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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Combining live action with hand-drawn or painted images is a popular technique used in everything from tv commercials to Hollywood movies, and in this tutorial, we’ll see how easy it is to create something similar in Photoshop.
Create the illusion that the subject of your photo is walking, running, jumping, or otherwise popping right out of the image with this easy effect.
Give waterfalls a silky smooth appearance without the need for any fancy photo filters or longer exposures.
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.
Combine a few layer blend modes, some noise, a little sharpening, and a simple adjustment layer to give your photos an extreme contrast effect.
Learn how to quickly and easily create a pop art-style effect from any photo using the Lab color mode in Photoshop.
Learn how to flip nature upside down and turn a forest’s natural greens and browns into something a bit more mystical.
Turning a photo into a collage of squares in Photoshop is not only fun, it’s also incredibly easy, since most of the work is just simple repetition.
Create a more interesting black & white version of an image with some dramatic lighting effects that help bring attention to your main subject.
Learn how to give any photo an old-fashioned, hand-tinted look in just a few simple steps.
Turn a living, breathing person into a ghost and let Photoshop take the rap for it in this photo effects tutorial.
Create an all-time classic effect in Photoshop in a way that is both easy and flexible, then add the same effect to other photos instantly.
Before showing a client your work or displaying your portfolio on the web, make sure everyone knows whose work it is with an easy to create copyright watermark.
Learn how to use light to bring focus to your images with Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter and multiple light sources.
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.
Making text appear to be painted on the wall behind it is easy thanks to Photoshop’s advanced blending options and the Blend If sliders.
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.
Turn a digital photo into an oil painting and then apply the effect to any other photos instantly with your “Instant Photo To Oil Painting” action!
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.
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!
Bring more focus and attention to the subject of your photo and add excitement to your image by creating the illusion of a photo within the same photo.