23 Adobe Photoshop Tutorials for Beginner Graphic Designers

For beginners, Adobe Photoshop can be overwhelming with its many different adjustments and effects. To make things easier for those just learning, we’ve compiled a collection of tutorials for beginners.

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Start with the basics such as cropping, color adjustments, blending, masking, sharpening and the like, all simple tweaks that can turn a good photo into an outstanding one. After you have mastered the essentials, move onto special effects. These tutorials are written in easy-to-understand language with beginners in mind to help you get the most out of your images.

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1. Getting Started Guide for Photoshop Users

This comprehensive guide from Psdtuts+ will get you started using Photoshop, teaching you how to understand the interface and work with the basic tools provided by Adobe.

2. How to Adjust Layers in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial from Design River provides a quick, non-destructive way to edit and and make changes to your photos. The tutorial covers some of the different types of adjustment layers and how they work.

3. How to Make Wrinkles More Dramatic in Photoshop

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This tutorial explains the technique that makes wrinkles look dramatic and sculptured. This tip is perfect for photos of elderly or impoverished individuals.

4. Quick Tip: Erase Backgrounds Quickly With The Background Eraser Tool

Many people use complicated methods to erase backgrounds when they can do it much easier with the Background Eraser tool. This quick tip explains how to use the Photoshop background eraser tool.

5. How to Retouch and Airbrush Skin in Photoshop

Learn how to retouch skin professionally in Photoshop without making it look fake or blurry. In this tutorial from Photoshop Tutorials, you will learn how to reduce wrinkles and blemishes, airbrush skin naturally, dodge and burn, and more using all non-destructive editing techniques.

6. How to Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer

This tutorial for Photoshop will teach you how to emphasize skin detail for a dramatic look or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, and dark circles under the eyes.

7. Make Amazing Landscapes using Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop

Learn how to vastly enhance landscape shots using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and then Photoshop.

8. How to Craft a Vintage Fifties Letter

This Photoshop tutorial explains how to create a fifties love letter with stamps, bent corner, and a retro border using the brush engine, rectangle tool, layer styles, and blend modes.

9. How to Quickly Isolate Product Photos Onto White Backgrounds Using Lightroom and Photoshop

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Learn how to quickly shoot and put white backgrounds behind your images using a combination of Photoshop and Lightroom.

10. How to Add Dramatic Rain to a Photo in Photoshop

Discover how to make an image more photorealistic by adding rain, reflections and small puddles.

11. How to Create Glitter in Photoshop

Learn how to create a gold glitter effect in Photoshop.

12. Sweet Cookies Text Effect in Photoshop For Beginners

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This tutorial teaches how to make a sweet cookies text effect in Photoshop, plus includes the free PSD file for download.

13. How to Use Photoshop’s Pen Tool

See how to use the pen tool’s basic controls. The tutorial also teaching how to create paths and make curvature modification and anchor point adjustments.

14. How to Make a Photo Look Vintage & Retro

Learn how to transform an image into looking like a vintage, retro, analog-type lomograph.

15. How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes

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This tilt shift Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to make fake miniature scenes out of your photos.

16. Create a Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

Discover how to make a cool watercolor effect in 10 steps in Photoshop.

17. How to Use Photoshop’s Clipping Masks

Learn how to use clipping masks to hide unwanted parts of a layer from view in a photo.

18. How to Use the Color Range Tool in Photoshop

Learn all about the Color Range command and why it’s such a great tool for selecting areas in an image based on tone or color.

19. How to Blur an Image with the Blur Map in Photoshop

This tutorial teaches how to add a focus effect to a photo with different levels of blur.

20. How to Unlock The Full Power Of Basic Selections In Photoshop

Learn how to get the most out of Photoshop’s basic selection tools, such as the Marquee tools or the Lasso tool.

21. How to Replace a Color in Photoshop

This guide shows how to use the Replace Color Tool in Adobe Photoshop.

22. Create a Motion Blur effect in Photoshop

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Use the Photoshop motion blur filter to create a sense of speed in your photos.

23. How to Colorize Black and White Photos in Photoshop

Learn two helpful techniques for adding hues to grayscale photos using Adobe Photoshop.

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