” in Photoshop

Video - 4 minutes
How to improve any image in Photoshop using three simple steps.

Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers

Video 1 hour 25 minutes

This presentation, "Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers," is a talk by Adam Marelli that is designed to link composition techniques from the classical art of painting to the world of photography. Marelli goes into great detail about specific techniques that were used by painters and links them to examples of famous photographs. He later goes into different elements of composition while showing examples of famous photographs that use these techniques. One of the standout techniques for me was the talk about figure to ground. Figure to ground is a form of building a scene so that the subject stands out as much as possible. This is done by placing a light colored subject on a dark background or a dark subject on a light background. We see this every day when viewing silhouettes, but Marelli gives other great uses of using figure to ground in images that are not silhouettes.

How to Use the Difference Blend Mode for Pleasing Color Grades

Coming to you from Blake Rudis over at f64 Academy, this great tutorial examines the Difference blend mode in Photoshop. First of all, how does the Difference blend mode work? Well, it's exactly that, a difference. It looks at the channel information for each pixel, then subtracts the smaller channel value from the bigger one (it wouldn't make sense to have negative luminance values). For example, if the top layer has a pixel of (166, 72, 224) and the bottom layer's corresponding pixel is (188, 23, 240), the resultant pixel will be (22, 49, 16). So, why is this so useful? It turns out that this behavior creates pleasant color grades with relative ease because of how it interacts with areas of varying luminosity. It's also highly useful for manually aligning layers.


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Paid subscriptions - monthly/on demand

Beginner RAW Processing - Creative Live

Chris Orwig On-Demand Access
$29 - 7 video lessons

Understand the foundations of Adobe Camera Raw photo format. Explore the power of using it as a standalone application to make compelling and non-destructive improvements to your images. Chris Orwig will walk you through the process of improving exposure, fine-tuning color, reducing noise, sharpening, cropping, and more.

lynda.com

$25 a month
This may be me favorite resource. It isn’t free, however, it provides such amazing content that I do believe that it is well worth the price. Starting at just $25 a month, they offer over 290 Photoshop courses and 17,000 video tutorials!

Photoshop CC 2015 for Photographers: Fundamentals - Lynda.com

5h 27m Beginner Jun 29, 2015 - yoiu must sign up to view this course
Photoshop CC 2015 for Photographers provides an introduction to Photoshop aimed specifically at the needs of photographers. In this installment, teacher Chris Orwig covers the most essential skills: cropping, improving exposure, painting color and light with masks, converting to black and white, thinking creatively with filters, retouching, and publishing photos online and in print. In addition, the series is sprinkled with segments that inspire viewers to think photographically and shoot with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind.

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training with Julieanne Kost

Video 3h 32m  
Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost takes you through all of Camera Raw’s capabilities, from fixing common but vexing problems to finding more creative uses for the program’s rich and nondestructive editing tools.

KelbyOne

Changing the way people learn $20 a month

Photoshop CC Basics for Photographers - KelbyOne

In this class, Matt Kloskowski, cuts through all of the techie stuff and overwhelming amount of choices. Instead, he just gives you the tools you need to know to get started in Photoshop. Tools that, as a beginner, you’ll find you continue to use even as you get better . . .

Photoshop 101: Tutorial with Expert Ben Willmore - Creative Live

$99 on demand
48 video lessons

Practical Photoshop Basics with Khara Plicanic - CreativeLive
$79 on demand
25 videos

Photoshop for Photographers: The Essentials with Ben Willmore - CreativeLive

Ben Willmore On-Demand Access
$129 37 videos

Edit your first photo in Photoshop

Learn how to use basic photo editing techniques to make your photos look great. (Try it, 23 min)

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books

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2015 Release 3rd Edition

by Martin Evening (Author)

$53

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) 1st Edition

by Andrew Faulkner (Author), Conrad Chavez (Author)

$23

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