Want to make your photos beautiful? It feels like magic in Photoshop.

As a new Photoshop user, you’re probably itching to get your photos edited. It’s one of the first things most people want to do, and it’s one of the most fun. In this video, we’ll show you how to use crop and straighten, two common tools that help to bring out the most in your image. You’ll also learn how to save your image as a Photoshop (PSD) file, which helps you keep it editable. You’ll be surprised how much straightening and cropping can enhance your photos. Have questions? Get help from us in the forums.

Straighten and crop
  • Open a file (0:36)
  • Straightening (3:10)
  • Cropping (3:35)

Make unwanted elements disappear—just like that.

Remove unwanted areas
  • Spot Healing brush (0:30)
  • Content-Aware Fill (1:36)
  • Content-Aware Move (2:40)

Is an unsightly plastic bag marring your otherwise pristine landscape? Photoshop makes it easy for you to remove unwanted areas of your photo. You can even move objects to a new location. This video demonstrates a few of the cool tools that you’ll find in Photoshop. It really is almost like magic. Try these techniques on some of your own photos. It works best on a small-to-medium-sized selection with a relatively uniform surrounding area.

Create cool effects.

Use layers for cool effects
  • Hue/Saturation (1:33)
  • Black & White (2:19)
  • Selective colorization (2:30)

In addition to producing fun effects, you can use Adjustment Layers to make interesting edits while preserving your original image. With Adjustment Layers, it’s important to save your image as a PSD to keep them intact.

Personalize your image. Add a logo and text.

Add a logo and text
  • Place a logo (0:36)
  • Add text (1:25)
  • Save as a JPG (2:56)

Photoshop lets you save a copy of your file in common image formats, such as GIF, JPG, and PNG. Most modern computers and browsers understand these formats, so they are ideal for sharing images with your friends and family. Also, these files are typically much smaller than the original PSD, so they won’t clog up their inbox.

Find interactive step-by-step versions of this tutorial and others in the Tutorial Player for Photoshop app for iPad. Download it for free on iTunes!