6 Places to Learn Photoshop for Free (or Almost Free!)


Adobe Photoshop is one of the most widely used software packages in the world. It’s hard to imagine the world without Photoshop, and its remarkable image editing tools have been used in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Internet memes.

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As powerful as Photoshop is, it can be a little intimidating. Adobe has done a great job of making the software more accessible to newcomers, but it’s still a complex program. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a professional graphic designer or digital marketing expert to learn how to use Photoshop.

To learn Photoshop, use these six free resources to begin your journey to Photoshop mastery, brush up on the fundamentals – pun most definitely intended – and even learn advanced image manipulation techniques for free (or very cheaply). These free/cheap Photoshop tutorials include:

  1. Adobe
  2. Tuts+
  3. Photoshop Cafe
  4. Lynda
  5. Digital Tutors
  6. Udemy

Here's a little more information on each Photoshop resource.

Free Resources for Learning Photoshop

1. Adobe’s Learning Resources and Tutorials

Nobody knows Photoshop better than Adobe, so your first port of call should be the excellent learning resources on the Adobe site.

 Learn Photoshop Adobe resources

Adobe splits its tutorials into varying categories based on skill level. Complete beginners should begin with the overview of what Photoshop can do, before moving onto the intermediate techniques section. Here, you’ll find short video tutorials on how to use a range of Photoshop’s most commonly used features, such as masking, color correction, cropping, vector and shape tools, and working with layers and levels.

Once you’ve gotten a taste of Photoshop’s broad tool set, you can move into project-based tutorials, which walk you through a complete project from start to finish.

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2. Tuts+

Next on our list of places you can learn Photoshop for free is the Tuts+ network of learning sites.

 Learn Photoshop Tuts+

Although the Tuts+ network does offer premium content for a price, its selection of free tutorials is extensive. Rather than focusing on lengthier, project-based tutorials, Tuts+ tends to offer shorter, bite-sized lessons on specific techniques.

In addition to its content on topics such as brushes, color correction, and typography, Tuts+ also offers several tutorials on the fundamentals of digital imaging, such as image file types and compression – very useful information for the Photoshop novice.

3. Photoshop Cafe

Photoshop Cafe is another excellent resource of free tutorials. Although they push their product range pretty hard throughout the site, there are still plenty of freebies you can take advantage of.

 Learn Photoshop Photoshop Cafe

Although some of the tutorials on Photoshop Café are similar to those offered by other sites, the language used is simple enough for beginners to dive right in. Photoshop Café also offers visual guides to potentially complex topics such as alpha channels and automating common tasks using actions.

Paid Resources for Learning Photoshop

4. Lynda.com

The video tutorials offered by Lynda.com are among the best I’ve ever used, and are ideal for users who want to take their Photoshop learning seriously.

 Learn Photoshop Lynda.com

Lynda.com’s videos are hosted by some of the world’s leading digital artists, and cover an amazingly diverse selection of topics. As you’d expect from one of the best training sites on the web, Lynda.com offers a wide variety of in-depth, project-based tutorials, making it the ideal place for intermediate users to take their skills to the next level.

The site also offers a range of subscription options, the cheapest of which is just $25 per month. You can also choose to pay more for access to features such as project files and offline viewing.

5. Digital Tutors

If you’re ready to master some of Photoshop’s most advanced tools and techniques, Digital Tutors is unbeatable.

 Learn Photoshop Digital Tutors

Aimed primarily at those seeking to launch careers in the entertainment industry, Digital Tutors offers an incredible range of tutorials on how to get the most out of Photoshop. From digital painting to concept art, the variety of topics covered is remarkable.

Digital Tutors also specializes in tutorials covering how Photoshop can serve as just one tool in a wider creative workflow. Many of the site’s videos demonstrate how Photoshop can be used alongside software packages such as After Effects, providing an in-depth look at how versatile – and indispensable – Photoshop can be to creative professionals.

Subscriptions start at $29 per month (which includes access to the entire Digital Tutors catalog of more than 2,000 courses), as well as progress tracking and new training videos added daily.

6. Udemy

Udemy has a range of online classes for Photoshop, but the most popular is Manfred Werner’s course.

 Learn Photoshop Udemy

Totaling 33 hours spread out across 153 individual lectures, this is one of the most comprehensive Photoshop courses you can take pretty much anywhere. Once you’ve paid to take this course (which costs just $19), you’ll have access to it for life, making it an excellent reference resource.

Well, that pretty much does it for this round-up of Photoshop resources. Whether you’re a seasoned Photoshop pro or are just starting out using this amazing software package, hopefully you’ll pick up a few tips and tricks from one of these resources.

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Apr 03, 2015

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Jan 18, 2016

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May 13, 2016

you have shared a good information for people who want to learn Photoshop online. On my recommendation its better to use learning resources available on the Adobe site.

Jul 29, 2016

I am happy to see hare all are very helpful to learn Photoshop easily and Thanks for sharing with us

Jul 31, 2016

i am using lynda to learn photoshop. tutorials are awesome.

Sep 01, 2016

Thanks a lot for sharing where to find the place of learning Adobe Photoshop, I really need it.

Elad Lev
Sep 22, 2016

These are great places to start learning Photoshop. When I first started learning I used tuts+ a lot. Today I think I would go with a Udemy course to start with because It's much more concise.

Atiqur Sumon
Dec 19, 2016

At first thank you for sharing. How i learn this ?

Dogum gunu pastasi
Jan 07, 2017

Thanks for great videos i really enjoy them

Bright Joe
Mar 23, 2017

I know the basics of Photoshop very well, but I want to learn the advanced tricks and stuff. Gonna try all of these websites as I really need to master Photoshop ASAP! :D

Morris Edwards
Apr 21, 2017

Thank for sharing the handy post with us. It is very useful for those who want to learn about photoshop.

Jun 15, 2017

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Clark Lauron
Jul 26, 2017

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Nov 07, 2017

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Jayaraj Chanku
Feb 14, 2018

Thanks for sharing this extremely useful post. Why we waste our money by going in training class and avoiding these awesome online tutorials? Amazing information.

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