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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

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Photoshop Preferences

Mark Wallace

Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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


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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


Lesson Info

Photoshop Preferences

let's talk about ways that you can customize Photoshop to work exactly the way that you needed to work. The most basic way to do that is through Photoshop preferences. And so to do that, just go to Photoshop preferences or file preferences on a pc and then we're gonna go to general Now there are tons of different things that you can change here. You can change the way the interface looks. So I've got mine set to a dark theme, you can go to a lighter or much wider, that changes everything. You can change how your workspaces work, you can change how your tools work. So earlier we talked about showing rich tool tips. I shut that off because I didn't want those to be showing up over and over. You can do all kinds of things Now, these things are probably things that you're going to be changing as you become more proficient with Photoshop. But the nice thing to know is that they're always there, that you can turn things on or off. And sometimes if you don't see something that you want to be ...

working on, you just have to go in here to preferences and then choose the section that you want to work with and then click on that. So perhaps I want to change the way I export my images from PNG files to jpeg file. I could set that up there. You might want to look through each of these different pages here to see all of the different things that you can customize using Photoshop preferences. Now, you can not only change the preferences of Photoshop, but you can also prioritize and change the way that keyboard shortcut works. And so we're going to look at those next.

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.