Last Updated on December 21, 2020.
There are a lot of places to learn Photoshop online for free. You can hop on YouTube and search for “Photoshop for beginners.”
While most of the results have the word beginners in their title, most of them are not for beginners or anyone who has no prior knowledge of the software. The videos are either about using a particular tool from its array of tools or how to make posters.
Those videos are great. They’ll teach you how to change the background of a photo or how to make greeting cards. But as a beginner, what you want to know is what tool can be used to achieve what result. Tutorials that take you from the very beginning, telling you about each tool and what you can do with them.
Starting with a tutorial that teaches how to change color saturation or how to make a portrait with texts will only confuse you. The tutors will be introducing all kinds of tools and brushes into the mix and you won’t understand why.
I must admit: if you spend enough time scouring YouTube, you’ll definitely find videos that’ll properly introduce you to the Photoshop software. But why do that?
I have compiled a list of 5 places on the Internet where you can learn how to use Photoshop for free.
5 Places to Learn Photoshop for Free
1. Adobe Photoshop Tutorials
Drinking straight from the source. Adobe is the company behind Photoshop, and safe to say, is the best place to learn about the software.
Adobe has an entire section on their website where you can learn Photoshop. They have tutorials for both beginners and experienced users alike.
The very first video is titled Get to know Photoshop and introduces you to the software.
2. Phlearn – 30 Days of Photoshop
Founded by Aaron Nace in 2011, Phlearn creates Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography tutorials. They have both free and paid tutorials to help you learn Photoshop and Lightroom and how to use them to spruce up your photos.
Phlearn has a free Photoshop tutorial series they named 30 Days of Photoshop. It’s not an email course or webinar, so you can access the tutorial videos anytime you like. You also don’t need an account to access the videos.
The videos are hands-on and include links to download the sample images used for each tutorial.
3. Udemy – Adobe Photoshop Complete Mastery Course Beginner to Advanced
Udemy is the Amazon of video courses. You can find video courses about practically anything on Udemy.
While most courses on Udemy are paid, I found this one that can help you learn Photoshop for free. You’re not going to pay a dime; all you have to do is register an account and enroll.
This free Photoshop course, as of this writing, has been taken by 104,026 students and has 4.5 stars from 5,198 ratings.
According to the tutor:
- Beginners will learn how to use Photoshop from scratch.
- This is a very easy to follow course that goes at just the right pace so you don’t miss any steps.
- You’ll learn all of the most important tools, plus how to edit photos, do touch-ups, whiten teeth, crop social media pics, change backgrounds, and more.
- Learn about the interface, including where the tools are and how to customize your workspace.
4. YouTube – Photoshop for Beginners by KingTutsPro
Yes, I found a tutorial on YouTube, but it’s specifically on Photoshop CS6.
This playlist of 62 videos will take you from being a complete beginner to being proficient with Photoshop.
These Photoshop tutorial videos will teach you how to use every tool in Photoshop CS6 and from there show you the magic you can do with Photoshop, from how to create 3D texts to editing photos and making logos and banners.
5. Photoshop Essentials
I’m reluctant to add this one because the tutorials are text-based. They’re written in the form of “how-to” posts, with screenshots to help you learn step-by-step.
One thing however certain is that you’ll learn how to use Photoshop. The website is true to its name; it’ll teach you the essentials of Photoshop.
You can also learn photo editing on the website.
And there you have it: 5 places to learn Photoshop for free. Free Photoshop courses and tutorials.
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