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Photoshop: Intro to Photoshop

Basics on Photoshop CC

Helpful Files

Almost every semester, we offer Media Matter sessions for Photoshop.  Sign up at


Photoshop Alternatives

Free/Open source editing software:

  • GIMP
    • GIMP is a free cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and more operating systems.
  •  Inkscape
    • Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.
  • FireAlpaca
    • FireAlpaca is free and open-source designed for digital painting and animation.  It runs on Linux, Windows and macOS.
  • Krita
    • Krita is a free-software and an open-source raster graphics editor, designed primarily for digital painting and animation purposes. It runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and macOS.
  •  Paint.NET
    • Paint.NET is an image and photo editing software free for download onto any Windows computer.

  • Fotor
    • Fotor is a free online photo editing suite that is also available for download on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android devices.
  • Blender
    • Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games. 





Adobe's Photoshop is the preeminent photo editing software available today.  Although you can create images from scratch, it is mainly used for photo editing.  If you want to create images from scratch, Adobe's Illustrator is the better way to go.  With Photoshop, you can do almost anything imaginable.  Some of the many tasks you can do with Photoshop:  change an existing picture, animate, edit video, prepare images for the web, create an automated work flow and so much more.  

The Media Center has Adobe Creative Suite CC on all of our Macs and in the Editing Suites.  



YouTube Video Help

Terry White's Adobe Channel

Terry White is the official Adobe Evangelist!  He covers a variety of topics and is enjoyable to watch.  All videos are free on YouTube.

LinkedIn Learning (suggested courses)

These are suggested, but there are many more found in LinkedIn Learning content.

Adobe Photoshop 2022 Essential Training

Photoshop Quick Tips

Learning Photoshop Portrait Retouching

Photoshop Compositing Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Social Media Image Sizes 2021

Files to Play With

Files used in class -- feel free to download and edit them in Photoshop.

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