Photoshop Tutorial: Edit Your First Photo

Photoshop is a powerful image editing software that can be used to enhance, retouch, and transform images. It can be a bit daunting to learn at first, but with a little practice, you can start to create stunning images.

Getting Started

  1. Open Photoshop and create a new document. You can do this by going to File > New. In the New Document dialog box, set the width and height of your document, and choose the resolution that you want.
  2. Import your photo. You can do this by going to File > Open. Navigate to the folder where your photo is stored and double-click on it.

Basic Editing

  1. Crop your photo. The Crop tool can be used to remove unwanted elements from your photo and to improve the composition. To use the Crop tool, click on it in the Tools panel. Then, drag the crop corners to adjust the size and shape of the crop box. When you’re happy with the crop, press Enter.
  2. Straighten your photo. The Straighten tool can be used to fix crooked horizons and other vertical lines. To use the Straighten tool, click on it in the Tools panel. Then, click and drag on the image to draw a line along the horizon or other vertical line that you want to straighten.
  3. Adjust the brightness and contrast. The Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer can be used to brighten or darken your photo and to increase or decrease the contrast. To use the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, click on the Create a new adjustment layer icon in the Layers panel. Choose Brightness/Contrast from the list of adjustment layers. Then, adjust the brightness and contrast sliders to your liking.


The Spot Healing Brush tool can be used to remove blemishes, wrinkles, and other imperfections from your skin. To use the Spot Healing Brush tool, click on it in the Tools panel. Then, click on the blemish or imperfection that you want to remove. Photoshop will automatically replace the blemish with surrounding pixels.

The Clone Stamp tool can be used to copy and paste pixels from one part of your image to another. This can be useful for removing unwanted objects from your image or for cloning areas of your image that have been damaged.

Final Touches

  1. Sharpen your photo. The Sharpen filter can be used to increase the clarity of your photo. To use the Sharpen filter, go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen.
  2. Add a vignette. A vignette is a darkened area that fades out around the edges of your photo. This can add a dramatic effect to your image. To add a vignette, go to Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges. Adjust the settings to your liking.
  3. Save your image. To save your edited image, go to File > Save. Choose a file format, such as JPEG or PNG, and enter a filename.


With a little practice, you can start to create stunning images in Photoshop. There are many other tools and techniques that you can learn, but these basic editing techniques will get you started.