Whether you are taking a photography class or interested in learning a new skill for your own educational development, I'm going to teach you some tips and tricks in Photoshop that I usually use in my workflow.


First off, if you ask me what is the most basic thing you need to know when starting Photoshop, I’d say layer masks. Knowing the layer mask tool is really helpful for beginners so that you will have the versatility of going back to your layers at any given time in your project.


See below for some clips on how I remove unwanted parts on this image through layer masks in my scene with only a brush tool and a channel selection after I’ve finalized this is where I want it to be.


Share your try at these tips by posting them on Instagram and tagging me, @adobestudents and #AdobeCreativeSide in your posts!


Scene planning/composition is one of the most important parts of my process. Layer masks give me the assurance that I can get back that certain pixel of the image when I need some adjustments later on.


Masking is Photoshop allowing you to erase pixels without actually erasing anything. 
Photoshop can be really daunting in the beginning but to know and master each tool thoroughly gives you the skill you need to create what you’ve imagined.

Check the videos below to see how I break down these tips #AdobeCreativeSide

Quick Selection Tool

Channel Selection

Refine Mask

Let's talk about colors.

A beautiful color composition can feel almost magical and color is a strong indicator of the story that you want to tell.


The combinations of colors can subconsciously make you experience different emotions. That is why we need to be deliberate in our choices with colors to evoke the particular mood of each scene.

In my two photos, even when everything is the same but because of the change in colors it takes on a totally different meaning.
Next time when you’re working on your next piece and you feel kind of stuck, think of what it is you want the viewer to feel and start from there.


For a happy vibrant image go for yellows/to the warmer spectrum of the color wheel.
For a somber melancholic vibe go towards the cooler side of the color wheel.
I hope this inspires you to showcase your #Adobecreativeside @adobestudents 
Check below for a breakdown of these tools.