Intro to Photoshop CS6 Part 1 – General interface

James Mahoney –
download the keyboard shortcut pdf file here:

This video provides a general introduction and overview to Adobe Photoshop using CS6 but applicable to CS5, CS4 and CS3 as well – pretty much. It introduces the basic interface, UI, as well as the most fundamental concepts such as opening and closing a file, navigating an image, changing the size, changing the dimension and scaling an image. It answers most beginner’s initial questions regarding Photoshop, such as which file formats to save as, and when to use jpg or png or psd for example. It also provides an easy and simple demonstration of how to use the grid and guide features of Photoshop. There’s also a very brief introduction to computer graphics and digital images in general by covering what exactly a bitmap is and how RGB values are used to create an image of many colors. This video is the first in a multi-part series on the basics of Photoshop for digital artists, illustrators and designers. This series is provided free as a basis for the more advanced art course – “Digital Illustration – Essentials” course offered at, where students are taught to use these tools in cooperative ways to produce stunning visual effects, illustrations and fine art.
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. sorasgirl0
    April 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    THIS is what I need. Someone speaking to me, slow, showing me what all that
    hubbub is. Thanks for the vids, I will watch them all in the playlist! :)

  2. Shreyas Kolambakar
    April 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Thanx a lot man…great way to learn for a beginner

  3. S Hines
    April 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    +Black Lobster – Digital Arts Thanks for the videos, you explain things
    very clearly in a way which is easy to follow and understand. Much
    appreciated tutorials dissecting the guts of the very powerful and complex
    tool PS has evolved into.

  4. Arjun Limje
    April 13, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    and when I choose the “camera raw” (6:31) it only allows me to open files
    of specific format and not jpg

  5. Judy Conway
    April 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    This was great! Truly for a beginner. And you do have a great voice.

  6. Kris Faulkner
    April 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    OK I agree, amazing voice. Great tutorial but I could listen to that voice
    all day even if you were dictating how to clean the kitchen. (It really
    is an outstanding tutorial, very sequential and logical. Thank you!!)

  7. Arjun Limje
    April 13, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    I didn’t get that small window of that brush which u got at 2:38

  8. Uday shiwakoti
    April 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Really Great tutorial on every aspect. No matter you are new or old to
    photoshop there is always things to learn.. I find it really useful.. You
    teach how to cook food not to get the precook one.. Keep it up..

  9. Ciprian Hanga
    April 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    Ha, you have a great voice. All the video I was expecting to hear:
    “Tonight’s the night… And it’s going to happen again, and again… Has to

  10. mysteryshowerman
    April 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    I’m starting with cs6 thank you so much for this

  11. Daysgoby89
    April 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    I just got my hands on Photoshop CS6. This is gold.

  12. Jeffery Woodruff
    April 13, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    Hey, is it possible to just get a blank piece of drawing paper, draw out a
    sketch of the illustration, then use photoshop to color and add extensive
    detailing work? I don’t have much money, so purchasing the tablet will
    become a problem. Plus, I am using only a trial version of photoshop, plus
    downloading mypaint.

  13. Black Lobster - Digital Arts
    April 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    you’re welcome man! glad it helped.

  14. MrGroogly
    April 13, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    This tutorial is very clear and very helpful. It is also sensitive to both
    Mac and PC users when it comes to keyboard shortcuts, which is not
    something that you’ll see in every tutorial. Thanks a lot – and please keep
    this up 🙂

  15. LockedandLoaded
    April 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Btw you should be voicing animes and videogames, your voice is awesome

  16. Black Lobster - Digital Arts
    April 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Great! That’s just what I was hoping for – watch the series and let me know
    how it works for you. (we were all noobs once)

  17. Anne Davies
    April 14, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    I love this tutorial! You take the time to explain it & I’m not lost like I
    tend to get on other vidz. Following this through. Thank you for your kind

  18. mauricio jacobo
    April 14, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    how do u zoom in pics with out loosing the quality????

  19. Josh Pearson
    April 14, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial, I found it very helpful!

  20. Black Lobster - Digital Arts
    April 14, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    Hey that’s great to hear Anne – if you get through all of them let me know.
    I’d love to hear if you find the whole set as helpful for you. Thanks
    again. (and thanks for leaving a comment) -James

  21. Black Lobster - Digital Arts
    April 14, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    Go for it!

  22. HisDragonPrincess
    April 14, 2015 at 3:35 am #

    I just read all your replies in your voice! IMPACT! Just got myself CS6 and
    the bamboo create 😀 I think being a drawer, it’ll be a lot easier to use
    the paint tools. Or is it quite hard? either way, I now have the option
    there to use, Great tutorials. Going to watch the rest! 😀 (y)

  23. Black Lobster - Digital Arts
    April 14, 2015 at 4:20 am #

    Yah, sorry about that. I tried to put in (PC: blablabla) as an overlay for
    keyboard shortcuts. In general, if you’re on a PC you substitute the “Ctl”
    key for the “Cmd” key on the Mac. And the “Alt” key instead of the “Optn”
    key on the Mac. This is all you need to do in 95% of the cases but I
    believe there are a few times where there are other differences too. Sorry
    that wasn’t clearer about this but I don’t have this running on a PC
    anymore and my memory of it is fading…

  24. Black Lobster - Digital Arts
    April 14, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Excellent! Yeah, the hardest thing about these tutorials was coming up with
    exactly what I should leave out. I tried to focus on only the stuff I use
    all the time and not so much the cool fun fancy stuff… ‘cuz you can do
    almost anything using just these solid basic features. Good luck and thanks
    for leaving a comment.

  25. Connor Whitt
    April 14, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    I am now on ma way to make art like tsitra360