20 Stunning Photoshop Tutorials Every Designer Needs

Tara Hornor

Photoshop tutorials are everywhere, but good Photoshop tutorials can be hard to find. Designers often have trouble finding enough time to design the many projects that come across their desks, which means they are usually short on the time needed to search for excellent tutorials to improve their skills. The goal of the following collection is to provide a shortcut to twenty tutorials that are worth your time. Keep exploring, though, and let me know about others that you have enjoyed!

This roundup starts with the beautiful interesting stuff. If the first tutorials are over your head, however, skip down to number sixteen for some basic photo editing techniques that should be in anyone’s bag of tricks.

My first reaction to any image that I admire is: “I can’t make that.” This tutorial is about changing that response to “I can.” Some simple effects shows here will allow you to create some stunning pictures.

The image-in-smoke effect is another effect that was out of my league. This tutorial is not for the faint of heart, but if the effect is something you want, this is the best place to find it. You can apply it to so much more than just smoke, too.

Why is such a simple effect put down as number three? Because it makes me happy. I want to cast this shadow. It’s simple, but effective.

I’ll be honest. I am not a huge fan of the images used. How they achieved the rip effect however, is a great trick to know. Skip to page five to learn their solution.

Simple to do, impressive to look at. Put anyone inside of Ironman’s suit.

You don’t have to work very hard to make some amazing watercolor portraits. Grab some textures and a favorite picture and get compositing!

Anybody can pixelate an image using tools built right into Photoshop. This tutorial takes it a step further to make it look intentional and edgy when needed.

Grunge. How can something so rough look so good?

Graffiti is art. It is also often illegal. Stay on the good side of the law and make beautiful things with a few tricks in this tutorial.

I liked this effect when I saw it. When I saw how much work went into the creases alone, I knew why. Like most things, the details are what make it so amazing.

Take any simple image the extra mile to make it attractive: indie edition.

There are hundreds of great text-ture tutorials, but not all of them go to this level of detail and with multiple layers of textures.

I am a fan of folding real paper. That said, this image does it right in the virtual world.

This looks good. Run through the tutorial and you will see why. Jayan Saputra’s attention to detail and explanations make this a must-have.

This tutorial looks intimidating. It is actually simple: how to make line graphics out of your image. These last five are not for one situation. Learn them well and use them often.

It is not hard to learn, but there are very few images that a little bit of texture can’t help.

This is fun. There are countless tutorials for tilt-shift editing, this one is clear and well written, and that is worth a lot.

This is not a tutorial. So why is it here? To save us all from the curse of losing image data.

Colorizing black and white photos is simple and useful. Tip: keep your darks dark!

I saved the best for last. If you do not know what the words “High Dynamic Range” mean, then this is for you.