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If you enjoy using Adobe Photoshop to edit photos or create designs, you can make money by putting your skills to work, and we’re going to tell you exactly how to make money with Photoshop.
Photoshop software allows you to do more than just photo editing. You can create fonts, printables, invitations, look-up tables (LUTs), and stock images to sell on websites like Shutterstock.
No matter what route you decide to take, you can make money with Photoshop, so let’s discuss some business idea strategies.
7 Ways to Make Money with Photoshop
1. Offer Photo Editing Services
As someone who uses Photoshop, you know that photo editing is one of the most common services you perform with the program.
At first, it may be difficult to find customers for your photo editing service, so you may have to offer your services for a low price. The best way to do this is on a freelancing website. You can upload your portfolio and resume to showcase your experience as a photo editor, and you can apply for freelance jobs all within the site.
Make sure that you describe how familiar you are with editing in case a client is looking for someone who can deliver the exact result they need.
2. Offer Photoshop Presets and/or LUTs
Color grading is one of the most useful features of Photoshop. Color grading is the overall process of editing the image using specific colors, contrasts, saturation, hues, and white balance.
Some clients may not need you to edit all of their images but, instead, prefer to know what color grading you have used in your portfolio. Other clients may have a visual in mind that they want all of their images to follow.
You should showcase your Photoshop presets in your portfolio. This will make it easy for clients to see how these presets look on edited photos.
LUTs are called look-up tables and they are what you will use when you want to change the color and tone of the photos.
3. Host a Photoshop Tutorial Online
This is a great way to make money without having to produce a product, especially if you are limited on time. Editing many digital photos at once can be time-consuming but showing people how to edit their photos using Photoshop can be much quicker.
You can upload Photoshop tutorials on various online learning websites. Teachers who post tutorials on websites like skillshare.com typically make around $200 each month on average. If you are successful offering Photoshop courses on a platform, you can make as much as $3,000 a month.
If you don’t want to use a tutorial website to host your videos, you can use YouTube. All you need to do is set up monetization on your YouTube videos and you can make money from affiliate marketing ads that are played or clicked on during your video.
4. Create Graphic Designs (Website Themes, Logos, etc.)
Business owners need to focus on making money not graphic design for a website or logo to represent their business. That’s where you come in. Some businesses are looking for someone to design various graphics for their business, including logo and web design. If the business sells a product, they may also want you to design personalized graphics that go on the shipping bags or boxes.
You can showcase your portfolio on a website of your own, or you can upload your work on a freelance website. If you want to create website themes but are not familiar with coding, don’t worry. You can hire a freelancer to code the website for the client so that you can put all of your focus and attention on designing the perfect theme.
5. Design Fonts to Download
People download fonts every day on websites like myfont.com. When you host your font to download, you make a percentage of the cost of the download. It can be as much as 70% on some font publishing websites.
Try to post multiple fonts so that you increase the chances of your font being downloaded. More downloads will mean more money you can make using Photoshop.
6. Sell Document Templates and Printables
Templates are a great way to make money with Photoshop. Customers are regularly looking for various templates to download to help them with whatever task they are working on.
You can make a substantial amount of money each month by using Photoshop to create and sell templates online.
Some of the most popular documents that people buy online include the following:
- Invitations and Greeting Cards
Printables are also another great way to put Photoshop to use. Many sellers use Photoshop to create and sell printables on Etsy. Check out their portfolio to see which printables are the most popular, how much they are going for, and what customers are saying about them. This will help you get a better understanding of how to make good money using Photoshop to sell printables.
7. Create and Sell Stock Images
We saved this one for last because this is a basic way for you to make money with Photoshop. Websites like shutterstock.com use edited images in their stock photography database to offer content creators visuals that they can use for the project they’re working on.
To make money by selling stock images that you have created with Photoshop, you will need to be a somewhat skilled photographer who can color grade and perfect an image to make it appealing. Once you have fine-tuned your image, you can upload it on an image hosting website for users to purchase to download.
Just make sure that the quality of your images is exceptional. Image hosting websites often reject images that don’t meet their quality standards.
Before You Go…
If you’re ready to put your Photoshop skill to the test, we recommend creating social media accounts so that you can showcase your work and reach potential customers. You will also want to use a unique hashtag that will set your work apart from the rest. This will also help customers view your work and no one else’s when they click the hashtag.
Keep creating content to host on various websites in the creative market. Staying relevant and uploading quality content will help you make the most money with Photoshop.