The “best” part of the above title is pretty much relative, because it’s just the way I look at Photoshop and the video tutorials I am going to link to here. Before that, here’s a question.
How do you prefer to learn graphic designing and Photoshop? Is it through text and screenshot based tutorials or through video lessons which seems more direct and natural? If you have been learning Photoshop for a while, I am sure you will opt for a mix-n-match of both.
If this article is about the best YouTube channels on Photoshop, then we have loads of other resources for you too. Not least of which are the three Photoshop guides we have published on the how-tos of Photoshop. You can get them from here and here.
That said and done lets head towards YouTube and some Photoshop study.
Let’s start with Adobe’s own official Photoshop channel on YouTube. You can expect the videos to be slick and they are. Lightroom and Photoshop Elements have their own channels. There are two playlists you should definitely wade into – Photoshop Hidden Gems (14 videos but lots of hidden tips there) and Tutorials (64 videos). I learnt all about advanced selections and masking techniques here. Right now I am learning how to create a Triptych in Photoshop.
It is definitely one of the more across the board Photoshop CS5 tutorial channels on YouTube. You have playlists that are specific for each Photoshop feature and skill that you need to master. Start from Photoshop: Basics (with nearly 50 videos) and then move on to the more advanced project based design tutorials. A nice tutorial I came across was about creating a neat face blur effect. You can also visit the channel’s mother website that’s also pretty well constructed.
OPD stands for Obsessive Photoshop Disorder and you should have it too if you are a keen Photoshop learner. Going through 140+ videos should bring you to the brink if not topple you over to the Photoshop expert side. Mama Shan or Photoshopmama is a Photoshop certified expert and markets Photoshop resources like Photoshop Action packs and other digital knickknacks from her website, and teaches us all about Photoshop from her YouTube channel. Her tutorials cut a wide swathe from makeover and retouching tutorials to art on Photoshop. As a beginner you could be attracted to the series of videos that teach how to extract subjects from the background.
From the very basics of Photoshop, past the intermediate stages, and onto the final advanced in-depth tutorials, this channel covers it all quite well. The channel also has a quickie playlist – Learn Photoshop in 60 seconds/day – that has video lessons you can digest without batting your eyelids (e.g. How to resize ruler guides). Quite a few of the videos are on CS3 and CS4, but it doesn’t take away much from your learning as the stuff covered is direct and to the point. If you like creating video tutorials yourself, you can submit your own at the website and (as mentioned) earn some cash.
Photography enthusiasts can head here as Gavin Hoey demonstrates the value of Photoshop for photographers. Digital imaging and photo manipulation is covered with the tutorials. The U.K. based professional photographer started his YouTube channel around 2008 and it receives quite a few hits each day.
This YouTube channel covers the range of web design, graphic design, and Photoshop. So, along with tutorials like Photoshop 3D cereal box technique, you also have tutorials that teach things like HTML-PHP mail form coding and CSS. The website and the YouTube channel is a two man operation and seem to be gradually evolving.
We will go with the nice guy from Australia Mike McHugh as he takes us through the entire Adobe Creative Suite. That’s Adobe with an Australian twang. You have to sift through InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and sundry other programs in the Adobe suite to access specific Photoshop lessons. Alternatively, you can click on Playlist and select the one where all the Photoshop video lessons are bunched.
That’s not the end of it all of course. There are quite a few standalone video tutorials on Photoshop. Also, there are some good PS tutorials in other languages like Italian and Spanish. I have gone for seven which have systematic playlists that makes it easy to learn the intricacies of Photoshop methodically. If you are still hankering for more Photoshop, check out our Photoshop articles. Here’s a sampling:
- The Top 10 Photoshop Blunders Of All Time
- 10 Websites To Make You A Photoshop Ninja
- 10 Websites To Participate In Photoshop Contests & Show Off Your Skills
- 10 Easy Tips To Create Your Own Cool Icons With Photoshop
- 3 Touch Up Tricks For Photoshop To Enhance Your Photos
- How To Create A Photo Book With Photoshop Elements
Do you frequent YouTube (or any other video site) to learn about Photoshop? Tell us if you find these seven worth bookmarking.