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The 7 Best YouTube Channels to Watch for Photoshop Video Tutorials

Saikat Basu 19-03-2012

How do you prefer to learn about graphic design and Photoshop? Is it through text- and screenshot-based tutorials or through video lessons? If you prefer videos, you’re in the right place – this article is about the best YouTube channels on Photoshop.

Of course, if videos aren’t your thing, we have lots of other Photoshop resources for you to read. Not least of which is the Photoshop guide we’ve published Learn Photo Editing in Photoshop: Get the Basics Down in 1 Hour Photoshop is an intimidating program—but with just one hour, you can learn all of the basics. Grab a photo you want to edit, and let's get started! Read More .

That said, let’s check out the seven best YouTube channels for studying Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Channel

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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.

IceflowStudios Photoshop Video Training

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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.

Photoshopmama’s OPD

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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.


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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.

Gavin Hoey Photo Videos

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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.

Pixel For Life

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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.

Creative Sweet TV

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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 The Beginner's Guide To Adobe Illustrator Want to get started learning Adobe Illustrator, but feel overwhelmed? With easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of annotated screenshots, this manual makes learning Illustrator simple. Read More , 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.

Which Videos Do You Watch?

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 make it easy to learn the intricacies of Photoshop methodically.

And, if you are still hankering for more Photoshop, check out our Photoshop articles. Here’s a sample:

Do you frequent YouTube (or any other video site) to learn about Photoshop? Let us know which in the comments below!

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  1. Razover
    November 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks. I refer "phlearn" to everyone who wants to learn photoshop from the beginning.
    thanks for this great list!

  2. Malik Omar
    October 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I think "phlearn" by Aron Nace is the no. one source of Photoshop training channel for beginners as well as professionals...

    • Saikat Basu
      October 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Yes, it's very good as well. Here's the link for anyone interested.

  3. Nabil A Swileh
    September 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm


    I have been looking for such channels.

  4. pressure cleaning
    April 18, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Hey there, You've done an excellent job. I will certainly digg it and in my view recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.

  5. Lee
    April 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

    How can the "You suck at photoshop" videos not be on this list? /snark

  6. Praseena deepak
    March 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I want to study photoshop and also want to learn english speaking

  7. Versatile
    March 25, 2012 at 6:27 am

    How about adobe after effects? Got anything for that?

    • Saikat Basu
      March 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Not yet, After Effects is a bit niche isn't it in comparison to Photoshop. But let' see. Thanks for your feedback.

  8. David Johnson
    March 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I like TechGuru77 - He has some really easy to understand Photoshop Tutorials!

  9. Gordon Tyler
    March 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Nice picks Saikat -
    Tutorvid is actually my favourite. I've been using it for few months now ..

  10. alison
    March 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    oh! you missed my two favorites: DekePod (excellent!!!!) and you suck at Photoshop

    Thank you & I'll look forward to checking out those in this article too. But everyone should know about Deke, he's the best teacher I've found for PS.

    • Saikat
      March 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Superb! Thanks for Dekepod. Very few video uploads but they are high in quality.

  11. Tyler Olson - TutorVid
    March 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for highlighting TutorVid. You nailed what my Photoshop channel was about - direct and to the point tutorials - nicely observed :)

    Nice list - I agree, the other channels you found are also great resources.

  12. Jeff
    March 20, 2012 at 2:54 am

    No "You suck at photoshop"?

    Best Eva!

    • Saikat
      April 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Missed that one. Thanks for the reminder. It's a Webby Award winning tutorial channel too. Pity, it has only 20 vids, but all are quality.

  13. AVvidFanofMUO
    March 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    thanks! nice compilation

  14. PixelForLife
    March 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for rating PixelForLife one of the 7 best Photoshop YouTube Channels!

    • Saikat
      March 20, 2012 at 3:30 am

      You are welcome. It is really a nice and broad channel.

  15. Toxteth
    March 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Nice list. How about you do one for Illustrator next?

    • Saikat
      March 20, 2012 at 3:29 am

      I am not that great at Illustrator because I don't use it much. But I am sure we can find an author among us who is. Thanks for the feedback.

    • PixelForLife
      March 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Not sure if you have seen them, but we have a few illustrator tutorials on our YouTube channel.

      Also, if you have any tutorial requests, please let me know.

  16. Alex
    March 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    thanks for this great list ! I want such roundup from a long time .