Photoshop essentials

The key techniques that every Photoshop user needs to know

How to draw a shaded ball in just two minutes, complete with shadow and reflected shading, using the Dodge and Burn tools.

Clipping Masks allow you to limit the visibility of a layer to just where it overlaps the layer beneath. This applies to Adjustment Layers as well as regular layers – great for adding tinting and shading effects.

The Curves adjustment is Photoshop's main tool for editing hue and tone. It's an essential part of the Photoshop user's toolbox, so here's a quick guide for how to get the best out of it.

Live Shapes are a great help for web designers. Here's how to use the Properties Panel to manipulate shapes - even multiple shapes.

Adjustment Layers let you change images non-destructively, so you can edit the effect later - and automatically mask selections.

How to record your own Actions to speed up working in Photoshop.

How to use Photoshop's Background Eraser tool to remove the sky from an image.

How to use Photoshop's Layer Masks to selectively hide part of a layer.

How to get the most from Photoshop's Lasso tool, using keyboard shortcuts to make straight line selections.

How to use add and intersect selections in Photoshop.

How to use Photoshop's Smart Objects to make layers infinitely editable without any loss of quality.

Think you know how to use Photoshop's basic selection tools? Here are the essential keyboard shortcuts you need to combine selections.

How to use Photoshop's Levels adjustment to correct a photograph.

Brush tool essentials - the key keyboard shortcuts, plus some unusual uses of Diffuse and Behind painting modes.

What's the difference between RGB and CMYK? Essential knowledge for all Photoshop users who work in print.

How to use Photoshop's Layer Modes - a guide to the most frequently used modes, showing exactly how they behave.

Photoshop wow!

Amazing Photoshop techniques that you didn’t know were possible

Photoshop essentials

The key techniques that every Photoshop user needs to know

Photoshop techniques

Useful tips and tricks that will save you time and make you more efficient

Photoshop filters

How to get to grips with Photoshop’s most popular filters