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Top Free Photoshop Classes, Tutorials, and Websites

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 4/16/2010

Photoshop does have a bit of a learning curve to it. Looking for some free Photoshop classes to teach you basic and advanced Photoshop techniques? Don't expect to find any locally. Often times, you must enroll in a college course to learn Photoshop. However, the web has much to offer.

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    Tutorial 9

    Tutorial 9 

    Tutorial 9 is a Photoshop, photography and blogging website that has countless free tutorials. Although they do not offer free Photoshop classes, they do have a nice, organized structure to the site. Tutorial 9 makes it easy for just about anyone to find quality Photoshop tutorials in one spot. As far as levels, they offer beginning, intermediate and expert Photoshop tuts. More specifically, Tutorial 9 has approximately 100 individual Photoshop tutorials, and they normally update the site with additional tutorials on a weekly/biweekly basis. Some notable tutorials from Tut 9 are:

    Tutorial 9 has a solid reader base. Thus, you can chat with other members in the comments section, for any questions that you may have regarding a specific tutorial.

  • slide 2 of 4 Photoshop Class

    Photoshop Basics Course offers a free Photoshop class that you can complete online. They do not have a lot of information about the class, but this much is known:

    • Learning materials and tutorials are delivered to you by email.
    • There are a total of 10 sessions in the class.
    • Each session is sent to your email address on a weekly basis.
    • You must have Photoshop versions: 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 or 7.0 to be compatible with this free Photoshop class.
    • This course is designed for beginners, and teaches the fundamentals of using Adobe Photoshop.

    An email-formatted course may be more convenient for some, as it doesn't require browsing the web to find tutorials. You simply get the free Photoshop classes delivered to your email address. For others, it may be less convenient, as they would rather have full control of the materials they learn, and prefer to search for specific, more detailed tutorials. You may want to check out the course outline before deciding if this tutorial is right for you.

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    Janee's Photoshop Tutorials

    Janee Photoshop Janee's Photoshop Tutorials is a Photoshop learning website that offers several specific Photoshop tutorials. The cool thing about this website is the presentation. Janee sets up the homepage with different icons. From there, you can simply click an icon to view that according tutorial. The tutorials listed on the site are step by step, user friendly, and understandable. This website divides the Photoshop tutorials up into many different sections:

    • Shapes
    • Pen Tools
    • Brushes
    • Lettering and Text Effects
    • Textures and Special Effects
    • Photo Fixing and Restoring
    • Photo Art
    • Nifty Ideas, General Topics, Actions, and Specific Tools

    Janee's Photoshop Tutorials also has a community section, where you can seek out help for specific designs that you may want to incorporate with Photoshop. Occasionally, this website also offers classes, which you can learn about here.

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    More Photoshop Resources

    The above three websites come highly recommended for people who are just getting started with Photoshop. Two of them offer actual classes, and Tutorial 9 has some of the simplest, most thorough tutorials on the web. Aside from these websites, you may also want to check out: