Grouped into categories from web design to typography, these Photoshop tutorials will help you master Adobe’s image editing software.
Love it or hate it, Photoshop continues to be the design software of choice for millions designers across the globe for a wide range of tasks, including photo editing, graphic design, typography, illustration, 3D modelling and animation. Here, we round up the very best Photoshop tutorials from around the web covering all these areas and more…
10 Photoshop tools for beginners
One of our own Photoshop tutorials, hosted on the Creative Bloq YouTube channel, introduces the Burn tool. In the easy-to-follow video, discover how to selectively darken areas of an image, with an overview of settings and tips on working with Shadows, Midtones and Highlights.
Another of our YouTube Photoshop tutorials, this short video introduces the Color Replacement Tool, which lets you paint roughly over an area of an image. Discover how to replace colours based on Hue, Saturation, Colour and Luminosity.
This Photoshop tutorial introduces the Content-Aware Move Tool. In the easy-to-follow video, we reveal how Photoshop can analyse pixels and heal unwanted portions within an image.
This Photoshop tutorial introduces the Custom Shape Tool. Choose from a large selection of different shapes and learn how to use various settings such as Fill, Stroke and more.
This Photoshop tutorial introduces the Dodge tool. You’ll learn how to selectively lighten areas of an image. Learn about brush options, Range, and Exposure. Brighten eyes, pick out details, and much more!
This Photoshop tutorial is a fantastic way to get to grips with the crop tool. It’s set out in a step-by-step fashion to help make the process of mastering it even easier.
One of the most popular features in Photoshop has been the Blur Gallery – three brand new filters that allows for photo-realistic depth. Discover how you can use them in your work in this Photoshop tutorial.
Iris blur is basically the opposite of field blur, in which you can blur everything apart from where your pin is placed. Learn the ropes with this simple step-by-step Photoshop tutorial.
Get an overview of the Brush tool in this brilliant Photoshop tutorial. Find out what it can do and how best to use it.
Discover how you can quickly adjust dull skies and improve your landscapes using Adobe Photoshop’s Curves and Adjustment Layers in this Photoshop tutorial.
7 Pro tips and techniques
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to use CS5’s built-in filter effects to add a feeling of movement and power to your images.
This Photoshop tutorial explains how to add a variety of tone and colour effects using the Adjustment Layers option in Photoshop CS5.
Using Photoshop’s CS6 Tilt-shift blur effect, Ben Secret explains an innovative approach to saturation by creating a miniature model village. In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to simulate an exaggerated depth-of-field effect.
Curves allows you to adjust the tonal values in an image, increase or decrease the exposure, or automatically colour correct. This tutorial provides a comprehensive explanation of the Curves functions and how to use them.
Get creative with colour, learn how to create a wider tonal range, and create classic images with added impact in six simple steps! A fantastic Photoshop tutorial to boost your skills.
Learn how to use Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers and S-shaped curves for excellent spot colour results in this Photoshop tutorial.
How to body sculpt using the liquify tool
Fancy mastering the art of airbrushing? This Photoshop tutorial will get you started as it describes how to use liquify for photo retouches.
4 ways to fix problems
Use the Eraser tools to select and delete unwanted backgrounds – or even just parts of them. We show you how in this Photoshop tutorial.
Photography in design can be a tricky aspect. Ten world-renowned designers channel their best advice on how to get the most from your photos using Photoshop in post-production.
Wished you’d taken that shot with a wider aperture? Make it happen in Photoshop using a blur filter and a painted mask.
What is a histogram? How do you fix poorly exposed photos? We answer these questions and more with this Photoshop tutorial walking you through exposure in Photoshop CS6 and Camera Raw.
3 organisation tips
Whether it’s vector experimentation in Illustrator, manipulation in Photoshop or tinkering around with a 3D application, if you make something interesting then why not categorise it, file it and keep it around for later repurposing? This Photoshop tutorial shows you how.
Managing layers in previous versions of Photoshop could sometimes be a struggle. Luckily, CS6 has made some upgrades which means layer trouble is a thing of the past, as this Photoshop tutorial explains.
Experimentation is key to remaining creative (and sane). In this Photoshop tutorial, find out how to create artwork that has a solid foundation, yet still enables you to mess around along the way.
4 bits of graphic design in Photoshop
Making UI elements should be part of every designer’s toolbox. Here’s how to make a cool looking chrome and plastic button in Photoshop.
The introduction of vector shape layers in Photoshop CS6 has opened up a wealth of new possibilities. In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll find some tips so you can make the most of them…
Learn how to merge a few basic images and then mix them in with vector shapes to create a unique editorial illustration. Sound difficult? Actually no.
Learn the techniques needed to fix warped lines and skewed perspectives in Adobe Photoshop CS5. It’s not that hard…
11 ways to bring your images to life
Create out-of-focus highlights from scratch with a little help from Photoshop CS6’s new time-saving shortcuts, in this easy to follow, four-step tutorial.
Master Photoshop’s Free Transform tool and use it to warp portraits of your subjects into comical caricatures!
Get the toy camera look with Photoshop.
Give images the super-distorted fish-eye treatment, then crop and add text to get the look of an iconic album cover.
Use Photoshop CS6’s Color Lookup feature to change colours within an image, in four simple steps.
Using a combination of Photoshop and Lightroom, here you’ll discover a few ways to add frames and borders around your photos. The workflow includes using tools such as Photoshop blend modes, custom brushes and layer styles.
With the help of Photoshop’s stamp and brush tools, we reveal how you can convert your photographs into stunning pencil sketches!
You don’t need a dedicated camera to take an infrared image – you can do it in Photoshop instead. We explain how, in just six simple steps.
Transform a single image into a striking montage of Polaroid shots with this fun Photoshop layers technique.
Fashion photographers used to develop film in the wrong chemicals on purpose to create striking colour effects. Here’s how to achieve the look in Photoshop.
Learn how to utilise Adobe Camera Raw as a creative tool, and add cool retro effects to your shots.
7 Photoshop painting tutorials
In this tutorial Trisme Trs will take you through the process of creating a dramatic digital painting in Photoshop, and show you how to illustrate an eagle and falcon battling it out in the sky.
Freelance illustrator Peter O’Toole reveals how to increase the depth of your images with handmade brush strokes in Photoshop.
Make your painting really stand out by adding a touch of texture to your brush stroke using this simple, quick guide.
Here, you’ll get back to basics and learn from the start how to paint in Photoshop CS5. You’ll be able to get plenty of practise in!
This is a great tutorial to get your images looking unique and artistic. It only takes 30 minutes and is compatible with CS4 and CS5. You’ll be using filters to create this simple, stunning effect.
If you’ve managed to get your hands on a copy of the latest Adobe Photoshop CS6, then take a look at this tutorial. Here, you’ll learn the ropes of the latest features, including the ‘oil paint’ option.
Digital Painting in Photoshop CS6
You’ll already need to have an understanding of Photoshop to follow this tutorial. Here, you’ll learn how to use your tablet for painting and drawing, as well as how to set up your brushes.
3 Photoshop web design tutorials
Roman Jusdado explains how to use light and shadow plus layer styles and masks to make realistic artwork – in this case, a stylish record player app icon.
Want to get involved in app development? It’s certainly where all the action is. In this Photoshop tutorial we create two basic user interfaces for an iPad app and develop them to a prototyping level.
Background textures are an easy way to make colours more interesting. Paravel’s Reagan Ray shows you how to get them on your site using Photoshop, CSS and HTML.
9 Photoshop typography tutorials
Modern artists often use more than one application to create their work. This often means working outside of Photoshop much of the time. In this tutorial, João Oliveira will create a 3D typographic illustration using Cinema 4D to build the 3D and Photoshop for the post-production.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to build and light 3D objects and how to work with layers and different blend modes. And that’s not all. We also take a look at creating glow effects and basic post-production techniques.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to use basic filters and layer styles to create a simple text effect with a trendy hipster look. Cool huh?
Sipi Sager of animhut shows you how to create a striking 3D typeface using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
This great 20-minute tutorial will show you exactly how to create a mechanical inspired text effect using layer styles.
In this Photoshop tutorial, discover how to create a summer-inspired 3D text effect, using the image editing software’s 3D features.
This rather specialist tutorial walks you through how to create the effect of text submerged in water. The training will help you get to grips with the liquify filter, custom brush and free transform tool.
It’s always fun to create posters and text effects inspired by your favourite movies. Here, you’ll learn how to create the brilliant Wrath of the Titans text effect.
Thanks to Joss Whedon, we’ve been inspired by all things Avengers. Here, you’ll learn how to create an Iron Man styled text using layer styles. Awesome!
6 3D effects tutorials
A Photoshop volcano is awesome but a chocolate volcano? Even better. Get to grips with the 3D capabilities of Photoshop CS5 and beyond. It’s at an intermediate level, so only approach this if you already know a thing or two.
This tutorial has a whopping 42 steps, so it may take a while. It seems like it’s worth the wait though, as you’ll get to grips with dimensions as well as digital brushes.
Photoshop CS6 Extended incorporates a new 3D tools engine, which enables your graphics card to deliver a super fast performance. This step-by-step guide demonstrates how the new Photoshop CS6 3D engine can be used to combine 3D sources.
Using the skills that you’ve aquired through the 3D tutorial above, you’ll now be able to follow this awesome magical tent tutorial. This simple step-by-step guide will enable you to use your 3D skills to their fullest potential.
There are times when 2D just doesn’t cut the artistic mustard. So now is a perfect time to bolster your Photoshop skills by bringing Cinema 4D into play in your everyday work. Digital artist Barton Damer shows you the way.
Remember that awesome collection of little cars you had as a kid? Well, this tutorial will help refresh your memory as it explains how to utilises CS6’s new 3D capabilites to create a Micro Machine inspired composition.
4 Photoshop animation tutorials
James Wignall shows how to create an animation with Photoshop and After Effects in this easy-to-follow 12-step tutorial.
It’s easy to forget that Photoshop also has an ‘animate’ function. James Wignall shows how to create the sort of hand-made animation that a young Walt Disney might have dabbled with.
Although animation is not a new feature for Photoshop CS6, it has improved a lot. You can now add video layers, modify video content, build animation and add audio.
The new timeline feature in Photoshop CS6 will allow you to open, edit, and export videos without ever having to leave the application. See how you can create an awesome animated GIF using this handy new tool.
6 ways to transform images in Photoshop
Tilt-shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small and medium format cameras. The guys at animhut show you how to re-create this effect using Photoshop CS6.
Tony Aube demonstrates how to add a dramatic rain effect to a photo in Photoshop, then goes a step further and shows how to make the image more photorealistic by adding reflections and small puddles.
In this easy-to-follow tutorial, the team at Phlearn show you how to create a perfect white backdrop without losing too much detail in your images.
Learn a non-destructive retouching workflow, see how to separate an image by spatial frequencies and what’s involved in re-contouring shadows and highlights.
Designer Ben Secret show how to take control of your image colouring with Photoshop’s Color Balance tool.
It’s always frustrating when a beautiful photo is backed by a dull, grey sky. Take a few tips from this Photoshop tutorial and discover how you can bring some sunshine into your image.
10 advanced Photoshop techniques
Not sure what a ‘digicollage is? Let BECHA walk you through how to develop a distinct aesthetic by combining textures, photos and hand-drawn elements. Learn how to work with blending modes and to incorporate Adjustment Layers into your workflow.
Ditch the default drop shadow! Here Abduzeedo shows you how to create a design with beautiful and dramatic shadows using the 3D tools in Photoshop CC.
Display your best work online with a portfolio created in Photoshop. Check out this handy tutorial by Bloom web design to find how to do it.
While Photoshop is best known as a photo editor, it also includes some powerful video editing tools. In this short, simple tutorial, learn how to use the timeline panel to apply smart filters and adjustment layers to your videos.
As you probably know, we at CreativeBloq love a bit of sci-fi. What better way to put Photoshop to good use than creating this awesome cyborg sci-fi head? You’ll be combining multiple images together to create this brilliant effect.
If your fashion photo needs a little something more, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be able to turn a normal photograph into an abstract illustration, making the image even more striking than before!
Baby it’s cold outside! Here, you’ll learn how to work with difference ice and crystal photos and complete the look with a cold blue photo effect.
This tutorial will show you how to blend images together and transform them to make a stunning and surreal image. You’ll also make use of some adjustment layers to complete the finished product.
Learn how to create realistic snow, glowing snowflakes and monolithic glacial pillars using Selections, Adjustment Layers and Custom shapes.
Thanks to Photoshop’s powerful editing tools, you can now ‘zombify’ friends and family and turn your portraits into stunning Walking Dead-style photos.
Or maybe you’d like to create a bizarre hamburger-eating duck face? See how to combine two images together to create a seamless (and weird) character montage.
2 Photoshop illustration tutorials
Did you know that there are a number of techniques for creating the illusion of depth in your designs? George Chichinadze shows you some of his favourites, focusing particularly on Illustrator and Photoshop’s Ellipse and Lasso tools. See how he uses drop shadows to create an elaborate, sophisticated, abstract illustration.
Using a classic image from Jaws, Rob Redman shows you how to utilise Photoshop CS6 to create awesome polygon art.
5 ways to create fantasy artwork
Use this detailed tutorial to create a beautiful fairy from a single image. Training includes lessons on how to create a fantasy background, feathers, grass and mountains.
This extensive tutorial will take you through everything you need to know to create a fantasy landscape using Photoshop CS6. Different stages include sketching, colour, defining the background, detailing, cloud creations, themes and textures.
This quick and simple tutorial will walk you through how to combine multiple images, use layers and basic tools to effectively create a magical fantasy image effect.
This fantasy illustration tutorial explains how to merge two images into one using layer masks and reshape a picture using the liquify filter. Transform a baby iguana and a bat into an awesome fire-breathing dragon!
If you struggle to come up with concepts for your design work, this is a great place to start. You’ll learn to create a cute illustration in Photoshop using an array of digital painting techniques.
11 ways to edit portraits in Photoshop
Everyone wants to look their best and in this tutorial you’ll be able to do just that! You’ll learn how to remove any skin blemishes, acne or any other problems to create the perfect image.
If you want to know about the Skin Aware technology in CS6 then this is the tutorial for you. Learn how to quickly select skin tones and get to grips with this awesome new feature.
How to change eye colour in Photoshop CS6
Check out this quick two-minute tutorial, which will show you how to change a subject’s eye colour.
If you want to change eye colours in a photograph to match them to the rest of the scene or an outfit, there’s a really easy technique you can learn. Click the link above to find out more.
One of the most challenging montage or masking Photoshop tasks is the hair lift. This simple tutorial will allow you to gain the best results from a tricky process.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 – taking care of fly-away hairs
This super time saving tutorial will teach you how to get rid of stray and fly-away hairs using the dust and scratches filters.
This tutorial may be a little dated but it still has some fantastic techniques for cutting the perfect amount of hair for your image.
Practical Photoshop digs into the wonders of the Refine Radius tool and transplants a dude with windswept hair into a different scene. It’s a cut out that sounds tricky. But isn’t.
How to change hair colour in Photoshop CS6
Here, you’ll discover how to use the new tools of Photoshop CS6 to change any hair colour. From blonde to red and brown to green, the choices are endless!
Anthony Neil Dart reveals how to produce creative portraiture with a mixed-media approach.
Here, you’ll learn how to remove a person and fill in a selection with surrounding content making it look like a part of the original image. No one will ever know!
3 ways to create skins for characters
In this simple but useful Photoshop tutorial, you’ll discover how to turn any normal photo into a golden one with a glowing skin effect. Goldfinger eat your heart out!
This probably isn’t a tutorial you would instantly think about when discovering Photoshop but we think it’s pretty unique! You’ll also learn how to add a fiery eye and a tear. Wonderful stuff.
Get to grips with some Photoshop tools and learn how to apply a jaguar’s distinctive coat of spots to a photograph of a woman’s face.
10 Photoshop special effects tutorials
Here we’ll show you how to create a single ’tile’ for a repeating pattern for the stripes; then you can fill as big or as small an area as you like with it…
Sppon Graphics demonstrates how to make a cool geometric gradient pattern using Photoshop and a bit of Illustrator.
See how Practical Photoshop magazine created a stunning fire effect through clever use of Photoshop filters, blend modes and transform controls.
Don’t have a smartphone but long to create those vintage Instagram effects on your photos? This simple and quick tutorial will show what effects to add to accomplish an easy ‘Instagram look’.
We show you how to record a series of edits as an Action that can be quickly applied to images, as we create a cool retro effect in Photoshop CS6.
In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to use a photograph, some 2D elements and a 3D render to create an eye-catching, abstract liquid effect with a real sense of motion.
As Photoshop tutorials go, this is a little kooky. Learn how to clean up images in Photoshop, convert raster images to bitmaps and digitally create a silkscreened aesthetic. The results can be impressive.
The Phlearn team show you how to turn a photo into a magazine cover, using V Magazine as an example.
Want to mix black and white imagery with a bit of colour? This three-minute tutorial will show you exactly how to isolate a specific colour in your photos.
An informative tutorial from Practical Photoshop magazine, showcasing the solarising technique popularised by the surrealist photographer Man Ray; a cool split tone effect; and a cross-processed look.
The distinctive negative tones and cyan hues of an X-ray can give an image some real impact. See how you can apply this effect to images in Photoshop.
5 ways to create a movie poster
See how you can recreate your favourite composites in Photoshop CS6, with this example of the hugely successful Hunger Games poster.
Make your own billboard-worthy poster with this handy video tutorial from Abduzeedo. You’ll be using Photoshop CS6 Beta with some usage of the brand new blur effects.
Calling all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans! This in-depth tutorial will show you how to create a lush and vibrant Middle-Earth-inspired landscape in Photoshop.
The third movie in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise was a cracker – you can pay homage to it with this Dark Knight Rises style wallpaper tutorial.
Follow this step-by-step Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial to combine photography and typography and create a dark vintage style motorcycle poster design.
That’s it for now! Keep checking back for more Photoshop tutorials.