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Delve into Photoshop’s tools with this collection of resources

Adobe Photoshop is a complex piece of software to tackle. If your goal is to become a Photoshop expert, plan on spending several years working at it. If you want to learn as little as you can to make it useful, I suggest you take our Photoshop CS6: The Basics workshop.  If and when you’re ready to go further, try the other workshops and webinars  that we offer.

Learning how to use Photoshop requires a hands-on approach, and once you’ve exhausted all of IT Training’s offerings, you’ll need to seek other learning resources. Luckily for you, the Internet is overflowing with free Photoshop tutorials. In this post, I share a few of them with you.

Photoshop is all about the tools. There are probably hundreds of them, and if you don’t know which tool to use for which task, you won’t be able to accomplish very much. That’s why I searched the Web for tutorials that really focus on Photoshop’s tools. It seems to me that learning what each tool can do is like learning the alphabet. Once you have the letters, you can build words, and then sentences, then paragraphs; you get the idea.

So without further ado, here are six tool-focused Photoshop tutorials. Click titles to view the tutorials.

1) Photoshop Brush Tool: A Basic Guide

This in-depth explanation of the Brush tool  is from from psdtuts+. You’ll learn about brush presets, blend modes, and many more brush basics.

Photoshop brush pane

Brush Basics- Part 1

2) Selection Basics

In this Adobe TV episode,  you’ll learn  how to work with Photoshop’s marquee tools.

Screenshot of selection tutorial video.

Selection Basics on Adobe TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) The Magnetic Lasso Tool in Photoshop

A tutorial on the finer points of using the Magnetic Lasso from photoshopessentials.com.

Making a selection with the Magnetic Lasso.

Making a selection with the Magnetic Lasso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Content Aware Tools

Richard Harrington demonstrates uses for the Content Aware Tools in this blip episode.

Screen shot of Content Aware Tools tutorial video.

Using the Content Aware Tools in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Drawing Shapes

A comprehensive look at the Shape Tools on Adobe’s help site.

Screenshot of drawing shapes video tutorial.

Drawing shapes with Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Basic Drawing with the Pen Tool

A look at using the Pen Tool to create vector graphics in Photoshop. This one’s from lifehacker.com.

Screenshot of Pen tool video.

Drawing with the Pen Tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those should be enough to keep you busy for a while! If you want to find more tutorials on all kinds of technology topics, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can read more posts about Photoshop on this blog too.

 

 

Drawing with the Pen Tool.

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