Photoshop is the tool of choice for most professional designers. There may be other powerful editors that offer similar functionality, but none come even close to the popularity or have such a massive and passionate community that Photoshop enjoys and deserves.
It is within the Photoshop community where the application’s real power lies. Without the constant stream of freely available tutorials and resources from designers, photographers, and well-versed, creative authors, learning new skills and techniques would be tough.
There is nothing better than rolling up your sleeves and delving into a new Photoshop tutorial, and learning something new. Enjoy!
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Painting Photoshop Tutorials
Learn how to paint with fire in Photoshop with this dynamic, 13-hour tutorial. This tutorial will help you use levels, adjustment layers, layer masks, and blend modes to create stunning end results that will illuminate your images with fire. All you need is Adobe Photoshop CS3 or more recent versions.
You don’t have to grab an easel to create a beautiful fantasy painting. This Photoshop tutorial will help you get started without a sketch and only with basic brushes. It outlines and clarifies all the steps you need to take to understand digital painting and create beautiful artworks.
Learn how to conjure contrasting images that convey dark and moody atmospheres with The Making of Seance, a Photoshop tutorial. The artist walks you through their brainstorming, as well as the creation of the painting so you understand what factored into their decisions and apply it to your own ideas.
Don’t let your lack of painting skills stop you from creating majestic artwork. This Photoshop tutorial will help you paint a hyper realistic castle picture using a photo and Photoshop tools. This tutorial is a part of the Digital Art for Beginners series, so you can learn more.
If you want to add more fantasy and dynamism to your Photoshop designs, this Photoshop tutorial is a good place to start. While the end goal is to help you create your own version of Two-Face, a Batman villain, you’ll learn a lot about creating multifaceted Photoshop artworks.
This Photoshop tutorial will help you create beautiful digital paintings by taking you through the process of creating a portrait. From starting with lighting focal points, to shading and coloring (and more), you’ll find out everything you need to know to start working on your own fantastic ideas.
If you already have some sketches you would like to digitalize, this tutorial is great! It’ll help you create color-inked line art. All you need is a sketch, and the tutor will walk you through isolation, cleanup, flattening, coloring, and other aspects of digitalizing your drawings in Photoshop.
If you follow all the instructions in this tutorial, you’ll learn not only how to draw a photo realistic electric guitar in Photoshop, but also which tools you can use to create more drawings in the future. The author outlines all the steps precisely and offers helpful tips.
We’ll never stop loving retro. If you’re fascinated with retro illustrations, check out this tutorial! The author will help you transform rough sketches into retro artworks with textures, brushes, shading, layers, and more! This step-by-step retro illustration tutorial is easy to follow and guarantees fantastic results.
Another entry in the Digital Art for Beginners series, this tutorial will teach you how to draw a medieval battle axe in Photoshop. You’ll also learn a lot about matte paintings and producing your own concept art so that your end results reflects the vision you started with.
This tutorial is perfect for Halloween art! You’ll learn how to create this cute and scary children’s illustration in Photoshop by using different pen and brush techniques, as well as shading and layers. You’ll also learn how to give your illustrations a 3D-like feel.
Go vroom by learning how to create an automobile illustration from scratch with this Photoshop tutorial. You’ll need a stock photo, and from there, the author will take you through turning your stock photo into a work of art with layer styles, perspectives, shadows, and other Photoshop tools.
Create an interesting psychedelic illustration and learn about tools you might not have used in Photoshop with this tutorial. The author of the illustration will show you how to use pen and pencil tools, as well as patterns and textures to create an op-art feel. Stay ahead of the curve!
If you already know quite a bit about Photoshop tools like radial gradients and clipping masks, this tutorial is a great opportunity to improve your skills. Make sure you use a tablet while using it! You’ll learn how to create the title illustration with the right Photoshop features.
If you love interesting photo manipulations, this tutorial is a great way to start making your own. You’ll learn how to create realistic photo manipulations like this one that undresses a giraffe and then has it iron its coat. Brush up on your clipping mask and pattern skills!
Is there anything cooler than neon and glowing lights? If you’d like to create interesting glowing light paintings, make sure you check out this Photoshop tutorial. It shows you how to use brushes, layers, and other tools to create similar artworks. It’s easier than you think!
Create a quirky and dynamic vector-style illustration with a little help from this tutorial. It’s best to use a tablet for this one, but you don’t need Illustrator. In fact, this tutorial will show you how to create beautiful illustrations with Photoshop, starting with the sketch.
The Making of Knight is an excellent tutorial if you already tried your hand at painting in Photoshop. This tutorial has the author of the painting explain his process; from selecting brushes and color palettes, to painting methods that make all the elements work seamlessly to deliver a beautiful artwork.
Not only will you learn how to draw dragons, but you’ll also learn how to give them a realistic texture with hamburger texture overlays and other tricks. This is a really fun tutorial that’s going to help you produce more realistic and engaging paintings with Photoshop!
Create a realistic shield with this Captain America tutorial for Photoshop. From sketching and selecting brushes, to using textures and giving different layers realistic shadings, this tutorial will help you create more photorealistic designs in the future. Incredibly detailed and full of useful tips, this tutorial is an excellent choice!
In this tutorial, the artist takes you through their process of painting beautiful scenery in Photoshop. In addition to helping you create similar paintings, this tutorial will also give you workflow tips, help you understand and create seamless compositions, and show you how to spot mistakes in your digital paintings.
If you love vintage aesthetics, you’ll love this detailed vintage TV tutorial, too! The author will show you how to create a photo-realistic vintage TV in Photoshop from scratch (and without using a photo to paint over). You’ll even learn how to create a realistic reflection!
You don’t need a film crew to create a cinematic aerial scene. All you need to do is follow this step-by-step tutorial! You’ll use a few stock photos and the author will teach you which settings you need to use, and how to create similar works.
This is a great Photoshop tutorial, even if you don’t want to paint this particular superhero. The tutorial will show you how to compose a sketch and then turn it into a digital painting; from creating your background, to giving the original sketch a signature digital art feel.
If you want to learn how to paint surrealist scenes in Photoshop, you’ll love this tutorial! It’s incredibly simple and easy to follow. You’ll learn how to use brush dynamics, use gradient palettes, and add the proper lighting so your end result looks fantastical.
How to Create a Stunning Dragon Attack with 3D Features
Get ready to add more action to your standard drawings with this stunning dragon attack scene with enhanced 3D features. You’ll learn how to simulate video game scenery with battle scenes, photo realistic robots, explosions, and more. It’s a great way to improve your skill set!
Transform your standard line art into retro-futuristic digital paintings with the help of this tutorial. The author explains how to use the pen and marquee tool to create a glowing superhero, but you’ll learn plenty of tricks that you’ll be able to apply to other works.
Comic book style never goes – well, out of style. It’s fun, engaging, dynamic, and you’ll learn how to emulate it with this simple Photoshop tutorial. The goal is to create life-like materials with precise shadows, midtones, and highlights, and the author helps you get there!
Photo Composition Photoshop Tutorials
If you love creating a special mood in your materials, take a look at this tutorial! Not only will you create a futuristic composition, but you’ll also learn how to add mood to your Photoshop designs with a variety of tools at your disposal; from filters, to distortions.
You don’t need an elaborate set to create a scary photo. This tutorial will help you get the same results with stock photos and Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use the right light balance and depth to blend the different assets together and get believable results.
Splash effects always add extra vibrancy to photos and designs. If you haven’t used them yet, this tutorial will show you everything you need to know. You’ll learn how to work with different layers, textures, and gradient maps to add a splashing effect to common objects.
Turn a regular egg into a beautiful glass masterpiece with a little help from this tutorial. It’ll show you how to start with a regular photo and transform it into an engaging work of art. You’ll learn how to use the Photoshop wrap tool and layers.
Nothing says retro-nostalgia like steampunk and this tutorial shows you how to transform a garden-variety insect into an interesting steampunk version of it. You’ll learn how to extract parts of other images and blend them with your original image seamlessly so you produce amazing pictures and unique designs.
Create a surrealist painting of a wooden face with lava, metal, and water effects. This is an all-encompassing tutorial so you’ll learn plenty about working with different textures and Photoshop effects. Don’t worry, you won’t have to draw! You’ll use stock photos.
Drawing Photoshop Tutorials
Create a photo-realistic Leica camera from scratch in Photoshop! This tutorial is really fun and takes you through all the basics of photo-realistic image creation with just a single app (and 150 tutorial steps). You’ll learn how to add textures, work with different layer styles, blurs, and more!
Sometimes you just don’t want to use stock photos or take your own photos, and that’s okay! It’s why this tutorial shows you how to create realistic shoelaces in Photoshop. You’ll apply the knowledge you’ve gained to your other projects.
There’s no need to get your kitchen dirty just to take a photo of a broken egg with its yolk inside. Instead, you can turn to Photoshop and this simple tutorial that shows you how to accomplish the same effect without making a mess. No stock photos needed!
Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorials
In this tutorial, the artist show you how they’ve created the painting of a futuristic city. They’ll show you how to work with a photo as a reference and then transform it into a painting, create an atmosphere, and add details to make it your own.
If you’ve been eyeing disintegration effects for a while, this tutorial shows you how to replicate it for your own designs. You’ll work with stock elements, and then learn how to adapt them to fit your desired mood, as well as create the effect of disintegration.
If you love video game visuals, you’ll love this laser beam Photoshop tutorial inspired by Battlefield 3 cover art. Even if you’re not a PS pro, you’ll be able to follow this tutorial. You’ll work with different features to create the effect.
Create a chaotic (but geometrically pleasing) effect of disintegration with the help of this tutorial. From working with shattered glass brushes, to blending the image of the face and creating the effect of chaotic disintegration, this tutorial covers everything! It’s an excellent way to improve your Photoshop skills.
X-ray effects are fantastic at bridging the gap between humanity and advanced technology in an interesting way. And in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to create your very own fake X-ray image. You will also learn how to use 3D renders for the finishing touch!
Photoshop is perfect for fantastical photo manipulations so make sure you check out this tutorial. It’ll show you how to create a mechanical horse with different stock assets, and blend them all together so you get a fascinating end result. It’s detailed and easy to follow!
Learn how to work with different textures, brushes, and stock packs to create a beautiful night light painting in Photoshop. The author offers plenty of helpful advice to help you understand how every step contributes to the end result. You’ll also learn how to blend different assets perfectly.
Art is the language of fantasy, and this tutorial helps you convey a dark and enthralling atmosphere with Photoshop. If you don’t have Cinema 4D, you can simply download the 3D tentacles and then follow the rest of the tutorial to create an incredibly detailed and moody image.
Give your portraits a cosmic makeover with this interesting Photoshop tutorial! This is a great tutorial if you often work with fashion or similar brands that want you to transform images to give them new meanings. You’ll learn how to use adjustment layers, lens flares, and other tools.
Add a dash of futurism to your standard portraits with the help of this Photoshop tutorial. You’ll learn how to work with different effects and adjust layers to create this cosmically futuristic scene. You’ll also learn how to retro-fit paint splatter to create a splatter effect.
If you already have some experience with Photoshop and photo manipulations, this tutorial is a great way to further improve your skills. You’ll create this dark and dramatic scene of a supernatural figure using masking, vexel art hair, and other handy Photoshop features for photo manipulation and retouching.
If you want to improve your product photography editing process, you’ll love this tutorial! It’ll help you create dynamic lighting effects like a true pro. The tutorial walks you through all the aspects you need to understand in order to create similar images in the future.
Create dreamlike and breathtaking scenes with this expansive Photoshop tutorial. The author shows you how to use and blend different stock assets so they create a coherent image. From there, you’ll learn how to create a photo manipulation that’s dreamy and realistic at the same time.
This tutorial shows you how to use different graphic assets to create a fun and vibrant Arctic snow frog manipulation. The tutor will show you how to create a believable background, as well as blend all the different elements together so you get a wonderful image your audience will love.
Transform a perfectly ordinary scene into something straight out of a movie with the help of this Photoshop tutorial that will help you create a manipulation of a flooded city scene. The author helps you use the clone stamp tool and other Photoshop features to create a believable end result.
This tutorial will help you manipulate different stock assets to create dark, surreal urban scene. You’ll use brushes, curves, and a plethora of other Photoshop tools to help you tell a grim story. If you want to create a scene straight out of Gotham, check out this tutorial!
Create a photo realistic image of a falling angel with the help of this Photoshop photo manipulation tutorial. You’ll learn how to work with textures to create a seamless background, blend different elements together, use color balance, and add the necessary finishing touches to create a wonderful image.
Selections are an absolute must when editing photos in Photoshop or creating photo manipulations. However, using them with transparent elements can get tricky. This tutorial will help! It’ll teach you how to make the right selection of the example object (glass) to contain transparent elements and transform it.
Brush up on your 3D render skills with this photo manipulation tutorial. The author will help you work with ZBrush materials and lighting renders to create a metallic textured skull and apply your new-found knowledge to other projects, as well. You’ll also learn how to add steam effects.
Add a 3D effect to your photos by following this simple and powerful Photoshop tutorial! The tutorial walks you through creating a cereal box cover with 3D elements from scratch, but you’ll learn plenty about creating 3D layers in general (even if you’ve never used them).
You don’t need anything but Photoshop CS6 to create highly-stylized 3D illustrations. This tutorial shows you how to use the 3D panel and turn 2D images into photo realistic pictures. You’ll also learn how to manipulate depth layers and use gradients to produce interesting end results.
Icon Design Photoshop Tutorials
Sometimes you can’t manipulate photos – you just have to start them from scratch. So if you’re wondering how to do it, check out this tutorial that teaches you how to sketch a camcorder icon and then make it look photo realistic. The result is fascinating!
If you need to create a realistic app icon from a single sketch, you’ll love this tutorial. The author helps you modify layer styles to create an icon similar to Instagram’s iOS icon. You’ll also learn how to create realistic shadow and light effects.
Photoshop has some pretty great vector editing capabilities, and this tutorial will help you make use of them to create a fun vintage-style radio icon. You’ll work with different textures, the marquee tool, and other Photoshop tools. If you can draw it, you won’t need photos!
If you’re in the mood for a touch of nostalgia, learn how to draw a retro Gameboy from scratch! If you follow every step of this tutorial, you’ll get incredibly photo-realistic results. From manipulating gradients and lighting, to color shifts, you’ll learn a lot!
If you’re fascinated by consumer tech product illustrations (think: Apple), this tutorial will show you how you can make similar images. You’ll draw shapes using the selection tool, and then make them photo realistic. The tutorial also adds helpful tips for each tool you will use.
Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials
If you’re tired of mundane typography and you want to do something out of the ordinary, check out this tutorial. Half of it is done in Illustrator, but you’ll use the Photoshop pen tool too, so it’s a good practice for differentiating your typography.
If your project needs a little pick-me-up, learn how to create a hipster text effect in Photoshop. From duplicating and merging layers, to adding texture and more, this tutorial will walk you through creating amazing typography without wasting hours trying to find the right font. You can make your own!
Create an interesting neon, RAWZ light text effect in Photoshop by following this simple tutorial. In just a few steps, you’ll learn how to transform regular text into interesting and attention-grabbing neon signs with a dash of futurism. Most of your work will be with different layer styles.
Elevate your designs by playing with typography. This tutorial shows you how to create a distorted typography effect in Photoshop. There will be plenty of work related to Photoshop Smart Objects so if that’s something you’ve been meaning to learn, this tutorial will be very helpful.
For fun and quirky designs, apply a baseball-inspired typography effect to your regular text. It’s very photo realistic, too! You’ll use layer styles, patterns, and brushes to create similar images. It’s a great way to see how layer styles can make your images amazing.
Say goodbye to boring typography and give this tutorial a go! This tutorial helps you create an abstract, geometric mosaic text effect that’s perfect for urban and engaging brands. You’ll work with the line tool and the color picker to create awesome typography for your designs.
Nothing says ‘creepy’ like blood, so if you’re preparing some bone-chilling materials, you might be interested in this Photoshop tutorial. It’ll help you create a bloody text effect using layer styles. You’ll also need to download bubble patterns (the link is provided).
Add a dash of friendliness to your standard designs with this stitched denim text effect. It’s great for posters for modern and fresh brands. You’ll work with Photoshop filters, brushes, and vector shapes to create a realistic denim text effect. All you need is Photoshop CS6!
If you’re looking for something more ornate for your next design, take a look at this chalk ornament text effect tutorial. This is a pretty time-consuming one, but it’s worth it because the end results look phenomenal, with plenty of details that contribute to the atmosphere.
There’s nothing like the holiday season! And with this fun Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to replicate the atmosphere by creating photo realistic knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop. It’s perfect for seasonal posters, greeting cards, festive illustrations, and more. Spread the holiday cheer!
Fun and engaging, this text effect is perfect for modern brands and innovative display campaigns. The tutorial will walk you through all the steps you need to take to create your very own furry text; from selection paths and layers, to textures and blending. It’s fun and versatile!
Illuminate your ideas with this light bulb-inspired Photoshop text effect tutorial. You’ll learn how to use and blend patterns and textures, as well as give your standard typography a 3D-like feel so it stands out on the page (or on the screen). Your audience will absolutely love it!
Create a dystopian atmosphere with this unique break-apart text effect tutorial for Photoshop. From using different brush effects and manipulating wooden textures, to working with image adjustments and the warp tool, this tutorial is going to help you set a very memorable scene. It’s perfect for dramatic illustrations!
If you want your typography to appear as a part of the cityscape (i.e. make buildings look like letters), you’re going to want to follow this tutorial. One of the most engaging and trendy photo manipulations, text-shaped buildings require perspective, layers, and other details that this tutorial covers.
Make your designs more vibrant with this tutorial that shows you how to get a stitched text effect in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to create the “fabric,” create and apply patterns, define and adjust layers, and everything else you need to become a Photoshop power user.
There are plenty of ways to get the exploding text effect in Photoshop, and this tutorial explains one of them. With various explosions, a corroding texture, and dramatic lighting, this is definitely a great tutorial for standout designs with moody atmospheres. It’s very simple and fun to follow!
Poster Design Tutorials
The Avengers logo has a characteristic metallic shine. This tutorial shows you how to replicate it so your designs can gleam in the light, too! You will work with layer styles, brushes, and blur. If you want to improve your layer adjustment technique, this is the perfect tutorial for it!
Create an old-school horror movie poster with this Photoshop tutorial. It’ll show you how to work with grungy textures, bold palettes, and color levels to create a thrilling (and terrifying) design. The ultimate result is very true to retro lo-fi horror movie posters you saw as a teen.
Superman’s logo is widely recognizable and the new movie – Man of Steel – made it look even cooler. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to recreate the Man of Steel movie poster – complete with drawing the S, gritty texture, layer styles, and more!
Create your own Judge Dredd badge design with this helpful Photoshop tutorial! It’ll walk you through all the necessary steps; from creating the signature distressed metal appearance, to blending layers. This tutorial also uses Illustrator for drawing, but you can get beautiful results with just Photoshop, as well.
Stencil and spray effects are perfect for urban, gritty atmospheres. If that’s just what the designer ordered for your next piece, take a look at this Dark Knight Photoshop tutorial. You’ll learn how to recreate the signature stencil and spray effect with Photoshop filters and brushes.
Never underestimate serif’s ability to make your designs elegant. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to work with serifs and turn your standard text into breathtaking typography. The author takes his time guiding you through the principles of serif typography to help you create fantastic designs.
Travel back in time to April 12, 1961 and the famed Gagarin Moon landing with this interesting Photoshop tutorial. You’ll work with stock photos, textures, brushes, and different blend method to create a retro, space-themed illustration for your next project. It also works perfectly as a grungy poster!
3D typography is going to be a huge trend in 2021, so hop on board early on! This Photoshop tutorial will help you create believable 3D text, as well as a cool, dynamic background with third-party textures and effects to create an engaging sci-fi atmosphere. This is a great tutorial!
Experiment with collage and make different elements work together perfectly with this Photoshop tutorial. In addition to recreating the dynamic nature scene, you’ll also learn how to blend different elements to get realistic results. This is a must for graphic designers so make sure you check it out!
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