In this article tripwire magazine provides you more than 60 Photoshop Tutorials on digital photography. You’ll find an assortment of high quality illustrated tutorials that deal with applying post-production techniques and effects, color correction, enhancement and photo retouching.



Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for digital-image editing and graphics creation. Photoshop’s versatility makes it a popular choice among Web designers, graphic designers, digital media artists, print designers, photographers and other professionals in design and image-editing. Photoshops versatility is certainly a strength for the experienced designer but if you’re new to Photoshop or just want to use functions for the first time you may fell like you have been put in the cockpit of a huge Airbus. Getting it off the ground requires skills and experience….Photoshop is really hard if you want to do the fancy things so why not learn from it by following some of the tutorials in this article.

section 1: Photo- and Picture Editing and Processing

section 2: Photo Effects

section 3: Text Effects

section 4: Buttons, Logos & Menus

Make sure that you have time to take a look at some of the other Photoshop articles by tripwire magazine.

Photoshop Tutorials, Photo- and Picture Editing and Processing

Selecting & Extracting Hair – Masking Tutorial – Extraction Tips
One of the most challenging montage or masking jobs in the profession of post-production editing is the hair lift. When the model has long flowing hair and the subject needs to change location many post-production artists call in sick.


Change Hair Color Photoshop Tutorial
Learn a method of retouching a subject’s hair color via this excellent Photoshop tutorial.


Flaming Hair
Tutorial with some simple brushing techniques, and a bit of color tweaking, you can spice up your photo.


Photoshop tutorial and Post-producted glasses
To save your time think to photo retouch especially frosted glasses.

Post-producted glasses

3D Ice Cube
In this tutorial we’ll try to build a realistic 3D ice cube. Usually this kind of stuff is done with the help of some 3D software like Maya or 3DMax, still we’ll try to use Photoshop tools to do the work.


Create a Realistic Torn Paper Effect
Torn paper is one of the key elements to achieving the distressed / collage look. This tutorial covers a few simple steps in Adobe Photoshop to create a realistic looking torn paper effect taking you on your way to Destroying the Web 2.0 Look.


How to use Photoshop to create Product Box?
How many times you wanted to create cool product box for some of your products? Sure, there are many ways, and with new Photoshop you have even more options to create boxes.


Alienize: Transform a person into an alien
In this tutorial is written how to create a very cool looking alien using Adobe Photoshop. Grab a picture of someone and get ready to alienize it.


reating a 3D effect with image editing software
Here’s how to make a neat effect to make it look like the subject of a photo is popping out of the background. This can be done with GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) or Photoshop.

Creating a 3D effect

Give Your Photos a Retro Comic Book Effect
How about a fun effect for your incredibly boring photo albums? Creating a old comic book effect for your photos is easy and the results are visually appealing. More fun is achieved when adding captions to your photos using comic book fonts and design elements.


Beautiful lighting FX effect in Photoshop
This tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful lighting effect on scatters by using Photoshop. Keep in mind that I only provide the basic guidelines to creating this type of effect. There are tons of possibilities if you spend time to play with the settings and keep your creativity wide open.


Space and Planet Tutorial
The techniques below will show you how to create an image similar to the final result I have obtained below although the image below took 3 hours to paint with alot of fine detail work, you will still get the idea.


Devil’s Eye
Some eyes are just too pretty, but I bet some of you would change that if you could. I am going to try to explain how to make eyes look more sinister, And remember this is coming from a begginer,so bare with me. Photoshop CS2.

Devils Eye

Creating a Mac-Type Background in Photoshop
This tutorial is about making a “mac” style background. You can use these in all sorts of situations, including the obvious – your desktop as well as part of your designs or for corporate work (powerpoint presentations, flash work etc). Naturally you wouldn’t want to use this exact set of steps, but following them will give you a good idea of the technique.


Water Drops
So simple, and realistic, these water drops (and optional ice drops) are also simple to do anywhere, anytime.


MP3 Player Design
In this tutorial you will learn how to design a product in Photoshop. The product is a RCA Lyra X3030 portable media player. Although the chances are, you are thinking “why would I need to make it?”, the reason for this tutorial is to teach people the techniques used for mocking up a product design.


Displacement Water
Creating a realistic water surface in Photoshop is quite a challenge because it is the distorted reflection of the surroundings that makes the water look liquid. The displace filter is an excellent tool for making this distortion.

Displacement Water

Quick and Effective Facial Photo Retouching
Here’s another method for quick and easy facial retouching.


Awesome Photo-Realistic Coloring Techniques
Learn the basics of coloring techniques via a practical example (coloring the hair of a black-and-white photograph) in this wonderful Photoshop tutorial.


Super-Fast and Easy Facial Retouching
In this tutorial, you’ll learn a method for hassle-free and speedy facial retouching.


Image Retouching: Advanced Skin Softening
Learn a method of removing skin blemishes by softening the skin using the surface blur filter in Photoshop.


Improving the Quality of Photos
Improve the look of your photos by playing with some simple Photoshop techniques.


Fake Model Photography
With a very little effort, you can take existing photographs of everyday scenes and make it look like they’re actually of miniature models.


Reflective Bubbles
For my most recent work I wanted to create bubbles that would reflect my subject in a believable yet magical way.

Reflective Bubbles

A movie-effect with Photoshop
This tutorial explains how to turn your photo into the movie-like image using Adobe Photoshop.


How to Stitch Photos in Photoshop
Learn a method of stitching together two photographs using Photoshop.

How to Stitch Photos in Photoshop

Removing Objects From Photos
Learn the basics of removing objects you don’t want to be seen in your photographs by following along in this Photoshop tutorial.


Visual effects in the style of 300
Here’s a little Photoshop guide to mimic the 300 style. The effects could also be applied to video in After Effects with a similar setup.


Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph
Add dynamic lighting to a photograph to make it pop in this Photoshop tutorial.


Bringing a Stone Statue to Life
Learn how to take a stone statue and alter it to look life-like.

Bringing a Stone Statue to Life

Getting a Grip on the Vanishing Point Filter
Learn how to use Photoshop’s vanishing point filter to extend certain areas in the photograph.


4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop
“In this tutorial I will be demonstrating some quick, easy methods for adding drama and/or interest to your shots. As far as I know, these methods should work for both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.”

Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop

Photoshop Tutorials, Photo Effects

Faking HDR in Adobe Photoshop
This HDR tutorial shows quite easy way to fake HDR foto in Photoshop. You don’t need to shoot into RAW or take photos with different exposure – one JPEG is enough. If you can work with masks in Photoshop, you have an advantage. Part of tutorial is HDR action for download.

HDR Photoshop

How to Make Digital Photos Look like Lomo Photography
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to apply the “lomography” effect to your digital photos.

How to Make Digital Photos Look like Lomo Photography

Photoshop HDR tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to create true HDR using bracketed exposure and Photoshop for post-production.


Black and White with a Splash of Color
In this tutorial, you’ll see a method for the selective coloring of a black-and-white photo.


Hand-Colouring a Black-and-White Photo in Photoshop
Learn a method of manually coloring a black-and-white photo in Photoshop.


Exposure blending tutorial
Create an HDR photo by blending exposures with this Photoshop tutorial.


HDR-Style Results Using Layers in Photoshop
Learn how to achieve HDR results in Photoshop using bracketed exposures during the production process and then Photoshop layers afterwards.


Vignette 2.0
Give your photos a natural-looking vignette effect by following along in this Photoshop tutorial.


How to Use Photoshop’s Lens Blur Tool for Tilt-Shift Fakery
Tilt-shift lenses are expensive and not very versatile. Save some money by checking out this Photoshop tutorial on how to fake tilt-shift photography.


Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes
Here’s another method for faking tilt-shift photography.


The Tilt-Shift Miniature Fake Technique
This tutorial walks you through the basics of picking a subject for the tilt-shift effect and using Photoshop’s blur and gradient tools to fake it.


Using the HDR Feature in Photoshop CS2/CS3
This thorough tutorial walks you through the basic concept of HDR photography and how to use Photoshop to make your photographs pop.

Using the HDR Feature in Photoshop CS2-CS3

How to Create Professional HDR Images
Here’s an excellent (and very popular) tutorial on creating high dynamic range (HDR) images; the author focuses on realism instead of going overboard with the application of HDR.

How to Create Professional HDR Images

Quick Fix for Cluttered Backgrounds
Cluttered backgrounds can be a distraction from the photo’s subject. Here’s an introductory-level tutorial on reducing visual clutter in the background of a photograph.


Photoshop Tutorials, Text Effects

Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text
Take typography one step further by having text falling from the sky in a burning inferno. Yes, this is the text-on-fire tutorial to end all tutorials. It uses a little Illustrator for the text and a lot of Photoshop to burn up the screen!


Plastic Jelly Style
In this tutorial we’ll be using layer styles to make a plastic-gel type style that you can easily apply to text and shapes. You can download the PSD file from the link at the bottom of the tutorial to just copy+paste the styles.


3D typographic effects
Photoshop is an astounding post-production tool – and here Nik Ainley of Shiny Binary shows you how to add the wow factor to 3D text using Photoshop’s art tools.

3D typographic effects

Smooth Glass Type
Here’s a quick way to create some nice looking translucent glass type that’ll work great on any background, made completely with layer styles.


Buttons, Logos & Menus

Glossy-Style Carbon Fibre Navigation Set
This is a kind of glossy, carbon fiber navigation set.


Eye-Popping Banner Ad Tutorial
Nobody clicks on them, but they still exist. This tutorials shows how you can create iPod nano Ads with Photoshop.

banner add

How to Design Mini Icons
Numbers of people have asked me how to design my popular Mini Pixel Icon pack. In fact, they are relatively easy. All you need is just some basic Photoshop skills.


100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Seal/Badge Photoshop Tutorial
In this quick Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to design a sweet-lookin’ a golden badge, pretty much like this one I’ve designed below. For this tutorial I’ve used the example ‘100% satisfaction guaranteed seal/badge.


Designing a Safety Icon

This tutorial covers some very interesting tricks to create an icon.


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