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Photoshop Photo Effects Tutorials

Everyone loves Photoshop effects. Not only are photo effects fun to create, but they're a great way to learn Photoshop since they often introduce us to features in Photoshop that we might otherwise never know about!

All of our Photoshop effects tutorials are written with beginners in mind, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to help you learn Photoshop as you go! We're also creating videos of our tutorials so that no matter how you like to learn, we've got you covered! If you prefer written versions, all of our tutorials, including our photo effects tutorials, are now available to download as print-ready PDFs!

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Mirror Image Effect With Photoshop

Now with video! Learn how to easily create a mirror image effect with any photo, turning one side of the image into a mirror reflection of the other! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!

Photo To Color Pencil Sketch With Photoshop CC

**Now with video!** Learn how to easily turn any photo into a black and white pencil sketch, then learn how to colorize it, first using the photo’s original colors, then with a single color, and then with a gradient!

Photoshop Sparkle Brush And Motion Trail Effect

Learn how to easily create a custom sparkle brush from scratch in Photoshop, then how to use the brush to add a magical sparkle trail to your photo! Now updated and expanded for Photoshop CC and CS6.

Photo To Detailed Sketch With Photoshop

Learn how to turn any photo into a sketch with lots of fine detail, great for landscapes, architecture photos, still lifes, and more! And, learn how to complete the entire effect from start to finish in 60 seconds!

Warm Golden Sunset Effect With Photoshop

Tired of your sunset photos looking less vivid and less interesting than you remember? Learn how to restore those warm, golden hues with a simple Gradient Map image adjustment!

Easy Selective Color Effect With Photoshop

Learn step-by-step how to easily add a selective color, or splash of color, effect to an image with no selection tools needed! Now for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!

Snowflakes Photo Border With Photoshop

Learn how to surround an image with an easy to create snowflakes border, a fun finishing touch for photos of family and friends during the holidays or for any wintry scene! Now for Photoshop CS6 and CC!

How To Create A Diptych With Photoshop CS6

In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to easily create a diptych from two separate images, even images of different sizes and orientations, using a few simple tools in Photoshop CS6!

Radial Blur Action Effect In Photoshop

In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to bring more action and excitement to an image with an easy to create radial blur effect! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!

Photoshop Weather Effects – Rain

Learn how to open up the skies and make it rain in your photos without getting your camera wet! Fully re-written and updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud).

Starry Night Sky Effect With Photoshop CS6

In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to add a sea of stars to your night time photos! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and compatible with Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)!

Ghosting An Image With Photoshop CS6

Whether you’re a fan or horror movies or looking for a fun effect for Halloween, learn how to give your photo a more ghostly, supernatural look with this fully re-written and updated tutorial for Photoshop CS6! Also compatible with Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)!

Creative Vignette Effects With The Radial Filter In Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) and its new Camera Raw Filter bring with them lots of new and exciting features, including the amazing Radial Filter. Learn how the Radial Filter can be used to add creative, highly customizable and fully non-destructive vignette effects to your images!

Painted Edges Photo Border With Photoshop CS6

In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how make an image look like it was painted on canvas with this simple painted edges photo border effect. Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6!

Photo Effects Tip: Restore Missing Filters In Photoshop CS6

Adobe removed many of the more creative and artistic filters from the Filter menu in Photoshop CS6, but they’re not gone. In this quick tip, learn where to find the missing filters, how this change impacts Smart Filters, and how to restore the Filter menu to the way it looked in CS5 and earlier.

Photo Within A Photo In Photoshop CS6

In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how to create a smaller, full color version of your photo inside a black and white version of the original full size image! Fully compatible with Photoshop CS6.

3D Pop Up Effect In Photoshop

Learn how to create a simple and fun 3D pop up effect in Photoshop where the main subject of your photo appears to be standing up and popping right out of the image!