“Learn Photoshop” is on pretty much every blogger’s long-term to-do list. It’s a powerful software where you can make logos, social media graphics, Pinterest pins, and more, but it also has the reputation of being pretty intimidating.
If you haven’t started using Adobe Photoshop yet, I’m going to show you how you can learn Photoshop, for free, from one of the best experts around!
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Getting Photoshop On-The-Cheap
Before we dive into learning Photoshop, you have to actually get the software on your computer. There’s a big misconception out there that Photoshop is super expensive, and it is if you buy it out-right.
That’s the full, robust versions of both Photoshop and Lightroom. Lightroom is Adobe’s photo editing software that’s amazing for editing your photos (hello, beautiful Instagram feed!) for just $10/month!
They have options for more than 20GB of storage, but you can use your computer’s storage space instead of Adobe’s Cloud space. That’s what I do!
Learn Photoshop for Free on LinkedIn Learning
A few years ago I was working in corporate marketing and my blog was a side hustle. I had the chance to spend some time learning a new skill, so I decided to take an online Photoshop course!
I chose LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), which offers a free 30-day trial when you sign up here. 30 days is more than enough time to finish a course. Worst case scenario, if you don’t finish it, it’s $30/month and you can cancel at any time.
I took Deke McClelland’s Photoshop Fundamentals course where he teaches everything you need to know to get started in Photoshop from opening a document and setting up your work space, to removing that terrible zit you had on your chin. LOL.
What I love love LOVE about this course is that there are video tutorials and download files to go with them. So, you download the files and do all the edits with Deke as he’s showing you what to do. It’s a very immersive learning experience which is what you need when learning Photoshop!
Some of the most useful things I learned include…
- Navigating an image by zooming, panning, and rotating the view
- Customizing your workspace
- Changing image size and resolution
- Cropping and straightening photographs
- Working with layers
- Adjusting brightness and contrast
- Balancing colors and eliminating color cast
- Retouching faces and portrait photos
- Cloning and healing (goodbye, zits!)
- Using the intelligent Content-Aware options
- Creating and formatting type
- Creating web graphics
Tips That Helped Me
While you can absolutely learn Photoshop and take the course on your laptop while sitting on your couch, you’ll have a much better experience and work faster if you can set up a little work station for yourself – even if it’s on your kitchen table where you work after bedtime!
My hubs is a tech guy so he’s obsessed with setting up a proper work station for me, but it doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of dollars. Here are the two things I recommend…
A Computer Monitor
AKA, a separate screen from your laptop so you can have Photoshop on your monitor while you have the course videos on your smaller laptop screen.
You can also find nice monitors for cheap on Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or at Goodwill! Just make sure you look up reviews online before you buy so you know it’s good quality and will last.
A Wireless Mouse
I used to be married to my laptop’s touchpad until my husband nagged me enough to try using a mouse. OMG you guys, it is SO much easier to do precise clicks, which is a must-have in Photoshop.
I’d recommend buying a new mouse because they’re pretty inexpensive.
Go Do It!
I know you’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, so just DO IT! You can finish the whole course, for free, in just 5 hours per week. That’s 1 hour each morning before you start your day, or 1 hour after you put the kids to bed. Take the plunge!
Step 1: Download Photoshop.
Step 2: Get a free 30-day trial of LinkedIn Learning and take the Photoshop 2019 Fundamentals course.
Step 3: Say, “I use Photoshop for my blog” and feel like a boss when you make truly custom, kick-butt graphics for your blog.