Great Tutorial: ’10 Things Beginners Want to Know How To Do’ in Photoshop CC

It’s likely one of the reasons Adobe decided to shift to a subscription model was so that they could bring in more beginners and amateurs that had never had affordable access to the software.

For them, justifying a several hundred-dollar purchase wasn’t always feasible, but $10 per month through Adobe’s perpetually-extended Photoshop Photography Program is more than reasonable, and so we’d bet there are more beginners on Photoshop CC than ever before. Now the hard part… actually using the software.

Super helpful Photoshop CC beginner tutorial to the rescue!

As Spiderman was told, “with great power comes great responsibility.” But while that does apply to Photoshop (think before you ‘shop folks) the better quote might be “with great power comes great confusion.”

You first time opening up Photoshop, especially if you’re only jumping on board now with Photoshop CC, is going to be confusing. You’ve seen some examples of the incredible art and photo manipulation capabilities of this program, but you don’t even know what a ‘mask’ is. Have no fear, Adobe is here to help.


In this recently released episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Photoshop master Terry White shows you how to do the 10 things most beginners are wanting to do when they first open up the program. We won’t go into specifics — it took White 45 minutes of video to cover it and we don’t want to make you read a novel — but here’s quick list of what you’ll be covering in the tutorial:

  1. How to remove blemishes or ‘touch up’ a portrait (using the Spot Healing Tool)
  2. Working with Layers and Adjustment Layers
  3. Working with Masks
  4. How to Crop
  5. How to adjust exposure and fix colour-cast problems (using the Camera RAW filter)
  6. How to remove an object from a photo (using Content Aware Fill)
  7. How to move an object in a photo (using Content Aware Move) and duplicate/transform content
  8. How to remove a subject from a photo and place it on a new background (using Smart Select and Refine Edge)
  9. How to add text
  10. How to save your photos in both editable and sharable formats

Check out the video at the top to see all of these skills demonstrated. And if you’re just getting started with Photoshop of photography in general, be sure to head over to our Tutorials category! It’s packed full of interesting and helpful posts that’ll help make your first experiences in the world of photography much more enjoyable.

(via Reddit)

  • KLC

    I don’t agree with your intro sentence. Beginners and amateurs always had and still have PS Elements, a cheap and quite powerful subset of the full blown PS.

    No, they started CC because they wanted a locked in audience generating a steady stream of revenue without the need for introducing upgrades that people would pay for, nothing to so with beginners and amateurs.

  • Antic Andy

    I bought PS Elements, and I can’t get it to do anything. Is there a place to go to learn how to use it? I love Lightroom, but am needing some of the edit tools in Photoshop, and I can’t seem to make it work.

  • chip renner

    they lost me as a customer!

  • BrokenHelix79

    So why comment on an article that is clearly meant for those interested in using the software?

  • chip renner

    so it gets back to the manufacture-I can always hope they will change their mind.Why did you comment on my post?PS they do read things written about their products!

  • Morgan Glassco

    Much of the workflow for PS is similar in Elements. The one thing that forever bugged me was the lack of a pen tool though.

  • BrokenHelix79

    The bitterness and resentment about Adobe’s move to the subscription model is played out. Get over it.

    Their transition to the CC has given average people access to their entire suite of software, so Cade’s intro sentence remains technically true in that regard, even if he was referring to Photoshop only.

    I know a lot of people, professionals (myself included) and hobbyists alike, who are loving the access they now have to ALL of Adobe’s programs. That wasn’t possible for most people before the CC, given the prohibitive expense of all that software.

    As with most things in life, if you enjoy something, whether it’s a new smartphone, or high-speed internet, or a new car, you find a way to make it work for your budget.

  • BrokenHelix79

    I commented on your post because it’s been many, many months since Adobe changed their business model, and yet people still complain about it as if they’re suffering from fresh, gaping wounds that won’t heal.

    I wasn’t able to initially afford the monthly expense of the CC, so you know what I did? I worked harder to get more clients and reduced my cable bill. Problem solved. Now, I get to play around with all of Adobe’s programs. It’s a win-win.

    Stop complaining and start doing.

  • Carl Meyer

    Sorry but average people, hobbyists, amateurs and professionals just continue pirating CC the same way they did with Creative Suite before.

    Replacing former paying customers with pirates is harder than lowering prices and finding new customer to replace early cancellations from those subscribers that don’t really use the software is even harder than selling boxed copies of their software.

  • BrokenHelix79

    Adobe is expected to have more than 2 million CC subscribers by the end of this fiscal year. That’s a lot of honest, hard-working people that are making the CC a success.

  • Dernier mot

    The problem isn’t the commercial model itself, the problem is they don’t give a choice. CC is great for some – and you gave a fair argument – but not for others. To take one of your examples, when you buy a car, you can pay cash or you can spread the payment over several months.* You have a CHOICE.

    Honestly, I wouldn’t mind paying more for a specific product, compared to those who adopted CC, if I was free to pay what I want (I don’t need everything), when I want (because my interest for photography comes and go). Seems fair that loyalty is rewarded.

    CC is fine, not having the choice is “not so fine”. If you wonder why some people can’t get over it, it’s simple: 1) that move is pretty radical, 2) CC is still there and no other option has been given since it’s been launched.

    Can you imagine the consequences on your budget if the whole industry was doing the same? Take every single app or even the top 10 apps you use everyday and turn it into that subscription model, with NO other alternative? Better work harder than the hardest!

    *note that in both cases, you end a up with a car you own and can keep on using, no matter how long you wait until you get a new one…

  • Clayton Finley

    their easy to access software and cheap prices now allow former pirates like myself, to now be able to legally use the software.

  • BrokenHelix79

    Yeah, I get what you’re saying, and I understand how the lack of choice can be frustrating, especially when, as you said, a person’s interest in something (in your case, photography) can ebb and flow over time.

    I’ll admit that it’s not the most ideal solution for all consumers.

    Then again, the capitalistic world is full of less-than-ideal situations for consumers. The general public would LOVE a la carte options for cable and satellite service, for example, but it will probably never happen. We pay billions a year for channels we don’t need or watch, and yet how many Adobe customers who were irate over the transition to the CC bothered to cut back on some of their other expenses, which would allow them to use the software?

    The bottom line, as far as I’m concerned, is this: if you enjoy and benefit from a product or service, either in a professional or amateur way, then you make changes in your life to accommodate the continued use of that product or service. Or you shut up and take the punch. With the exception of basic food and clean water, every single thing in this world is a luxury. I’d rather spend my time enjoying those luxuries than whining about relatively small changes.

  • chip renner

    Same to you.However I will not pay yearly for photoshop.I will stay with my ps4 and never send them any more money-by the way i am retired and money goes to important things like food & housing.Not everyone can afford this !I was not complaining-I was giving Adobe my opinion.Like you!

  • Dernier mot

    When I take a punch, I don’t shut up! Do you?! It’s a pretty natural and healthy reaction! And it’s even a sensible thing to do since Adobe proved in the past they were listening to their customers…

  • BrokenHelix79

    You don’t stand in the street still yelling and flailing around months after you get punched. You continue your life, Tom.

  • Gman

    2013 called… They want to know if people are still whining about Adobe switching to a subscription based payment model?

  • BrokenHelix79

    They are indeed. Sadly.

  • woofa

    You’re on PS4 so you weren’t really a customer anymore anyway so I have no idea what you’re whining about.

  • woofa

    There are many varied tutorial sites available all over the web. Search, you will find one for virtually anything you are looking to do.

  • Sterling

    Your comments regarding CHOICE might make sense if there had been a payment choice before CC. Let’s see, before CC the choice was pay large amounts of cash up front or pirate. Using your analogy, that left many people either taking the bus or stealing a car.

  • Dernier mot

    Also called perseverance, Bob.

  • Dernier mot

    You’re right. But I never said Adobe gave their customers a choice before CC and that it was better then for everyone.
    I’m suggesting they could offer several options to purchase their products legally. I don’t see what’s wrong with this. Mainly because some of these products are very popular. But with Photoshop, that’s almost a traditional issue.
    Now I feel forced to rent a car forever!

  • lurker133

    There’s no time limit on complaining about this. It didn’t suit some people – still doesn’t, and they have something to say about it. I don’t see how this affects you so much anyway. It’s easy enough to ignore but instead you clutter the discussion panels with inane ramblings about something you already consider off-topic.

  • Dernier mot

    Always on top of the wave, right? It takes time to know if such a radical change in the commercial approach works or not, and which adjustments should be made. Proof is, until very recently, Adobe made several offers since the very first ones, trying to calm the storm they lift. It seems fair then, while Adobe is still observing and adjusting their offer to make one’s voice heard. Why does it bother you that much?

  • Carl Meyer

    Because we all know that Photoshop can only be sold at $700 or rented at $120 a year, obviously other pricing is not possible and suggesting otherwise is a crime.

  • Kaynine

    Why are so many Cubans complaining about Fidel Castro?

    “That was so long ago… move on already.”

    Erm… no. It is clear that any evolution from CS6 forward would not be a significant improvement, and Adobe knew this. Why would anyone pay hundreds of dollars for “CS7″ with marginally better features than CS6?

    So, Adobe decided to force everybody to pay montlhy to use their software, and cheat them into thinking they will upgrade it just as they would from one CS to another. Bullcrap.

    The same applies to the automotive industry. The main selling point of most cars nowadays is not cargo capacity, fuel economy, comfort, or convenience features like electric windows… it’s freakin’ touchscreens that distract drivers EVEN MORE than they already are these days (especially if these screens are used for climate control), cars that park themselves (most people use this feature once or twice and then forget about it), and other poodoo. The result? Aside from those who “need to have the newest car on the block”, used cars will do just fine!

    If only the automakers could copy Adobe’s business model and never again sell cars to anyone, making everyone rent them for life… right?

    Oh and don’t forget to Not complain and “just move on”….

    …nah, I prefer freedom and power to the consumers.

    It’s only because Adobe has the de facto monopoly of image editing software that they could pull this off! Hey Google, open source the crap out of them!

  • BrokenHelix79

    It’s not easy to ignore, because every single article about Adobe products is littered with anti-Adobe rants and complaints. It’s insulting to those of us who actually enjoy using their products. It’s no different than Apple users who are constantly barraged with Android fanboy rants.

    I’ll shut up when everyone else shuts up.

  • chip renner

    only whining I hear is you.I had planned on buying the newest edition until I researched the situation & discovered the new policy.As long as I am using Photoshop I would say that I AM A CUSTOMER.Woofa are you a tea party person?I feel a lot of hate coming from you!

  • Peter “Pots”

    Boy, there is a lot of “testy” people out there. I like CC and I like LightRoom and the ability to edit when and where I want to. The price is not that difficult…one less beer a day….;-)

  • Matt

    Where is the tutorial on how to change a model’s body to something taller, bigger boobs and more “attractive”?

  • lurker133

    I’ve seen very little criticism of actual Adobe products. Most complaints seem to be about the subscription model by people who do like, work with and pay for Adobe products. Adobe (and Apple) may make great products but people aren’t obliged to accept and see godly wisdom in their “innovations” when they negatively impact users.

    Anyway, I merely got caught up in wondering why you expend so much energy in shooting down anyone who doesn’t see things your way. I wasn’t questioning your right to argue with people on the internet.

  • Anto de Chav

    Adobe shill alert.. Some people are unhappy with adobe and their tactics.. and they have a right to voice their opinions..

  • BrokenHelix79

    Just as I have a right to voice mine.

    Needless to say, not every supporter of Adobe has to be a “shill” for their company. I have no affiliation with Adobe. They’ve never paid me, they’ve never contacted me, they’ve never given me a second of their time. I like their products and I can afford to pay for them and enjoy using them.

    If you think I’m going to apologize or shut up about that, then bring it on.

  • Samantha

    Thank you so much, great video! Very easy to follow :)