Photo Effects Tutorials
Create amazing, professional-quality photo effects and take your Photoshop skills to new levels with our easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials!
Check out our Photoshop Photo Effects tutorials below, or download them as PDFs!
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!
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!
Learn how to add lens flare to your photos without harming the original image using Photoshop’s Lens Flare filter and the non-destructive power of layers and blend modes!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to divide a single photo into multiple sections and display it as a cluster of shapes! Now fully updated for Photoshop CC!
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!
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!
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)!
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!
In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how to display a photo in a grid of randomly colored squares! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!
Learn how to add a simple yet stylish drop shadow and border to an image, as well as a handy trick that makes adjusting the shadow as easy as dragging your mouse!
In this second tutorial in our series on creating photo borders and frames, learn how to add a matted picture frame around an image using Photoshop’s layer styles!