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Why you should learn Photoshop

  • Published on January 22, 2021
Why you should learn Photoshop

There are many reasons why you should learn Photoshop. Learning Photoshop is essential if you work in a graphic design, web design, or user experience role. Yet it is also equally important to learn Photoshop for those working in hands-on marketing roles. Whether creating flyers, brochures, or email newsletters, there is a need to know Photoshop for optimizing and retouching images. You can learn Photoshop even if you are a beginner with no previous experience.

Photoshop can help you get a job

For those just entering the workforce, Photoshop can be a great skill to help you get a job. Many jobs require Photoshop skills, and this is especially true with design roles such as graphic designer, web designer, or user interface designer. Marketing roles also often prefer someone who can work efficiently with Photoshop. In a competitive job market, learning Photoshop skills can help to differentiate you from other applicants.

Photoshop can improve your career

If you already have a job, adding Photoshop to your list of skills can make you a more valuable employee. It allows you to work on a variety of additional projects and may provide opportunities for advancement or the ability to work on a more diverse set of projects. From website work to marketing projects and even product design, Photoshop can play a vital role in many positions.

Make money with Photoshop

Once you learn Photoshop you can make money in a vareity of ways. Freelance job opportunities exist for retouching images with Photoshop, or full time jobs with good pay exist for those willing to learn related skills and work in graphic design, web design, UX design. All these fields make it possible to earn money with Photoshop skills.

Learning Photoshop is fun

While learning Photoshop can enhance your career opportunities, it can also be personally rewarding. Whether using Photoshop to retouch images, or to create compositions adding text and graphics, or building a funny animated GIF, you can put Photoshop skills to use in many ways. By learning Photoshop you’ll also have a fun outlet for your creative projects, whether working on a website, volunteering to assist with images for friends or an organization, or adding some fun to images you share on social media. While Photoshop is a powerful business tool, it also has a fun side as well.

Learning Photoshop can be fast

You can learn Photoshop in a week if you want to gain in-depth skills through a bootcamp program, or take a two-day beginners Photoshop course to gain essential Photoshop skills.

Options for learning Photoshop

You can take classes to learn Photoshop, or read Photoshop books, or you can also practice using free tutorials online. The method you use depends upon how fast and how in-depth you wish to learn.

About the author

 is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices. Jennifer holds the CPUX-F credential from the UXQB.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern UX Design, and worked closely with the Microsoft Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including XD, Sketch, Balsamiq, Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Blend for Visual Studio. She also works extensively in the fields of presentation design and visual design.