30 Fresh Photoshop Tutorials for Graphic Designers

The Photoshop community never-ever fails to amaze you. Its offers a constant torrent of freely available resources, like PSD files and brush sets, and of course, it offers a multitude of tutorials that not only allow you to discover new techniques but will also inspire and stimulate your creativity.

In this fresh collection of Photoshop Tutorials for Graphic Designers we have split all of the techniques into the following categories for easier navigation: Photo Effects & Manipulation Tutorials; Painting with Photoshop; Drawing with Photoshop; Photoshop Poster Design; Text Effects with Photoshop.

Dark, Super-Natural Magic Figure with Fire Element

Dark, Super-Natural Magic Figure with Fire ElementThis is an intermediate tutorial, were you will be shown how to create a Dark, Super-Natural Magic Figure with Fire Element using some tricky techniques such as masking and drawing vexel hair.
Dark, Super-Natural Magic Figure with Fire Element →

Stunning Product Shot Using Professional Lighting Effects

Stunning Product Shot Using Professional Lighting EffectsThis tutorial is essentially a combination of gradients, textures, masking, brushes, and adjustment layers. However, you’ll see when following along with this tutorial how it’s the building up of these aspects which leads to the great results.
Stunning Product Shot Using Professional Lighting Effects →

Undress a Giraffe

Undress a GiraffeHave you ever wanted to know what a Giraffe looks like without its spots? If so, this tutorial is for you, you pervert! In this pretty cool tutorial you can learn the techniques of undressing a giraffe (?) by removing its spots. You will then be shown how to turn its spots into an outfit that will be draped over an ironing board.
Undress a Giraffe →

Realistic Crack Effect on a Face

Realistic Crack Effect on a FaceWith this tutorial you will learn an easy way to add crack effects to your images. It is split into 9 easy-to-follow steps, with some basic Photoshop features carefully explained and all you will need are a couple of textures and some brushes.
Realistic Crack Effect on a Face →

Beautiful Surreal Night Photo Manipulation

Beautiful Surreal Night Photo ManipulationThis intermediate and detailed tutorial will guide you through all of the steps to meticulously create a surreal night photo manipulation. The tutorial may seem long (it can be completed within 1-2 hrs), but it does describe each and every tiny detail meticulously.
Beautiful Surreal Night Photo Manipulation →

Intricate Mythological Statue Photomanipulation

Intricate Mythological Statue PhotomanipulationIn this Photoshop photo-manipulation tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a stock image of a person, turn them into a statue using various texture mapping methods, and then how to superimpose this statue into an incredible scene. You’ll see how to handle various stock images of various colors and lighting, as well as how to work with a variety of manipulation techniques.
Intricate Mythological Statue Photomanipulation →

Fictional Arctic Snow Frog in Photoshop

Fictional Arctic Snow Frog in PhotoshopIn this tutorial you will combine several stock images and effects to create a fictional arctic snow frog in Photoshop.
Fictional Arctic Snow Frog in Photoshop →

The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland

The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland →

Abstract Heart Surreal Photoshop Tutorial

Abstract Heart Surreal Photoshop TutorialIn this surreal Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn the entire work-flow from start to finish of creating an incredible surreal abstract artwork. Starting with just a single photograph, you’ll learn how to apply adjustments to bring it into an easily workable color scheme, as well as then using the pen tool to create amazing surreal shapes.
Abstract Heart Surreal Photoshop Tutorial →

Surreal Bubbles

Surreal BubblesIn this tutorial you will be shown how to create this beautiful composition and also be shown the technique to create those fantastic surreal bubbles and the realistic reflections on the water.
Surreal Bubbles →

Milk Monster and Chocolate Splash

Milk Monster and Chocolate Splash
Milk Monster and Chocolate Splash →

Painting Figures with Liquid

Painting Figures with LiquidIn this photo manipulation tutorial you will learn how to create a figure that appears made from water, working from a stock photograph, using basic blending tricks, including painting lighting and shadow, and setting up a focal point with a gradient.
Painting Figures with Liquid →

Making of the Rest

Making of the Rest
Making of the Rest →

Painting “The Nightmare” in Photoshop

Painting “The Nightmare” in PhotoshopLearn how to create this beautiful painting in Photoshop with this tutorial, you will be shown the full process from the sketching techniques to the shading techniques.
Painting “The Nightmare” in Photoshop →

Ancient Egyptian Tomb

Ancient Egyptian TombWith this tutorial you will learn how to create an ancient Egyptian scene using stock images, textures, and some basic knowledge of perspective.
Ancient Egyptian Tomb →

Flowerpot in Photoshop

Flowerpot in PhotoshopIn this tutorial, you will be shown how to create a flowerpot from scratch using several techniques in Photoshop.
Flowerpot in Photoshop →

Classic Electric Guitar

Classic Electric GuitarIn this mostly-Photoshop tutorial, you'll be shown how to draw an electric guitar in Photoshop (with a bit of help from Illustrator). You will learn how to draw perfect highlights and shadows manually using the Brush Tool and the Stroke command. You will also modify basic shapes, give them layer styles and transform them to match the lighting and perspective of our scene.
Classic Electric Guitar →

"Minion" Character From the Despicable Me Movie

Minion Character From the Despicable Me MovieIn this tutorial, you will use Photoshop and Illustrator to create the above cute minion character from the film Despicable Me.
"Minion" Character From the Despicable Me Movie →

Photoshop Poster Design

Vintage Style Swissair Travel Poster

Vintage Style Swissair Travel PosterFollow this step by step Photoshop tutorial to create a modern, clean, travel poster design for Swissair, and then learn how to transform into vintage poster design.
Vintage Style Swissair Travel Poster →

Wild Western “Wanted” Poster

Wild Western “Wanted” PosterIn this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a Wild West (also known as Old West) "Wanted" poster using some awesome Photoshop techniques. You will learn how to roughen and burn edges, how to create realistic nail heads (for pinning up the poster), how to mix different textures to reproduce aged paper and more.
Wild Western “Wanted” Poster →

Enigma Typography Poster

Enigma Typography PosterIn this tutorial you will learn how to create this typography poster called "Enigma", taking basic look into the 3D-Tool of Photoshop, how to texture and stylize your 3D Typography and how to make a shiny space background to create your own space-inspired text.
Enigma Typography Poster →

Vector Style Magazine Cover

Vector Style Magazine CoverThis is a detailed and step by step tutorial for creating the above Vector based cover page design. This tutorial demonstrates effective usage of Photoshop's vector tools and techniques.
Vector Style Magazine Cover →

Superhero Movie Teaser Poster

Superhero Movie Teaser PosterIn this tutorial you will create a movie teaser poster. It will show you how to draw a mask for your character using the pen tool , blend modes and textures.
Superhero Movie Teaser Poster →

Dramatic Abstract Poster

Dramatic Abstract PosterIn this tutorial, you will be shown how to create a ticket stub for the imaginary Design Instruct Graphic Design World’s Fair, which was held in New York City in 1949, using fundamental Photoshop tools and techniques in the process of creating the ticket — brushes, using textures, the Burn Tool and the nifty Gradient Map adjustment layer, just to name a few.
Dramatic Abstract Poster →

Realistic Vintage Ticket Stub

Realistic Vintage Ticket Stub
Realistic Vintage Ticket Stub →

Black and White Abstract Text Effect

Black and White Abstract Text EffectIn this tutorial, you will be shown the steps to create the Black and White Abstract Text Effect you can see above. The main focus of this tutorial is the use of layer masking techniques, plus some interesting drawing skills.
Black and White Abstract Text Effect →

Good Enough to Eat Typography

Good Enough to Eat Typography
Good Enough to Eat Typography →

Ice Cream Type Treatment

Ice Cream Type TreatmentYou will be shown how to realize an awesome text effect using ice cream with this tutorial. The process is simple enough for any level Photoshop lover, and you will be dealing with illustration techniques, and you will also explore the power of layer styles applied to custom brushes.
Ice Cream Type Treatment →

Honey Leaking Effect

Honey Leaking Effect
Honey Leaking Effect →

Retro Postcard with 3D Text

Retro Postcard with 3D TextIn this tutorial, youare going to take a popular retro style of having text with different images within each letter and recreate it. You will need both Illustrator and Photoshop.
Retro Postcard with 3D Text →

Flowing Liquid Stream Metallic 3D Text Effect

Flowing Liquid Stream Metallic 3D Text EffectIn this tutorial, you'll be shown the steps to create the above Flowing Water Stream Metallic 3D Text Effect in Photoshop. The main focus of this tutorial is the combination of water stream brushset and warp tool, plus some texturing practices.
Flowing Liquid Stream Metallic 3D Text Effect →

Colorful Light Text Effect

Colorful Light Text Effect
Colorful Light Text Effect →

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