An XO Sarah Guide to Photoshop

3 hours + 3 videos = Mad Photoshop Skills

You opened Photoshop, took one look at all those buttons, and gave up immediately.

You got past the initial overwhelm, but only know the basics & really want to learn more.

You’ve got some Photoshop skills, but there are things you still cannot figure out how to do.

You know your way around, but feel like there’s a more simple way to accomplish your daily tasks.


As a blogger, web designer, and business owner, I know Photoshop is one of the MOST IMPORTANT platforms to learn. I use it every single day and it’s been a key part of building my business and growing my online presence.

But I also know it can be massively overwhelming. There are so many tools, palettes, and buttons and it’s easy to miss out on important time-saving steps and easy ways to accomplish exactly what you’re trying to create.

I built this course to not only help you learn to use Photoshop quickly and efficiently, but to weed out all the extra crap that you’ll probably never use.


Build beautiful (and pinnable!) blog post images?

Quickly design elements for your website?

Effortlessly edit photos?

And create ebook covers that demand attention??

I’ve been using Photoshop for over 21 years (holy moly!). It took years and years and years of screwing around and searching for answers online before I really learned how everything worked. I was skipping over a lot of tools that would have made my life and my work SO MUCH EASIER! Now that I’ve got it down to a science, I’m sharing everything I know with you.

Intro to Photoshop / 45-minute lesson

Creating a new doc

Overview of most important tools

Overview of palettes

Smart Guides

Creating layers

Naming layers and using groups

Image size + Canvas size

Flipping + rotating entire image

Scale or rotate layers

Snap-to function

Creating new color swatches

Saving files (what type of file to use)

Installing fonts, brushes, actions

Photoshop 2 / 40-minute lesson

Moving layers

Layer masks

Clipping masks

Smart layers

Adjusting the kerning + tracking

Adding ligatures and swashes

Using the layer styles

2 ways to remove a background

Creating actions

Batch editing

Adding text around an object

Repeating background patterns

Adding texture to backgrounds

Creating shapes from an image

Adding a background image to text

Create social media icons

Photoshop 3 / 30-minute lesson

Editing photos

Adjusting colors

Adjusting levels

Changing colors in an image

Inverting colors for icons

3rd way to remove a background

Sharpen images

The two photo background edit

Adding borders to photos

Drawing on photos

3 ways to create collages

Using guides

Creating templates for blog images

Creating a gradient

An XO Sarah Guide to Photoshop is a 3 lesson video course that walks through everything you'll need to build blog images, create design elements, and edit photos. Starting with the most basic tools and concepts and working up to using smart layers for templates and more advanced photo editing techniques this course covers everything you'll need to boost your visuals online and off!


You’ll also receive the Photoshop files used in the course so you can go through the process step-by-step AND a PDF covering all the tools we use so you don’t have to go back to the video to find what you’re looking for!

Your Instructor

Hey, I’m Sarah! I’ve been designing, blogging, writing, and selling online for over 19 years! In that time, I’ve learned that an attractive online presence can make or break a business. I use Photoshop literally every single day and it’s been IMPERATIVE in creating highly-shared blog content (like 30,000 pins on ONE post) and branding + selling all six of my infoproducts. Once you’ve mastered all those tools and techniques, I know it can be super valuable for leveling-up your business or blog too!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course for beginners?
YES! If you’ve never used Photoshop before or opened it once and were completely overwhelmed by all those buttons, this course is for you! I go through tools and palettes slowly, sharing exactly how I use them for my own projects.
Will I learn every single inch of Photoshop?
No, but you will learn a ton! Since this course is geared toward bloggers and business owners, and I don’t want you to have to sit through 10 hours of video to actually be able to put these tools to use, I’m only covering the things that I’ve found to be most important and use on a daily basis.
What do I need to participate?
You’ll need an internet connection and access to Photoshop. You can grab the entire creative suite, a monthly subscription to Photoshop on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, or a FREE 30-day trial if you just want to test it out.
When does the course start and finish?
You'll receive access to the entire course immediately! And since you have LIFETIME access you can work through the content on your own schedule.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days and we will give you a full refund.

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