Learn to Love Photoshop Introduction

28:44 Duration

Learn to Love Photoshop

We’ll start by giving you an idea of what Photoshop is capable of. Then, we’ll show you which tasks would be better accomplished by using programs other than Photoshop so you can better manage your processing time. Next, we’ll take a look at the overall mindset and workflow you might use when taking an image from start to finish, and we’ll finish up with a tutorial on how to install Photoshop.


  1. I use Creative live because they offer downloads of the lessons that I purchase.
    In your new venture I will have to rely on streaming video, why can you not do the same as CL and allow your lessons to be downloaded?

    1. Ron, here’s a long answer to a simple question. In the end it comes down to a fundamental difference in business model between Creative live (CL) and Masters Academy (MA):

      CL uses an individual product model where they are constantly coming up with more classes in an attempt to get you to spend more $$. Every time I’ve created classes under that business model, I’ve been limited in what I can teach since each individual class is designed purely from a marketing standpoint. To make it marketable to a large audience, the classes have to start with the basics and then progress deeper until our time is up. Since I cannot skip the basics, it gives me a limited amount of time to cover more advanced topics and means there is a huge amount of overlap of similar topics between my CL class offerings. But it makes for simple and easy downloads since some topics are only found in some classes, which means you have to buy a large number of classes to gain access to all the ideas I cover (and therefor spend a lot of $$).

      MA is a membership where you get everything we make for one price. A MA membership costs less than a single one of my larger CL classes, yet offers a lot more than any single CL class. The membership includes about 10 hours of videos on the basics (so I never have to repeat that stuff), plus at least 52 weekly intermediate or advanced lessons, plus all the archives. The only way to offer all that content at a price lower than one of my longer CL classes was to offer it as a membership where you’d lose access to the videos if you cancelled your membership.

      How can you lose access to videos if you’ve got them all downloaded onto your computer? That’s what’s not easy. I want to allow for offline viewing where you don’t need an active internet connection, but to do so while maintaining a membership business model means the videos would be contained within the app and that app could cut off your access to the videos if you allow your membership to expire. Creating such an app is not something you can do overnight and you have to have enough income coming from the business to cover the cost of development. Right now we don’t have enough members to warrant the cost and therefore it’s a future project that we are planning/contemplating, but haven’t started to implement yet. But, since I’m partnered with Digital Product Studio/Craig Swanson (co-founder of CL), it means that we might eventually be able to pool together $$ from more than one of their web sites to pay for such an app, which would make it easier to implement.

      In the end, it comes down to the compromises involved with choosing a fundamental business model. I chose the one that allowed me to teach more of the ideas that I was not able to teach elsewhere and as a consequence, it’s more difficult to offer offline viewing. As I build out the video library I hope you’ll see why I think that a membership model is a much better way to learn Photoshop and Lightroom over time… and I hope that you’ll eventually be able to watch those videos even when you don’t have an active internet connection.

    1. The newer the better since I’m using the newest version, but Photoshop changes slowly over time, so most modern versions would work fine.

    1. I want to be clear on what I do have, bridge, I believe camera raw, I do not have LR, AI (but I do have Idraw), elements, the extended cs6, nothing other than ps cs6

    2. There would be many things that look different since they’ve made many changes over the five years since CS6 was released. I don’t remember exactly what has changed, so it’s hard for me to gauge exactly what percentage would be useful in CS6. We don’t cover 3d in the class, so that’s not an issue. You can always try the first five free lessons and just stop if you find that there are too many differences between CS66 and CC. You don’t need LR or AI for the class.

  2. Bravo – what an innovative product to create and offer to the creative community! I’m already a fan from CreativeLive. Are you going to do a series called “Learn to Love Illustrator” and “Learn to Love InDesign?” If so, I’m all for it! I like how you explain and show how and why you do things in the program.

    1. I doubt I’ll do InDesign and Illustrator unless I partner with an expert on each of those topics, since they are not things that I use everyday.

  3. Is this the same as what we got from your classes on Creative Live? I haven’t looked at them yet. I’m going to tell my photography group about your “Learn to love Photoshop”.

    1. It is a beginners class on Photoshop. I’ve done somewhat similar classes on CreativeLIVE, but they are different recordings and contain different techniques. I mainly wanted to have an introduction class from my own company instead of having to always send people to CL since I’m no longer recording new classes for CL.

    2. Thx for the reply.
      My best wishes for your business venture. I think it will work out really well for you.

  4. Took your classes in Creative Live and was convinced that you are the best teacher of this challenging and amazing piece of software. I am looking forward to learning from you here.

    1. Good to see you here Phillip. I started Masters Academy (something associated with Learn to Love PS) so that I could teach the things that I never get a chance to teach at CL at other places. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Thank You, I have yet to do the lessons, but this is what many beginners need. a start from the very basics. Most feel so overwhelmed by Photoshop they either never use it again or just learn a couple of things never to delve deeper. Which is me.