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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

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Exploring The Interface

Mark Wallace

Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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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.


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Class Introduction


Introducing Photoshop


The Class Materials


How To Open Files


Using The Home Screen


Exploring The Interface


Getting Additional Help


Understanding Workspaces


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Exploring The Interface

let's explore the interface together. So go into Photoshop and then we're gonna click on open, explore to the class materials folder and then click on wanna dot jpeg to open that. And so we should all be seeing the same thing. And so what we wanna do is understand what all of these different menus and panels and things are. And so let me go through the most important ones in your class handout in that workbook, there's a description of of all of this stuff listed out so you can take a look at that for a refresher but the most important thing over here on the left hand side, this is our tools palette, so a palette is a little thing that you can collapse. There's these little arrows right here so I can zoom into that. If you click on those little arrows, it collapses that or perhaps it open, you'll see another one over here. I can collapse these panels over here or pop them out. You'll see these little arrows all over the place that allows you to expand or collapse things. The same thing...

is true. So right next to this little thing that says canvas, there's a little arrow, you can click that, it expands or collapses that. So these are all over in Photoshop, you can even see them next to tools. We'll talk about what those little tool things are a little bit later on. The most important thing to understand is this right here is called the tools palette is where you have all the tools that you'll be using for retouching things Now the other thing on the right hand side is we have different panels and pallets. And so these pallets are these little things that you can click on so we have properties, click on, adjustments, click on libraries. The important thing to understand is that you have an organization here of different panels that you can see different things by clicking on these different words inside this menu. Now, what we want to do is see the stuff that is specific to photography and we can do that by going right up here to the very top of the screen. I'm gonna zoom in and you can see this little square box over here. If you click on that, it should say essentials. What we want to do is choose photography and when you do that, you'll see something that probably looks like this. But you have the history Graham, you have the Navigator and then now you have uh, libraries and adjustments. These are the tools that are specific for photography. And we're gonna talk about how you can arrange all of these different tools using workspaces in a little bit. But before that, I need to also remind you that at the very, very top of the screen you have the menu items. And so these are things that you can click like file and edit an image and layer. And so those are all available at the very top of the screen and we'll be using these quite a bit. So there are different ways to accomplish different things. You can either use a tool or you can use a palette or you can use menu items. And then the other thing that's very, very important is this area right here at the very top of the screen. This right here is called the options bar. And we're going to talk about the options bar a little bit later, but it's important right now that you know where that is okay now that we sort of know where things are in Photoshop. What I need to help you understand is how to organize everything specifically for photography. And so we don't see all those tools for all the other disciplines like medical stuff and engineering and three D. All that kind of stuff. And so we do that by creating a workspace. And so we're going to do that next. I forgot that.

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.

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Mark did a great job at explaining things and going over them multiple times throughout the lessons. My only issue was that sometimes it went a little faster than I could keep up and I needed to rewind it a bit and start again. But from someone who has never worked in photoshop before I 100% recommend this class to anyone trying to learn.