Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

Learn how to retouch and edit photos with the world's leading digital imaging software

Step into Adobe Photoshop and discover the power behind the most professional digital imaging software on the market. For decades, Photoshop has offered the creative tools needed for editing and retouching visual projects like the work of digital artist Harrison Kuykendall.

In this 6-unit course , meet Harrison Kuykendall and learn his tips and tricks for creating impactful digital work in your own style. Follow along with the NYC-based designer as he teaches you everything you know to become proficient in Photoshop, from the basics of the software to creating an animated GIF.

Nathalie A. from Spain

"Excellent teacher, great course and very well explained.

It helps you learn and improve your photoshop skills with examples like you would find in the real work of a graphic designer."

Cynthia U. from Nigeria

"You don't need to watch long and boring videos anymore! 

It was very insightful, i will recommend this for both beginners and non-beginner."

6 Easy to Follow Courses


Course 1: Introduction to the Interface

Start this 6-course Basics course by learning how to find your way around Adobe Photoshop. Begin with basic skills like cropping, compressing, color transformations, and exposure. Then explore brushes, the pencil tools, and get familiar with the concept of layers.


Course 2: Color and Light

Discover the secrets of controlling light and color in your images. Learn about levels, curves, and selective color. Get familiar with fills, gradients, and the eyedropper. Start experimenting with burning and dodging and uncover the techniques for controlling highlights and shadows in your images.


Course 3: Cut It Out

In this course, learn about perspective and discover a variety of ways for making selections and applying masks as a way to segment sections of an image. Explore some easy masking techniques like using the Wand tool and see some more advanced methods with the Pen tool. Learn to refine edges, add backgrounds, and how to use Quick Mask.


Course 4: Retouching

Begin this course by learning the basics of retouching using the Clone Stamp tool. Discover the power of the Healing brush and the Spot Healing brush, as well as how they work together. Get to know Harrison’s favorite tool, Liquify, and see how to add some simple effects using blending modes and filters


Course 5: Still Life Secrets

Start this course by using your masking skills to cut out different images and compose them into one solid shot. Learn to adjust shadows and use light, focus, and blur to add depth. Discover how to create text and make your labels and logos pop with the Unsharp masking. Finally, add depth and texture to your images with overlays and transparency effects.


Course 6: Beyond Basics

Begin by seeing how to crop correctly and achieve proper aspect ratios. Discover the differences between sizing images and sizing your canvas before exploring transformation tools like scaling, skewing, and more. Get introduced to the Warp tool and the Puppet tool, then use that knowledge to start creating an animated GIF by stringing together a series of images.


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Discover the essential tools of Photoshop

Start this 6-course Basics course by learning how to find your way around Adobe Photoshop. Begin with basic skills like cropping, compressing, color transformations, and exposure. Then explore brushes, the pencil tools, and get familiar with the concept of layers.

As a final exercise, take two images and combine them together. Modify the composed image by cropping, playing with layers, and making some brush strokes.

Gain control over color and light

Discover the secrets of controlling light and color in your images. Learn about levels, curves, and selective color. Get familiar with fills, gradients, and the eyedropper. Start experimenting with burning and dodging and uncover the techniques for controlling highlights and shadows in your images.

Put your skills into practice by selecting an unprocessed image and performing the full color correction process on it.

Learn to master the art of masking

In this course, learn about perspective and discover a variety of ways for making selections and applying masks as a way to segment sections of an image. Explore some easy masking techniques like using the Wand tool and see some more advanced methods with the Pen tool. Learn to refine edges, add backgrounds, and how to use Quick Mask.

As a practical exercise, make some masks and refine the edges for the perfect look. Then enhance the image using colors and gradients to make it pop.


About the Instructor

Harrison Kuykendall is a digital artist living in New York City who specializes in creative retouching and design using Adobe Photoshop. He is the owner and founder of HE–Studios, a Brooklyn based post-production studio whose client list includes Target, Stella Artois, Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs, Aveeno, Champion, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Harrison and his studio are focused on retouching stills and creating animations for large scale global advertising campaigns that can be seen on billboards and screens around the world. When he’s not experimenting in Photoshop or the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite, you can find him relaxing with his three cats or creating music for his synthpop band BHuman.

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