Adobe Photoshop Video Tutorials – Best Of


The best thing about Photoshop video-tutorials is that they allow you to observe professionals just as if you were standing nearby and looking over their shoulders. You can see step-by-step how buttons, collages or even paintings are created. Instead of reading through books describing what needs to be selected, activated and clicked, you can simply imitate mouse clicks knowing exactly that you are actually doing the right thing.

The learning curve is easier to climb and the result is easier to compare. More than that: you can observe how it is done from the very beginning to the very end and (sometimes) you can get explained why it is done in exactly this way.

We’ve searched through dozens of video-sites, forums, articles, blogs, portfolios and communities. And we selected 80 excellent Adobe Photoshop video tutorials which you can use as a starting point to improve your skills or observe how professionals do their job. Among other things, below we present Photoshop video tutorials about speed painting, design of buttons and interfaces, beauty retouching, digital matte painting, photo manipulation, effects and much more.

Speed Painting

  • John Locke1
    The Lost character John Locke.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot2

  • Sea Monster3
    This creature is very angry. Godzilla let her down.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot4

  • Spider-Man5
    Superhero Spider-Man with his traditional red-and-blue costume. My spider-sense tells me, i should open Photoshop.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot6

  • Werewolf7
    A wolflike and very hairy creature.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot8

  • Adriana Lima9
    Best known for her modeling work with Victoria’s Secret.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot10

  • Hellboy11
    Another comic character, this time a large red-skinned demon .

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot12

  • Gabi13
    Artists paint not only celebrities, but also photos of the beloved ones.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot14

  • Jack Sparrow15
    Captain Jack Sparrow. A Pirate of the Caribbean.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot16

  • Scarlett Johansson17
    Actress Scarlett Johansson. A good example of black and white power. If looks could kill.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot18

  • Fergie19
    Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known as Fergie.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot20

  • Indiana Jones21
    After 18 years back in cinemas. Indiana Jones.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot22

  • Caravaggio23
    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian artist. »La deposizione« in photoshop.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot24

  • Beyonce25
    R&B-Star Beyoncé Knowles.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot26

  • Dragon27
    The brother of the creature above.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot28

  • Mona Lisa29
    What a smile. Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot30

  • Bob Ross31
    Bob Ross was an painter and television host. Now, he was painted himself.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot32

  • Waterfall33
    How to draw a waterfall environmental concept scene.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot34

  • Albert Einstein35
    Everything is relative. Famous and brilliant theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.

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Button and Interface

Beauty Retouching

Digital matte painting

Photo Manipulation

  • Match Color75
    Color correction with »Match color«, found under »Image ↔ Adjustment«. Combine two photos and make the colors match.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot76

  • Sin City77
    Simulate the style of film noir-like Sin City in your photos. High contrasts, black and white and some spots of red, blue and yellow.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot78

  • Produce Scary Photos79
    Produce scary photos with the overlay of textures on the skin and dark hair. It’s that simple.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot80

  • Human To Statue81
    Convert your normal pictures of people into photos of statues. Again, textures used for a realistic effect.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot82

  • Sci-Fi83
    A mysterious explosion of blue light or a spherical spaceship. They are among us.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot84

  • Starry Eyes85
    Create eyes with some stars in it. Real stars of a photo, in the shape of the eye and fit with the blending mode »Overlay« or »Screen«. “A little bit of heaven in your own eyes.”

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot86

  • Changing Colors87
    Changing hair, eyes and cloth colors with Photoshop.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot88

  • Toning & Burning89
    Correct the colors and change the surface. Make a photo old and broken.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot90

  • Popout Picture91
    The Out of Bound92-Effect. A really useful trick to create cool photos.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot93

  • Glassball94
    A ball of glass, with refractions. A good 3D-Illusion in 2D-Software.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot95

  • Mix two creatures96
    Two species melt into a new animal. Like this crog, a combination of a frog and a crocodile.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot97

  • Lightning98
    Photoshop is definitely hot enough to fuse sand into glass, with this lightning tutorial.

    Photoshop Tutorial Screenshot99

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Graphics, Effects and more


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Dirk Metzmacher is a professional Photoshop trainer and book author with over 10 years of experience. He is also the creative mind behind (Photoshop-Weblog), a blog about techniques, tutorials and resources related to Adobe Photoshop.

  1. 1

    Thx a lot, really good list :)

  2. 2

    Juan Manuel Lemus

    March 28, 2008 7:04 am

    Very good PhotoShop collection. Thanks for the article.. !

  3. 3

    I love these tutorials. Nice work

  4. 4

    Perfect time considering, Photoshop Express Beta has just been released.

  5. 5

    these are not the best tuts out there. a lot of these are from photoshop 7.0 check out they are way wayyyyy better than this crap

  6. 6

    Some great stuff

  7. 7

    Nice Collection – dug it

    White Sands Digital

  8. 8

    From now on, Smashing Magazine, my favorite site!

    from Brasil

  9. 9

    Bob Ross – RIP. I grew up with Bob on the TV. I remember him as a afro-man with serious talent. Great list SM!

  10. 10

    Superb Collection

  11. 11

    impresionante colección, muchos ya los había visto, pero sin duda que me faltaban bastantes! jeje



  12. 12

    Dirk, in addition to this great compilation — with pictures! — I REALLY appreciate your intro and how you emphasize why video tutorials are useful. I make vidtuts/screencasts myself, mainly for Second Life but sometimes showing Photoshop: and I simply could not agree more.

  13. 13

    Im sorry, but: “Making the Web prettier”? Smashing Magazine is far from perfect when it comes to design and looks. I like You Suck at Photoshop :-)

  14. 14

    Sebastiaan Stok

    March 29, 2008 3:07 am Realy good tutariials.

  15. 15

    The program used to retouch the model in the Dove Evolution video is not adobe photoshop.

  16. 16

    nice collection!

  17. 17

    That’s a great list, those are truly some artists. I’m just learning and I like the site TechTutor.TV ( . The have a good collection of Photoshop videos for beginner and advanced users. I’ve even requested a few tutorials and they have made videos for me.

  18. 18

    nice Keep us posted!

  19. 19

    This is really stupid. These are NOT “tutorials”, they are just people showing off their photoshop skills. Don’t advertise something as a tutorial when it answers absolutely no questions about how the artist is doing what they are doing.
    Total waste of time here.

  20. 20

    Jon, you can read, right? Take a look at the list, it HAS video tutorials. Or maybe you just need to click on some of them?

  21. 21


    March 29, 2008 12:33 pm

    I can see Jon’s point. The title of the article is all about tutorials, but the first bunch of example videos aren’t tutorials at all. I could see how a person might read the headline and then get clicking the first few vids, might get pissed and not even bother looking any farther down the list. Maybe the speed painting and the other non tut vids should have ben placed lower on the list.

    Most of the vids that ARE tutorials on this list pretty much blow anyway. The web layout slicing vid is a total joke. Do you really want send people to learn how to export table based crap html layouts?

    That certainly does NOT make the web prettier.

  22. 22

    Not just that either… so many of those ‘tutorials’ are examples of how people misuse photoshop to make tacky rubbish; the net is already too full of people showing off their terrible fantasy art, and I’m not sure how often the ‘comic book effect’ is used really justifies the millions of tutorials telling you how to achieve it…

    Not on Smashing Magazine’s usual good form!

  23. 23

    > Diego Ribeiro (March 29th, 2008, 4:44 am)
    > The program used to retouch the model in the Dove Evolution video is not adobe photoshop.

    The Dove evolution retouch was a “simulated photoshop”, the software doesnt exists at all. The video was created with autodesk flame (for motion graphics and visual effects)

  24. 24

    superb collections… reaallly awesome

  25. 25

    super ce bon panel de vidéo sur adobe photoshop

  26. 26

    I’ve been away for a while, so just catching up with the site. What a great list of tutorials!

    Thanks a lot.

  27. 27

    Leo F. Swiontek

    March 31, 2008 2:40 am

    Great work SM! thanks for this article.

  28. 28

    Thanks Bruce. Always wondered what software was that.

  29. 29

    I envy anyone that can paint that well, but in reality I don’t think its that easy to paint as well as that even if its in photoshop.

  30. 30

    Are you kidding me? Tutorial “Produce Scary Photos” – best of? It is real bad its one of the worst I´ve ever seen… But I like the List…

  31. 31

    The Last letter

    April 1, 2008 8:12 am

    Glad to see the “You Suck at Photoshop” series made it to the list. :)

    On a side note, cheer up, people. No need to get your panties in a bunch. Speed painting is as good as a tutorial as many others. If you already know a bit of the program but needs to see how something is actually produced, that kind of stuff is invaluable (and many times a lot less annoying than tutorials that assume you’re a retard).

  32. 32

    Himanshu Kapoor

    April 2, 2008 9:01 pm

    I have seen some of them before. Thanks for the rest.

  33. 33

    How come the best and elitist of them all tutorials “Photoshop Top Secrets” not included in the list?

  34. 34

    I have cs2 and need help in layers……could you please help me?

  35. 35

    i can do most of this tutorials..but i find out new tricks and stuff..they are awesome

  36. 36


  37. 37

    these tutorials are very helpful.. i liked them all…

  38. 38
  39. 39

    Ah jeez people. If you hate this place so much, go and start a webpage or forum or SOMETHING dedicated to complaining about it. But if you hate it so much, why are you wasting your time leaving comments on it? You’re just spending more time here!
    It cracks me up when people waste their time telling everyone that they think something’s crap when they can just go ahead and leave the site if they don’t like it XD

    Nice tutorials :)

  40. 40

    this site is very helpful for tips n tricks so plz make 2 keep latest tics fr us 2 improve our skills sir …….
    Thanking u…

  41. 41

    Awesome Collection a must for PS Lovers……………………. :))))

  42. 42

    What a great set of links to PS tutorials.

    Another good one is Davro Digital at

  43. 43

    and of course the tutorials by Russell Brown are amazing if you can put up with his over the top presentation style

  44. 44

    Nice tutorials, perhaps you could post them on Yobler as well

  45. 45

    Check out the tutorials on I can’t believe this was left off the list!

  46. 46

    schöne tutorial, beatiful, bellissimo!!!!!!!!!

  47. 47

    thank`s a lot boss….

    i really like it…

  48. 48

    Check out high quality flash, actionscript 3 and photoshop video tutorials at Flash Tutorial. Do visit www[dot]abctutorial[dot]com. Trust me this is not advertisement. Good one.

  49. 49

    Hi, Rich here from Rockhopper VFX, I did the natural history museum matte painting, thank you for posting here on Smashing Magazine, really excited. Once again thanks, a months hard work has paid of.


  50. 50

    Nice tutorials
    Awesome Collection


  51. 51

    Thanks for the tuts. list!

  52. 52

    Awesome Tutorials its VERY useful to me

  53. 53

    perfeckt :)

  54. 54

    thanks for author..i hope u can give more tutorials for reference with others..thanks..perfect..

    from: Malaysia…

  55. 55

    Hello, I just joined and will be participating soon. I have had some terrible teeth whitening experiences I would like to share…I finally found something that worked but the first few products I used were terrible. Let me read a few posts then I’ll be back to share.

  56. 56

    GOOD & VERY beutifull NICE

  57. 57

    Amazing resource. I would also recommend the following for your collection:

  58. 58

    These tutorials are top-notch. Cannot wait to experiment with a few of the techniques. Don’t think the tutorials will help with my photo restoration – but will definitely be perfect for other design jobs.

  59. 59

    Beyond Imagine art & very creative work!
    Merry Christmas!

  60. 60

    gerald anderson

    April 27, 2011 4:49 pm

    This is the best post on this topic i have ever read.I am really very impressed with it.Keep blogging.

  61. 61

    i want to make a video on how to earn money online for desklancer com
    how can i do that ?

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  63. 63

    The You Suck At Photoshop #1 link to the video works but the vid’ isn’t there anymore, here’s the direct link to the vid on Youtube, pretty hilarious :)

    And awesome collection Dirk, thanks! :)



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