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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ways to Learn Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the standard software used by artists that license art. It is used to create art collections, create product mock-ups, and for editing art to manufacturer specifications. If artists do not know how to use Photoshop, they are at a distinct disadvantage in trying to license their art. Of course artists could have someone on their staff manipulate their art for them or outsource the work. Or, they can learn how to use Photoshop themselves.

Unfortunately not all artists are computer literate. Some are hesitant in spending the time or willing to tackle the challenge on learning the software. But artists that have actually taken that step and learned Photoshop are very glad that they did because it increased their productivity and given them many options in increasing their creativity. Below are some ways to learn how to use Photoshop.

If you are daring enough to learn Photoshop on your own, you can checkout all its tools and methods and thus teach yourself how to manipulate and edit your art. I've done that myself but as a result I only learned the fundaments of Photoshop. Photoshop can do much more than the average person normally learns by trial-and-error. You can can increase your knowledge by watching Photoshop tutorial videos (also by reading step-by-step tutorials) and discover how to do amazing things.

Watch Video Tutorials
One way to learn how to use Photoshop is to watch video tutorials. has some good tutorials on their site, and so does Another site that has excellent tutorial videos for Photoshop as well as other software is For a $25 per month subcription price you have access to hundreds of their training videos. They also have some free videos!

Take Classes
Another way to learn Photoshop is to take classes at an adult education center, a local community college, or art and design college. To be productive for your needs, make sure that you take a Photoshop class for artists instead of photographers. These classes are jammed packed with information and move fast so they can be overwhelming. Thus, taking classes may not be the best method to learn Photoshop for everyone.

Find or Hire a Photoshop Coach
Some artists find that working one-to-one with someone that knows Photoshop works best for them. This could be a family member or friend or could be someone that you hire. A good source in finding a Photoshop coach is in the computer department at your local community college. Ask Photoshop teachers if they can recommend a student who you can hire.

Comments are welcome.  Please enter them in the below comment section.


  1. Joan:
    I have been using Photoshop since 1994 [way back before they had layers!] and in addition to my Graphic Design and Art Licensing work, I do one on one coaching of Photoshop. I tailor the courses to the person's needs--photo retouching and editing, graphics creation, patterns, basics etc. and clients can do it right from the comfort of their own home computer. Clients login to my desktop and I walk them through 1/2 hour or hour sessions. Please pass my email along to anyone who might be interested!

    Thank you,
    Maria Scrivan

  2. I received my copy of CS5 the other day. I have been using Photoshop Elements for editing photography mostly, but now I'm excited to begin learning the power of the full version, especially for editing my original artwork for licensing opportunities. It's a big learning curve, but with my daughter going away to college this year, I'll be inspired to keep my mind busy with challenging experiences! I am enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing your wealth of expertise. :)

  3. Photoshop has been the illusive pain in the butt to learn program I've been trying to get a grasp of for over 2 years! And I finally did it! I just finished Kim Klassen's "First.gear Photoshop The Skinny" Course -- and she's such a great teacher! Quick and simple!! Excellent!! And it's only $29. for this basic course! It's a self-paced, blog classroom class that you can do anytime! I loved that! I did it all in a couple days! She's starting a new, more advanced course "Second.gear Photoshop E-Course" starting today! It's much more intense and covers working on art files and textures! I can't wait! I've learned more from her e-course than I have from all the hundreds of dollars of books and tutorials I've purchased! This shows you exactly what you need to know - and skips all the mumbo jumbo! :)
    Here's the link:

    If you want to know more about my experience with it -- just email me at:

  4. I'd marry if I could. . . .
    Love love love that site for all things software.

  5. I agree with Andy, is totally worth the money. I learned tons there. If you can afford it I really recommend it.

  6. It's great you are including all this photoshop info. It's such a critical part of art licensing.