How to Use Photoshop

Here are some more tutorials for beginners on how to use Photoshop.

Users starting from scratch or with very little knowledge of Photoshop should begin with the How To Start section and then work their way through these pages.

crop tool

Crop Tool

The Crop Tool can be used trim down an image
to rotate it and to increase its canvas size.

photoshop curves


When learning how to use Photoshop, Curves is the most useful of the functions for adjusting tones and colour corrections in images.



The Brush Tool has an armoury of adjustments, in size, shape, texture and the way it can apply the colour.



The Healing Brushes and Patch Tool are very powerful tools in cleaning up images, repairing sections and giving images a face-lift.

blur filters

Blur Filters

Blur can be used to create motion or zoom.
Blur can create a softness or replicate the effect from an out of focus lens. 

color settings

Color Settings

Colour management is not a subject for beginners but in due course it is extremely important for consistent image quality.
However, a few essential settings can be put in immediately. 

text effects

Text and Text Effects

By learning how to use Photoshop text can give tremendous scope to creative use of graphics.
Effects can be put on text, all sorts of techniques can be applied and there is text justification. 



Filters are both essential and fun.
They can create a subtle improvement or a dramatic graphic effect.

hue & saturation

Hue and Saturation

Hue & Saturation is a powerful facility for making a large shift in colour.
The saturation or richness of colour of the whole image or individual colours can be adjusted.
Black and white images can also be toned. 

full screen mode

Full Screen Mode

Full Screen Mode is a useful feature for displaying an image on a plain screen without so many distractions. 

black and white

Black and White

There are a number of ways of converting a colour image to black and white. A click conversion via the Grayscale option usually gives a poor result.
A quality conversion requires a bit more work. 

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Photoshop In A Day

Learn all of Photoshop with these easy-to-follow tutorials. Masses of creative and technical knowledge to take users from beginner to advanced levels. 

blending modes

Blending Modes

Blending modes control how a layer or part of an image reacts to the image below it.
They can help blending images together and create more impact. 

history brush

History Brush

Make a mistake or change your mind and through the list of past actions in the History palette, you can move back to a previous position.
Used to its full potential, the History function has definite time-machine qualities. 


Image Sharpening

Scanning film, some digital capture and resizing an image all introduce a degree of softness into the pixels.
This needs to be recognized, then an image needs to be sharpened the correct amount and at the right time.

bringing out detail

Bringing out detail

An image might appear to have little detail in the shadows and little in some highlights, but it is likely to be there hidden under the surface. 
There are ways of recovering this detail. 

making shapes

Making Photoshop Shapes

All about making Photoshop shapes, starting with basic shapes and expanding to more creative designs. 

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