Photoshop Tutorials - Photoshop Essentials
Welcome to Photoshop Essentials.com, where anyone can learn Photoshop! We offer tutorials you won't find anywhere else, with easy to follow, step-by-step training on everything from Photoshop Basics to photo editing and retouching, photo effects, text effects, and more, and it's all written with beginners in mind. You'll be amazed at what you can do with Photoshop in no time at all! Our latest tutorials are listed below. Enjoy learning Photoshop!
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Learn how to easily create interesting photo border effects in Photoshop simply by applying a filter directly to a layer mask!
If you’re creating a fun design or collage out of your photos, those sharp, right-angled corners may not be sending the message you want. Fortunately, Photoshop makes it incredibly easy to give your photos warm, friendly, rounded corners using a simple Shape tool and a vector mask!
Learn how to easily turn a photo into a watercolor painting in Photoshop with just a few simple steps!
Learn how easy it is to create your photo effects as reuseable templates thanks to Smart Objects in Photoshop CS2 and Smart Filters in Photoshop CS3.
Give an ordinary photo a more focused and dramatic look to it by creating a light source that appears to be shining through a window onto your main subject.
Learn how to truly make a picture worth a thousand words by adding a different shadow behind someone in a photo, as if the person will one day become the image in the shadow! A fun, easy and popular Photoshop effect that’s limited only by your imagination!
Learn how to create a fun photo collage in Photoshop by bending, twisting, curling, and reshaping photos using the Warp Tool! We’ll even see how to create more interesting drop shadows with the Warp Tool, as well as how to add subtle shadows and highlights to enhance the 3D look of our warping effect!
Learn how easy it is to create realistic beams of sunlight shining through the trees in a photo, then finish off the effect with patches of sunlight hitting the ground below.
Create a custom made sparkle brush in Photoshop, then use it to easily add a classic sparkle trail to a photo!
Creating reflections in sunglasses is a very popular Photoshop effect and opens up endless creative and artistic possibilities depending on who is wearing them and who or what you have them looking at. In this tutorial, we see how easy it is to do!
Learn how to quickly and easily create a simple background in Photoshop that can then be used to make any portrait style photo look as if it was taken in an actual photo studio!
When it comes to adding blur effects to an image in Photoshop, most people yawn and think “Gaussian Blur filter”. But spend a little time with Photoshop’s much more powerful Lens Blur filter, along with its easy-to-create depth maps, and there’s no limit to how many creative and imaginative uses you’ll come up with for it!
Learn a few different ways to add transparent type to an image in Photoshop, from the quickest and easiest way to more interesting ways using layer styles and blend modes. We’ll also look at the important and often confusing difference between a layer’s Opacity and Fill options.
Learn how easy it is to create this classic wedding photography effect in Photoshop, placing a wedding couple inside a wine glass. Not into wedding photography? You can use this same technique to place an image inside any glass object, like a bottle or an hour glass, or even place an image inside a bubble!
Learn how to use layers, layer masks and clipping masks in Photoshop to create the illusion that your photo is made up of vertical and horizontal strips that weave under and over each other.