New Photoshop CC video tutorials

You can find hundreds of Photoshop videos on Adobe TV. Check out the 70 recently added videos on Learn Photoshop CC. These videos are made available from the following video tutorial training companies.

  • Infinite Skills
  • Train Simple
  • Peachpit press
  • Kelby Training

Enjoy these videos on Adobe TV, and then go to the video providers’ web sites for complete courses on
Photoshop CC.

Working with tabbed documents
Using Undo and the History panel
Introducing adjustment layers
Improving tonal quality with Levels
Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
Converting color to black and white
Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
Using a gradient fill to add a color wash
Swapping heads in a family portrait
Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
Making an average photo great
A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarify
Easy sepia and split tones
Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
Cropping and straightening your photos
Customizing the Bridge workspace
The relationship between pixels and image sizing
Resizing an image to a smaller size
Building and editing a mask
Removing a person from the background with masking
Sharpening and perfecting your photos with Smart Sharpen
Removing skin blemishes with the healing brushes
Using Content-Aware Fill to remove distractions
Correcting exposure with the Basic panel
Working with multiple files
Opening an image as a Smart Object
Using the White Balance tool and controls
Demystifying Clarity
A sharpening and noise reduction workflow
Layers panel explained
Aligning images within multiple layers
Reducing chaos with layer groups
Backgrounds and layers
Merging layer techniques
Essential selections
Basic selection techniques
The Magic Wand and Quick selection tools
Working with Refine Edge
Understanding layer styles
Generating a flexible drop shadow
The basics of blend modes
Smart filters and the filter gallery
Controlling a filter’s opacity
Creative use of the high pass filter
Creative uses for Liquify
Screen Modes
Preferences Overview
Non-destructive Crops
Crop to Add Canvas
Understanding Canvas Size
Play an Action
Recording Actions
Creating a Paragraph Style
Vector Shape Tools
Draw and Align Shapes
Combine Shapes
Cropping and Merging Shapes
Cropping and Straightening an image in Photoshop CC
Rulers Grids and Guides in Photoshop CC
RGB vs. CMYK in Photoshop CC
Saving images for the web in Photoshop CC
Color settings in Photoshop CC
Lightening and Darkening image areas with Dodge and Burn in Photoshop CC
Cropping to Ratios, fixed sizes and resolution in Photoshop CC
Reading a histogram and using the info panel in Photoshop CC
Vanishing point in Photoshop CC
Using blur to call focus or create a special effect in Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC tutorials

The folks at NAPP recorded several video tutorials about the new Photoshop CC features.

Watch Photoshop CC tutorials on Adobe TV.


Camera Shake Reduction

It Pays to Share Your Knowledge

Recently, Adobe ran a contest called “No App Is an Island”. We asked you to submit an original text or video tutorial that explains how you use two or more Adobe apps together.

We had a great time reading and watching the entries, and we’ve now chosen the winners. The Grand Prize—a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud, worth almost $600—goes to Theo Lipfert, an award-winning filmmaker who is also Associate Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. His entry garnered praise for its simple workflow that could be adapted to many animation projects:

Howard Pinsky submitted a close contender for the grand prize. He’ll get a $100 gift card to for his how-to on getting the most out of a photo:

The other winners include Jason Anderson (“Complete Map-Making Workflow”), Sara Frances (“Photo Effects and Filters”), Mike Gentilini (“Customizable Twitter and Facebook Logo Videos”), Kirk Nelson (“Create Cool Pie Charts”), and Kelly Vaughn (“Acrobat Highlighters that Don’t Require Recognizable Text”). Theo Lipfert was also recognized for two additional entries: “Using Lightroom as a CinemaDNG importer for After Effects” and “CinemaDNG Round Tripping Between After Effects and Premiere Pro”.

All of these entries will appear in several places in the Adobe universe in the upcoming year.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners!

Speed up Lightroom

If Lightroom is running a little slow for you, a hardware, preference setting, or workflow change might improve performance.

Check out Lightroom Performance Hints.

The Lightroom team is always looking for specific performance issues and coming up with fixes. The most important performance tip is to check for updates. In Lightroom choose Help > Check for Updates.

Create a photo book in Lightroom 4

This is the time of year many of us think about creating a photo book to give to family and friends. If you are using Lightroom 4, try the Book module to lay out your book and upload it to the Blurb book printing service.

The book module is covered in the Adobe Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book. Peachpit press has provided the detailed book lesson free on their web site. See Creating a Photo Book in Lightroom 4. You’ll need to follow along using your photos rather that the tutorial files, but you’ll end up with a book of your own. Skip the instructions about importing the tutorial files and put the photos you want to use into a collection.

Tip for tablet users: View the lesson article on your iPad or other tablet device as you follow along in Lightroom.

Video tutorials

If you are looking for a quick start to the Book module, I recommend Julieanne Kost’s video:

Book Module Basics

When you are done with that, Julieanne has 2 more videos on the book module.

Modifying Book Layouts
Advanced Book Features

New Quick Reference Guide Means No More Fumbling in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop is a complex program. I bet even its engineers don’t always remember all of the shortcuts and tool locations!

The new Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide can help. This searchable online database makes it easy to find Photoshop shortcuts, tools, and more.

The Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide.

The Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide.


















You can enter in a search term and, if the results are too broad, filter the results in several ways. You can search for the path of a menu item, help links, shortcuts, and descriptions.

The Quick Reference Guide is in beta, and its creators (Julia Grummel and Janelle Flores, both interns with Adobe’s Community Help & Learning group) welcome your feedback. To let them know what you think, click “Please tell us here” .


A Friendly Photoshop Forum

If you or someone you know is in the early stages of exploring Photoshop, there’s a new learning destination that’s worth a visit. Photoshop for Beginners is a sub-forum on that is tailor-made for newcomers to the powerful but complex software.

Ask any question in Photoshop for Beginners and you’ll receive an answer that emphasizes visuals — including video how-tos — and steers clear of unnecessary jargon.

Lost and found: your favorite Photoshop searches

Some popular web searches for Photoshop CS6 features occasionally come up empty. Over time, web crawlers will better target the best content. Until then, check out the following:

Play LevelUp for Photoshop and Win!

You can download a Photoshop extension that not only makes it fun to learn image editing but may even earn you Amazon gift cards or a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud.

LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions that help you learn basic Adobe Photoshop skills. You complete missions to get points and badges. The more you interact with the game and learn about Photoshop, the more points you earn!


Starting on June 15, 2012, every 400 points gives you an entry in a weekly drawing to win a $100 gift card. One lucky person will win the grand prize, a year’s subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

You can download the extension now from . The contest will run from June 15 through July 15, 2012.

Playing the Game

  1. Complete the download (about 16M).
  2. Decompress the .zip.
  3. Double-click on the game package.
  4. Accept the Extension Manager license agreement.
  5. Launch Photoshop.
  6. Go to Window>Extension>Level Up for Photoshop to launch the game panel.

The game begins with a mission to correct red eye. You can use the supplied image or one of your own. Accomplish the task in fewer steps to rack up higher points. You also earn points by sharing your progress on Facebook and Twitter, passing quizzes, and more.

There are many other missions, including removing unwanted objects, turning a photo into an oil painting, and replacing colors.




You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or CS6 to play. If you don’t own CS6, you can download the free trial version from

For more about the contest, see the game’s Facebook page and the game’s microsite.

Want to talk about us on Twitter? The LevelUp for Photoshop hashtag is #levelupforPS.

An overview of new Photoshop CS6 features

Want an overview of new Photoshop CS6 features, with links to detailed descriptions and third-party tutorials?

Check out Photoshop CS6 Help.