Adobe Photoshop CC

Edit your first photo in Photoshop

Learn how to use basic photo editing techniques to make your photos look great. (Try it, 23 min)

What do I need?

Get files Sample file to practice with (ZIP, 8.3 MB)


What will I learn?

In this video series, you'll learn fundamental photo editing techniques in Photoshop to bring out the best in your photos. You'll practice cropping and straightening a photo, improving its lighting and color, removing unwanted content, adding special effects, sharpening, and saving. Follow along with your own photograph or the sample file provided on this page.

Crop and straighten

The Crop tool gives you lots of ways to improve the composition of a photo. Use it to trim away edges, change the shape and size of a photo, and even straighten a crooked shoreline or horizon.

Open a file (0:41); Crop (0:57); Straighten (2:04), Save (2:50)

Improve lighting and color

Brighten a photo and make its colors pop using adjustment layers.

Brightness/Contrast (0:18); Hue/Saturation (1:20); Edit an adjustment (04:19)

Remove unwanted content

Remove things you don't want in a photo quickly and seamlessly with the Spot Healing Brush tool and the Patch tool.

Spot Healing Brush tool (00:53); Patch tool (3:00)

Add creative effects

Make your photos special by adding creative effects. Convert a color photo into a customized black and white. Experiment with color tints for an old-fashioned look. Or turn a cluster of buildings into a miniature village with the Tilt-Shift Blur filter.

Smart Filters (0:16); Tilt-Shift Blur filter (0:57); Black and white (02:26); Color tint (02:56)

Sharpen and save

Give your photo a finishing touch by sharpening its edges. Save your edited photo in PSD format with layers intact for future editing, and output a copy as a JPEG to share online or by email.

Sharpen (0:10); Save (2:50); Photoshop with Lightroom and mobile apps (4:14)

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Lesa Snider

Lesa is the founder of and author of more than 13 books and 40 video courses on image editing and design.