Before publishing your photos, take one more look at them. Do the images look the way you want them to? There’s always something worth editing: colors, light, background objects, and much much more.
There are dozens of photo editing tools out there, and most of them look very complicated when you first open them. But then editing becomes surprisingly easy with video guides and learning courses. Watching and practicing full-time, you can go from beginner to advanced in a couple of days.
Some of our partners who are experienced in photo editing have recommended online resources that will help you learn photo editing with different tools, both free and premium.
- Adobe Photoshop Tutorials
- Digital Photography School
- Lightroom Killer Tips
- LinkedIn Learning
- YouTube tutorials
Adobe Photoshop is quite a complex tool but that’s due to the variety of possibilities it offers. Photoshop can be used for anything from adding a logo on top of a photo to illustrating a full image on a blank page.
Photoshop Tutorials are created by Adobe, the software company that has developed Photoshop.
There are courses both for beginners and experienced users.
You can find anything from 3-minute introductions of a tool/effect to 20-minute courses.
The tutorials are free but you can also take premium courses from Adobe partners.
PHLEARN is a large premium library of retouching and editing courses from Aaron Nace who first became popular through his YouTube channel.
Both Photoshop and Lightroom are covered. Most of the courses are for intermediate and advanced levels. PHLEARN is a great choice if you want to focus on portrait and product photography.
Creative Live offers courses of all kinds, from self-development to advanced photography, taught by popular specialists in their areas. Hurry up, ANTM fans, Nigel Barker is one of them.
- Advanced Landscape Editing
- 360 Photo Editing in Photoshop®
- Advanced Photo Editing in Capture One (this one looks better for intermediate users).
Judging by these examples, you can see how diverse the courses are: you can find courses in a variety of tools and specializations for any level.
RggEdu offers photography-related courses with a pretty wide range of specializations: real estate photography, portraits, abstract, color theory, etc. You can choose a learning path where courses are selected and combined to take you to an advanced level.
The prices are a little higher than for most of the other resources but some courses are really worth it. Our partners specifically recommend:
Udemy is a huge library of various courses. Most photo editing courses here are about the tools you’ll be using. With any level of experience, you’ll find something that works for you.
Even when you find a course elsewhere, it may be available on Udemy, too, and at quite an affordable price. During the discount season, most of them are around $10 each.
Check out these courses and use search to find more.
- Photo retouch with Adobe Lightroom
- PhotoDirector 7 – Photo Editing Made Easy
- Photoshop for Portrait Photographers
Skillshare is mostly about learning through interaction, rather than passive watching. That’s exactly what you need for something as practical as photo editing. Be ready for some homework: you’re going to need it later.
We’ve picked a couple of interesting courses for beginners:
- Fundamentals of Photo Editing
- Photo Editing Basics: Make Good Images Great Without Expensive Software
If you’ve decided to go with Lightroom – an Adobe product specifically developed for photo editing – some dedicated courses would be great for an in-depth understanding of the software.
Lightroom Killer Tips has tutorials on Lightroom tools as well as tricks that require multiple tools. Besides video tutorials, you’ll find a lot of articles that describe editing processes in detail.
If you’re looking for something simpler than Photoshop and Lightroom, there are desktop and mobile apps for fast and easy photo editing. Canva, Picmonkey, Fotor, and Picsart are among the most popular options.
Picmonkey has both mobile and desktop versions. On top of that, they offer video tutorials to master the tools.
Besides the social network for business connections, LinkedIn also has a learning platform with a vast number of professional courses. Among them, you’ll find a broad choice of photo editing classes. You don’t buy separate classes but get monthly membership instead, which gives you full access.
Many courses from the above-mentioned resources are available here, so it might be more convenient to subscribe to Linkedin Learning and get them all at once.
10. YouTube tutorials
Many of us go to YouTube the moment we need a quick tutorial. Seems like everything can be found on this resource. And it’s true. YouTube is an infinite repository of learning materials. Here are the channels that our partners recommend:
A.J. Wood has dozens of tutorials for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator. He explains separate tools, tricks, and solutions really well. Anyone from beginner to expert can find something useful on this channel.
This is a photography channel where you can learn all about choosing a lens, standing out on Instagram, taking selfies, and, surprise surprise, editing your photos with Photoshop or Lightroom. The tutorials are quite basic but you won’t get bored if you’re a beginner.
Dedicated to filmmaking, Science Filming Tips also has advanced tips on taking and editing photos. You’ll enjoy the nerdy approach of these men making every scene as beautiful as it can be.
If you want something simpler that doesn’t require so much of your time and money, here’s a list of free online photo editors.
Hope you’ll enjoy learning how to make your photos even more beautiful. When you’re done, 10Web Photo Gallery is here to help you present those images in the best possible light.
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