13 Tutorials for Working with Colors in Photoshop

One of the down sides of working with a program as powerful as Photoshop is that new users often want to jump into things like advanced photo manipulations or designing an amazing website layout. Unfortunately, getting a firm grasp of the basics and fundamentals often gets overlooked by all of the cool things that you can learn to do.

Designers who want to be able to use Photoshop effectively will need to be able to master the fundamentals. Working with color is one of those things that you must learn to do effectively in Photoshop. In this post we’ll link to 13 tutorials that will help you to learn more about working with colors in Photoshop. If you’re already experienced with Photoshop, maybe some of these tutorials can serve as a refresher.

You may also be interested in our post Learn Photoshop.

Color Modes and Bit Depth

Color Modes and Bit Depth

Working with Swatches in Photoshop

Working with Swatches in Photoshop

Working with Colors and Establishing a Color Palette in Photoshop

Working with Colors and Establishing a Color Palette in Photoshop

Look Under the Hood: Photoshop Color Settings

Look Under the Hood: Photoshop Color Settings

Creating a Color Scheme

Creating a Color Scheme

Using Adobe Kuler to Enhance Your Photoshop Color Workflow

Using Adobe Kuler to Enhance Your Photoshop Color Workflow

Create Your Own Gradients

Create Your Own Gradients

Digital Color Mixing in Photoshop

Digital Color Mixing in Photoshop

Colorize a Comic Strip with Photoshop

Colorize a Comic Strip with Photoshop

Color Correction Basics in Photoshop

Color Correction Basics in Photoshop

Color Correction in Photoshop with the Curves Adjustment Tool

Color Correction in Photoshop with the Curves Adjustment Tool

Add Ultra Realistic Colors to Any Gray-Scale Photo

Add Ultra Realistic Colors to Any Gray-Scale Photo

Selective Color Photoshop Tutorial

Selective Color Photoshop Tutorial

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  • Maria Wendt, March 1, 2012

    You are 100% correct when you say that most people just jump into Photoshop trying to do the cool fun stuff. Learning colors may not be as impressive as photo manipulation, but, by doing so, you give yourself one of the the keys to becoming a great graphic designer.

  • Psdbucket, March 2, 2012

    Good idea with these tutorials! Photoshop colors are the most basic information, you cannot become a professional designer if you do not know these things.

  • Maneet Puri, March 3, 2012

    No Doubt!! Photoshop is a great platform to design layout and manipulate images, but while designing, designers are often ignorant of the usage of colors. For me, if the color sense on your website is not good, you can’t attract users. Being sensitive to colors can really help you to design a website that stands out on the web.

  • Broadbeach Media, March 5, 2012

    You are 100% right that new photoshop users need to learn the fundamentals of using colors with their work. I often see beautiful work that seemed technically hard and time-consuming to create, but it always could of been a bit better if more time was spend on perfecting the colors.

  • TechAbly, March 6, 2012

    I always struggle to work with colors while creating things in Photoshop. I will be using these great and helpful resources you mentioned here, many thanks for sharing them here. Cheers!

  • Mark Benson, March 15, 2012

    I always effort to work with colors while creating things in Photoshop. I will be using these great and useful resources you mentioned here, many thanks for sharing this post…

  • Traci Culp, April 2, 2012

    The importance of color absolutely cannot be overlooked – great blog!

  • Saso Gjorevski, July 9, 2012

    I am offset printer but i am trying to learn some basics of Photoshop and this post was very helpful to me.
    Thanks.