Tips & Tricks: 25 Great Photoshop Tutorials For Beginners

Our list of hand-picked Photoshop tutorials, features 25 lessons made for beginners with varying levels of experience. Hobbyists and Graphic artists looking to learn something new may also find it helpful.

Go ahead and be inspired. If you have any tips of your own, do share.


CREATE THE DOUBLE EXPOSURE EFFECT

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The double exposure effect is achieved by photographers by merging two photographs with the help of a camera. Photoshop however, allows you more control over the final output and lets you make any adjustments necessary. Learn how to use clipping and masking techniques to achieve this effect.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE THE DRAGAN EFFECT

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In 2003 Polish physicist Andrzej Dragan began creating amazing portraits that expressed extraordinary depth, by enhancing facial features. His process, now know as the Dragan effect typically involves high micro contrast portraits that emphasize the detail of the human face.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE DIFFERENT LIGHTING EFFECTS

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Compositing a lot of elements together can be tricky. Adding shadows and uniform lighting is the key to getting it right. Learn, how to add different lighting effects in Photoshop using brushes, the Lasso tool and adjustment layers.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE AN ABSTRACT CUBIC MOSAIC EFFECT

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This portrait puts a new spin to an old style. Mosaics are no longer a Photoshop cliché. Learn how to achieve this effect using the Polygon and Layering tools.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A CARICATURE EFFEECT

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Caricatures are a great alternative to traditional portraits. If you want to add a little humour to your art, you can learn how to us Photoshop’s transform, warp, and liquify features for creating caricatures from a photograph.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE THE MONEY EFFECT

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This effect takes a little time but the results are fantastic! It uses curved and wavy lines that vary in weight to produce an effect similar to that of vintage engraved or etched illustrations.Learn how to achieve this realistic money effect using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A SURREAL MINIATURE PORTRAIT

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This tutorial is great practice for those wishing to learn more about masking and selection techniques. You could even add your own typography and experiment with colours.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A PHOTO MONTAGE

Photo Montage Effect

Create a sophisticated photo montage using very simple techniques. Learn repetition and layering of shapes, using simple colour palettes with Layer Style effects, or a file of vector elements.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE TEXTURE EFFECTS

Texture Effects

This tutorial is another example of how a few simple techniques can be used to create more elaborate illustrations. Learn how to use the masking tool to give your work a sense of depth, the Pen tool, some basic lighting and using multiple layers.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE REALISTIC HAIR

Realistic Hair Effects

Creating realistic hair requires attention towards how the hair moves and how it responds to light. A great exercise for beginners learning to use the brush tool.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A PAINTED PET PORTRAIT EFFECT

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A hand painted portrait of your beloved pet might seem like a daunting task. Photoshop’s smudge brush makes the process very simple for beginners.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A FIRE EFFECT

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Learn how to use blending and adjustment layers to combine different stock images. You’ll also learn how to work with fire, create a lighting effect and enhance the depth of field.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A RETRO COMIC BOOK EFFECT

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Give your old photos a makeover with this easy comic book effect. Learn how to use filters, comic book fonts and add different design elements.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE THE ‘LOMOGRAPHY’ EFFECT

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The “Lomography” photo effect is a popular photographic style characterized by oversaturated colors, distortions, unexpected prismatic effects, and several other qualities that are usually avoided or corrected by traditional photographers. The effect is inspired by photographs taken from an inexpensive Russian camera called the Lomo LC-A. Learn how to use the marquee tool and adjust colour tones to achieve this effect with Photoshop.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE AN ABSTRACT GEOMETRIC PHOTO COLLAGE 

Abstract Geometric Photo Collage

This effect was achieved by using Illustrator to build up a series of geometric lines, then cutting up an image in Photoshop to create an interesting composition. Learn how to use textures and curves adjustments to give the design a trendy retro style.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A RETRO COLLAGE

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This collage is a 1940s-inspired composition using an artful mix of photos and graphics. Learn how to use the Warp tool, Curves and brushes to achieve this effect.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE THE BOKEH EFFECT

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You can digitally create a bokeh effect for your images. Learn how to properly blur the background and use the brush tool for achieving the bokeh effect.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A TEXT PORTRAIT EFFECT

Text Portrait Effect

This particular style of portrait is known as a Calligram. Learn how to use Photoshop’s Displace filter, which is the key tool required to wrap the text around the subject.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A 60’S STYLE PSYCHEDELIC POSTER

60's Style Psychedelic Effects

This amazing recreation of a 60’s style psychedelic poster, relies heavily on the use of the Warp Tool, but includes a few other techniques as well. A great lesson for beginners looking to get some practice with the warp tool.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A GIG POSTER

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Interested in making gig posters? Check out this portrait that makes use of both Photoshop and Illustrator. Learn how to use the Pen tool, create textures, use multiple layers to achieve this effect.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A SPLATTER PAINT EFFECT

Splatter Paint Effect

With a few simple techniques, you can alter a photo to create a splatter paint and drip effect in Photoshop. Learn how to use overlay painting, blending, and colouring to achieve this effect.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE A COLOUR MIXTURE PHOTO

Colour Mixture Effect

Turn your image into a colour mixtures photo. Learn how to use overlay effects, colour treatments and elements that you can easily create in Photoshop .

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE UNDERWATER EFFECTS

Underwater Effects

Artist Maciej Hajnrich used techniques for photo manipulation, retouching and editing, in collaboration with album cover guru Storm Thorgerson, to create this cover for an album by Pendulum. Beginners may find it slightly difficult but it is a great lesson for anyone looking to learn new techniques.

Tutorial here.

 

CREATE TEXTURE IN HAND DRAWN ARTWORKS

Texture Effects

Enhance a traditional illustration by digitally applying textures and patterns. Learn to use a variety of tools to create textures and layers to add more depth and freshness to your art.

Tutorial here.

 

COLOUR A HAND DRAWN PORTRAIT

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Learn how to colour a hand drawn portrait using layers, altering opacities and creating watercolour effects with a restricted palette to achieve a delicate illustration in Photoshop.

Tutorial here.

 

We hope you find these tutorials helpful. If you have any tutorials of your own or know of any great Photoshop tutorials for beginners, do share.

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