Free Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Photoshop.com learning resources

I often hear people asking how to best learn our products. Some of the best resources are from Adobe and are completely FREE so I thought I’d share them with you here.


Table of Contents:

User Manuals, User Guides and Product Documentation/Help:

Key Concepts
Photoshop Visual Dictionary –
If you’re new to Photoshop and are looking for explanations of basic terms and tasks, check out these key concept pages. Each page includes the definition of a key concept along with links to the online Help for further information, such as step-by-step instructions for completing the task. You’ll also find related concepts and search terms.

Photoshop Visual Dictionary – If you’re new to Adobe® Photoshop® Elements and are looking for explanations of basic terms and tasks, check out these key concept pages. Each page includes the definition of a key concept along with links to the online Help for further information, such as step-by-step instructions for completing the task. You’ll also find related concepts and search terms.

Photoshop CC 2015
User Manual/Guide: Using Photoshop CC 2015 – HTML | PDF
Photoshop CS6 and earlier – PDF

Bridge CC
User Manual/Guide: Using Bridge CC – HTML | PDF
Using Bridge CS6 – PDF

Lightroom CC 2015 (v6.x)
User Manual/Guide: Using Lightroom CC 2015 (v6.x) – HTML | PDF
Using Photoshop Lightroom 5 and earlier – PDF
Lightroom Quick Start Guide – while not technically from Adobe, it’s free and worthy – from Victoria Bampton

Elements 13
Getting Started Tutorials – Covers “Knowing your devices,” “Installing Photoshop Elements,” “Importing and organizing,” “Editing and compositing,” and “Saving and sharing”
User Manual/Guide: Using Photoshop Elements 13 Editor – HTML | PDF
Elements Organizer 13 – HTML | PDF
User Manual/Guide: Using Elements 12 or earlier Editor – PDF | Organizer 12 or earlier – PDF

Premiere Elements 13
User Manual/Guide: Using Premiere Elements 13 – HTML | PDF
User Manual/Guide: Using Premiere Elements 12 or earlier – PDF

YouTube – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Photoshop Channel on YouTube
Lightroom Channel on YouTube
Photoshop Elements on YouTube

Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Brand new to Photoshop or Lightroom? Here’s the place to start:

Getting Started with Photoshop
How to edit a photo in Photoshop – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials w/ Howard Pinsky (includes project files)
How to make non-destructive edits using Camera Raw – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials w/ Howard Pinsky (includes project files)

Getting Started with Lightroom
How to manage all your photos with Lightroom – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials w/ George Jardine (includes project files)

Adobe TV – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Similarly, Adobe TV has some neat channels focused on getting up to speed with the latest versions:

Photoshop
Get Started – New to Photoshop? Start here with these tutorials for beginners
Learn Essentials – Tutorials focused on individual tools and features
Key Techniques –  Tutorials focused on workflows and tasks
New Features – Already familiar with Photoshop? Learn what’s new in the recent updates.
Photography Tutorials – New to photography? Try these quick video tutorials and jumpstart your learning.

Lightroom
Get Started – New to Lightroom? Start here with these tutorials for beginners
Learn Essentials – Tutorials focused on individual tools and features
Key Techniques –  Tutorials focused on workflows and tasks
New Features – Already familiar with Lightroom? Learn what’s new in the recent updates.
Photography Tutorials – New to photography? Try these quick video tutorials and jumpstart your learning.

Bridge
Learn Adobe Bridge – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Photoshop Elements
Learn Photoshop Elements 12 – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
Photoshop Elements 12 Feature Tour– New Feature Overview

Learn Photoshop Elements 11 – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
Photoshop Elements 11 Feature Tour – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Premiere Elements
Learn Premiere Elements 12 – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
Premiere Elements 12 Feature Tour – New Feature Overview

Learn Premiere Elements 11 – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Photoshop Touch Apps
Learn Photoshop Touch – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials


Russell Brown and Julianne Kost create amazing learning resources here:

The Russell Brown Show – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials – Technical Videos and Creative Inspiration.
The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost – Step-by-Step Video Tutorials – Technical Videos and Creative Inspiration.

User to User Forums

One of the best tools available to users are the free User to User Forums. It’s a great community of passionate users, as well as members of the product development teams, who answer questions and share tips with new and experienced users:

Photoshop User to User Forums
Lightroom User to User Forum
Adobe Camera Raw User to User Forum
Adobe Bridge User to User Forums
Photoshop Elements User to User Forum
Premiere Elements User to User Forum

Photoshop Family Feedback

We’re interested in what changes you would like see in our products. Do you have an idea for a feature that would help your workflow? Is there a small change that could be made to make your life a little easier? Let us know!

Share an Idea, Ask a Question or Report a Problem and get feedback from the Photoshop Development Team and other passionate users on the Photoshop Family product Feedback Site on Photoshop.com

Adobe Blogs

Photoshop.com Blog – Product announcements, tips and advice straight from the Photoshop team.
The Lightroom Journal – Product announcements, tips and advice straight from the Lightroom team.
Jeff Tranberry’s Digital Imaging Crawlspace – Product update info, technical resources, and scripting
Julieanne Kost’s Blog
Russell Brown Show
Phosphors
Terry White’s Tech Blog
Tom Krcha
The Doc Fox

Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/Photoshop
http://www.facebook.com/Lightroom
http://www.facebook.com/PhotoshopElements
http://www.facebook.com/PremiereElements
https://www.facebook.com/PhotoshopTouch
https://www.facebook.com/AdobeRevel

Twitter
http://twitter.com/#!/Photoshop
http://twitter.com/#!/Lightroom
http://twitter.com/#!/AdobeElements

http://twitter.com/#!/jtranber
http://twitter.com/#!/jnack
http://twitter.com/#!/julieannekost
http://twitter.com/#!/dhowe
http://twitter.com/#!/LR_Tom
http://twitter.com/#!/LR_Melissa

http://twitter.com/#!/AdobeCare

Google+
https://plus.google.com/+Photoshop/posts
https://plus.google.com/+Lightroom/posts

Pinterest
http://www.pinterest.com/AdobeElements/

I hope these free resources are a help to you.

9 Responses to Free Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Photoshop.com learning resources

  1. Ann Houpt says:

    I just bought Elements 10. I don’t see it mentioned here. Do you post info on this version?

  2. ed kohn says:

    Great for Photoshop elements 10. But where can we find the manual for Premiere Elements 10?

  3. juvy says:

    gusto ko po matuto kung pano gawin ang adobe photoshop…para ma photoshop ko yung mga picture ko nong nag graduate ako nag J.S

  4. juvy says:

    I want to know how do the Adobe Photoshop.

  5. Durk Pearson says:

    Thanks! I sure do appreciate your links!!

  6. Shapat says:

    How do I save the adobe file for the photoshop elementala 10 manual (user guide) to my PC.
    There is no save icon or ability to save it to disk and keep it my adobe files. Would like to print
    it at Staples, since its 341 pages. Getting on line help is very time consuming and most times not practiccal when in the middle of using the software, as well as internet connection issues always seem to arise when you need the manual. Please give me the ability to save the user guide for the product I purchased.
    The software installation work ok, manual downloads most times ok–just need to save and print .

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