Learn to Love Photoshop Lesson 1 of 10

1:29:49 Duration

Previewing, Opening, Resizing, and Saving Images

Before you can even think about changing the look of your image using Photoshop, you must know how to preview a folder full of images, choose the name of your files and choose the best image to work with. After you have an image open, you should become familiar with the concept of resolution and which files formats you should use when saving an image. You’ll see how you can start using either Adobe Bridge or Adobe Lightroom as the first step before you even open an image into Photoshop.


  1. When moving images to ‘In Progress’ or ‘Outtakes’ subfolder do you include the .XMP files into the relevant file or leave them in the baseline folder?

    1. I *always* move the XMP files along with the images when I move files for almost any reason. That should be taken care of automatically if you move things using Bridge or Lightroom.

  2. Hey Ben I have a question for you. I have created the sub folders within an import (In Process and Outtakes) but when I CMD A and move the files to ‘In Process’ they duplicate so I have them in the main folder and the sub-folder. If I then delete them from the main folder or sub folder it wipes the whole import. Any advice on how to rectify this? It’s probably something really simple but I can’t see how to make the folders synch properly.

    1. Look for an option for viewing sub folders (it’s in one of the menus, but I’m not at my computer right now, so I can’t be more specific). Often times everything worked fine, but when you view the base folders including sub folders it looks as if they are still in the base, when they are really just in the sub folder.

  3. Hi Ben, great first lesson. Some of the hints and tricks have already been a great help! I find your lessons to be very clear and at a very manageable pace.

  4. Ben: All advice gratefully accepted. I am 49 minutes into first lesson, and panicked. I’ve made a mess (I am 95% creative 5% tech), been importing directly into PS, LR seemed impossible until your lessons — I have a few thousand pics in folders on my desktop and an external storage drive that isn’t working yet. How would you advise I begin to use LR so I can follow your course? The one time I opened the LR it began loading images I didn’t even ask it to import so I quit!

    1. I don’t know how to get LR to import images without specifically telling it to, so I can’t fathom what is causing it to do that to you. It sounds like your images are in folders on your desktop, so I’d import them into LR using the ADD setting, so they stay where you’ve decided to store them. Once you get your external drive working (not sure why it’s not), then either move the images there before importing them into LR, or move them and then right-click on the folder in LR and choose Find Missing Folder and point it to where you moved them to on the external drive.

  5. Just watched the first lesson. Very clear and easy to follow explanation. I know much of the material but learned a couple of new things along the way. Looking forward to the other lessons.

  6. I see you need to purchase the 10 lesson Learn to Love Photoshop in order to download the Companion Guide. Does this also give you the ability to download the video portion to save and watch when you do not have an internet connection?

    1. No. With purchase you get lifetime access to the streaming videos… you need an active internet connection to watch them.

  7. One more question. I see that the first free video is over an hour long. I like that, Can you tell me the difference in the Learning to love Photography and the membership, pros and cons and pricing. Im really considering doing this as long as its in my price range also if I dont watch the first video on the day Im supposed to will it be there for me in a couple days. I am a photographer with some Photoshop experience, I cannot commit to certain days. Its the free one Im asking about the dates. Thank you.

    1. Any dates mentioned should just be when you gain access to the class, but I don’t think there is a limit for when you can watch it even when it is free. If you purchase, then you have lifetime access to all the videos in learn to love. The membership lets you watch learn to love plus dozens of other videos plus a new video each week for as long as you’re a member… but you lose access to everything if you allow your membership to lapse.

  8. If I purchase the entire package is it accessible for a long time so I can can go back and forth. How many times can we utilize our purchase? Thanks , Corina

    1. If you’re referring to the Learn to Love Photoshop course, then you’re purchasing lifetime access. You’ll be able to watch all the lessons as many times as you want… the only thing that’s required is an active internet connection. If you’re referring to a Masters Academy membership (which includes access to the Learn to Love PS class), then you’ll have access for as long as your membership remains active.

  9. Very nice introduction. Only wish is that you either put the times for specific content on the side or separate the Bridge and Lightroom into sub videos. I am a Lightroom person and had to watch the whole Bridge part of video waiting on Lightroom. times would be great also so if I just wanted to come back and see a specific thing I forgot I could just scroll to that time in the video and watch instead of searching for it. Other than that great video.

    1. Hi Wendy. You should see a clickable table of contents to the right of the video. That’s where you can click on Bridge Essentials or Lightroom Essentials to skip to those sections. Let me know if that’s now showing up (or working) on your end. -Ben

    2. Thanks Ben, I never even thought to scroll over and see if that was a menu. ‘bangs head on desk’