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Adobe Photoshop: Welcome

A guide to using Adobe Photoshop along with background information on imaging terms.

Table of Contents / How to Use This Guide

The purpose of this guide is to introduce basic Photoshop features and concepts so that you can use the program effectively. By the time you complete this module, you should be able to use Photoshop to open files and scan images, move around images using navigation tools, understand basic imaging concepts, do basic image editing, and prepare images for print and online presentations.

This guide includes the following sections:

  • Getting Started - (Photoshop desktop, getting images into Photoshop, moving around an image, tips for using Photoshop)
  • Imaging Concepts - (color modes, image size, resolution, and print size)
  • Acquiring images - (opening files and scanning images into Photoshop)
  • Editing Images - (cropping, removing imperfections, adjusting contrast, correcting colors, and sharpening images
  • More Image Editing - (selection techniques, layers, adding type, and painting)
  • Exporting and printing - (Saving for the Web, inserting images into Powerpoint, printing)


This guide is designed to get you up and running with Adobe Photoshop! It covers version CS5 (Creative Suite 5) of Photoshop.

The user interface is pretty much consistent from one version to another, but if you are using a version other than CS5, some features may work a little differently. I've checked the features against Adobe Photoshop Cloud and these tips still seem useful.

Why Photoshop?

Information includes not only text and numbers, but images as well. The expression "a picture is worth a thousand words" is as true today as ever.

Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard tool for digital imaging, which makes Photoshop expertise a valuable commodity in the workplace. Learning Photoshop is also a good way to learn imaging concepts. Concepts you learn from working with Photoshop apply to other imaging tools as well (including Photoshop Elements, which has a very similar user interface and features).

Photoshop Books

The ebooks on this list can be viewed and/or downloaded by different user groups.

  • ebrary - Available to library card holders in Juneau and in state government offices across the state.
  • Listen Alaska + - Available to library card holders in participating communities, including Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Additional Resources

If the material in the other tabs of this guide do not meet your need, we recommend the following resources:


The content in this guide relies heavily on a guide produced by Robert Ladd of the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.