About Artists and Adobe PhotoShop

This blog is intended for artists who need information on how to use PhotoShop for their finished artwork and reference photos. This blog is not intended to teach digital painting or advanced use of PhotoShop.


Besides paints and pencils (paper, canvasses, etc.), the most important tool for an artist is Adobe Photoshop. Even if you only need it to change the resolution of your images to enter contests and post images on Facebook or your website, you need to know how to use it.

In the olden days when the Internet was young and so was I, Adobe sold their software packages for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. As each new edition came out, I had to ante up for the new software. This was very expensive but as a graphic designer, I had no choice but to keep up. Since then, Adobe has put in place a new plan where they no longer sell their software at all. You rent access to it for a monthly charge.

Adobe has Creative Cloud plans (adobe.com) for individuals and you can sign up for Photoshop for $9.99/month. Or, you can buy other software like Adobe Elements, but it will not be as robust as PhotoShop. But I’m just talking about Photoshop here.

PhotoShop has been around for over 25 years and infinite changes/updates have been made. Because of this, there are several ways to accomplish the same task. I am showing you how I do it, but as you grow more comfortable with the software, you will probably find your own way of getting your work done. Good for you. Take advantage of all that PhotoShop has to offer.

I don’t own any stock in Adobe PhotoShop. I use it because it is the industry standard and I like the software. Lightroom and Elements are also Adobe products and what I teach should translate well to this software, and probably others as well.

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