As web designers, we always have something new to learn. Over the last decade our workflow has changed dramatically — it’s become more sophisticated and highly diversified. Not only do we have a much larger variety of improved tools to use; there’s also an endless stream of new techniques emerging and spreading within the web design community via social networks.
And this is where the opportunity to learn new useful, practical approaches and techniques comes in. We can learn by exploring the different design approaches other designers have taken, when solving their problems and apply these approaches to our work to become more productive and skilled. Therefore, our editorial team is permanently looking for interesting techniques, tools and tutorials, which we carefully select and present in round-ups on Smashing Magazine. You needn’t love our lists, but they often will give you some useful ideas and advice.
Below you’ll find an overview of new useful Adobe Photoshop techniques and tutorials that we’ve found and collected over the last months. We sincerely hope that at least some of the techniques presented there will help you improve your graphic design skills in Adobe Photoshop. And sincere thanks to all designers and developers whose articles are featured in this review. We respect and appreciate your contributions to the design community, folks!
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Create an Awesome Number-Based Illustration1
In this tutorial, you will how to combine the power of the pen tool with some patterns and shapes to create an original and vivid illustration. You’ll also learn some tips for workflow, along with a variety of design skills that you can apply in your own design works.
iPhone Photoshoot Video
Michael Flarup recorded 6 hours of work with 1000+ layers in Photoshop and made a video speeding up the process. The illustration was designed for a Smashing Magazine’s article How to Market Your App3.
Blood and Milk Typography Poster in Photoshop4
This tutorial shows you how easy with few basics steps you can create original typography poster in Photoshop. With this technique you can create interesting flyers for clubs or you can use it in advertisements.
Adobe CS5 Design Premium Box Artwork in Photoshop6
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a design like the one you’ll find see on the Adobe CS 5 Design Premium Box. Actually, it’s fairly simple and you will be playing with pattern a lot. If you want to create the design of the Photoshop CS 5 box, for example, it will be pretty much the same process.
Simple Roy Lichtenstein Style in Illustrator and Photoshop8
Learn how you can apply the Halftone filter in Photoshop and the Width Tool in Illustrator CS 5 to create an image inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s style.
How To Design a 3D Wooden Box in Photoshop10
In this tutorial, you’ll learn to make a Wooden Box with a realistic touch. Along the way, you will be learning various tips such as using layer-sets for putting a group of layers together that you’d want to move/resize alt at a time. With layer-sets, the tedious work of selection of multiple layers for moving/resizing can be avoided.
Ursus – Brief Process Examination by Justin Maller12
This post is a case study or a brief process examination sent by Justin Maller, in which he explains how he created the original and abstract Ursus artwork.
Brushing Up On Photoshop’s Brush Tool 16
Developing Photoshop brush skills takes time, but it is well worth the effort. This article outlines the plethora of options that Photoshop affords, so that you can efficiently create and use brushes like the Old Masters.
Create a Colorful Space Scene in Photoshop
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a colorful illustration that includes the Earth, the Moon, a starry sky and some beautiful light effects.
Realistic, High Quality Printer Icon in Photoshop18
In this long tutorial you will learn how to use vector masks and layer styles in Photoshop to create a slick looking ink printer reminiscent of some Canon and HP ink printers.
500+ Photoshop Brushes for Creating Brush Strokes 20
This review presents Photoshop brushes that will allow you to easily create realistic paint brush stroke effects. There are 18 free brush sets included, overall more than 500 brushes.
Master Repeating Patterns in Photoshop 22
Ths tutorial explains how a repeating pattern can be created given that there are spaces around the original shape. In the process, you will get a grasp on creating repeating patterns in Photoshop.
How to Create a Photo Realistic Camera28
This article demonstrates a powerful combination of vector shapes, layer styles, and manual drawing to create a photorealistic camera. In fact, the result is so realistic that you’d think it’s just an ordinary photo.
Making a Book of Magical Playground Scene30
This tutorial will show how to create a fantasy book scene. The designers will be using various advanced Photoshop techniques to make the composition as realistic as possible.
Opacity + Photoshop Blend Modes = Pattern Magic34
When it comes to creating patterns, the ability to duplicate a layer is one of Photoshop’s greatest features.The trick is to pay attention more to how shapes interact than to how a shape looks on its own. This article explains this and other techniques for creating patterns in Photoshop.
Create a Photo Realistic USB Cable in Photoshop36
In the right hands, Photoshop’s pen tool can be a very powerful tool for creating incredible; even photo realistic images. This tutorial demonstrates exactly that, and shows how to draw a photo realistic USB cable in Photoshop.
Fresh and Excellent Photoshop Tutorials For Designing Posters38
With Photoshop manipulation tools, you can create and edit images for Web and print. Below you will find some tutorials on poster design from 2010.
5 Advanced Photoshop Techniques for Web Designers44
Sometimes you need that extra Photoshop knowledge in order to achieve the look you need. In this step-by-step tutorial, Marko Prljić shows you how to create five killer effects for your site. You many want to check the second part of the article45 , too.
40+ Gorgeous and Artistic Typography Tutorials Using Photoshop
An overview of professional creative step-by-step typography tutorials using Adobe Photoshop which can enrich your design skills and improve the quality of your work.
Cool Text Effect with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop CS5 51
This tutorial will show you how to create a text effect using a photo of a rope and the Puppet Warp tool.
3D Water Text Effect with Repoussé in Photoshop CS553
In this tutorial you’ll see how to create a water text effect with Photoshop. Even though it might look complex, it’s a very simple effect. You will be using the new Repoussé tool and then some stock photos to create the effect.
Create a Distressed Vector Typographic Poster Design55
Follow this step by step walkthrough of Chris Spooner’s recent design process for the ‘Spectrum’ poster. Starting with custom made type in Illustrator, you’ll move vector graphics into Photoshop for some serious distressing with Photoshop brushes and blending modes.
How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography57
A step by step tutorial on how I take a digital photo and make it Lomoified. Don’t forget to create an action script once you get this down, it will save you a lot of time.
Uncovering Toy Cameras and Polaroid Vintage Effects (With Photoshop Tutorials)59
Below are a list of the most famous toy cameras and some tutorials that can be used to recreate their famous effects.
50 Time Saving Photoshop Actions for Enhancing Photos61
Here are 50 excellent Photoshop actions that can add professional looking enhancements to your photos with the click of a button.
100+ Outstanding Photoshop Actions to Enhance your Photography63
Have you ever seen photos in magazines or on the web and wondered how they achieved that look? This post presents over 100 Photoshop actions that will help you achieve some of these looks and save you some time in the process.
How to Make a Photoshop Montage69
Anyone can cobble together a few photos and textures and create a humdrum montage. To elevate yours beyond this it takes a few simple tricks using Photoshop’s array of tools. This tutorial explains how to create a Photoshop montage in 19 steps.
80+ Photoshop Actions for Giving Your Pictures a Vintage Look 71
This post round-ups over eighty Photoshop actions that will add vintage or retro effects to your photos.
Improving General Photoshop Skills Link
Create Animations in Photoshop73
After Effects is the go-to Adobe application for creating both simple and complex animations. However, for those users that either don’t have the time to learn an entire new application or simply don’t own a copy of After Effects, Photoshop has incorporated very similar, albeit scaled back, functionality.
Learn How to Draw Hand-crafted Pixel Art in Photoshop75
In this tutorial, an illustrator Russel Tate teaches you how to draw with pixels. You’ll learn how to create artwork in the style of eBoy and Army of Trolls.
Create a Camera Lens Icon in Photoshop (Screencast)77
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a camera lens icon using Photoshop. Duration of the screencast: 30 minutes.
Learn Photoshop: All of the Basics for Beginners79
This post is intended for designers or aspiring designers who either want to get started with Photoshop or have limited experience and are looking to improve. With this post you’ll find links to plenty of resources to teach you all the basics and fundmentals of Photoshop.
Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers87
Collected here are some lesser known but extremely useful shortcuts. Many of these are not documented in the “Keyboard Shortcuts” menu, and some of them don’t even have equivalent menu options.
Taking Photoshop’s Curves Beyond Highlights and Shadows89
Read on for more details about what Photoshop curves are, as well as how to use them properly for your designs.
Getting to Know Clipping Masks and Layer Masks in Photoshop 91
This article outlines the differences between the layer mask and the clipping mask in Photoshop.
Photoshop Android GUI Set, Great freebie.93
This design pieces are brought to you thanks to our design family at Iconshock, which is a quote of faith regarding the quality of the set. The package includes fully editable Photoshop files, original fonts and previews, everything that you may need in order to customize your set according to your preferences. Please let us know your opinions and feel free to share this amazing gift with your friends, remember that you will always find the best articles and resources only here, at Webdesignshock.
60 High Quality Photoshop PSD Files For Designers95
Photoshop .PSD file reveals the techniques used on a specific design, and it also tells us the style of the creator and most of the time there is something new we can learn from it. You’ll get quite an overview of interesting techniques in this collection of PSD files.
Modern UI and Layout Tutorials for Photoshop 100
In this round-up you’ll find many current web design Photoshop tutorials that cover not only web page layouts, but also web app layouts, mobile UI and design elements such as buttons, search boxes, headers and footers.
How to Effectively Organize your Photoshop Layers 102
This tutorial outlines how to create organized, designer and developer friendly PSD files. This is in no way the only solution, but hopefully it will encourage better practice in the web design world.
Coding, Processes and Organization Link
Preparing Photoshop Files for Web Developers 104
Designers can help their counterparts or clients before a design hand-off by taking 10 to 15 minutes to prepare files in a consistent and organized manner that can potentially save developers hours of production time. As an added bonus, an organized Photoshop file will save designers time by minimizing development questions after the file has been handed off for coding.
Photoshop Variables: How to Import External PSD Smartly? 106
From the article: “A while back, I discovered a system that enables designers to say goodbye to opening 23 PSD files just to change the header color. When a change is required, we can just change it in one place.”
How to Code up a Web Design from PSD to HTML108
Learn how to code up a complete mockup in HTML and CSS, ensuring the code is semantic and standards compliant. You’ll then add some finishing touches with a spot of jQuery.
Setting Up Photoshop For Web, App and iPhone Development 110
This article addresses the issues in trying to match colors in images to colors generated by HTML, CSS or code.
Clean Up Your Photoshop Swatches and Styles
From the post: “If you’re always grabbing the eye-dropper to get colors and copying/pasting layer styles, chances are you’re wasting time and getting innaccurate results to boot. So what’s a good Photoshopper to do? I’ve created two empty palettes for you. Just download them and follow the directions below.”
Divine creates websites from Photoshop to WordPress promptly. Basically, Divine is a plug-in that sits on top of Photoshop. Once you’ve finished designing in Photoshop, launch Divine plug-in in Photoshop, assign WordPress roles to the main elements (e.g.
#header, etc.), and then the plug-in will prepare all the files you need. Once you set FTP access, the tool uploads the theme automatically to your server. The tool is free.
Last Click Link
Why We Don’t Deliver Photoshop Files
Occasionally a potential client will ask you to give them Photoshop comps as the final deliverable, to be coded either by an internal implementation team or a technical partner. Some designers don’t do that. Here’s why.
If Photoshop Was Batman, Then Illustrator Would Be… 116
From the article: “Perhaps as a direct result of too much Batman: Arkham Asylum, I found myself asking the question: If Photoshop was Batman, what would Illustrator be? In this silly little article, I explore some of the intriguing possibilities.”
The Darwinian Evolution of Photoshop122
What does a top notch graphic designer have in common with an amateur photographer who uploads his weekend pictures on Facebook? They both love Photoshop! This infographics presents the evolution of Photoshop in a quite unusual, original way.
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