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 tools, commands or other features 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. See our complete list below, or download our tutorials as print-ready PDFs!
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Learn how the new Iris Blur filter in Photoshop CS6, along with its hidden layer mask feature, can help us add a simple blurred vignette effect to a photo!
Can’t decide if your photo would look better in color or black and white? Why not try both at once! Learn a fast and easy way to do selective coloring in Photoshop, turning most of your image black and white while keeping your main subject in full color!
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, learn how to easily add folds and creases to a photo as if it had been folded and unfolded like a map!
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, learn how to give someone’s eyes a fun, easy to create ‘zoom’ effect with blur streaks that zoom out from the center of the eyes. We’ll also enhance the brightness and color of the eyes while we’re at it!
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, learn how to create a “faded pixels” photo border, with the image appearing through randomly-sized and scattered square pixel shapes that gradually fade into a solid colored background.
Learn the essentials of blending textures with photos in Photoshop, including how to quickly cycle through the layer blend modes, how to blend only the brightness values of the texture to keep the photo’s original colors, how to invert textures for different results, and more!
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to easily turn a photo into a pattern of colored dots, using one of Photoshop’s filters, a layer mask and a simple repeating pattern we’ll create from scratch!
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how layer groups and clipping masks make it easy to create the illusion that a photo is being displayed as a series of vertical panels!
In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn a quick and easy way to simulate film grain in an image with Photoshop, including how to keep the effect fully editable using Smart Filters!
Learn how to display a single photo as a cluster of shapes, similar to larger wall cluster displays where several photos, usually in different frame shapes and sizes, are arranged together on a wall to form a larger design. In this tutorial, we’ll create something similar but on a smaller scale using just a single image!
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to quickly add a timeless, classic vignette border to a photo! Perfect for wedding and engagement photos, anniversaries and other family portraits!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to add a sense of action and movement to an image by giving your main subject an easy to create motion trail!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn a fast and easy way to add rays of sunlight to an image with Photoshop!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to easily create and add lightning to an image with Photoshop!
In a previous tutorial, we learned a way to convert a photo to a sketch in Photoshop that works great for portraits. In this tutorial, we learn a slightly different way that’s better at bringing out fine details when converting other types of images to a sketch! Plus, learn how to create the entire effect in 60 seconds or less!
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to easily convert a portrait photo into a pencil sketch, including how to colorize the effect with the photo’s original colors!
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to create a popular “punch through image” effect, often seen in sports and movie ads, as if a person or object has punched a hole right through the page or image!
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create an old looking paper texture, perfect for use as a background for a scrapbook-style photo layout!
In this Photoshop effects tutorial, learn how to turn a photo in a grid of randomly colorized squares! We’ll use Photoshop’s guides and rulers, a couple of rarely used selection tools, the Magic Wand, adjustment layers, blend modes, and more! Any recent version of Photoshop will work!
If the ability to capture a beautiful starry night with your camera seems as out of reach as the stars themselves, no need to worry! Photoshop makes it easy to fill our night skies with as many stars as we like! Now updated for Photoshop CS4 and CS5!
Photoshop’s Drop Shadow layer style may be great for adding simple shadows to images or text, but for creating realistic looking shadows of people or objects, it just doesn’t cut it. In this tutorial, learn an easy way to create a realistic cast shadow effect!
Learn how to create a simple snowflakes photo border, a fun finishing touch for photos of family and friends during the holidays or of any snowy winter scene!
Just in time for the holidays! Learn how to create a simple and fun ‘Happy Holidays’ greeting card-style photo border in Photoshop!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to colorize a photo using a Color Balance adjustment, then how to select and stretch a single column of pixels across the image to create a cool motion blur effect!
Learn how to easily add realistic looking water ripples to an image with Photoshop!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to brighten your stormy skies by adding a rainbow, or even a double rainbow, to a photo using one of Photoshop’s ready-made gradients. We’ll also learn how to flip the order of the colors in a gradient to create a more realistic double rainbow effect!
Let Photoshop make their special night even more magical and send the wedding couple dancing in the stars with this step by step photo effects tutorial.
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to add realistic bubbles to a photo using an easy to create, custom Photoshop bubble brush!
In Part 2 of this Photoshop tutorial on creating and adding photo mount corners to an image, we take the photo mount we created and saved in part one and add multiple copies of it to a photo!
In this two-part Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create and add photo mount corners to an image, a nice finishing touch for wedding or engagement photos, family portraits, travel photos, and more!
In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to display your photos as if they were hanging in an art gallery with this easy to create gallery-style photo frame layout!
Sometimes, the action in a movie, sports event or video game can be so intense, it seems to jump right off the screen, especially if you’re using Photoshop! In this tutorial, learn how to create this popular and classic photo effect.
Long before Avatar, monsters and aliens were leaping out of screens at moviegoers wearing cardboard 3D glasses with red and blue lenses. In this tutorial, learn how to recreate that same 50’s retro 3D movie look with Photoshop!
Every month, magazine covers show people or objects overlapping text (usually the name of the magazine along the top). In this tutorial, learn how layers in Photoshop make it easy to recreate the same effect with your own images and text!
Learn how to add complex colorizing effects to images in Photoshop using a Gradient Map, including a look at how to create your own custom gradients!
Learn how to add a popular lens flare effect to an image in Photoshop without harming the original photo using layer blend modes!
Learn how Photoshop’s Displace Filter makes it easy to map an interesting texture to someone’s face in a photo!
Learn how to create a simple three-image photo frame in Photoshop, then how to easily convert the final result into a reusable template with Smart Objects!
Learn how to easily combine the Eraser Tool with one of Photoshop’s built-in brushes, along with a few layers and some layer styles, to give a photo a worn, torn edges effect!
Learn how to create a zoom blurring effect in Photoshop, a popular and easy way to give a photo a sense of action and motion!
In the first of this two-part Photoshop tutorial, we created a film strip shape to use as a photo frame. In this second part of the tutorial, we’ll use multiple copies of that film strip to create our photo collage!
In this two-part Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create a fun photo collage using a film strip as a photo frame for multiple images. In this first part of the tutorial, we’ll see how Photoshop’s various shape tools make it easy to draw the actual film strip itself, which we’ll then use in Part Two to create the photo collage!
Learn how easy it is to create interesting photo border effects using Photoshop’s brushes, including how to load additional brush sets and combine multiple brush strokes with different tools, like the Eraser Tool, for virtually endless creative possibilities!
In this Photoshop photo effects tutorial, learn how to give your images a romantic, magical look by adding a glow effect to just the highlights in the photo, an easy effect to create thanks to Photoshop’s Color Range command.
Learn how to create the illusion that a portrait photo is actually being created by multiple lines of type in this photo effects tutorial.
Learn how to create a fun and simple halftone pattern photo border in Photoshop! We’ll use Smart Filters in Photoshop CS3 and CS4 to keep the effect fully editable even after it’s completed, but this photo border can be easily created with any version of Photoshop, including Photoshop Elements!
Use Photoshop to add a sense of speed, direction and excitement to your images with a high speed motion blur photo effect! Great for sports photography!
Learn how the Dissolve blend mode in Photoshop can be used to quickly add more interest to your photo effects, as well as how to easily create a speckled photo border!
Learn how to blend multiple motion blurs together to create an interesting painting/glow photo effect using Smart Filters in Photoshop!
Photoshop has been somewhat capable of creating panoramas for quite a while now, but it wasn’t until Photoshop CS3 came along with its dramatically improved Photomerge command that its ability to stitch photos together really began to shine. Now Photoshop CS4 makes it easier than ever to create seamless cinematic panoramas!