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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. [Updated Oct/30/2016]

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In this article, we focus on tutorials on digital photography5. 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.

Photo Effects Link

Instagram your images using Photoshop6

How to achieve the Instagram filter effect “Nashville” on your images.

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Super Cool Watercolor Effect8

Create an artistic effect by using Masks and Watercolor brushes.

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How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop10

Tilt-shift is all about how to make large, real-life objects look miniature.


Dreamy Photo Effect Tutorial12

A Lens Flare, a bokeh brush, one solid color and the layer blending mode Soft Light creates a dreamy effect.


Create A Simple Lomo Photo Effect14

Use the Actions feature of Photoshop to create a Lomo Photo Effect.


How To Create a Colorful Fluoro Duotone Photo Effect16

Get back straight to the 80s to play with vibrant fluoro colours.


Tutorial: Retro Lomo Effect in Photoshop18

The lomo effect is an over saturated photo with high contrast, unique colors and strong vignette.


Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop20

Use image adjustments, adjustment layers and layer styles to apply the vintage effect on a regular photo


How To Create a Realistic Pencil Sketch Effect in Photoshop22

Transform a photograph into a hand drawn pencil sketch.


Manipulate a Portrait Photo to Create a Splatter Paint Effect24

How to manipulate a portrait photo to create a splatter paint and drip effect in Photoshop.


Tutorial: Create 3D Anaglyph Effect in Photoshop26

Learn how to create a 3D anaglyph effect in Photoshop.


Create retro photos with ‘light-leak’ in Photoshop28

Recreate the Instagram look in Photoshop, so you can have more control over the output than with the app itself.


How to Create a Natural Pastel Photo Effect in Photoshop30

This tutorial will walk you through creating your very own pastel photo effect in Photoshop.


Add Rays Of Sunlight To A Photo With Photoshop32

In this photo effects tutorial, you learn how to easily add rays of sunlight to an image.


How to Create a Faded Film Look in Photoshop34

How you can create a Faded Film look from scratch.


How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Photoshop36

Easily create this nice cinema-inspired look in Photoshop.


How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Photoshop38

How to create a black & white conversion that has sort of a vintage or film-inspired effect.


Chocolate skin effect40

In this tutorial you will earn how to achieve a sweet chocolate effect for skin tone.


Image Enhancement and Correction Link

Using Textures & Blending Modes in Photoshop42

How to combine textures and blending modes.


Add detail-enhancing effects to your images44

How to to add HDR-style detail-enhancing effects to your images.


Correcting Converging Verticals in Photoshop46

Correct the problem of the converging verticals effect.


Landscape Photography – Basic Editing48

How to make the “normal” adjustments to your photo so that it looks as it is supposed to. That includes: contrast, color balance, sharpening and saturation.


Landscape Photography Editing – Gradients & Adjustments50

How to effectively use gradients and adjustment layers together to selectively edit parts of your landscape photos.


3 Easy Ways to Lighten a Photo in Photoshop52

Three of the easiest and most effective methods to lightening a photo.


Correct Perspective Distortion of Buildings54

Learn how to fix a perspective distortion.


Advanced Color Correction56

Take a look at color correction and adjusting white balance in your photos to get amazing color and richness of tones.


Creative Grading Techniques for Images58

Explore a way to add creative color grading onto a desaturated dusk image.


How to Create a Soft Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop60

Walk through the process of creating a soft vintage effect in Photoshop (or download this effect as a Photoshop action).


4 Ways to Remove Distracting Objects in Photoshop62

Photoshop can help remove those distracting objects.


How to Use Focus Area Selection in Adobe Photoshop64

Learn how to allow automated selections of elements within an image that are in focus.


5 Ways to Color Correct Beautifully in Photoshop and Remove Any Color Cast66

This tutorial will show you 5 techniques that help you reduce or remove a color cast in your image


A Practical Guide to Creating Superresolution Photos with Photoshop68

Learn how to enhance images just like in the movies.


Tips for Enhancing Night Sky Photography in Photoshop70

Learn some important steps of enhancing a night sky photo in this tutorial.


Photo Manipulation Link

How To Create a Movie Style Photo Effect in Photoshop72

Create a cool cinematic movie effect with high contrast and blueish tones.


Create a Realistic Broken Glass Effect in Photoshop74

How to apply a realistic broken glass effect to a background image using Photoshop.


Design Vintage Artwork With Old Newspaper76

All the steps to Design this Watercolour Vintage Artwork with Old Newspaper in Photoshop.


Lens Flare Effect78

Learn how layer blend modes make it easy to add a popular lens flare effect to a photo without making any permanent changes to our image.


How to Create Super-Malleable Effects with Colorful Lines80

Learn how to create these fantastic colorful effects using only Photoshop.


Design a Colorful Illustration Using Patterns and Shapes82

A lot of new techniques to design a illustration that incorporates patterns, coloring, as well as 3D shapes.


Make a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop84

Create a trendy double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop with the help of Blending Modes and Clipping Masks in a few steps.


Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps86

Create an old photo in Photoshop with a couple of adjustment layers and a good grunge texture.


Transform a Photo into a LEGO Block Piece of Art in Adobe Photoshop88

Use Photoshop to build a LEGO version of a photo. Use some filters and shadowing techniques to create the appearance of building a photo replica with hundreds of tiny plastic bricks.


How To Create a Text Portrait Effect in Photoshop90

Create a cool portrait effect using a long passage of text that bends and deforms around the contours of the face.


Surreal Kaleidoscope Portrait Photoshop Tutorial92

Learn how to create an amazing surreal portrait in Photoshop using abstract shapes.


How to Make a Realistic Watercolor Painting in Photoshop94

Create a watercolor portrait of a Jaguar using some splatters and textures.


How To Create a Distorted VHS Effect in Photoshop96

Mimicking the distortion effect of VHS tapes in Adobe Photoshop.


Learn Advanced Compositing Techniques in Photoshop98

Learn how to incorporate different elements into one image and get a dreamy, surreal atmosphere inspired by nature.

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Tutorial: How To Create Self-Portrait Sketches100

Learn how to shoot and process your images to turn your self-portrait photos into fine art.


How to Fake a ‘Past Vs. Present’ Picture-in-Picture Photo102

How to create a composition image within image in Photoshop.


How To Create Big, Dramatic Hair In Photoshop104

A cool and hairy portrait composite tutorial you can do with Adobe Photoshop.


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  2. 2 /2008/07/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/
  3. 3 /2008/10/the-ultimate-collection-of-useful-photoshop-actions/
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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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    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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    Ahmet Burak Bal

    December 7, 2008 2:28 pm

    Thank you Smashing.

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    Impressed fan

    December 7, 2008 3:09 pm

    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.

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    Hüseyin Erkmen

    December 7, 2008 2:11 pm

    These are really useful when you use also in corel.

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

    – Haje

  9. 10

    Great!! Thanks for sharing

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    Javier Martinez

    December 7, 2008 6:23 pm

    I Love this blog…

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    Nice, thanks for the selection!

  12. 13

    Excellent selection!… thanks you!

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    Great selection. Thanks!

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    great tutorial~thx

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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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    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 blog. Thanks.

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    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

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

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    wow .. thanks a lot

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    Ahmed Elmasry

    December 8, 2008 5:10 am

    awesome collection, thank you

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    Alvaro Guzman

    December 8, 2008 6:16 am

    Thanks for featuring my vanishing point tutorial!!!

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    great job !

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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

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    Very nice!

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    nice compilation!

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    Smashing post yo guys rock! :)

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    Dainis Graveris

    December 9, 2008 12:36 pm

    Nice, You did it again – amazing and extremely useful!

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    OHMYGOSH!! This is the perfect post any photographer/photo manipulator could want! Thank you so much SMASHING MAGAZINE!!!

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    SMASHING post, great to see all these together in one post…

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    nice listing ..

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    great post, thank you.

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    I love this kind of stuff. When I get time, I am going to check this out,

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    This page will stay in my bookmark from today onwards.
    Great references info!

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    Wow. There are some great ideas in here. I wish I could leave work right now to go home and try some of them….but I guess I have to earn my keep first. :)

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    awesome, digging this.

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    do u know ? u are like a god to me? i always visit your site for help and it helps me alot as i’m always forgetful keke…. thank you very very much!

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    Great post, very useful tips for beginners. Noah Lieske

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    pictures are all shopped

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    Thanks for your generous service! Impressive & inspiring tutorials!

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    very very nice picture

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    Thank you this is helping me very much right now!

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    Thank you

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    wow this blog really awesome man ! absolutely

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    i like it’s

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    it was awesome .

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    Really appreciate this mate. Thanks a lot

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    Excellent photo

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    i need some information about career in photographi and photoshop editing !

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    Thanks for the collection, these are a great help.

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    Samiullah Khan

    January 21, 2012 7:19 am

    Image Enhancement and Correction: Some tutorials are linked mixed;

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    I just ran across your site, but I have to complement you on providing so much great information. Thank’s!

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    I really like the nature pics. Awesome job with these.

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    what a great work of art to collect the thoughts and catching of emerging beauty
    this is really ur great work i congratulate u….excellent

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    all are really helpful.. thank u..


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