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50 Excellent Digital Photography Photoshop Tutorials


Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for digital-image editing and graphics creation. Photoshop’s versatility makes it a popular choice among Web designers, graphic designers, digital media artists, print designers, photographers and other professionals in design and image-editing. Whether you’re designing a business card or website or digitally enhancing an image, you can rest assured that Photoshop will give you the necessary tools to get the job done.

In this article, we focus on tutorials on digital photography. You’ll find an assortment of top-notch tutorials that deal with applying post-production techniques and effects, color correction, enhancement and photo retouching. So fire up Photoshop and try out some of these wonderful tutorials on your own photos!

Without further ado, we present you with 50 Excellent Photoshop Tutorials for Digital Photography.

Photo Effects Link

HDR-Style Results Using Layers in Photoshop
Learn how to achieve HDR results in Photoshop using bracketed exposures during the production process and then Photoshop layers afterwards.

HDR Style Results Using Layers in Photoshop results.

How to Create Professional HDR Images
Here’s an excellent (and very popular) tutorial on creating high dynamic range (HDR) images; the author focuses on realism instead of going overboard with the application of HDR.

How to Create Professional HDR Images results.

Photoshop HDR tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to create true HDR using bracketed exposure and Photoshop for post-production.

Photoshop HDR tutorial results.

Using the HDR Feature in Photoshop CS2/CS3
This thorough tutorial walks you through the basic concept of HDR photography and how to use Photoshop to make your photographs pop.

Using the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Feature in Photoshop CS2/CS3 results

How to Make Digital Photos Look like Lomo Photography
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to apply the “lomography” effect to your digital photos.

How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography results.

Infrared Photo Effect in Photoshop
This tutorial shows you a way to simulate the infrared effect with photos taken using point-and-shoot cameras.

Infrared Photo Effect In Photoshop results.

Exposure blending tutorial
Create an HDR photo by blending exposures with this Photoshop tutorial.

Exposure blending tutorial results.

Your photos, 300-style!
Give photographs the sepia-toned 300 movie effect.

Your photos, 300-style! results.

How to Use Photoshop’s Lens Blur Tool for Tilt-Shift Fakery
Tilt-shift lenses are expensive and not very versatile. Save some money by checking out this Photoshop tutorial on how to fake tilt-shift photography.

How to use Photoshop's Lens Blur tool for tilt-shift fakery results.

Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes
Here’s another method for faking tilt-shift photography.

Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes results.

The Tilt-Shift Miniature Fake Technique
This tutorial walks you through the basics of picking a subject for the tilt-shift effect and using Photoshop’s blur and gradient tools to fake it.

The Tilt-Shift Miniature Fake Technique results.

Vignette 2.0
Give your photos a natural-looking vignette effect by following along in this Photoshop tutorial.

Vignette 2.0 results.

Adding a Diffuse Glow to Your Images
Apply diffuse glow to your photographs to create a dreamy effect with this Photoshop tutorial.

Adding A Diffuse Glow To Your Images results.

Image Enhancement and Correction Link

Improving Landscape Photographs
Enhance your landscape images by reading through this Photoshop tutorial.

Improving Landscape Photographs results

Using Masks to Improve Landscape Images
Use the masking feature in Photoshop to improve your landscape images.

Using Masks To Improve Landscape Images results.

Color Correction, by the Numbers
Use CMYK values (obtained with the eyedropper tool in Photoshop) to correct colors in a photograph.

Color Correction, By the Numbers results.

Color Correction Using Levels and Eyedroppers
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see another method of correcting colors by using the levels-adjustment feature and by sampling colors with the eyedropper tool.

Color correction using levels and eyedroppers results.

Enhance Your Image with Selective Color Adjustments
This tutorial uses a “non-destructive” and selective method for enhancing colors in a photograph.

Enhance Your Image with Selective Color Adjustments results.

Black and White Is the Key to Better Color
Temporarily convert your image to black and white to improve color enhancement methods in Photoshop.

Black & White Is the Key to Better Color results.

Understanding Local Contrast Enhancement
This excellent Photoshop tutorial explains local contrast enhancement and a method for using the unsharp mask feature.

Understanding Local Contrast Enhancement results.

Local Contrast Enhancement
Learn the theory behind local contrast enhancement and learn a practical way of applying the method to enhance images.

Local Contrast Enhancement results.

Sharpening Using an Unsharp Mask
Learn the concept behind the unsharp mask feature in Photoshop to sharpen photographs.

Sharpening Using an Unsharp Mask results.
Sharpen those photos: Unsharp Mask results.

Noise Reduction by Image Averaging
Reduce image noise in Photoshop by following this in-depth tutorial.

Noise Reduction By Image Averaging results.

Using the Photoshop Levels Tool
This tutorial discusses the concept behind Photoshop’s levels tool, as well as how to use it effectively to enhance photographs.

Using the Photoshop Levels Tool results.

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn about the curves tool in Photoshop and how to use it to improve photographs.

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool results.

Advanced Photo Sharpening
This Photoshop tutorial shares a more complex method for sharpening photos using a variety of techniques such as using filters and setting threshold adjustments.

Advanced Photo Sharpening results.

Controlled Image Sharpening
Learn another method of controlled image sharpening via this Photoshop tutorial.

Controlled Image Sharpening results.

Digital Blending
Learn how to enhance dynamic range by reading through this excellent Photoshop tutorial.

Digital Blending result.s

Gaussian Blur
Learn how to use Gaussian blur to enhance and soften photographs in Photoshop.

Gaussian Blur results.

Lens Correction Filter in Photoshop CS2
Learn about the lens correction filter in Photoshop to fix image distortions.

Lens Correction filter in Photoshop CS2 results.

Photo Manipulation and Retouching Link

Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph
Add dynamic lighting to a photograph to make it pop in this Photoshop tutorial.

Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph results.

Getting a Grip on the Vanishing Point Filter
Learn how to use Photoshop’s vanishing point filter to extend certain areas in the photograph.

Getting to Grips with the Vanishing Point Filter results.

How to Stitch Photos in Photoshop
Learn a method of stitching together two photographs using Photoshop.

How To Stitch Photos In Photoshop results.

Super-Fast and Easy Facial Retouching
In this tutorial, you’ll learn a method for hassle-free and speedy facial retouching.

Super Fast and Easy Facial Retouching results.

Quick and Effective Facial Photo Retouching
Here’s another method for quick and easy facial retouching.

Quick and Effective Facial Photo Retouching results.

Four Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop!
This tutorial shares four simple but effective Photoshop techniques for isolating a subject.

4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop! results.

Awesome Photo-Realistic Coloring Techniques
Learn the basics of coloring techniques via a practical example (coloring the hair of a black-and-white photograph) in this wonderful Photoshop tutorial.

Awesome Photorealistic Coloring Techniques results.

Removing Objects From Photos
Learn the basics of removing objects you don’t want to be seen in your photographs by following along in this Photoshop tutorial.

Removing Objects From Photos results.

Black and White with a Splash of Color
In this tutorial, you’ll see a method for the selective coloring of a black-and-white photo.

Black and White with a Splash of Colour results.

Hand-Colouring a Black-and-White Photo in Photoshop
Learn a method of manually coloring a black-and-white photo in Photoshop.

Hand Colouring A Black And White Photo In Photoshop results.

Converting a Digital Color Photo to Black and White
Here is another effective method of converting colored photographs to black and white.

Converting a Digital Color Photo into Black and White results.
Colour to BW using channel mixer results.

Quick Fix for Cluttered Backgrounds
Cluttered backgrounds can be a distraction from the photo’s subject. Here’s an introductory-level tutorial on reducing visual clutter in the background of a photograph.

Quick Fix for Cluttered Backgrounds results.

Antiquing Digital Images in Photoshop
You don’t have to wait decades for your photographs to fade in color; simulate the effect using Photoshop.

Antiquing Digital Images in Photoshop results.

Change Hair Color Photoshop Tutorial
Learn a method of retouching a subject’s hair color via this excellent Photoshop tutorial.

Change Hair Color Photoshop Tutorial results.

Creating a Sunset Effect in Photoshop Tutorial
Give photographs taken in the middle of the day a sunset effect by following along in this Photoshop tutorial.

Creating a sunset effect in Photoshop Tutorial results.

Photo Retouching: Spotlight Effect
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to highlight parts of a subject by giving the area a digitally placed, but natural-looking, spotlight.

Photo retouching: spotlight effect results.

Image Retouching: Advanced Skin Softening
Learn a method of removing skin blemishes by softening the skin using the surface blur filter in Photoshop.

Image Retouching: Advanced Skin Softening results.

Nesting Smart Objects for Multi-Mask Effects in Photoshop
Learn all about nesting smart objects in Photoshop to smoothen and sharpen details in a photo.

Nesting Smart Objects for Multimask Effects in Photoshop results.

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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

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    Atomised: the web design co-operative

    December 7, 2008 2:08 pm

    Great post, both for beginners and photoshop old hands. I’ve always found that Photoshop is immensely difficult for beginners to pick up but it also has so much depth to it that even old hands like me find so many incredible techniques out there that I don’t know about. Excellent post bringing together loads of tutorials. Nice one.

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    Thank you Smashing.

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    You’re really incredible, when i get photoshop I’ll spend hours in your web. Thanks for all! I love your photos & designs!!

  4. 4

    Absolutely smashing post, Gube you just smashed my day wit a fantastic amount of smashing tutorials. thanks smashing mag. this is so smashing.

  5. 5

    This is really cool ! Thanks a lot SM !!

  6. 6

    Tilt Shift lenses not very versatile? Maybe someone needs to do their homework before making such outlandish claims.

  7. 7

    These are really useful when you use also in corel.

  8. 9

    hey, thanks for featuring a couple of Photocritic tutorials :-)

    – Haje

  9. 10

    Great!! Thanks for sharing

  10. 11

    I Love this blog…

  11. 12

    Nice, thanks for the selection!

  12. 13

    Excellent selection!… thanks you!

  13. 14

    Great selection. Thanks!

  14. 15

    great tutorial~thx

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    Great blog. Thanks.

  16. 17

    One of your best post ever ! In fact, there are so much really smashing posts, but this one is impressive. Thank you for your day to day work which is an unbeatable source of inspiration!

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    it’ a terrific collection. thank you

  18. 19

    A very useful collection of tutorials. I’ll refer back to it in the future. Thanks!

  19. 20

    Thanks. Great collection. I was trying to collect some great links + books on digital photography.

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    wow .. thanks a lot

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    awesome collection, thank you

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    Thanks for featuring my vanishing point tutorial!!!

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    great job !

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    Tired of Wasting Time

    December 8, 2008 7:56 am

    good resources but here is my beef:

    After coming in to work after the weekend I had roughly 20 new articles in my RSS reader. Three quarters of them were like this one. 50 great whatever, 10 awesome techniques for blah blah…, 15 kick@ss tutorials on knitting underwear, 5 reasons to stop subscribing to RSS (the last two I made up, but it’s getting to that point).

    It seems like the only articles that gets= published anymore are other people’s content, rehashed. I understand, these articles get dugg and delicious-ed, but why is it always advertising dollars that drives the content.

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    Excellent collection, I’ve been looking for a round up like this.

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    cool beans

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    Great post. psdtuts is always full of good stuff.

    Can I ask a favor from you Smashing? When I’m midway through reading a post it’s hard to figure out if the caption or title of the article is for the image above or below it. Can you add a bit more spacing so it’s clear which image goes with which caption?

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    Great post

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    Very nice!

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    nice compilation!


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