Get started with Photoshop and then keep going!

Have you ever opened Adobe Photoshop only to find you couldn't quite figure out how to use it?  Don't feel bad. After all, every expert at anything was once a beginner. If you want to be a Photoshop expert, get started now, and prepare to spend several years working at it.

Photoshop is the tool of choice for design professionals and others. According to, the software is used by animators, architects, astronomers, commercial printers, illustrators, industrial designers, photographers, scientific researchers, and the list goes on. It stands to reason that having some experience with  this software will make you look good to potential employers.

Once you learn the basics of Photoshop you'll be able to accomplish simple image manipulation tasks. That may be all you ever need to do. When you have the basics under your belt, you can begin to dig deeper. These are some of the  IU IT Training workshops to start you on the journey to Photoshop mastery.

Photoshop CS6: The Basics is your first step. You'll learn about the Photoshop interface, and get an introduction to tools, layers, filters, the History Panel, saving images in different formats, and more. Even if you already know how to use the software you'll probably learn something new in this workshop. Once you learn the basics, you'll be ready for the rest of the workshops in the series.

In Photoshop CS6: Restoring and Blending Images you'll learn how to refurbish digital scans of aging photos by using channels, masks, and other techniques. Photoshop CS6: In-Depth Healing Tools introduces the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and the Patch Tool. You'll repair torn and cracked images  with  these tools. For some advanced training try Adobe CS6: Pen Tool Basics for Advanced Graphic Design. This workshop will get you started using the difficult to master Pen Tool to create vector graphics and make selections. You'll be able to use the Pen Tool for other Adobe products like Illustrator and Fireworks.

Click here to view all of IT Training's Photoshop offerings and plan your semester of learning this powerful design tool.

Here's a video trailer to give you a taste of Photoshop CS6: The Basics.

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Laura has worked for UITS for over 14 years.She is currently IU IT Training's social media coordinator.  She is a grad student in Library Science and has a penchant for reference and content curation. She dances, acts, sings, and does visual art in her spare time.