30 Photoshop Tools That Every Photographer Should Know

Becoming a successful photographer takes more than capturing a great shot. You also need to be able to edit your photography to fit the requested specifications from your client. To help understand a little bit more about this amazing software editing program, photographer Nathaniel Dodson created this helpful step-by-step tutorial on 30 of the most important Photoshop editing techniques for photographers:

Dodson created a great overview of Photoshop tools and features. While he does a great job of quickly explaining what he’s doing and why he is doing it, beginners may need to re-watch sections before they fully grasp everything involved. To skip ahead to specific sections, check out the tools and features index below:

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Using the Quick Selection Tool, you can quickly add (holding shift and clicking on the desired section) or removing (holding alt and clicking on the area you want to subtract) portions from your selection.

  1. Camera RAW Filter  –  35:57
  2. Changing the UI Background Color (Bonus Tip) –  38:46
  3. Clone Stamp Tool  –  05:31
  4. Color Balance –  00:55
  5. Color Range –  39:29
  6. Colorize Live Shapes –  30:36
  7. Content-Aware Fill –  05:03
  8. Convert Objects to 3D/Working with 3D –  31:23
  9. Crop Tool –  28:38
  10. Custom Workspaces –  34:24
  11. Exporting Images and Graphics –  37:18
  12. Eyedropper Tool –  23:20
  13. Field Blur –  19:35
  14. Flames Filter –  10:31
  15. Gradient Maps (Bonus Tip) –  25:49
  16. Healing Brush  –  47:36
  17. How to Create an Action  –  26:27
  18. How to Use Curves  –  21:41
  19. How to Use Levels  –  08:07
  20. Import Color Themes with Adobe Color  –  24:58
  21. Liquify Tool –  45:38
  22. Masking  –  01:48
  23. Patch Tool  –  07:05
  24. Pen Tool  –  09:12
  25. Quick Mask Tool –  04:03
  26. Quick Selection Tool  –  02:44
  27. Rotate View Tool –  49:28
  28. Select and Mask –  40:55
  29. Smart Objects –  18:38
  30. Type Tool –  15:03
  31. TypeKit Fonts –  15:41
  32. Using & Working with Guides –  17:42

Let us know how these tips have helped you make better use of Photoshop!

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