Here is a selection of video tutorials that are helpful in themselves and may also lead you to further relevant information as you work with the Adobe applications.

There are numerous excellent tutorials online that are free to view, and quite a few paid options as well. I recommend to really look at what is freely available at first and see if you like the teaching style and the information they offer. 

Online video tutorials are also a great follow up to classes. They refresh your memory and can offer a new take on information and practices. These videos are excellent companions to the Photoshop and Illustrator courses at Northern Beaches Community College and private and corporate students.

Spending some time investigating what is available to you on the web is also an opportunity for you to gauge how much time you will realistically be able to give to online learning. This prepares you to make decisions about whether you need or want to pay for further tutorials and what kind of subscription is best. For example, a monthly or yearly subscription, or the purchase of individual pro tutorials.

You can scroll down the page to see them all, or click on the links below specific to your programme.




Select and Mask

The Select and Mask feature which replaced Refine Edge has had a few changes in the latest Photoshop CC 2017 update, but this tutorial by f64 Academy is very well explained and is an excellent resource. Achieving perfect masking is an evolving skill, and one that must be practised! Don't give up early on this, time invested is well worth the effort because it will save you loads of time in the future.


Frequency Separation

When someone says 'that's been photoshopped' it is very often looking at the flawless skin of glamour shots in editorials and advertising. Previously only in the realms of professional retouchers, now there are technicians and artists who very generously share their knowledge online for all of us to learn. PHLEARN, once again, presents an excellent tutorial. This technique is definitely worth researching a bit further as well - look at a few different online tutorials and take notes with each of them. I personally found it helpful to hear the steps explained in different ways. If you find tutorials online that you think are great please share them on the LLC Facebook page or tag us in a tweet, and I'll share the info here! 


Photoshop CC November 2015 Update

If you have just updated Photoshop CC to the latest November 2015 version you may have trouble finding your way around the Start Workspace, and a few other major differences. These next few videos are by Julieanne Kost from Adobe and are a good resource to navigate the new Photoshop landscape and functionality. 

I have also diarised my own experience of some of these changes here on my blog.


Photoshop CC November 2015 Update - The Start and Recent Files Workspace and Customisable Toolbar


Photoshop CC November 2015 Update - Working with Artboards


Photoshop CC November 2015 Update - New Quick Export and Export As Feature Enhancements


Photoshop CC November 2015 Update - New Typographic Features


Correcting redness in skin

Phlearn Photoshop & Photography Tutorials have a heap of videos online - many of them are free to access, including this one which is a great way to address redness or blotches on the skin. In this tutorial a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is used to pinpoint the redness and correct it to a natural skin tone. The PHLEARN website has links to their bountiful YouTube channel and other social media platforms. 


Layer Masks - Don't Erase! Mask Instead.

Layer masks - just do it!  They are one of the biggest gifts of the Photoshop workflow. Howard Pinsky's tutorial is concise but gets the message across. I'll be posting a few videos on this particular subject because it is a simple concept that has so many applications.  Howard is another prolific tutorial poster on YouTube.  His website is


Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge

Julieanne Kost is a Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe Systems, which roughly translates to "knows a LOT about Photoshop and Lightroom". This tutorial is from the library but if you google Julieanne you'll find her demonstration videos in a number of places. In this video, see how to use the Refine Edge command, along with the Quick Selection tool, to select objects with soft edges.  Refine Edge is fantastic when it works effectively with just a few tweaks, but it can get frustrating at times so be patient. Often it helps to use Refine Edge in conjunction with other Layer Mask techniques to achieve the perfect selection. To see more about Julieanne her website is here.


Another tutorial from Howard Pinsky - a great look at two selection tools - the Magic Wand Tool and the Quick Selection Tool.  There are a few key differences that can help you out in your projects! 


Camera Raw

Julieanne Kost demonstrating Camera Raw from the CS6 release in 2012, so there are references to earlier versions and how it has changed. Just skip to 1min 58 seconds on the video to where she starts explaining what the sliders and settings mean.


Camera Raw Filter

Howard Pinsky's video on the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop CC uses techniques that can also be applied when using Camera Raw straight from Bridge.



Using Layers in Photoshop Elements

Jan Kabili is a tutor whose tutorials always impress. I am most familiar with her Photoshop Elements and Lightroom tutorials. This one is about Photoshop Elements 12 layers. is one of the big players in the online learning world. They have courses in a huge range of subjects and across many brands of software. Have a look at the website to see what is available. You can open up any of the courses and choose to watch the free videos (the others are greyed out) to see if they suit your needs.


Applying Textures using Adobe Photoshop Elements

Let's not get preoccupied with YouTube when looking for video tutorials. This video from Nicole Young on Vimeo is excellent. She demonstrates how to bring in texture layers to transform a normal photograph into a unique image. Photoshop Elements offers so much control now it is a worthy sibling of it's older sister, Photoshop. Nicoles website has a range of items and e-books for sale, including images such as the textures she used here. You can always take photos of surfaces that you can create your own textures from, or search Google images for something like "textures for photoshop". Some will be free and some for purchase. Here is a link to Nicole's website.  


Adobe's video channel

Of course you can go to for their video tutorials - on all of their software applications. I could not link an individual video to this page so the image above is simply a jpeg, click here for the Adobe TV Photoshop Elements menu. This will take you to tutorials for Elements 11 through to Elements 13.



Converting Art to Vector with Image Trace

This is the best video I've found online for using the Image Trace function in Illustrator for converting line art or sketches into vector.  It may serve you well to take the image into Photoshop first and clean up any unwanted marks or smudges and to increase the contrast of the image so the blacks are darker and the whites brighter. This helps Illustrator read the image, however be careful not to make the contrast so high you lose detail that you needed to keep.  Video2Brain have numerous tutorial options and luckily this is one of the free access videos. Angie Taylor is a great tutor and explains everything clearly. I can't directly insert the video into this page, so I've made the image above a link to the tutorial on their website.


The Pen Tool in Illustrator

Phillipa Berry Smith's tutorials on the Pen tool in Illustrator are something I recommend to every one of my Illustrator students. The Pen tool is so often avoided because unguided attempts at learning it inevitably result in disaster. Phillipa's tutorials are so clear and logical they help this tool make a lot more sense. The CC2014 version of Illustrator has introduced some new functionality to the Pen tool which will make some things easier than before, but I still recommend spending some time learning how the Pen tool thinks and operates, and the perfect place to start that is right here.  There are also links with her videos to download worksheets.

Part 1 of 2 "Learn to use the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator". This tutorial starts right at the beginning. Each step is explained clearly to help you understand and master this most powerful of drawing tools.


The Appearance Panel Menu and Controls


Justin Seeley is another excellent tutor. This Illustrator CS6 overview discusses the Appearance panel and explores its menus and controls. Justin hosts his own website where you can read up on many web and graphics-based topics. Sign up for his newsletter to receive news and tutorials. This tutorial is from


Pen Tool Paisley

Another Pen tool tutorial, this time by Laura Coyle. Laura's tutorials are excellent. This one works with the Pen tool and bezier shapes to create a Paisley design.  Laura has Illustrator courses online - from beginner to more advanced projects.