50 Fresh Photoshop Tutorials and Techniques

The PS community does offer an abundance of free resources (plugins, .psd files, actions, brushes and patterns), but nothing compares to the volume of free tutorials that are freely available, and that is exactly what we have collected for you today – 50 Fresh Photoshop Tutorials and Techniques.

As a graphic designer you will never reach the point were you can say “Yep, I know everything, nothing left for me to learn!“. It doesn’t work that way, graphic design is a constant evolution of learning new techniques, knowing latest design trends and all the while staying focused on your own art integrity.

Photoshop is the tool of choice for most designers,there maybe other powerful graphic editor that offer similar functionality, but none of these are backed up by the huge support from the design community that PS enjoys. It is within this community were Photoshops real power lies.

There really is nothing better than rolling up your sleeves and delving into a new Photoshop tutorial and learning something new!

Poster Design with Photoshop

Retro-Space Typography Poster with Colorful Lights

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, you will be shown how to create a stunning and high-impact retro-style typography poster that’s out of this world (literally). You will create the 3D text by combining the power of Photoshop and Cinema 4D, you’ll also learn how to create unique and detailed light streaks that give the typography poster its signature look. Finally, you will add some great textures that will give the composition an “out of this world” appearance
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Colorful Retro Futuristic Poster

Photoshop TutorialsThe theme of retro futurism combines digitally created graphics and abstract shapes with distressed and aged textures, giving that cool mix of old and new.
In the tutorial you will take a look at how to create your own bright and colourful retro futuristic poster with Photoshop, using dynamic lines, vibrant gradients and rough textures to build up the design layer after layer.
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Awesome Grunge Music Poster

Photoshop TutorialsThis tutorial uses a variety of techniques to create a grunge music poster.
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Cool Vector Girl with Wavy Scanlines

Photoshop TutorialsThis tutorial will show you how you can create wavy scanlines using Illustrator using simple steps and bring them into Photoshop to make a beautiful piece of design work, making use of the Pen tool in Shape Layers mode to draw the vector girl.
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Avatar Movie Poster

Photoshop TutorialsThis tutorial shows you how you can create a Navi image from the movie Avatar, with some impressive text and backgrounds, all in just 8 easy steps.
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Grungy Minimalistic Poster

Photoshop TutorialsHere you will be making use of simple yet powerful Photoshop tools to create a grungy minimalistic poster, by combining triangle shapes, textures and lots of blending modes to create what you see above.
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Crank Movie Poster Effect

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Recreating movie poster effects always prove popular, and in this one you will learn how to create the grainy and dark effect from the movie awesome movie Crank.
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Worn Vintage Beach Ad

Photoshop TutorialsIn this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a worn out, low-saturation-colored vintage beach ad in Photoshop, making use of some beginner to intermediate level techniques such as the usage of brushes, editing colors, using filters, masking and a whole lot more.
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Create a Zoomed In Effect in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsThis tutorial walks you through the simple process of giving a zoomed-in effect to your illustrations. This can be used in numerous ways, but primarily for designing instructional visual material.
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iPhone Gift Ribbon

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will be creating a gift ribbon, consisting of various app icons, wrapped around an iPhone. This effect can be easily achieved with the Photoshop Warp transform tool.
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Character and Cartoon Design

Furry Possum in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, you’re going to create the possum (one of the possum brothers) from the animated cartoon-Ice Age. In the first part of the tutorial, you’ll focus on creating the fur coat for the eccentric creature and in the second part of the tutorial, you’ll be creating a dark environment around the possum.
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“Sackboy” Video Game Character

Photoshop TutorialsThis is a considerably simple tutorial on how to paint an animated-like character in photoshop, even though, some of the steps in this tutorials as to where it touches on painting with a brush, relies on you having a good eye for lighting and detailing.
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Confused Pear (Funny fruits)

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Scary Cartoon Image

Photoshop TutorialsThis tutorial will show you how to create a creepy cemetery cartoon scene with Photoshop.
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Photoshop Text Effects

Beautiful 3D Text Composition

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, Joe Moore will teach you step by step how to render beautiful and visually sharp 3d text in 3D Studio Max, render it using Mental Ray, and then combine it with additional visual elements to create an atmospheric, nature inspired 3D text composition using Photoshop. If you don’t have 3D Studio Max, fear not, for a beautiful PNG render is included so you can still follow the Photoshop section.
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Photoshop Grungy Metal Effect

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will be learning how to create a text effect using textures from basic stock images, with the final image resulting in a grungy picture with text being illuminated within the dark.
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Jungle 3D text in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsThis is a humourous Photoshop tutorial that explains how to realize a 3D jungle text effect. The text will be created in Xara3d and you will use Photoshop to texturize the letters using animals’ skin.
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Retro-Style Text Effect in Cinema 4D and Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will learn how to easily create a 3d text and merge it into a retro-style scene. You will use Illustrator for the text, Cinema4D to make this text 3D and Photoshop for all other remaining steps.
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Lost in Space Typography

Photoshop TutorialsYou will learn how to create an easy and super quick text effect – abstract composition with light effects and apply that as a texture of a text, all with Photoshop.
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Funky Retro Wavy Text Effect

Photoshop TutorialsYou are going to create a retro-colored psychedelic background and then apply some funky text. The purpose of this tutorial is to learn how to mask out an image so that it just shows through the editable text, making it friendlier to modifications later on. You will also work with layering textures to create a grungy retro background.
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Photoshop Icon Design

Stylish Media Player in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, you're going to be taught how to replicate Apple's iPod Nano. Not only will you recreate it's signature body form, but also the headphones and put them in a unique setting that makes it pop.
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MacBook Icon in Photoshop


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Design the Apple iPad in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsWith the release of the Apple iPad, we all knew it wouldn’t take long for the first tutorial on how to recreate it would appear on the net… here it is!
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Photoshop Illustration Tutorial

Illustration Using Simple Hand-Drawn Elements

Photoshop TutorialsDrawn elements are certainly something that can enhance an illustration. Even if you're not very good at drawing, you can still create a quality piece. All you need is a good idea and some Photoshop skills.
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Children's Book Illustration

Photoshop TutorialsIn this brilliant tutorial, Photoshop wizard Fabio Sasso puts layer masks and Photoshop’s built-in filters to good use to create a beautiful, enchanting image that wouldn’t be out of place in a children’s book.
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Impacts Tutorial

Photoshop TutorialsThis is a tutorial an how to create simple looking impact effects.
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Hair Painting Tutorial

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Digital Painting with Photoshop

Matte Painting – Cleopatra Queen of Egypt

Photoshop TutorialsThis is a step by step images process with a short description for each of them on how the artist created his artwork called “Cleopatra Queen of Egypt”.
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Rihanna Digital Painting

Photoshop TutorialsThis is not a step by step guide with instructions on what shapes to draw and what colors to pick, but more of an overview of the process for painting a piece like this.
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Making of Portrait of a Magic Warrior

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Beach Girl Drawing

Photoshop TutorialsLearn how to create a delightful portrait from sketch to Photoshop. This tutorial will teach you how to color, shade, and create a gorgeous beach scene.
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Making of Homage

Photoshop TutorialsThis is a homage to Bill Watterson and his creation, Calvin & Hobbes, the artist shares his techniques and will walk you through the steps and settings taken from initial concept to the final rendering of the image.
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Spider Harp

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Create 3D effects

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial Mark Mayers show you how to seamlessly blend 3D models into your 2D composites using Photoshop Extended. You’ll discover how easy it is to roll, rotate and slide complex models within 3D space.
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Photo Manipulation

Never Ending Staircase Illusion

Photoshop TutorialsIn this short tutorial you will be shown how to create a never ending staircase illusion with PhotoShop… textured with wood, stone, grass or what ever you choose.
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Energy Sci-Fi Scene in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsYou will use Photoshop to combine 3D renders with stock images and light effects. This is an unconventional Photoshop tutorial because it is focused more on the process rather then the technique.
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Create a Plane Crash in Photoshop

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will taught how to create a scene with a plane crashing on a mountain, using ordinary images, and with simple techniques you will create an explosive horror scene.
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Create a Fairy Using Photos

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Create a Somber Composition

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will learn how to manipulate stock images and turn them into your puppets to express your desired feelings.
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Dark Melancholic Photo Manipulation Scene

Photoshop TutorialsIn this photo manipulation tutorial, you will be creating a melancholic and enthralling piece using Photoshop. Using several techniques for blending images seamlessly, and the tutorial will cover how to paint realistic lighting and shadows, how to create an effect of a moving sky like it just came out from a long exposure shot, how to make a vignette, how to utilize fill and adjustment layers, and more.
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Magic Lamp in the Old Room, Ghost Girl

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Vivid Flaming Skull Conceptual Composition

Photoshop TutorialsThe aim of this tutorial is to explain the creative process and motivations behind design decisions made while creating a digital art piece. Also, try to steer you through powerful Photoshop tools and commands that allow you to control color balance and image vividness.
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Cityscape Concept Art

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, you will be taught how to easily create a successful piece of cityscape concept art. You'll be using a very basic 3D scene as a foundation for the piece, then taking it into Photoshop for some creative photo manipulation of reference photos, basic painting and adjustments.
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Grungy Style Artwork, Mixing with Great Lighting and Shattered Effect

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, you will be shown the steps taken in creating this Grungy Style Artwork, Mixing with Great Lighting and Shattered Effect in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky.
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EVE Dreams – The Original Sin

Photoshop TutorialsThis is a nice photo manipulation with the theme Eve’s sin. All gathered in one tutorial are some grass brushes, water effects, rain effects, croped images and some light digital painting.
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Create a Stunning 3D Liquid Explosion Artwork

Photoshop TutorialsThis tutorial covers many advanced techniques, , you’ll learn rendering, depth of field, dispersion, photomanipulation, and how to add the tiny details that all combine for a brilliant artwork.
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Realistic Golden Tree or Photorealistic Golden Apples in Photoshop

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Creating a Realistic Torn Photo Effect

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will learn how to take a standard photo of a girl and tear it into pieces using some stock images and some nifty Photoshop techniques.
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Photoshop Photography Techniques

How to give a retro-look to your photos

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial you will use Photoshop to give a retro look style to your photos in 7 easy steps. The tutorial will help Photoshop beginners to understand better how to manage colors using Photoshop adjustment layers and filters.
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How to Create a Serene Panorama from Multiple Photographs

Photoshop TutorialsIn this tutorial, you're going to be taught how to combine multiple stock photos into a single, coherent scenery in Photoshop. You'll start off with a single panoramic photo, and integrate two others along the way. Also, you'll look at ways to make the final result look more dynamic and appealing with a few adjustments layers.
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