Photoshop is the tool of choice for most professional designers. There may be other powerful editors that offer similar functionality, but none even comes close to the popularity or have such a massive and passionate community that Photoshop enjoys. It is within the Photoshop community where the apps real power lies. Without the constant stream of freely available tutorials and resources from creatives designers and well-versed authors, learning new skills and techniques would be very difficult.
In this collection of 100 Photoshop Tutorials we have split all of the techniques into the following categories for easier navigation: Painting & Illustrating, Photo Composition,Drawing, Photo Manipulation, 3D, Icon Design, Text Effects and Poster Design.
There really is nothing better than rolling up your sleeves and delving into a new Photoshop tutorial and learning something new. Enjoy!
Painting & Illustrating Photoshop Tutorials
This tutorial teaches you to create a simple model shot and then transform it into a crackling beacon of fire. It is especially useful if you are looking to have some practice with Photoshop’s adjustment layers.
This intermediate-level tutorial teaches you to create a stunning work of fantasy art using Photoshop. While it is not a compulsion, having a graphic tablet in hand will surely be helpful for this tutorial.
This tutorial creates a dark and meaningful image of a fantasy female character. It requires intense painting, and you need to have at least a decent understanding of Photoshop concepts before undertaking this one.
The name speaks for itself: this tutorial allows you to paint a castle in Photoshop. Furthermore, it is supplemented by a 25-part series of video tutorials to help you further understand the concepts of Photoshop.
As most of us must already be knowing, Two-Faced is the famous villain from Batman. This tutorial teaches you to create a digital painting of Two-Faced using Photoshop.
This tutorial helps you to master the art of portrait illustration: forehead, cheekbones, jaw and so on… You will learn to create the human portrait in easy steps using Photoshop with the help of this tutorial.
This tutorial gives you a general overview of how to digitally color an illustration, covering scanning, cleaning, flatting, coloring, rendering, and texturing techniques. This tutorial won’t focus on any specific way to blend or choose colors; it’ll assume you have knowledge of the basics.
You’ll be shown how to create a realistic electric guitar learning a lot of techniques that can help you create complex photorealistic compositions. This tutorial is quite extensive and may take you a few hours to complete.
This tutorial teaches you to create a vintage-looking illustration. It makes use of Photoshop’s Threshold and Color Range tools, and thus, if you are wanting to have some practice with these tools, this tutorial might be apt for you.
This tutorial allows you to create a medieval battle axe using Photoshop.
Cute and scary — the two words generally do not go together, except in the world of Photoshop. This tutorial helps you accomplish a children’s illustration.
This tutorial teaches you how to draw a car from scratch using Photoshop’s awesome drawing tools.
This Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial explains the steps involved in the creation of a psychedelic wizard. You will need to have a decent understanding of Photoshop and Illustrator before taking up this one.
This advanced tutorial focuses on using radial gradients, overlay layers, and clipping mask layers. It does assume you have a good foundation level of artistic skill.
This cool tut will demonstrate how to undress a giraffe by removing its spots and then turning its spots into an outfit that will be draped over an ironing board.
An easy, and very fast, way to create a light painting. It uses a photo of a street on a foggy night and layers a picture of walking figures over it. Nice technique.
How to create a fun, underwater, vector-style illustration. While Photoshop wasn’t originally designed to create these types of illustrations, it does have the capability to produce illustrations that can meet or exceed that of Illustrator (which is the traditional choice for vector illustrations).
With this tutorial you will learn how to paint a J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired scene that features knights, galloping and an awesome battlefield. Awesome!
This tut will show you how to paint a portrait, paying particular attention to the detailed hair.
How to create a dragon from a hamburger. It includes directions on drawing a dragon in grayscale, overlaying the grayscale image of the dragon with parts of the source image, creating the wings, and building the background from the source image.
The whole process of this tutorial is quite simple and won’t take you more than 45 minutes. You start from scratch by drawing a red circle, and then you proceed to fill it in with details from the additional circles and star shape and then onto the textures, light & shadow.
How to make a digital painting – just like the title says. This is a simple and general-purpose step-by-step tutorial.
How to create a detailed vintage TV from scratch using Photoshop’s vector editing capabilities. You’ll start by drawing the shape from scratch and then proceed to add textures and fill in the details.
The idea behind this tutorial was to create a dramatic scene that looked like it is from a movie. By using free stock photos, some simple techniques and basic graphic design rules such as perspective, lighting and overlapping, you can easily accomplish this task.
How to digitally create the character Hellboy from the comic book series of the same name. It goes through each step one-by-one, starting by sketching the figure, then adding the background, and eventually fleshing out the figure.
How to create a fantastic surreal scene drawing by Hatice Bayramoglu. It starts with a simple sketch, then a color palette is selected, and then a step-by-step guide shows how to draw and flesh out the tree and background.
How to create a sort of video-game style image with dragons, fire, smoke, robots and other crazy things.
How to turn a basic illustration into a retro-futuristic artwork. 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.
How to paint a fun scene illustrating a hungry alien in a classic greasy spoon diner. Great practice for taking your digital painting skills to the next level. Like with many other tutorials, you’ll start with a sketch and proceed to fill it in with colors, texture, and light and shadow.
How to use a tablet to create a stunning comic book fan art illustration. It reviews some tips and tricks when working with a digital tablet and Photoshop. The artwork used is a fan art illustration of the Knights of the Zodiac character, Capricorn Shura (Masami Kurumada) that the tutorial’s author drew.
Photo Composition Photoshop Tutorials
This tutorial creates a futuristic photo composition. It makes good use of patterns, layer effects as well as 3D tools in Photoshop.
Speaking of photo compositions, how can one leave horror-themed artwork behind? This tutorial creates a horror movie-themed photo composition using pre-existing resources.
This tutorial teaches you how to create a splashing sneaker effect using Photoshop. Apart from basic Photoshop function, this tutorial also employs certain stock images to accomplish its task.
If you are looking for some practice with the Clone tool in Photoshop, look no further than this tutorial. On the basis of a pre-existing image of eggs, this tutorial makes use of the Clone tool to accomplish the final image of a glass egg.
This tutorial teaches you to create a highly detailed and realistic steampunk style insect. It makes ample use of image compositions, and even though the tutorial itself is easy, many steps are explained only in brief and thus you will need a moderate understanding of Photoshop concepts before you undertake this one.
Another title that speaks for itself: you will learn to design a unique wooden face with a fiery eye and tear. The tutorial requires intermediate level expertise in Photoshop.
Even though the Mayans were wrong about 2012, you can still create your own apocalypse manipulation in Photoshop. Wanna know how? Just head to this tutorial as it makes good use of stock images and textures along with Photoshop brushes to accomplish an apocalyptic scene.
Drawing Photoshop Tutorials
Considering the fact that Leica is one of the most prestigious camera brands, who wouldn’t wish to draw one in Photoshop? This tutorial teaches you how to accomplish the same!
This tutorial teaches you how to create a realistic shoelace using Photoshop. It makes use of certain assets such as grunge and scratch textures.
This tutorial will help you accomplish the creation of an egg shell and egg yolk using basic Photoshop skills.
How to create an imposing mixed-media image using limited shades. You’ll build a visually striking collage-style image using silk and material elements, and a limited color palette. The tutorial explores how to create an abstract feel with the addition of natural elements–such as a horses head and human hair–and experiment with a different grid structure to give the piece its ultimate impact.
How to create an abstract golden circle with a smoke brush set. Along the way, it introduces the use of custom brush sets and the free transform tool, as well as some selection and masking techniques.
Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorials
How to make a digital painting of a futuristic city using a photo of a city. The painting is not made from scratch – the photograph is used as a reference and starting point.
How to manipulate a simple photo scene. You’ll use some simple techniques to give this image a realistic look. While the tutorial uses a particular image, since the effect can be universally applied, you can use any photo for this tutorial.
How to create a powerful and emotional human disintegration effect. You’ll start with a cloudy sky background, proceeding to use images of a person, meteors, light, and splatters to produce the effect of a person disintegrating in the sky.
How to create a realistic laser beam effect. This is actually an abstract text effect with a metal texture and cloud effect. You’ll mainly be using brush options and filter effects to render this laser beam.
How to create a chaotic disintegration effect on a face. You’ll be using an image of a face and a branch, and you’ll also use shatter glass and bird brushes to create this effect, which will be manipulating the face.
How to create an X-ray effect. You’ll discover how to re-assemble the inner workings of a computer mouse using a variety of blending modes to reveal hidden detail. Next you’ll add some distress layers to add interest to an otherwise clinical illustration. Finally, you’ll add some 3D renders to really finish off the effect.
How to create a robotic horse by combining photos together. You’ll learn how to use stock photos of metal parts and overlay them on top of the horse. This technique can be used to make other types of robotic animals.
How to create a night light image using one stock photo, two sets of splatter brushes, and a single texture. It explains the tools, thought process, and techniques used to create the image, getting into specifics only where necessary.
How to create a dark statue photomanipulation using Photoshop and Cinema 4D. It will show you how to turn a photo of a woman into a statue, creating the tentacles in Cinema 4D and adding them to the photomanipulation, and many other techniques for adjusting the lights, the textures and the colors of the final image.
How to transform a simple fashion shot into an eye-catching work that captures power and beauty. The result would suit a wide range of purposes – from an ad campaign to a poster to the cover of your favorite creative magazine.
How to create your very own futuristic artistic portrait. The great thing is that these techniques can be applied to virtually any portrait, meaning you can give yourself a creative self portrait, or even Photoshop the faces of your friends and family to surprise them.
This is an intermediate tutorial, where 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.
This 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.
Have 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.
With 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.
This 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.
In 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.
In this tutorial you will combine several stock images and effects to create a fictional arctic snow frog in Photoshop.
How to manipulate a simple photo into a flooding torrent of a scene. You’ll use some relatively simple techniques to give this image a semi-realistic, stylized feel.
How to design a dark surreal urban scene with Space Brush. Along the way, it will show you a few simple photo manipulation skills that might be useful for your future designs, including some lighting tricks and image adjustment techniques.
How to create a nice unique photo effect from a sketch and your photo. You will use many tools of Photoshops tools. Also in this tutorial you will be able to learn the Photoshop technique of how to use a sketch and combine it with a real picture. The result is a highly unique.
How to create a photo manipulation of a falling angel using a jumping girl photo. You start off with a textured background, you’ll then create the actual background using cloud images, and then you’ll proceed to add the jumping girl photo and manipulating it to look like she has wings and is falling.
When it comes to photo editing, you are often required to rely on Selections and Masks. Thi tutorial explains the process by using the example of a glass, which has an element of transparency to it.
This tutorial teaches you to create a Red Riding Hood themed photo manipulation. Be warned though, this is a premium tutorial accessible only to members of the Tuts+ network.
This tutorial teaches you how to make use of lighning render passes to create a stunning metallic texture skull. If you are looking to learn 3D renders, this tutorial is a good starting point.
This tutorial makes excellent use of Photoshop’s 3D tools to render an image of a cereal box. If you are looking for a fun Photoshop tutorial, you should definitely check this one out!
This tutorial creates a stylistic 3D rendition of a retro-futuristic effect. It makes prolific use of Photoshop’s 3D tools, though the tutorial steps in themselves are not as well laid out as those that you’d find on PSD Tuts.
Icon Design Photoshop Tutorials
This tutorial employs shape layers, brushes and layer styles to create a camcorder icon.
This tutorial teaches you how to employ Photoshop’s light and shadow tools as well as layer effects to create a realistic app icon.
If you are into vector editing, this tutorial might prove useful for you: it teaches you how to use Photoshop to create a cool radio icon.
Ah…Gameboy! Sweet memories! Don’t worry, you can relive those memories by creating a retro Gameboy icon in Photoshop with the help of this tutorial.
This short and simple tutorial teaches you how to create a headset icon using Photoshop.
Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials
Who does not wish to add some spice to their letters? This tutorial helps you accomplish just that using the Pen tool in Photoshop.
This tutorial teaches you how to create a text effect in Photoshop with a, well, hipster effect. It is a good beginner-friendly tutorial and is definitely worth a look.
How to create a slick futuristic Tron-style light effect. It’s a beginner/intermediate tutorial, and it will take you about 45 minutes to do. After starting with a black background, you’ll create a texture and make it the background–along with adding a subtle gradient–and afterwards you’ll drop in the logo and proceed to create the neon light effect.
Distortions can be used to give a unique look to your image and this tutorial teaches you how to do it.
This tutorial teaches you how to make use of layer styles, patterns and brushes and create a baseball-style text effect.
This tutorial explains the process of adding abstract geometric designs as a text effect in Illustrator.
This tutorial teaches you how to create a blood-like text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.
This tutorial explains the process of combining Photoshop filters, brushes and vector shape and helps you create a stitched Denim text effect.
This tutorial helps you create a stylish ornament typography and then apply a chalkboard effect to it using both Illustrator and Photoshop.
This tutorial uses the Filter Forge plugin to create a knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop.
This tutorial creates a simple furry text using basic filters and tools.
This tutorial uses Layer Styles to create a lightbulb inspired text effect in Photoshop.
How to create a unique break-apart text effect with an urban background. The text itself is made up from a wooden texture, along with some particle brush effects. You will be using techniques such as layer blending options, warp tool, image adjustments, and some paintings with custom brushes. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps may be tricky.
How to create building-shaped typography using photos that you have taken yourself – or a photo of the Nairobi skyline that the tutorial provides. You’ll stretch the photo to a perspective and use repeating textures to draw and create the shapes for the letters that look like buildings.
How to create a custom stitched text effect for an iPad wallpaper. You’ll first create the background texture, then the actual background, and afterwards proceed to create the actual text in a stitch style.
How to create an exploding light text effect. You’ll use a thick heavy font with portions that are corroding and breaking apart with various explosions, and you’ll use some dramatic lighting to punch it up a bit.
How to create a smashing composition text using the words “creative block” to figuratively smash creative block with this effect. This effect could be used on a variety of design projects.
Poster Design Tutorials
This tutorial shows how to create the shine effect employed in Avengers poster. It makes use of Layer Styles and the Brush tool in Photoshop.
This tutorial creates an old-school style horror movie poster.
This tutorial creates the Superman Man of Steel movie poster using Pen tool and certain textures.
This tutorial creates a Judge Dredd badge design. First up, it constructs the pieces using Illustrator’s Pen and Pathfinder tools, and following that, it uses Photoshop to give the badge a metal-like appearance.
This tutorial creates a Dark Knight Rises stencil and spray effect using basic filters and some brushes.
How to manipulate serif type in your design work to design a classic serif poster. Graphic designer golden rules tend to be: the message must be clear, the color must have some harmony and the text needs to be balanced and readable. But sometimes, in order to create something different or something that stands out, you need to take those rules to the limit, mix them up, or even break them. That’s what this tutorial is all about.
How to create a striking vintage-style poster design inspired by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s journey into space. You will combine stock photos, textures and brushes with blend mode techniques and filters.
How to create a wallpaper using cool 3D text as the main design element. Since adding 3D features, Photoshop can now be used to create 3D objects and effects, which is what this tutorial focuses on – rather than relying on a separate 3D-rendering application.
How to create a nature poster using stock images, vectors and brushes. A floral vector pack, paper texture, dry earth, and pictures of a girl, parrot, branches, bonsai, and splashes will be used to create a collage of a dynamic nature poster.