Different people find they prefer different ways to improve their Photoshop skills. As well as screenshot and text tutorials – we’ve collected the best here – we’ve found that video tutorials are a great, direct way of learning about Photoshop across illustration, graphic design and photography. Here, we’ve listed a number of video tutorial sites, as well as an online learning platform that offers one-one-one live video classes.
Where better to look for tutorials than from Adobe itself? Adobe TV offers a bunch of tutorials by experts taking viewers through the tricks and skills of Photoshop.
Whether it’s a basic tutorial to get you started, improving your selecting and masking or painting in 3D, these online tutorials are free and understandable, without taking up too much of your time.
A range of shorter Photoshop video tutorials for beginners and experts can be found here. Videos cover skills such as using layers to build images, cropping a photo and improved layer compositions.
HowNow is an online learning platform, but it offers a much more ‘free-for-all’ service compared to the rest in this list.
HowNow lets users engage in a one-on-one live video chat with a tutor as well as the choice to engage in a live group video class for usually a lesser price.
The website lets experts set up a profile with the topics they teach and their availability, and learners can automatically see this, book a lesson and join a live class.
The experts set their own price, availability, class duration and capacity and can sign up easily as a HowNow service provider via the website. There is no set-up cost. All you need is a laptop, webcam and of course, the internet.
Users can decide who they’d prefer to book with based on other user feedback. Information such as the expert’s experience, qualifications and what you will need to take part in the class can all be found before booking.
Although the site offers a wide variety of topics, such as Japanese calligraphy and yoga, it does have a range of Photoshop for beginners tutorials, with prices ranging from £20 for a group video class to £80 for a one-on-one session.
The class covers cropping, straightening photos, enlarging, distorting, and bending among other image modifications.
You can try HowNow free for 14 days, or plans start from £22/US$30 per month.
One of the most popular Photoshop courses on Udemy is the Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC, which has a four-and-a-half star rating from more than 300 students, and a massive 27,500 student enrolled. It includes 176 lectures with a total of 13.5 hours of video, and you'll get a 30 day money back guarantee.
A Udemy course that's cheaper than the previous option at just £19.99 but still widely loved is the Photoshop course by Manfred Werner, which takes you through 27 hours of video and 117 lectures to help you master the Adobe tool.
Another course from Udemy that's very popular is the Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing, which costs £199.99 and offers 21.5 hours of view and 184 lectures to help you learn Photoshop tools as well as how to apply those tools to web design. It has almost 2,000 ratings, almost all 5 star, and there are more than 15,000 students enrolled.
You'll also find some free Photoshop courses on Udemy that you might like to try. They're generally tailored to beginners so might not be for everyone, but they're well worth a look.
If you think you'd like to try lots of different online courses, you might like Lynda.com, which allows you to subscribe for £12.95 per month and get access to all video tutorials and new courses weekly.
You can start a 30-day free trial if you like the sound of Lynda.com but aren't ready to commit.
One of the most popular Photoshop tutorials on Lynda.com right now is the Photoshop CC Essential Training, which'll take you through the new features in Photoshop CC 2015 and help you master them.
Lynda.com is a good place to go if you're looking to learn about one particular aspect of Photoshop in detail, too. For example, you can learn more about Filters in this tutorial and about adjustment layers and blend mode in this tutorial.
Or, if you want to learn how to create a particular type of design or illustration, you'll also find useful tutorials on Lynda.com. There's this Creating and Adapting a Logo course, for example.
Skillshare is another popular online courses site that offers tutorials on everything from design to cooking. There's a dedicated section on the site just for Adobe Photoshop, and there you'll find hundreds of courses to help you achieve just about anything.
You can get a free version of Skillshare with 477 classes that include videos and written tutorials, but if you sign up for premium you'll get access to almost 4,000 courses. Premium also gets you offline access. New customers can get three months of Skillshare Premium for £0.69/US$0.99 here, after which it'll cost between $6 and $10 per month depending on the subscription you choose.
Photoshop courses include Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners, but if you've already spent some time with the software you can jump into a course such as Character Illustration: From concept to final artwork, or Pattern Design: Bring your artwork to life on products.
Pluralsight Mentors aims to connect users to a mentor – a "practicing professional" - within minutes at any time of the day, giving access to career or project advice and course material.
Users will need to request a session outlining what they need help with before being matched with the appropriate mentor. Feedback about the chosen mentor can be left, and users can schedule follow-up sessions for consistency.
Pluralsight says users won’t be charged for the first five minutes of a session just in case the mentor you connect with can’t help.
But let's not forget Pluralsight's standard online video courses. Some courses are available for free, then it's £29/$US20.93 per month for the standard subscription or $49.00/£35.35 per month for the Pro subscription - the annual subscription is cheaper at £17.98/$24.92 or £30/$41.58 per month, respectively. The Pro subscription offers offline viewing, downloadable exercise files and pre- and post-course assessments, too.
You'll find tutorials for almost any creative tool you can think of, including Photoshop tutorials range from beginner to image editing, illustration, digital painting and graphic design.
You'll also find image editing tutorials for Photoshop on Pluralsight, such as this Beginner's guide to image editing in Photoshop.
Although Twitch TV is primarily aimed at gamers, it facilitates live streaming video with chat so you can interact with whatever is happening – perfect for design tutorials too.
Canadian digital artist James White, behind Signalnoise studio, has picked up on this, and has just begun experimenting with Signalnoise Broadcast using Twitch TV. James used to run online videos, and is hoping to capture the same spirit and community with a new video series.
The first episode is about painting vector artwork in Photoshop, specifically a Laster Axe, including how to create flat layers and remembering where your light source comes from.
Huge thanks to everyone who tuned into episode 1 of the Signalnoise Broadcast. We painted a Laser Axe! ? pic.twitter.com/bCo1ogBfnE— James White (@Signalnoise) January 30, 2018
The video is rough and ready, with some lag and sound issues, but as James’ usual self, it’s conversational and everyone watching can be included.
Make sure to follow James’ Twitter account to find out when the next Signalnoise Broadcast will take place on Twitch, but it's usually Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If join in to his weekly talks, just over an hour long, you’ll be joining a passionate design community while also learning fundamental skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as discovering a creative voice and career.
You’re in good hands with KelbyOne CEO Scott Kelby, who also co-founded Photoshop User Magazine and is the world’s top-selling author of photography technique books.
KelbyOne’s speciality is offering courses from industry leaders such as wedding photographer Cliff Mautner and Mia McCormick, in a premium site that caters to anyone from professional photographers to designers dabbling in Photoshop (as well as Lightroom and Adobe CC).
KelbyOne it is far more specialised than competing sites such as Lynda.com, which covers materials well beyond photography but might be less appropriate for advanced Photoshop users.
It also includes inspirational material such as interviews with photographers and business-focused courses ('How To Build An Audience On Instagram' is a popular one), as well tutorials in Illustrator and InDesign.
To subscribe, you can join for free and get five courses, otherwise it'll cost you £7/US$9.99 or £14.06/$19.99 per month.
On top of its large selection of free tutorials, Phlearn.com offers paid tutorials for professionals who want more comprehensive lessons. Instant downloads of episodes are one-off and tend to be expensive compared to a monthly plan (though there are regular sales and deals), but the lessons are advanced and well regarded. Otherwise you can have access to all 120 classes for £69/US$99 per year.
Be careful not to jump into an intermediate or advanced tutorial without being comfortable with the material. Thankfully, photographer Aaron Nace, who runs the site, is an unfailingly engaging teacher regardless.
CreativeLive is a great site for photographers, as well as other digital creatives, with free and paid tutorials. It takes a really interesting approach to learning, offering live shows from world-class creatives broadcasted to international audiences - and you can watch previously broadcast shows by checking out its online catalogue or have a look at upcoming classes so you can plan ahead.
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