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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

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Using The Home Screen

Mark Wallace

Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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


Class Trailer

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

Using The Home Screen

let's begin by opening Photoshop. So on your computer at home go in and launch Photoshop. And by default when Photoshop launches it will start on the home screen. Now the home screen is the place that you can use to do all of the beginning stuff. Opening files, creating new documents or even learning about Photoshop. So let me walk you through each of these different things. So on the left you can see that we have home and we have this little learn tab. The learn tab is great because you have all kinds of tutorials. We're gonna learn more about those a little bit later. And then underneath that you have your work. And so if you have light room, so some people have Photoshop and Lightroom the images that you've saved in. Lightroom in the cloud will show up here in Photoshop so you can update those and save the photos and it will work back and forth between Photoshop. You can also store photos on the cloud and it will save hard drive space. And so I've got several photos here that I've s...

aved in the cloud and you can open these and work on them just like they are on your local hard drive. You can also work with other people. I haven't set this up yet, but you can share documents to work as a team and then you have your deleted files. I haven't deleted anything recently and then at last we have create new. If you click on that, this is where if you want to create a blank canvas, you can do that. And so you have all kinds of different things. You have basic photo layouts, print layouts for magazines and things like that. You've got web layouts for thumbnails and mobile and film and video. Those things that we talked about earlier, Photoshop has features for different disciplines. And so you just have to worry about the ones that work for you or you can create your own and save that as a template. I'm gonna close this and then last but not least we can open files from here as well. And so the other thing about the home screen is that you can go between the home screen and the Photoshop interface by clicking in the upper left hand corner. So up here there's a little home button if I click that I'm at the home screen even if I have a document open, so I'm gonna click on, wanna right here and this is going to open this file right here, this image. If I want to go back to the home screen, I can click on that. If I want to go back to my Photoshop interface, I can click on that, I can go back and forth between the two. Alright, now that we understand the home screen, it's start, it's time for us to start getting into the technical stuff in Photoshop. So the first thing we wanna do is explore the interface and understand how that works. So let's do that right now

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.