40+ Photoshop Background Tutorials and Design Courses

photoshop background tutorialsThe best way to learn Photoshop is to get some hand’s on experience, especially with the guidance of a tutorial or two… or three… or twenty. If you want practice, you can never have enough tutorials. There’s a lot to know about every aspect of Adobe’s graphics editing software, though, and deciding where to start can be half the struggle. In this article, you’ll find over 40 tutorials just on features related to Photoshop background layers, effects, and other related tools and design tips, plus dozens of courses to hone the rest of your Photoshop skills.

For an example of the kinds of courses Udemy offers on Photoshop and other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, try this introduction to Photoshop class, or check out the Adobe CS6 course bundle.

Generic Background Layer Tutorials

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To learn about all the cool background design and image retouching effects offered in Photoshop, first you need to know how the background layer works.

The following are part of the Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart series.

Here are more quick, handy tips for getting started, part of the Photoshop CS6 Crash Course by designer Jeremy Schuback.

There are plenty of free guides on the Udemy blog as well, such as this next batch.

Photo Manipulation Tutorials - How to Remove Background from an Image in Photoshop

The following are free lectures from a course titled Photoshop: Mastering the Fundamentals.

You can learn more out removing a background image in Photoshop with this free and comprehensive Adobe Photoshop course, particularly with the following two lectures.

Once you have layers down, you can learn to do some seriously cool things with them using the following tutorials from the Photoshop Essentials course. You can manipulate them, change their opacity, add effects and place them over and behind backgrounds. Get started now!

It’s seriously important to understand layers before you even think about trying out anything else with Photoshop. Just for good measure, here are three more tutorials from outside Udemy.

Creating a New Background Tutorial Set

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The following are part of photographer Manfred Werner Manniphoto‘s Photoshop training course, titled Photoshop Secrets & Dirty Tricks.

Transparency Techniques

This is one of the techniques that helped create the term shopped. If you can make the background of an image transparent, you can place that image on top of any new backdrop you want. It won’t look good or convincing without practice, but it’s certainly one of the most commonly used features in Photoshop, and if you’re learning about backgrounds, you need to learn about transparency.

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Other Cool Background Effects

The rest of these tutorials are from outside of Udemy, but you can find more awesome guides on Photoshop, and the rest of the Creative Suite, at the bottom of this page, including free courses from Udemy.com.

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You may also enjoy the following free Photoshop training courses: