How to Get Started Using Photoshop: 3 Tips for Beginners

They don’t call Photoshop the “800-pound gorilla” for nothing. There’s a lot to wrestle with in this this incredibly deep, complex, and helpful piece of image-editing software.

Intimidated? Well, lots of Photoshop beginners can feel that way and that’s why we like Phlearn, a website and YouTube channel that helps break down all the tough stuff in photography software so it’s easier to swallow.

In the below video, Aaron Nace of Phlearn shares three tips to help get you started in Photoshop. In the tutorial, Nace shows you how to edit using Adjustment Layers to avoid damaging your original photos; teaches you how to use Layer Masks to show and hide parts of any Layer; and explains the importance of saving your photos as both a .PSD and .JPG.

“With hundreds of tools, features, and techniques to keep track of, Photoshop can be an intimidating software to learn,” according to the tutorial’s description where you can download the sample image for free. “In this tutorial, Aaron breaks down three essential tools that will help you work faster, smarter, and more comfortably. Master these and feel your Photoshop confidence skyrocket.”

Watch the video below and then go visit Phlearn’s YouTube channel for more helpful videos.