The Simplified Guide to Getting Started in Photoshop

When photographer Devon Mikale was in high school, he created this lengthy manual for his newspaper class to help others learn how to get started in Photoshop. The high school’s faculty loved it so much that they ended up purchasing it for re-distribution in future classes. Mikale has graciously allowed us to publish the guide here for free.

It’s a lot of images and information, but if you’re just starting out and have been overwhelmed by all the different things you need to learn, this guide will walk you through the fundamentals.

You can bookmark this page for future reference. If you’d like a copy to print out or carry along with you, here’s a PDF version of the same guide! Be sure to share it with people you know who are just learning the ropes!

Let’s get started…

Image credits: Photographs used in the guide by Drew Anderson

  • Max

    This is superb.. only it’s 20 years late :)

  • chmee

    generally a great idea, thanks – one mistake i found by fast reading : STRG+J is “duplicate layer” NOT “New Layer” -> STRG+ALT+SHIFT+N

  • Chuck Comstock

    Where is the “3 Ways to COB a Photo”?

  • patrick dinneen

    Very good. does this exist for Lightroom too/

  • 11

    I actually needed this one. Pretty good.

  • Michael Zhang

    We’ve added it. Thanks for catching that!

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