Getting started with digital imaging?

If you want to understand some of the basic concepts behind digital photography and editing digital images, you should check out these Key Concepts pages. Each one is a very quick read. I highly recommend taking a peek before you dive into learning how to use any of these programs. Here is the list of Key Concepts for Photoshop and Lightroom:

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Here is the list of Key Concepts for Photoshop Elements 9:

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Tutorial list for Adobe products

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of Adobe tutorials that you could scan through quickly? Wish you didn’t have to wade through search results full of irrelevant content? What you need is a comprehensive tutorial list! Adobe has created just the list for you. They’ve got lists of all the tutorials (both video and text) that live on for 11 different products. The lists contain tutorials for multiple versions of the products, with the most recent tutorials on the top. You can sign up for an RSS feed to find out when new tutorials are added to the list.

Check out these lists for some really great tutorials (including CS5):

New Photoshop Elements 8 tutorials

Happy New Year! Did you get Photoshop Elements 8 as a gift and you are now ready to learn how to use it? Well, here are some links to great learning resources.

Video tutorials
For both Windows and Mac users, go to Adobe TV. I highly recommend these two programs:

Text tutorials
If you prefer written tutorials instead of videos, here are some good places to look:

Offerings from the community
Sometimes the best tutorials and advice comes from the community. Try looking at forums. Here are some good ones:

Here’s a nice tutorial on selecting and the smart brush from Priyanka Azad. She created this tutorial in the Community Publishing System on Anyone can publish tutorials there, including you!

Digital imaging key concepts and terms


Are you just starting out with digital imaging? If you’re a beginner with digital photo-editing, you’ll need to understand some basic concepts. This isn’t always as easy as it should be. What if the beginner tutorial contains words or ideas that you haven’t learned yet? Are you wondering things like:

  • What is a “color cast”?
  • What’s the difference between “resize” and “resample”?
  • What does “sepia tone” mean?

If you want to learn about some of these basic ideas, Adobe is testing a new idea: Illustrated Key Concepts. Each page contains a definition of the basic concept, an illustration of the concept, related terms, and a list of related tools in Photoshop Elements. Once you’ve learned what a sepia tone image is, you can click on the tool name and learn how to create a sepia tone image using Photoshop Elements.

The pages also contain lots of other “related terms” to help people find the right page. Sometimes you may not know the correct term for something. These related terms are meant to help searchers get close. So, for example, if you wanted to find info on creating sepia toned images but you searched for “antique” photos, you could land on Sepia Tone page anyway.

Check out the Key Concepts Index page to see the full list with links and comments. If you find this helpful or have suggestions, leave us a comment. Here are the Key Concepts:

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      Getting started videos for Photoshop Elements 7


      Are you just learning to use Photoshop Elements 7? This set of videos should help you get started.

      These Getting Started videos were created by Adobe is offering this set of videos for free to help users get oriented to the software. For the complete set of videos, see the full title, “Photoshop Elements for Windows Essential Training” by Jan Kabili.

      In addition to the Getting Started videos, Adobe is also offering a set of intermediate tutorials and videos to further your learning. I highly recommend working your way through the Getting Started videos before you tackle the “Learn More” set of tutorials.