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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training


Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training


Class Description


  • Navigate and customize the Photoshop interface.
  • Edit images using non-destructive techniques.
  • Use layers and layer masks to create composite images.
  • Retouch portraits using advanced retouching techniques.
  • Develop scenic photos using tonal and color correction techniques.


The perfect workshop series for Adobe Photoshop beginners. This class assumes that you are new to Photoshop and want to learn how to retouch and adjust your images.

This workshop is a comprehensive overview ofAdobe Photoshop. By the end of this workshop you’ll have the skills you need to edit your images using Photoshop.

These sessions are jam packed with hands-on activities which allow you to learn by doing. Sample files are included with the workshop so you can follow along with hands-on exercises.

The sessions begin with a solid foundation and add new techniques and principles until you have mastered your post-production workflow.

By the end of this workshop you’ll have a clear understanding of the Adobe Photoshop interface, and the most commonly used tools. You’ll be able to edit scenic and portrait photos. You’ll have a solid understanding of color correction and skin retouching.

This workshop has everything you need to master Adobe Photoshop.


  • Photographers with little or no experience with Photoshop.
  • Photographers with limited or no experience with Lightroom or other post-production software.
  • Portrait photographers who want to know how to do basic skin retouching.
  • Scenic photographers who want to know how to do basic color and tonal corrections.
  • Photographers who want to know how to do basic compositing.


Adobe Photoshop 2021
Adobe Bridge 2021
Adobe Creative Cloud (all apps)


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a strong social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time interacting with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.


  1. Class Introduction

    Mark gives an overview of the class and the topics we will be covering.

  2. Introducing Photoshop

    Mark explains what Photoshop is and why it can seem overwhelming at first. We will learn how to simplify things to get the most from Photoshop for our needs.

  3. The Class Materials

    Instructions for downloading and installing the sample files we’ll be using during this class.

  4. How To Open Files

    We discover that there are many ways to accomplish the single task in Photoshop. Mark uses the most basic task (opening a file) to explain why this is a good thing.

  5. Using The Home Screen

    This is the place where it all begins. Mark walks through the benefits of using the Home Screen.

  6. Exploring The Interface

    Photoshop is filled with menus, toolbars, panels, and icons. In this segment, Mark explains how all of them work together and demystifies the clutter.

  7. Getting Additional Help

    Photoshop is loaded with tips, tutorials, context sensitive help for tools and more. Mark explains how to get additional help as your Photoshop skills grow.

  8. Understanding Workspaces

    You can customize Photoshop to your specific needs using Workspaces. In this section, Mark explains how to use and customize your workspaces.

  9. Tools and The Options Bar

    We explore the Toolbar and the tools that are most commonly used in Photoshop. We’ll also learn how the Options Bar and the tools work together as a team.

  10. Why You Should Use a Tablet

    Mark explains why a tablet is an essential tool when working in Photoshop.

  11. Finding Hidden Tools

    There are tools and panels hidden everywhere in Photoshop. Mark explains the disclosure triangle and explains how to find all the hidden tools and panels in Photoshop.

  12. How to See What You’re Working On

    Mark explains how to navigate an image. You’ll learn how to zoom in and out, pan an image using the hand too, rotate for easier retouching, and use the Navigation Window.

  13. Selecting Things

    In this segment, Mark explains how to select areas of an image using the Marquee Tool. You’ll also learn about “marching ants” and ways to de-select things.

  14. More Selection Tools

    We take a closer look at the Lasso, Object Selection, Quick Selection, and Magic Wand tools. You’ll use these tools for more precise work.

  15. Testing the Magic Wand and Quick Selection Tools

    We’ll take some time to use the Magic Wand and Quick Selection Tools to remove a background from two different photos. In this exercise you’ll learn why some tools work better than others depending on the situation.

  16. The History Palette – Undoing Things

    Sometimes mistakes are made, or you change your mind. The History Palette allows you to undo things, take a snapshot so you can go back in time, or selectively undo things.

  17. Resolution and Bit Depth

    Mark explains image resolution and bit depth. You’ll need to understand these concepts for the best color and image reproduction when printing or exporting a final image for the screen.

  18. Photoshop Preferences

    Customize Photoshop and make it behave and look the way that works best for your workflow.

  19. Menu and Item Shortcut Keys

    Customize your keyboard shortcuts to save time on frequent tasks. Add and subtract tools to the Toolbar to make a custom interface.

  20. Non-Destructive Editing

    Mark explains the difference between destructive and non-destructive editing. You will learn why it’s best to edit non-destructively as much as possible.

  21. Working with Layers

    Mark gives a hands-on demonstration of layers, the layers palette, opacity, and locking modes.

  22. Groovy 3 Exercise

    Mark gives another hands-on demonstration of layers and selection tools. We’ll take what we’ve learned so far and put it into practice with our “1-2-3 Layers” file.

  23. Layer Effects and Styles

    Learn how to use Layer Effects and Layer Styles to create interesting looks. This is a continuation of the “Groovy 3” exercise.

  24. Layer Masks – Karen on Beans

    Mark demonstrates more advanced techniques for using layers, layer masks, selection tools, the free transform tool, and blending modes. We’ll take Karen and put her on beans.

  25. Using Adjustment Layers

    Mark explains how to use Adjustment Layers to edit non-destructively. Adjustment layers apply color and tonal adjustments to your image without permanently changing pixel values.

  26. Martian Karen

    We take Karen on Beans to the next level by using Adjustment Layers to change things up. We also use some artistic filters to add some dimension to the image.

  27. Advanced Compositing Using Layers

    Mark describes how to take many photos and put them together to create a single composite image. This session includes all the photos and instructions you need to try this yourself.

  28. Non-Destructive Editing Techniques

    Mark explains the specific tools and techniques you should use to edit non-destructively. Use Adjustment Layers, non-destructive cropping, masks, Smart Objects, and Camera Raw effectively.

  29. Understanding Smart Objects

    Smart Objects allow you to transform raster and vector images without damaging any source content. Mark explains how and when to use Smart Objects.

  30. Smart Sharpen

    A good way to make your images “pop” off the screen or print is to sharpen them before final output. Mark explains how to use the Smart Sharpen filter to quickly sharpen an image.

  31. Understanding Histogram

    Histograms are an essential tool for understanding the exposure levels in your image. In this section, we'll go over the basics of histograms and how to use them.

  32. Adjusting Curves

    Curves give you more precise control of the tonal range in an image. Mark explains what curves are and how to adjust them.

  33. The Healing Brush Tools

    Use the Healing Brush and Spot Healing brush to correct imperfections in an image. In this session, Mark demonstrates the tools and explains why they are perfect for skin retouching and fixing issues with sensor dust.

  34. The Clone Stamp Tool

    If you need to replace an unwanted area in an image, cloning is the way to go. Mark demonstrates how to duplicate areas of an image using the Clone Stamp Tool.

  35. The Burn and Dodge Tools

    These tools are used to darken and lighten areas of an image. Mark explains how to use these tools and when to use more modern tools instead.

  36. Understanding RAW Files

    RAW files give you the most flexibility in post-production. Mark explains what RAW files are and how to work with them in Photoshop.

  37. Adobe Camera Raw

    This plug-in for Photoshop is a tool that can stand on its own. Mark gives an overview of Camera Raw and explains why you should use it.

  38. XMP Sidecar Files

    What are XMP files and what do they do? Mark explains how to use XMP files to store develop settings and use them between applications and computers.

  39. Camera Raw: Edit

    Mark explains how to make global adjustments to an image using the Edit panel in Camera Raw.

  40. Camera Raw: Crop & Rotate

    Mark explains how to adjust the aspect ratio of an image, crop out unwanted areas, and how to rotate and flip your image.

  41. Camera Raw: Spot Removal

    Use this panel to heal or clone areas of your image. Remove dust spots, fix skin blemishes, and more.

  42. Camera Raw: Adjustment Brush

    Mark explains how you can use the Adjustment Brush to make local changes to your image by “brushing on” specific adjustments. This is generally a better option than the Burn and Dodge tools.

  43. Camera Raw: Graduated Filter

    This filter is used to gradually fade adjustments in and out of large portions of an image. This is perfect for scenic photos with sky and land differences.

  44. Camera Raw: Radial Filter

    Mark demonstrates how to use radial filters to make local adjustments to an image. Mark will explain how he uses Radial Filters for “luminosity focusing”.

  45. Camera Raw: Red-Eye Removal

    Mark explains how to fix those pesky red eyes (or green eyes from your pets) with a click of a button.

  46. Camera Raw: Snapshots and Presets

    Save your spot during an edit using a snapshot. If you find the perfect mix of adjustments, save it as a preset for later use.

  47. Neural Filters

    These filters use artificial intelligence to correct and style images. In this section, we'll use the Skin Smoothing filter to quickly retouch a portrait.

  48. Portrait Retouching Session

    In this section, we walk through all the steps of basic portrait retouching. From changing color and tonal values, correcting blemishes in the image, and fixing skin issues.

  49. Scenic Retouching Session

    In this section, we walk through all the steps of basic scenic photography retouching. We'll correct exposure and tonal issues, apply filters, and color.