Photoshop & Design Resources For Students

The following are a list of resources for Photoshop for students or anyone looking to get into Adobe Photoshop. Blog post stemmed from conversation with Tanya, a first year multimedia student in Tipperary Institute (part of Bernie Goldbach‘s group, a lot of whom I met in Kilkenny earlier this week). These resources would have been fantastic when we were coming through college back with Photoshop 5/6/7.

  • BA Magazine – Before & After Magazine to which we hold an office subscription. BA gives you downloadable PDF guides on various techniques for design, a lot of which are related to Photoshop use. If you can grab a free download – take a look, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Photoshop TV – ‘The Photoshop Guys’ have now published over 70 episodes (video) looking at everything from Photoshop filters to the individual tools, lighting techniques, colour techniques, use of layers, masking, gradients, 3D imagery and more.
  • Photoshop Podcast Directory – Directory listing of various Photoshop podcast. Some of which “are fairly annoying”, some of which are fairly good.
  • Photoshop Online Video Podcast – Photoshop tips and techniques by Photoshop author and trainer Jan Kabili. You can subscribe on iTunes to this podcast which as been running from August 2006.
  • Tutorial Blogs – Free Photoshop tutorials since 2006, looking at the use of the Pen tool (important one for students if you’re crossing between Photoshop and Illustrator), Photoshop brushes and more.
  • – You’ve got to pay for the access, $25 a month, but they do premium learning resources for Photoshop and almost every other multimedia application going. Get a lecturer to spring for the resource access, I’ve seen some of the tutorials and they’re top quality.
  • Photoshop Beginners Tips (Jennifer Apple) – Some quick and easy tips, keyboard shortcuts and the like for Photoshop from Jennifer Apple (also part of the site)



  1. Michael Flanagan April 19, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Ah, I’ve been using these sites quite a bit lately. Utterly fantastic what you can do with the Interwoob these days.

    Another one for the list would be – the videos here link to other sites (such as the ones you mention), but it makes up a pretty comprehensive list.

    Photoshop page is at :

  2. Ken McGuire April 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Cheers Michael, will add those to the post.

  3. John April 19, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    There are some good books out there too.
    I always found the Photoshop WOW! books useful when I was in college. They’re great for getting the ball rolling with easy to follow tutorials that can be easily applied to any number of multimedia projects.

    For the more experienced Photoshop users, I’ve recently came accross ‘The Photoshop Channels Book’ from Peachpit Press and found it extremely useful, especially for photo sharpening and black and white techniques.

  4. Ken McGuire April 19, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Yet another resource we (or I) didn’t know existed in college!

  5. Pingback: Joe’s Blog » Blog Archive » Fluffy links

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.