What are the best resources for learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator?

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    #1TastyTuts

    TastyTuts
    TastyTuts offers graphic design courses & digital art tutorials. It's an endeavor to inspire and teach beginners graphic design, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
    Websites

    Free

    Judy Castro
    Written on July 5, 2017
    "TastyTuts offers pretty good graphic design courses, including ways to learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I'd say there are better, more advanced options out there and it's ironic that their site feels low res, but there are worse ways to begin to learn more about graphic design and digital art."
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    #2Creative Bloq

    Creative Bloq
    Creative Bloq is a website where you can find useful resources for designers, from tips, inspiration, and advice, to tutorials for different programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.
    Websites

    Free

    Benjamin Walker
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "Creative Bloq is an awesome resource for photoshop and illustrator education. The tips and inspiration from other designs really helps kickstart your motivation to learn from their different programs."
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    #3Vector Diary

    Vector Diary
    Vector Diary is a website dedicated to providing Adobe Illustrator tutorials and tips on a regular basis, from basic step-by-step articles that teach you how the program works, to more advanced tutorials.
    Websites

    Free- $24/year

    Lawrence Contreras
    Written on August 25, 2017
    "Photoshop and Illustrator are two very powerful tools, but they can be pretty confusing to learn, especially for a newcomer. Vector Diary doesn't hold your hand, but teaches you how to use the programs. Its awesome having step by step tutorials to follow so that you can learn the techniques necessary to master things yourself. "
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    #4Photoshop for Web Design Beginners

    Photoshop for Web Design Beginners


    The Photoshop for Web Design course is made for beginning designers who want to learn how to make a simple web design. The course focuses on Photoshop which is the most used tool. It tackles topics from interface to the web design process.

    Course

    Free

    Randy Washington
    Written on July 19, 2017
    "This course was a pretty good overview of Adobe Photoshop, and focused primarily on the tools needed for designing websites. I did not learn anything about Adobe Illustrator and will have to find another tutorial for that."
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    #5Lynda

    Lynda

    A Massive resource for learning just about anything. Has sections on software development, design, business, web development, photography and more. 

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Wayne Wallace
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "This online course was helpful for letting me budget my time, while still feeling like I was making progress with my goals. I would highly recommend this convenient solution for anyone who wants to learn more about Photoshop. "
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    #6Adobe Photoshop & Editing Mastery Bundle

    Adobe Photoshop & Editing Mastery Bundle
    31 Hours of Training Is the Difference Between a Photoshop Beginner & Expert with This Pro-Taught Course.
    Course

    $41- 15-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

    Elizabeth Roberts
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "I needed a way to learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I found Adobe Photoshop & Editing Mastery Bundle and it was just was I needed."
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    #7Phlearn

    Phlearn
    Phlearn it's a free, daily educational tutorials for people interested in Photoshop and photography.
    Videos

    Free

    Catherine Tucker
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "My boss told me that I needed to learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for work. The Phlearn Youtube channel had a great array of videos that helped me learn retouching and compositing and more. It was very beginner friendly and I was able to follow along with the videos. My boss was impressed with my work right away because of this channel. It didn't give me tips on Illustrator but the Photoshop tutorials were great."
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    #8Illustrator tutorials

    Illustrator tutorials
    Illustrator tutorials is a section on Adobe's website dedicated to giving you free Illustrator tutorials, both for beginners and more experienced users.
    Websites

    Free

    Janice Moore
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "I had a goal this summer of learning Photoshop and Illustrator so that I could bring my photography to the next step. I found this website and was able to quickly accelerate my Illustrator skills. For example, I followed "Set a beautiful title" and was able to use the steps to learn how to do titles in less than 10 minutes. The website did not help with photoshop but was nice for Illustrator."
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    #9Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release)

    Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release)
    Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release) from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop and how to correct, enhance, and distort digital images, create image composites, and prepare images for print and the web.
    Books

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    Paul Mendez
    Written on June 2, 2017
    "I highly reccomend this book to anyone that is looking to improve their skills with photo shop. The project based lessons are a fantastic hands-on approach to learning photo shop. After completing this book your skills with photo shop will have surely improved drastically."
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    #10Adobe Illustrator: Mastering the Fundamentals

    Adobe Illustrator: Mastering the Fundamentals

    This is a free online course created by Martin Knapp, a creative director who has been working in the 3D industry for more than a decade. Throughout the course, students will delve into a step-by-step guide on how to create complex vector shapes.

    Course

    $54.99

    Walter Richardson
    Written on May 29, 2017
    "This only helps solve half of the problem. It doesn't cover Photoshop at all. This isn't that good of a solution if it doesn't cover the whole problem."
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    #11Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals

    Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals
    In this course, the instructor Deke McClelland, takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques you can use to make great images and graphics.
    Course

    Free- 10-Day Free Trial. Varies by plan

    Ronald Gray
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "Lynda.com is a great place for online tutorials. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals in particular is a largely popular course offering roughly 15 hours of content and is aimed at beginners. It teaches how to use Photoshop to edit and enhance your photos, a must-have course for any beginner!"
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    #12[TUTORIAL] How To Change Background in Photoshop Including with Hair Details Step by Step Tutorial

    [TUTORIAL] How To Change Background in Photoshop Including with Hair Details Step by Step Tutorial
    TUTO FACTORY has created this tutorial with a very clear step-by-step process to master this feature in Photoshop. It's easier than you think!
    Videos

    Free

    Karen Elliott
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "I needed to learn Photoshop and Illustrator for a new job that I just got, so I scoured the Internet for sources to learn from. This tutorial is very specific but super helpful! It showed me step-by-step how to do this process, and it helped me a learn a bit more about what the tools in Photoshop do. "
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    #13Learn Adobe Illustrator in 30 Days Crash Course

    Learn Adobe Illustrator in 30 Days Crash Course
    Learn Adobe Illustrator in 30 Days Crash Course is a FREE training course created for beginners. Each lesson takes around 20 minutes to complete and you will be able to learn all the basic techniques in 30 days. 
    Websites

    Free

    Stephen Andrews
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "This course was very cleverly written and detailed. I love the idea of learning everything about this program over the course of a month. It provided clear and concise goals, and was an excellent resource. "
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    #14Udemy

    Udemy

    Udemy offers you the possibility to acquire practical skills and knowledge apart from your study subjects. You can select from various courses, including programming and design. It also provides you with official certifications.

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Larry Payne
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "I wanted to start up a website and I had a limited budget to do so, and I needed to get some artwork done but I really wasn't budgeted to hire someone to do it so I needed to teach myself some Photoshop and Illustrator. Udemy helped me learn these, and they were reasonably priced! I was able to learn the ropes and come out with some artwork for the site that probably would have looked terrible if I tried to teach it to myself. It was so helpful I might take up the more advanced courses, too."
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    #15Photoshop CAFE

    Photoshop CAFE
    PhotoshopCAFE it's a publisher of premium training videos on Photoshop, Photography, design and videography. founded by celebrated digital imaging expert/author, Colin Smith.
    Websites

    Free- varies by plan

    Larry Gutierrez
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "I've been struggling to find resources to learn photoshop and illustrator. But my problems have been solved by finding photoshop cafe. There's a large amount of really great videos that helped teach me the ways."
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    #16Learn Adobe Photoshop - envatotuts+

    Learn Adobe Photoshop - envatotuts+
    Keep up to date or learn a new skill with this graphic design and illustration content. Ranging from Adobe Photoshop to drawing theory, from vector illustration to print design all experience levels covered.
    Websites

    Free- 10-Day Free Trial. Varies by plan

    Gregorio Garduño
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "I found this to be absolutely helpful. The information provided was comprehensive, and left me feeling as if I had taken an entire college course. I learned so many new things! "
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    #17The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels

    The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels
    The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels provides all kinds of Photoshop tutorials from beginners to professionals.
    Videos

    Free

    Louis Arnold
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "The YouTube channel for Photoshop was very informative. As a visual learner, I found this much easier to process and follow rather than reading a book. I would recommend this to everyone with a similar learning style. "
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    #18Make fonts in minutes with Photoshop & Illustrator

    Make fonts in minutes with Photoshop & Illustrator
    Just install the Fontself extension, select your lettering, and you got your own font, the real font file thing, will lots of variants, colors, textures, ligatures, custom words, photo letters, icons, emojis, whatever you can to put in it.
    Videos

    Free

    Karen Cunningham
    Written on May 29, 2017
    "My boss told me that I needed to learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for work. This video about how to make fonts in Photoshop & Illustrator was great for assisting me in making very unique and professional fonts of my own but beyond that, it did not teach me anything too useful. It's more a video for the already experienced user to extend their skills than for the novice."
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    #19[TUTORIAL] How to Remove Photobombers and Other Objects from a Photo in Photoshop

    [TUTORIAL] How to Remove Photobombers and Other Objects from a Photo in Photoshop
    Article published on How to Geek explaining step-by-step how to remove people or objects from a photograph using Photoshop.
    Articles

    Free

    Randy Brewer
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "So I found this article had some interesting techinques for improving my photos in Photoshop, but the topic here is much broader than just one technique for one particular problem (photobombers). So while you might put this on the list to read eventually, it's not a "best resource" for learning Photoshop and Illustrator. "
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    #20Photoshop Tutorials - Graphic Workers

    Photoshop Tutorials - Graphic Workers
    Team Graphic Workers create amazing tutorials on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and video editing tools. It is one the fastest growing YouTube channel for amazing video tutorials.
    Videos

    Free

    Susan Knight
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "My boss told me that I needed to learn Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for work. I found this Youtube channel Graphic Workers and went through all 8 of their videos. They were very helpful for some tips for Photoshop but they had no help for Illustrator. Also, there were only 8 videos so they were far from thorough. The tips they had were nice but I had to look elsewhere for more in depth teaching."
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    #21Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual: Covers 2014 release (Missing Manuals)

    Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual: Covers 2014 release (Missing Manuals)
    This book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining the hows and whys inThis book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining the hows and whys in a friendly, conversational style.
    Books

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    Larry Holmes
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "This book has been an invaluable resource for me to learn photo shop for the first time. It is constructed in a very straightforward way and really helps a new user to learn the ropes. It has and will be my go to companion for photo shop. "
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    #22Adobe Photoshop CC on Demand

    Adobe Photoshop CC on Demand
    Adobe Photoshop CC on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full-color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.
    Books

    Check price

    Michael Fields
    Written on July 31, 2017
    "A really unique visual step-by-step format makes this a much simpler read than most graphic design guides - steps are numbered to make them even easier to follow, so you can practice hands-on while you learn. Also includes online workshops and resources for how to earn accreditation - a must-have resource for beginners."
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    #23[TUTORIAL] How To Design a T-shirt Graphic Using Photoshop

    [TUTORIAL] How To Design a T-shirt Graphic Using Photoshop
    Videos

    Free

    Susana Soriano
    Written on June 8, 2017
    "Resources for learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator was what I needed, and the youtube clip How To Design a T-shirt Graphic Using Photoshop was just what I needed. It help me a lot."
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    #24[TUTORIAL] How to Get Started With Adobe Photoshop CC - 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

    [TUTORIAL] How to Get Started With Adobe Photoshop CC - 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
    In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White shows you how to get started with Adobe Photoshop CC and covers the 10 things that beginners want to know how to do.
    Videos

    Free

    Brandon Carr
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "This only helps solve half of the problem. It doesn't cover Illustrator at all. This isn't that good of a solution if it doesn't cover the whole problem. Hopefully, there isn't much of a difference between stand-alone Photoshop and Photoshop Creative Cloud. If there is, then this is even worse of a solution."
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    #25Photoshop Essentials

    Photoshop Essentials
    photoshopessentials.com is an online Photoshop training resource designed to make learning Photoshop simple and easy.
    Websites

    Free

    Beverly Howard
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "I have recently got into photography and I wanted a way to touch up photos using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The website Photoshop Essentials had great screenshots about how to step-by-step do tasks in Photoshop. It was a great resource that I frequently consulted while experimenting with Photoshop. Not helpful with Illustrator but a great first resource for Photoshop."
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    #26Illustrator Tutorial: Process of Creating Mascot Logo Designs

    Illustrator Tutorial: Process of Creating Mascot Logo Designs

    In this video tutorial, you can learn how to make a mascot logo design with Adobe Illustrator. Seso shows you with a practical example the working process step by step from draft to final art.


    Videos

    Free

    Marie Torres
    Written on December 16, 2017
    "My daughter is 13 and loves doing graphic art on her art tablet. She is really good at it and had been using gimp and fire alpaca. Both are free software and work well, but she wanted to get even better. I bought her adobe photoshop because its the best, but the learning curve is really steep. I got the video tutorial Illustrator Tutorial: Process of Creating Mascot Logo Designs, and that was immensely helpful. Being able to watch someone else illustrate how to use the software was just what she needed. Its a great video to get started with"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TastyTutsWebsites 32 Free
2Creative BloqWebsites 27 Free
3Vector DiaryWebsites 26 Free
4Photoshop for Web Design BeginnersCourse 25 Free
5LyndaWebsites 25 Paid
6Adobe Photoshop & Editing Mastery BundleCourse 23 Paid
7PhlearnVideos 22 Free
8Illustrator tutorialsWebsites 21 Free
9Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release)Books 19 Paid
10Adobe Illustrator: Mastering the FundamentalsCourse 18 Paid
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