There are thousands of ways to edit an image in Photoshop.
When I first started using Adobe Photoshop in high school, our teacher compared it to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Similar to the way someone eats a variety of dishes to get full, there are dozens of ways to create just one effect in Photoshop. Even for common tasks, such as removing background scenery, beginners could spend a half hour deciding on the right tool(s) before realizing they haven’t made any progress on their project.
That’s why it’s best to learn Photoshop from an expert. With all those nitty-gritty editing options, you’ll need someone to guide you through the many challenges of retouching an image—and not just a general overview of the program.
When you’re ready to give your Photoshop skills a serious boost, dive into one of these 10 powerful courses.
1. Adobe, Photoshop Tutorials
If you’re an absolute beginner, you can get a great introduction to Photoshop with Adobe’s free resources. Their video guides might look like a simple collection of screen recordings at first, but Adobe has put a lot of thought into these materials. The biggest benefit is having two learning paths to choose from, beginner and experienced.
In the beginner path, the tutorials are organized in a way that lets you build on foundational skills over time. Rather than having you jump right into photo editing, the “Photoshop Get Started” section simply introduces you to the program and all its features. From there, you can move on to more advanced sections, like Beginner Photo Editing, Beginner Selections and Beginner Layer Masking.
2. Skillshare, Adobe Photoshop CC – Essentials Training Course
The instructor for this course, Daniel Scott, is a certified Adobe trainer and a top teacher on Skillshare. His bio is filled with certifications, like ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) and ACA (Adobe Certified Associate). Just by reading his profile, you get the feeling you’re in great hands when it comes to learning all things Photoshop.
Daniel’s course presents students with 87 lessons in just under 9 hours, which is pretty impressive. But if you had any doubts about whether that’s too short a time to grasp the concepts, students liked the clarity of his instruction the most, according to course ratings. In addition to that, there are 356 class projects to complete, and no matter how many times I refresh the page, Skillshare reports there are at least 700 students watching the course in real time.
This program is clearly a crowd favorite; do yourself a favor and soak up some expertise from this Adobe aficionado.
3. Udemy, Adobe Photoshop CC Essentials | Photoshop Masterclass
The first thing that stands out about this course is how lengthy it is. At 33.5 hours, this is a great resource if you need to take a deep dive into Photoshop.
There are some enticing perks for taking this class, one of which is earning a certificate of completion. Another huge perk is that the course instructor, Chris Parker, has been using Photoshop professionally since 1991. It’s worthwhile to mention that Photoshop 1.0 didn’t hit the market until 1990, so it’s safe to say Chris really knows what he’s doing. You don’t use something for that long without picking up some efficiency tips along the way, so you’re in good hands with this expert.
4. Creative Live, Adobe Photoshop CC: The Complete Guide
The first sentence of this course’s description is what everyone wants to hear: “Mastering Photoshop is easier than you think.”
Considering the fact that 99 percent of students recommended the class, Adobe Photoshop CC: The Complete Guide clearly delivers on its promise. Lifetime access to the course, as well as offline streaming are its biggest selling points—and with a length of 25 hours, it’s more than enough content for a total Photoshop bootcamp. But what really makes this training special is the instructor, Ben Willmore. At the end of the course, he hosts a Skype Q&A to answer any lingering questions, which is next-level customer care.
5. Lynda.com, Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One Fundamentals
This course offers the learning experience every beginner should get. As part of a three-part series, the syllabus takes students through the absolute basics that some instructors don’t emphasize. Important topics like customizing your workspace, balancing colors and using content-aware options are crucial, but sometimes underrated.
It’s evident the instructor, Deke McClelland, put a lot of thought into this course. The natural progression of the study materials just feels right, as if he’s preparing you to not only master Photoshop but edit from muscle memory, with a real-world understanding of the program.
This course clocks in at almost 18 hours and has been viewed over half a million times; give it a go!
6. Udemy, Ultimate Photoshop Training: From Beginner to Pro
A whopping 72,988 students are currently enrolled in this course. Right now, they’re enjoying 13 hours of on-demand video content, 178 downloadable resources and a little extra motivation from knowing they’ll get a certificate when it’s all over.
Enrolling in this course by Cristian Doru Barin also awards every student a massive giveaway that includes 250 premium Photoshop files to play with. When you keep in mind just how much practice it takes to master the program, the true value of this class is all the downloadable resources that come with it.
7. Creative Live, Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp
If you’re a photographer, or are simply interested in organizing your workflow, this course is for you. The first few lessons teaches students how to use Adobe Bridge, which is a really helpful tool for managing media. That means if you want to take on huge projects, like photographing weddings, events or anything where you’d end up taking hundreds of pictures, you’ll need to get cozy with Adobe Bridge.
As the course moves into Photoshop, you get a very detailed education on how a photographer would edit. From brightening teeth to soft-light glow effects, this 118-lesson course has it all.
8. PhotoshopCAFE, Photoshop CC for Digital Photographers
Much more than a Photoshop class, the instructor calls this course “a labor of love.” Colin Smith, founder of PhotoshopCAFE.com, has updated this course 8 times to make sure it contains the most accurate, relevant information for all students. You’ll definitely want to consider this course, as Colin is a real-world Photoshop expert; he’s even been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice.
Hailed as an A-Z Photoshop training, this course includes 13 hours of video, 89 lessons and downloadable resource files to help students complete the course at their own pace.
9. Lynda.com, Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics
If long courses filled with hours of content isn’t your thing, get the basics of Photoshop in this popular beginner’s course. At just under five hours, this is a good way to get a solid understanding of image editing in a short amount of time.
The instructor, Julieanne Kost, focuses on speed, efficiency and producing the best creative output. In her course, she shares the most efficient ways to do common edits, which is extremely important given all the options Photoshop has. She even gives users a lesson on keyboard shortcuts and other time-saving techniques.
10. PluralSight, Photoshop for Creative Professionals or Photoshop: Photo Manipulation
PluralSight gives students some control over their education by offering two learning paths, Photoshop for Creative Professionals or Photoshop: Photo Manipulation. If you’re looking to become a creative professional, this path offers the most extensive course offerings by far—17 courses that span 39 hours. The Photo Manipulation path has less content, but if you’re unable to choose, PluralSight offers a free skill IQ assessment to determine where you should start.
In terms of course content, PluralSight covers everything you should know based on your learning path. It’s a very thorough and diversified learning experience, as the courses themselves are written by five or more experts. If you value gaining multiple perspectives as you learn, this is the best option for you.
Start your Photoshop journey today!
There are plenty of great online courses to help you master Photoshop. With an emphasis on navigating the digital workspace, learning how each tool works, making selections and more, these courses can help you become a seasoned graphic artist.