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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 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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Using A Photo To Mask Itself With Photoshop

Learn how to give a photo a soft glow effect by turning the image into a layer mask, essentially using the photo to mask itself, something Photoshop does not normally allow us to do.

Simple Pop Art Effect With Photoshop

Learn how to use Photoshop to turn a photo into a simple pop art effect from the 50s and 60s using nothing more than a basic selection tool, an easy image adjustment, and lots of solid colors.

Photo Realistic Drop Shadows in Photoshop

Make your standard Photoshop drop shadows go from fake to photo realistic by learning how to map them to the natural textures and depths in your image with displacement maps.

Infrared Photo Effect With Photoshop

Infrared photography captures light our eyes can’t see and uses it to create mysterious, otherworldly images. It’s a unique effect, and one that we can create ourselves in Photoshop.

Painted Edges Photo Border Effect

Learn how to add a painted edges photo border to your images with Photoshop and how to make it look like it was painted on canvas! When we’re done, we’ll use the file as a template to quickly add the same effect to other photos!