10 Websites to Make You a Photoshop Ninja

Joel Lee 21-11-2016

Photoshop is hard. There are all kinds of commands, actions, effects, and tools that you’ve got to figure out, and the learning curve is one of the steepest you’ll ever encounter. (But it’s still better than the alternatives 15 Free Alternatives to Adobe Lightroom, Illustrator, and Photoshop Would you like to get Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Illustrator for free? Here are some of the best Creative Cloud alternatives. Read More !)


Fortunately, the web is chock-full of amazing resources that you can use to catapult yourself past the dreaded newbie/intermediate phases. With deliberate practice Want To Become An Expert At Something? Try Deliberate Practice It's all too easy to feel crestfallen when you're arduously trying to improve a certain skill. Use the power of "deliberate practice" to get you over those infuriating plateaus. Read More , you’ll be a Photoshop ninja in no time and your confidence will shoot through the roof.

Here are 10 such resources for learning Photoshop on the web.

1. Lynda


Lynda one of the best educational sites on the web. If you’ve never used it before, then you’re missing out! If you have used it before but never for learning Photoshop, then you’re also missing out. This should be the first stop for any and all Photoshop newbies.

Searching for “photoshop” results in over 450 unique tutorials, most of which are video courses that you can go through at your own pace. As of this writing, about 115 are categorized as Beginner, about 320 are Intermediate, and about 55 are Advanced. There’s something for everyone.


Lynda’s Basic plan costs $20 per month but comes with a 10-day free trial, so give it a try and see if you think it’s worth it. Note that you can get free access to Lynda How to Access's Online Courses for Free is immensely useful if you want to expand your technical skills and prowess. Unfortunately, it's pricey! Here's how you might be able to get access for free. Read More if you have a participating public library near you.

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2. TutsPlus


TutsPlus is simply incredible. The Design & Illustration section is packed with so much content that you’ll never be able to get through it all, and the Photoshop subsection itself has over 2,500 free tutorials to explore.


The site also offers in-depth tutorials (called “courses”) that usually cost anywhere from $3 to $9 each, but you’ll be able to learn a TON of stuff without ever paying a cent.

3. Phlearn


Phlearn is probably the most popular Photoshop-centric resource of them all. You’ll find over 700 free tutorials that you can chew through, and the site continues to produce a new tutorial every few days. Most of them are quite excellent despite being free.

But if you want the top-notch stuff, you’ll have to pay for courses. Photoshop 101 and Photoshop 201, for example, cost $50 each, but most courses aren’t as expensive — Fashion Retouching is $35 while in-depth individual tutorials are about $25 each.


4. PSD Dude


PSD Dude’s website isn’t the prettiest, but the information is more valuable than gold. He produces a new tutorial at least once per week, but often more frequently than that, and he covers everything from basic tips to advanced manipulations.

What’s even better is that the site also doubles as a resource repository, where he offers all kinds of brushes, shapes, textures, templates, etc. that can be freely downloaded. It’s an amazing place to start for absolute newbies.

5. Spoon Graphics



Spoon Graphics is the site you want if you prefer quality over quantity — in this case, that means one new tutorial every month, but each tutorial being both unique and full-featured. You’ll learn so much from each one.

The site also has a section for freebie downloads, including brushes, textures, photo effects, shapes, and more. But with a premium subscription, you’ll gain access to thousands of member-only resources that’ll crank up your Photoshop versatility by several notches.

6. PSD Vault [No Longer Available]


Nearly every article on PSD Vault is written by James Qu and he’s been at it since 2008. Photo effects, text effects, drawings, and abstracts — you name it, he’s probably done a tutorial on it. Becoming a premium member ($7 per month) gets you access to 30+ super tutorials.

The thing about PSD Vault is that his works are highly stylized, so the kinds of tutorials you’ll find here won’t be like anything else on the web. That’s great news if you aspire to his kind of work (and his work is fantastic).

7. Photoshop Tutorials


There are aspects of this site that I personally don’t like, such as the general feeling that I’m being sold something at every corner, but the tips and guides are good so you should at least check it out once.

New posts are published once every few days and there are hundreds of existing tutorials to explore already. This one is definitely more for the “absolute newbie” end of the spectrum, but who knows, even veterans may find something worthwhile.

8. PSD Box


PSD Box is neither the highest quality or the most frequent producer of tutorials, but you can find several gems if you’re willing to dig around. A lot of the tutorials are related to photography in some way (e.g. retouching) but not all of them are. Worth a look, at least!

9. /r/PhotoshopTutorials


Reddit is the go-to community for a lot of specialized niches these days and Photoshop is no exception. Of the many Photoshop-related subreddits that exist, this one is the best for newbies. Just think of it as a user-generated aggregation of all the different tutorials on the web.

Multiple tutorials are posted every day, and most of them are YouTube videos that you can watch for free. You can also ask questions, like how to replicate the effect in a given image, and you’ll often get answers from knowledgeable readers who can point you in the right direction.

10. /r/PhotoshopBattles


It’s one thing to consume a billion tutorials — it’s another thing entirely to put all that you’ve learned into practice. At some point you need to stop following tutorials and try to do things on your own. You need to synthesize and solidify your skills.

And that’s where this subreddit comes into play. The concept is simple: users upload interesting images, and all you have to do is Photoshop them. You can create whatever results you want, but most are edited for comedic effect.

Check out some of the more recent threads to get a sense of what the subreddit is all about. It’s an excellent way to practice and hone what you’ve learned, and you’ll laugh a ton along the way.

Being Bad Is the First Step to Being Great

If you aren’t sure if learning Photoshop is right for you, we recommend trying it out anyway. Give it a full month of daily practice (whether using the above tutorials or through some other resource) and see how you feel at the end of it.

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Which of these sites looks most appealing to you? Know of any other sites that are great for learning Photoshop? Share with us in the comments below!

Originally written by David Pierce on 29th Jan 2009

Related topics: Adobe Photoshop, Image Editor.

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  1. Sachin
    January 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    oh thanks for this article. Really, i want to learn photoshop. i hope these website will help me to learn photoshop.
    You can also refer to those sites which link has been given in the below article,'

    February 22, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing

  3. my free flash games
    December 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    very nice list, i have seen some but the rest are amazing as well, thank you

  4. jat
    December 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    thanks they all are helpful websites

  5. mrak911
    November 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Great post.Thanks

  6. incurable hippie
    October 31, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Some great resources here, thanks so much for putting them all together!

  7. Honey Singh
    September 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    An awesome resource for designers and developers !

  8. Christina Hill
    September 4, 2009 at 10:50 am

    GREAT! :D I just bought the photoshop package and this will help me get things rolling. I have several pictures that need editing and this will help me learn how to do it right! Yaaay!

  9. Mammootty
    July 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Tutorials was very helpful.
    i make Use Of it when making Wallpapers and calendar for my celibrity fan sites...
    thank you...
    good luck...

  10. nh website design
    May 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks a ton. Another nice site is

  11. all politics aside
    May 25, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    To be a ninja you must have photoshop. Photoshop and a peeeenis.

  12. VirginTech
    April 29, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Great informative article...thanks for sharing!
    I really want to get familiar with it because of its widespread use!

  13. himanshu
    April 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the gr8 article,it will help me a lot to learn the things

  14. wayne golliday
    March 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    As always you have again given us another great post with very useful links. Thanks again.

  15. photoshopguy
    March 26, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Anyone create your own photoshop tutorials? I've tried and've worked really well. I've heard of people using demobuilder, camtasia, and captivate. Which one do you use/like?

  16. hukares
    March 23, 2009 at 7:32 am 10 Websites to Help You Master GIMP rocks!

  17. Wallpapers
    March 18, 2009 at 8:04 am

    As I have a Wallpaper site i got all of this very useful...
    All tips are great and some of them are new for me...
    Good Luck...

  18. xea
    March 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Thanks very much! I linked these tutorials in my blog ;)

  19. Utensils
    March 7, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    That elephant really confused me, what an amazing illusion I sent it to my entire buddy list! Grandma loved it!

    March 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Great tips on photoshop, I really needed them! I'll share them with someone that needs help too.

  21. John
    February 15, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Thanks! great list you've got here..

    I'm an amateur photographer an here's my fave:

  22. Zam
    February 10, 2009 at 3:55 am

    This is very nice. I'm learning it myself. Fantastic!

  23. ScottieL
    February 10, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I LOVE the fark dot com photoshop contests. Each day many brilliant folks do their best with it.

  24. Matthews
    February 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Maybe add Tutorial FX ( If nothing else, the website layout is helpful. ^^

  25. Matthews
    February 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Actually, now that I think about it, is a good one too.

  26. spellathon
    February 7, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Informative list. Never knew about photoshoptutorials. Will check it now. Giving a thumb up.

  27. swifttallon
    February 4, 2009 at 8:21 am

    This is a great list , im going to pass it on to a few (thousand) friends ...swift

  28. P@r@noid
    February 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I was using few of them but i think I should check others too now.
    Let me see if they are of nay help or not.
    Giving a thumbs up here for the nice article.

  29. Ferrari Guy
    February 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I love you suck at photoshop that guy is just plain awesome

  30. Sanjay
    January 31, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hi David - we have tons of great as videos on Howcast.

    Would love to hear what you think.

  31. justin
    January 31, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for this list. I have to design a site with HIGH texture feel to it. I'm sure i'll find the tutorial I need to pull this one off from one of these sites.


  32. digitalpharaoh
    January 31, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I'm kinda partial to only one of those sites...but that's only because I'm a member. ;)

  33. Alex
    January 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Those are some good resources. I have always liked and But thanks for informing about the others.

  34. John Davis
    January 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Wow dude that is like way cool!

  35. PSuser
    January 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the list.

    I've tried Gimp, but it would take a real ninja to figure to become productive with that interface! Someone should start a new interface from scratch using the better bits of code.

    • nero
      February 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm

      Well there is GimpShop which is Gimp with a rebuilt Photoshop style interface:

  36. LaLo
    January 30, 2009 at 8:14 pm


  37. Mike
    January 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Great post, a lot of very helpful and unique stuff.

  38. Timothy
    January 30, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Nice list. Didn't know of some of these before.

  39. HERO
    January 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Great list. I love that you took the time to really point out each sites strengths so clearly. And of course, thanks for including pshero. I'm honored to be in such distinguished company.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Bonnie
      February 2, 2009 at 2:41 am

      Are you really that hot or is your pic photoshopped?

  40. Lorne Pike
    January 30, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Good stuff here. Reminds me that there is always more and more and more to learn. Now if only we had more and more and more time to learn!

  41. Isabel
    January 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Great post! Thanks! is always good to have this links in case of any doubt!

  42. John
    January 30, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Another that has FREE PS tutorial is Suprised it has never been mentioned on makeuseof. They also have great tutorial for animation. You need to register. Many free tutorials and some paid.

    • John
      January 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm

      Hmmm... I don't know whhat went wrong. The site i recommended was I said i was suprised it has not been featured on makeuseof. It is primarily an animation site and has some free turorials for registered users including a PS tutorial.

  43. lori
    January 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Yet another helpful article from your site. Photoshop scares the daylights out of me! Somehow, settling for an untouched photo is easier to deal with than getting lost in the morass that is PS. Though PS is amazing, Picasa works just fine for low level techies like myself.

  44. Robin
    January 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Awsome list of sites! Been looking for a bunch of decent tutorial websites for a while now since I wanted to get back into Photoshopping.


  45. Nero
    January 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Great post. Any chance that a GIMP Ninja post is close behind? :)

    • Abd Allah Diab
      January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      Yeah I hope to see a GIMP Ninja soon too.

    • David Pierce
      January 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      Definitely stay tuned on that one. Great idea!

      • Abd Allah Diab
        February 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

        I found this post on Six Revisions today about GIMP: