You’ve probably heard of Adobe Photoshop, even if you aren’t a professional graphic designer. This awesome program is helpful for all kinds of business and personal uses. While it can seem intimidating or overwhelming, learning how to use Photoshop can be easier than you think.

Figuring out how to use Photoshop can be a huge help while you build a dropshipping business. You can use it to create graphics for your website, edit and enhance product photography, or make advertisements like banner ads and sales graphics – just to name a few.

There are dozens of Photoshop tutorials and how-to’s that can show you the ropes, including Photoshop tutorials for beginners all the way up to experts.

If you have no experience using the image software, don’t worry. This tutorial will show you the basics of getting started and learning how to Photoshop pictures. Once you learn the basics, you can move on to more advanced Photoshop tutorials.

How to Use Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an imaging and graphic design software used by thousands of people in many different roles across the world. Not only is it for photos but you can use Photoshop for designing websites, editing videos, and creating 3D artwork. Before you can get started with Photoshop you will need to purchase a plan and download Photoshop onto your device. Once you have downloaded the software you can start to get to know the interface which is very intuitive.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

As a beginner in Photoshop, it’s important to understand the anatomy of the interface before you get started. When you open the program, you’ll see the main menu along the top, like other programs. Along the left side, you’ll see a sidebar that shows the main tools. On the right side, you’ll see the color tool and the layers tool.

How to Open a Document in Photoshop

To create a new document or open a file on your computer, click “File” on the top left menu. Select “New” to create a new, blank document. Or click “Open” to go through your computer and open an existing file.

When you create a new document, a dialog box will pop up. In this window, you can name the file and select the size and resolution you want. This is helpful if your website requires a certain file size to display photos properly. Our photo dimensions are 880 pixels wide by 450 pixels tall. For resolution, 72 pixels/inch will work for online images. But if you want high-quality for print, we recommend 300 pixels/inch. (Warning: this will make the file size much larger, so be careful.)

Click OK and voilà! You’re ready to work.

Keep in mind that Photoshop will “lock” this new document, which keeps you from making edits directly to that layer. To unlock it, just click the lock icon in the layer’s name and it will disappear. Keep reading to learn more about layers.