This is a massive collection of tutorials showing you how to create amazing Photoshop effects.
It is amazing what you can do in tools like Photoshop. In most cases, learning new techniques and skills is essential even though it is from a tutorial that is not directly related to the type of designs you typically do.
Many Photoshop effects can be used all round and you will simply extend your “personal toolbox” when you investigate how other Photoshop user suggest a specific task to be done. It may be that you have your own way to do Photoshop effects…but it is also likely that it your results will improve if you look some experts over the shoulder by scanning or following these Photoshop effects tutorials.
I did not add all the Photoshop effects tutorials I know of here as the collection would be too large. Please note: We just updated and checked all links in this article.
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Photoshop Effects Index
- Light and fire Photoshop Effects
- Perform Photo Manipulation and Retouching
- Image Enhancement and Correction Techniques
Light and fire Photoshop Effects
Photoshop effects can be used to add awesome light and fire to your creations. This is really useful in many different design situations and in particular light effects in web design.
In this quick tip tutorial, you will learn how to create light leaks and lomo effects for you photos using actions in Photoshop.
In this tutorial you will lean an easy, and very fast way, to create a light painting in Photoshop.
This tutorial shows how he turned a basic illustration into a retro-futuristic artwork in Photoshop. You’ll use the Marquee and Pen tools to create various forms, and generate atmosphere with glow effects made using Adjustment layers and Layer Styles. You’ll also use motion blur for a dynamic feel.
This tutorial will show how we can create an impactful disco party poster. There are some new methods in making lighting burst and streak effects. We will also touch a little on using the settings in Brushes Panel, so let’s check it out!
Learn to create a hot face explosion in Photoshop
It basically mixes some techniques from tutorials like Magic Lighting Effect, Amazing Photoshop light effect in 10 Steps, and the latest Create the MSNBC header effect.
Apply some pretty cool light effects to cars or other objects.
A smokey light effect complete with glowing particles.
This tutorial will teach you how to recreate the Retro Cosmic designs made popular byJames White of Signalnoise. All you need is a copy of Photoshop and some time on your hands. In this particular example we’re going to create a retro cosmic rainbow but the techniques explained can be used in combination with any shape and colour.
This tutorial will show you how to create a digital bokeh effect in Photoshop. The process is very easy and we will be using the super powerful Brush Engine, one of the coolest things in Photoshop.
This is very close to the amazing effects seen in the movie.
In this tutorial, we’ll go through all the steps of creating a flaming skull in Photoshop.
Lighting effects can make or break any digital artwork. When done properly, lighting can add visual impact, draw the viewer’s eye, convey depth and emotion, and tie together all the elements of the piece for a quality finished result. However, achieving brilliant lighting is not always an easy task, particularly for newer digital artists. Perfecting contrast, color variation, sharpness and depth will help make your digital art more enticing.
In this tutorial, I thought I would show you a simple process of manipulating a image with lighting effects and incorporating brushes too. This tutorial will bid you a step by step guide on how to achieve the illustrated outcome.
In this photoshop text effects tutorial artist will teaches you how to create this beautiful slow shutter text effect.
On this tutorial, you’ll manipulate a picture so it looks like a woman burning in flames. The idea behind this manipulation was to create a nice looking illustration, only by using simple techniques and tools such as the Brush tool and Warp command.
Fake an image of a burning man in Photoshop with these flaming brilliant techniques from Fabio Sasso
This Photoshop text effect tutorial show you trick that you can use to give your text a scorching reality.
In this tutorial, we’re going to create some really sharp-looking glow effects using a combination of layer styles, the Pen Tool and Color Blending. The end effect is quite stunning and hopefully you’ll pick up some tips you didn’t know before.
How to create a glowing Lightbulb in Photoshop
This tutorial will teach you how to come up a cool glowing effects on your artworks
This tutorial will show You how to place a fire on someone’s hands
Here’s a great effect that will bring some energy to your subject. We’ll be wrapping this singer’s arm with a glowing beam of light, adding sparkles, and adjusting the colors to make it all seem magical.
This photoshop effects tutorial will take you through the creative process of making intriguing light effects and applying them in your work
In this tutorial, we are going to create a basic typography artwork with neon effect and some cool lighting background to give the neon text effect and a suitable environment around it.
In this tutorial, German artist Andreas Preis explains some of the techniques he used in his Life series of illustrations, which combine beautifully hand-drawn illustrations and digital techniques.
There are plenty of ways to create a Watercolor Effect in Photoshop. Some are very cheesy and you can easily tell that a simple filter has been used. In this tutorial, we will be using Layer Masking. It is one of the most fascinating and powerful Photoshop method, to use layer masks in your designs.
If you’re looking to create a really nice photo manipulation, often you will have to combine several photos and apply a few effects to get your desired look. In today’s tutorial I decided to combine a few photos that I took while I was traveling to create a devastating tornado consuming everything in its path.
This tutorial will show your the techniques to give almost anything a liquid or frozen fluid effect
How to easily add a realistic water reflection to any photo.
In this tutorial we will be learning how to create a severed arm with fleshy stumps and strings of sinew. This will be created by using some basic Brushes and Layer Masks
How to make skin look cracking and peeling
How to create a very cool looking alien using Adobe Photoshop
This tutorial will show how to create a fantasy book scene. We will be using various advanced Photoshop techniques to make the composition as realistic as possible.
Learn how to add cool Energy Spheres in Photoshop
This tutorial is about creating a fantasy illustration using some dragon images and a few cliffs for creating the land. We also add lava and fiery effects. So, let’s get fired-up for this one!
Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial showing how to create splashing milk photoshop effects
In this photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to mash up a series of photos in a highly creative poster based on a famous painting from the 1800?s
How to create a cool paint splashing effect in photoshop
This photoshop effects tutorial will teach you how you how I created a fantasy photo manipulation called “You Can Not Frost The Time” with using several Photoshop tools such as Color Range, different blending modes, and more.
Tut will show you a quick and easy way to make a realistic stone texture with the help of the Liquify Filter.
In this tutorial, it is going to teach you how to make a nice fragmented golden phone. Firstly, you need to prepare a mobile phone image. And then you can start the add some nice photoshop effects. You can also use the same idea for other images.
Vector graphics design is one of the leading styles for print magazines and in titling of movies right now. In this tutorial, we are going to cover the entire body of a woman with stock vector art by employing some of the basic tools and blending options in Adobe Photoshop. We will also need Adobe Illustrator to open the vector files and to provide a source for importing the vectors into Photoshop.
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, we’re going to look at how to easily create a Photoshop puzzle effect, allowing us to turn any photo into a jigsaw puzzle! Or at least, we’ll be creating the illusion that the photo is made up of small puzzle pieces, although I suppose you could print the photo afterwards, cut around all the pieces with scissors and make an actual puzzle out of it, but as I like to say, why fumble around with reality when faking things in Photoshop is so much easier.
How to use a variety of filters and techniques to produce an image in an experimental style.
In this tutorial we are going to practice some amazing Photo effects using Wacom tablet. Of course you will be able to do it with PC mouse. But graphic tablet will save you a lot of time.
In this Photoshop tutorial I will be walking you through the making of an interesting art piece, “The Eye, the Key of the Soul.”
Turn human eyes into devil eyes.
Learn how to add drama or a cinematic quality to a regular portrait photo.
In this tutorial we will take a photo and use different color adjustments and something like pattern floral brushes to make it better or to make a different mood to our picture.
Learn how to make the model in this tutorial more suggestive with awesome curves
This tutorial will show you how I used several floral stock images and Photoshop brushes to compose a fantastic abstract composition.
Here is a tutorial where you will learn how Create a Cute Green Apple by manipulating some photos.
One of the most difficult part for drawing a portrait is drawing eyes, but it is so difficult. This tutorial will illustrate you step by step to draw a human eye from drafting
How to take a stone statue and alter it to look life-like.
Whatever you imagine, you can use manipulation to create. This tutorial will show you some tactics to do that. You can use the same idea to implement.
This tutorial will be taking you through the steps to create a rendering of a car. It will take you from initial sketch to this stylized polished off piece suitable for a presentation. The time taken to complete such a rendering depends on the complexity and the level of detail on the car. This particular one took me about an hour.
In this Photoshop Tutorial, you’ll learn how to design an old vintage radio using simple shapes, gradients, patterns and textures.
The use of colourful vector art is a great way to create an accessible and friendly webpage. When done well it is possible to create a rich and vibrant art style which will capture the imagination. This tutorial walk you through the basics to get you going on Photoshop CS and newer.
How to tuen a photo into a cool retro pop art photosop effect
This is a really cool and creative tutorial showing you how to create an illustration from existing art elements.
This photoshop effects tut show you how to create a realistic 3D Baseball cap in Adobe Photoshop using the Pen tool, brushes and some nifty tricks.
This tutorial uses a few basic photoshop techniques, masking, color adjustment, liquify and the resize and transformation tools.
There are lots of tutorials on the Web that claim to achieve a realistic tattoo effect. Usually these tutorials instruct the user to import an image they want to use as a tattoo and to set it to overlay. Out of experience I can say that this does NOT look like a tattoo. It looks like…well…an overlayed image.
We all love Photoshop and its effects, but sometimes it’s great to get your hands dirty when creating elements for your graphics. Ink drops can add a creative and energetic element to your designs. This tutorial demonstrates techniques to creatively work ink drops into your compositions.
A Photoshop Effects technique for matching the lighting between a subject and its background.
One of the most disappointing things that can happen to you as a photographer is to have a once in lifetime chance to take a photograph of something and to have the weather let you down. So, instead of luscious blue skies you’ll get grey or dull skies in your image. You can replace the sky in an image in a number of ways. One method I like to use involves the Blend If tool because it avoids the need to make a detailed selection around the area of sky to replace. This is particularly handy if the skyline has trees or other wispy elements along it. The principle of this tool is you blend two layers together conditional on the overall lightness or darkness of the top or bottom layer or you can do it conditional on the lightness or darkness of a color on the top or bottom layer.
Of course, none of these images are really being displayed on the screen, since it’s next to impossible to take a high quality photo of something appearing on tv. It’s all done in Photoshop. An image of whatever it is they want to have appearing on tv is simply pasted into the image of the tv itself. In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to see how it’s done so you can use the same technique with your own images!
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how easy it is to blend photos together using Photoshop’s Apply Image command to give us all kinds of different results and effects. The Apply Image command is one of those features in Photoshop that, for one reason or another, doesn’t get used very often, even by people who have been using Photoshop for years. Many people don’t know it’s there, or if they happened to stumble across it one day while browsing through Photoshop’s Menu Bar, took one look at it, said “I don’t get it” and moved on. And that’s unfortunate, since as we’ll see in this tutorial, not only is the Apply Image command one of the most powerful and flexible photo blending tools in all of Photoshop, it also happens to be very easy to use and a whole lot of fun!
In this Adobe Photoshop Effects tutorial, we’re going learn how to add reflections, or at least, different reflections, to sunglasses. This is a popular Photoshop effect and opens up a world of creative and artistic possibilities depending on who is wearing the sunglasses and who or what you have them looking at.
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how to truly make a picture worth a thousand words by adding a different shadow behind someone in a photo, as if to imply that the person in the photo is one day going to become the image in the shadow. Or maybe they really are the image in the shadow but they manage to keep it hidden from everyone, sort of a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” scenario. Or, as in the case with the image I’ll be using in this tutorial, perhaps the person is imagining themselves as the image in the shadow.
Sometimes, you may wish to create a magical scene as your personal poster. And this tutorial is going to present you how to make a nice one for your image. It mainly includes to teach you adding some special lighting effect and color tuning techniques
Compositing with Photoshop is one part technique and two parts imagination. In the example below, I’ve created a dark and mysterious scene with a young girl paused in an eerily calm storm.
This tutorial is going to present you how to make a nice one for your image. It mainly includes to teach you adding some special lighting effect and color tuning techniques.
In today’s tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create a Greek sculpture using several stock images. We will then discuss how to add blood, cracks, and other elements to give it texture and depth.
The artworks from Avatar and the visual effects from the film were largely considered some of the highest quality and innovative artworks seen in film up until that point, perhaps rivaled only by Star Wars in terms of their ingenuity and use of new techniques for visual effects. The world of Pandora has inspired many artworks and imaginative interpretations
This Photoshop Effects tutorial is going to show you to create a mysterious hollow scene. You may wonder how to create the movie or poster with such extraordinary scenes. This is not difficult, as long as you pick the right images or photos to start to. At the end, you just need to add some techniques to make it to be more realistic.
To create a realistic matte painting, or any artwork for that matter, it is important to understand the properties of light, atmospherics, color and perspective. Proper perspective and use of light can bring out the true scale and depth to any image, while using the wrong lighting or perspective can make the artwork feel pasted together, or make it seem as though it is a miniature model instead of a realistically scaled image.
In this tutorial, we will learn how to manipulate a simple photo into a flooding torrent of a scene. We’ll use some relatively simple techniques to give this image a semi-realistic, stylized feel.
This is a photos combination tutorial about a castle and natural scene of river. Firstly, you have to prepare two photos to start up. After combination these two pictures, Fog, lightning & other color adjustments will be added in order to make it mysterious.
This is a tutorial illustrating perspective techniques and how you can achieve the feeling of depth and motion. We will be doing this in a few steps, such as placing the main character, creating the volume fading away and adding foreground and background images.
This tutorial will show you how to create the disintegration effect using photoshop. Brushes and the blur filter will be mainly involved. It is really simple and you are able to apply this effect into different images by this sort of trendy style effect.
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial Andreea takes us through a very scenic photo manipulation. Using some provided stock images you’ll learn how to manipulate color effects using textures and contrasts, these techniques will provide a platform for creating future photo manipulations and will enhance your skills.
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted. Psdtuts has decided to help raise awareness of the issue by doing what we do best, publishing tutorials. Today’s tutorial will demonstrate how to create a wallpaper for Blog Action Day.
This is an article about Photoshop HDR imaging. The following HDR workflow is explained in detail:
This Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to use a variety of color, lighting, and cut and paste techniques to create a surreal photo manipulation. Combine your creativity with these Photoshop techniques to create your own photo manipulation artworks.
This tutorial will demonstrate how to take an image, in this case a woman’s face, and give the appearance that it is entirely composed of vector shapes. Along the way, we’ll use some fairly basic techniques, including clipping masks and displacement maps, to achieve a unique effect!
In this tutorial, we’ll be creating a photo montage of a demon destroying a city using only stock photos and of course Photoshop. What are we waiting for?
This time will introduce a tutorial about transforming a photo into watercolor painting style. One more special effect you can learn to change your personal photo like a paint. Photoshop functions such as Image, Filter & Blending options will be mainly involved. You can now have more practice with these functions.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to transform a normal countryside picture with a dramatic lightening scene. To complete this, the blend mode and filter functions will be mainly involved. You can also apply the same skill to different environment.
In this tutorial, we’re going to make a creative illustration in a style meant for a video game cover or sci-fi book cover. We’ll create this with mostly photo manipulation techniques. With some cool Photoshop options you can turn all the photos you chose, into one stunning looking explosive cover.
In this tutorial we will be learning some indispensable techniques to use for any type of photo-manipulation. We will be doing this by taking a photograph of a model plane and editing it to to look like a photograph of a WW2 spitfire which has just been shot down and is on fire. The techniques used here are the same for any type of ‘destruction’ photo-manipulation.
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, it will show you how to re-decorate the Posche with fruit skin. This time, orange skin is used for making the skin. Then use the color adjustment plus other special effect to complete this tutorial.
In this Photoshop Photoshop Effects tutorial I’ll show you how to create realistic reflections on water already present in your favorite photographs.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to make some cool edge effects using the power of Smart Objects and Smart Filters in Photoshop CS3.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you a quick and effective way to create a cool photo edge effect using a single Photoshop grunge brush and a series of clipping masks.
Turn a woman into an alien by combining two photos. This tutorial will teach you several photo manipulation techniques for creating scary photo manipulations.
This tutorial will teach you how to create the piece ‘Medusa’ using a range of techniques including photo manipulation.
In this tutorial you’ll gonna take an image of a baby iguana and another of a bat, then combine the two to create a fantasy dragon.
Applying texture to a flat surface, or flatly applying a texture across a whole image (as a means to age it or degrade it) is simple stuff. Realistically applying a texture to an uneven surface is much more hands-on (more so than simply overlaying a texture and changing the Blending mode).
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial you will learn how to create a face shattering effect photo manipulation in photoshop.
Create a human smoke photoshop effect
Tutorial in how to age-progress a person in Photoshop
Cool tutorial on how to use e.g. a golden frame and apply it to a phase as a photoshop effect.
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a digital illustration using just stock images, Photoshop and your design skills. This tutorial can get tricky and is a bit long so some good knowledge in Photosop is a plus. If your a beginner, then you will learn some great Photoshop tips and tricks!
A Photoshop Effects tutorial on how to use lots of vibrant color to create a slightly abstract photo manipulation using pencils and fruit. you will learn how to use the pen tool effectively and also some freehand brushing which looks good.
In this tutorial you will learn how to take splattered paint Photoshop brushes and apply them to the contours of a model’s face. This is a relatively simple technique, which yields excellent artistic results. Let’s get to it!
This Photoshop Effects tutorial will describe how to make a colorful photo manipulation using only four stock photos and a texture background. You’ll look at using the Pen Tool, making colorful rainbow designs, and showing the correct way to pick out stocks to use in our photo manipulation.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to work with a few images and create a really interesting photo manipulation.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to manipulate an alien invasion scene in photoshop.
Meteor impact to earth is always a popular topic to lots of movies. You may also have the same imagination to such scenery. You can create this scene with some images such as fire, and earth, then you can apply some lighting effect into.
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial we are going to create a photo manipulation inspired by Valhalla, one of Mariusz Karasiewicz`s works.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to add a comic book effect to an ordinary photo using a few layers, the Cutout and Poster Edges filters and a few different layer blend modes.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a cool photo effect while you learn a thing or two about gradient masks, and a few stock Photoshop filters.
It seems like cool black and white photo effects are all the rage lately. Movie posters, magazine ads and album covers have all sported this effect with great results. In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create this effect using Channels.
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial you will learn a neat grungy photo effect using a variety of Photoshop filters and image adjustments.
In this Photoshop tutorial we will explore the basic technique and options for creating selective focus without the use of a macro lens or fast exposure and the Tilt-Shift effect created by large format cameras and 35mm cameras outfitted with a Tilt-Shift lens.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create a cool old photo transfer edge effect using a piece of stock photography, an alpha channel and the burn and dodge tools.
In this tutorial, we’ll take a photograph of a person’s eyes and learn to change the color to whichever color we want.
Ever wondered what your nose would look like if it were smaller. This tutorial will walk you through the steps for reducing the size of a nose in a photograph using Photoshop.
Improve your photos with a dramatic gritty bronze effect to make them truly pop though the techniques discussed in this Photoshop tutorial. The tutorial uses a combination of techniques including the utilization of a Curves Adjustment layer.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to achieve the effect of using a Graduated Neutral Density filter to make a sky more dramatic using one simple Gradient layer and the Soft Light layer blend mode.
If you have an image that you would like to correct for color, Photoshop is here to help!
Do you want to change a plain and boring scene into a dreamy and surreal photo? If so – check out this wonderful tutorial on applying a soft focus and glow effect onto your photos using the Gaussian Blur filter and adjusting layer Blending modes.
Greate a cool movie style photoshop effect on your photos
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, we’re going to look at an easy way to give a photo a split toning effect. The term “split toning” means we’ll be adding a color tint to the highlights using one color, and then using a different color to tint the shadows. The two colors you use can be similar, giving you a subtle effect, or they can be complete opposites. It’s really up to you and the effect you’re going for. Whichever colors you choose, split toning an image can be a great way to add more visual interest to a black and white photo. As with most things in Photoshop, there’s several different ways to create a split toning effect, but in this tutorial, we’re going to look at one of the easiest ways. We’ll be using a couple of Photoshop’s adjustment layers, one to convert our full color image into a custom black and white photo, and then another to add our colors to the highlights and shadows. A nice thing about this technique, besides being easy, is that it allows us to create the split toning effect without harming a single pixel in our image!
In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create look of Fujifilm Velvia film, specifically the slight over saturation that has made Velvia so popular by landscape photographers through the years when film ruled photography.
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, we’re going to learn how to colorize a photo using multiple colors. It’s an effect I’ve seen used quite a bit in ads for photo printers and for color calibration software. The idea is simple. Take a single photo, divide it into multiple sections of equal size (usually four sections), then colorize each section using a different color, or a different shade of the same color, to create interesting results.
In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you a creative and extremely effective way to improve an overexposed image by using Luminosity and the Multiply blend mode.
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial I’ll show you an easy way to create that old photo “sepia tone” look in just a few basic steps.
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how to simulate the look of infrared photography in Photoshop. We’ll be taking a look at Photoshop’s Channels palette and seeing how to isolate a color channel as well as how to apply filters to color channels, we’ll be using adjustment layers, specifically the Channel Mixer adjustment layer to adjust how much impact each individual channel has on the image, we’ll be using a few different layer blend modes, adding some noise, and at the end, seeing how to bring some of the color from the original image back into the effect.
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to look at how to give waterfalls a silky smooth appearance, as if the photo was taken with a longer exposure which would normally require the use of a neutral density filter.
This tutorial shows you how to create true HDR using bracketed exposure and Photoshop for post-production.
In this tutorial I will cover the four introductory adjustments that go into a good digital photo. We will be using the Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation and Selective Color Adjustment Layers.
Learn how to achieve HDR results in Photoshop using bracketed exposures during the production process and then Photoshop layers afterwards.
Here’s an excellent (and very popular) Photoshop Effects tutorial on creating high dynamic range (HDR) images; the author focuses on realism instead of going overboard with the application of HDR.
One of the features on the wish list of most advanced Photoshop Elements users is Layer Masks. It is one of the key features that separates Photoshop Elements from Photoshop – but it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to create faux layer masks in Photoshop Elements if you know how – and today, I am going to show you how. One of benefits of this approach to creating faux layer masks in Elements is that it uses features built into Elements and it doesn’t rely on a third party plug-in so it works with most versions of Photoshop Elements.
While there are lots of ways that you can convert an image into black and white in Photoshop sometimes you want to remove some of the color but not all of it. One method to do this, is to use a tool such as an adjustment layer to remove the saturation from the image or to apply a black to white gradient map adjustment. This removes all the color and you can then recover some of it by reducing the opacity of the adjustment layer to show some of color from the image layer underneath. However, when you adjust opacity, the setting is applied to every pixel in the image so light and dark pixels are treated equally. You can achieve a richer effect by using the image as its own mask so that the desaturation effect is applied with different strengths to pixels in the image depending on their relative lightness or darkness.
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