How To Make Money With Your Photoshop Editing Skills

Photoshop is a highly sought after skill that numerous companies depend on since it has a crucial role to play in digital manipulation and editing of photographs and images.

The software in itself is quite expensive, so obviously it would be great for it to basically pay for itself.

To help you out on your way to success, we have compiled a collection of advice that you can try so you can start making money by using Photoshop.


Photoshop is an image editing software created by Adobe Systems Inc. which is considered to be one of the leading software programs for editing photographs, images and other graphics. Photoshop allows the user to manipulate, resize, crop, change colours and edit digital images and it is a very popular software with professional photographers and graphic designers.

The licensed software suite is quite expensive, especially for the Pro version, costing upwards of $10 per month. Up until 2013 users had the possibility of purchasing the licensed software indefinitely, however Adobe changed this policy.

But more importantly, the true cost of Photoshop is not in the software in itself, but in the time it takes to learn to use it and perfect your skills until it is in fact a marketable skill. Learning the ins and outs of Photoshop can take months, and even years until you have a finely tuned skill set.

But let’s fast forward from that.

Congratulations, you are now an expert Photoshop user! You’ve invested time and money to use this highly sought after and marketable skill; however you are a little bit stuck as far as actually making money with this skill is concerned. After all, the whole point was to make money with your skills, but don’t worry, we’re here to help.

First you need to decide what you would prefer to do. Do you want to be engaged by someone or a company on a permanent basis? Or do you prefer working with multiple different clients across a number of different fields?

Once you have answered these two questions you can then try your hand at working in the following fields

Get A Job At A Fashion Magazine/Newspaper/Tabloid

This is possibly the hardest one to get, but with a bit of perseveration it can be done.

Fashion magazines are in constant need of photo editing because realistically the main reason why they are so successful is because people buy them not just because they want to stay up to speed with the latest fashions and trends, but also because the images look good, are very attractive and eye-catching.

Similarly, newspapers as well as other types of magazines, and even tabloids need photo editing as well, albeit not nearly as much as a fashion magazine but it is still a safe bet.

Plenty of magazines and publishing houses use in-house people to digitally edit the images they will then be printing in their various publications.

The difficulty with getting a job like this is the fact that the magazines and printed press that don’t have an in-house graphic image editor will outsource to a professional freelancer or a graphic design company, which brings us to next suggestion.

Get A Job In A Graphic Design Company

All businesses, be they fashion shops, law firms, private medical clinics, security companies, restaurants (you name it) need graphic design.

Realistically, while people have great ideas for businesses, more often than not they simply do not have the skill set to put them in practice when designing the logo for their new business, the business cards, the advertising, etc.

Every single business out there will sooner or later need graphic design, whether they’re a brand new company that’s just opening its doors and needs everything from a logo to a website to promotional materials and advertising tools, to an established business that is either rebranding itself or making changes to its existing image.

However, if you decide that you don’t actually like having a boss, you can always be brave enough to be your own boss, which leads me to next point.

Start Your Own Graphic Design Company

There are plenty of people who do not enjoy being told what to do and who prefer to do things their own way and at their own pace.

There are also plenty of people whose lifestyles simply do not allow them to have a regular job during regular office hours. And, of course, there are always those who started out in an already established graphic design business but decide they want to set something up for themselves.

Regardless of the reason, if you are willing to make the change and at the same time make the necessary investments to open your own business, you always have the option of setting up your own business.

This obviously comes with costs (the cost of setting up the business it itself and registering it, the taxes, the registration fees, the advertising, etc.) however since you are already a graphic designer and already know exactly what you want, you can do all your necessary graphic design work yourself which allows you to have exactly what you were looking for without having to hire someone else.


Now that we have pretty much covered everything that we can cover by way of graphic design, we can now move on to the next suggestions, which have more to do with independent work and various types of freelancer work.

Join Freelancing Websites

More and more people prefer to either work from home or simply prefer instead of having to do the same thing every day to have as many diverse and challenging projects as possible.

If you are one of these people, or simply want to get more gigs on top of your day to day job because you’re trying to earn a bit of extra cash on the side, you can try signing up on a number of freelancing websites.

Some are free, and some have a monthly, quarterly or annual subscription fee but more often than not the fees themselves are not very expensive and you usually get a 30-day free trial period to help you decide if you want to stay on that website or not.

There are a huge number of websites to choose from and a simple internet search will give you the results you are looking for. Once you pick one or two (or more) freelancer websites you want to sign up for, all you have to do is create a profile, advertise your skills and start getting gigs.

Another alternative to this, if you decide you do not want to join a freelancer website and pay a fee, is to create profiles and pages and then advertise your services through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other forms of social media. You can do this free of cost, however we do recommend you do some paid advertising as well as they are relatively inexpensive (Facebook ads, Instagram sponsored posts, etc.) and they give you great exposure, which in turn gets you business.

Create And Sell Stock Photos

There are countless websites where you can get stock photos, either for free or for a fee.

However, we are talking about getting jobs and therefore making income, so we are just going to focus on stock photo websites where you have to buy the images from.

This type of job is an added bonus if you also happen to have a passion for photography, however even if you don’t and you just have a decent camera, you can take your own stock photography and retouch the images as you see fit, since you also just happen to be a Photoshop pro!

With the great technology we have available to us at our fingertips nowadays, however, you will easily find that more often than not even a good smartphone camera can do the trick so you might be surprised to find that every single one of the photographs in your phone can be retouched and digitally manipulated into a great stock photo.

There are lots of stock photo sites out there, such as iStock or Getty Images that you can then sell your photos to. All you need to do is to sign up and pass a quality test.

Online Shops Photo Editing

With the great advances of technology and the rise in people’s trust of the internet, in recent times there has been a steady increase in the number of online shops, selling everything from fashion to cosmetics, to food to electronics. No matter the type of stock that they’re selling and regardless of the platform they’re doing it on, all online shops have one thing in common.


They all have pictures of the products they’re selling.

Humans believe what they see and make a lot of decisions based on what catches their eye or what they find visually appealing so naturally one of the most important aspects that make any online shop work is having great looking images.

There are online shops popping up every day, and you yourself probably know at least one person who either has or wants to have an online shop so give it a go.


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