30 Free Photoshop Tutorials for Graphic Designers

Create an Unique Surreal Photo Manipulation

The solution leverages custom brushes, liquify filter and some retouch skills. Of course, there is also a photo shot of a woman that serves as a foundation and some complementary textures. In the rest, everything is conventional and predictable: the author explains how to assemble the artwork and make it look natural.

How to Create a Photo Manipulation of a Flooded City Scene

Andrew Gardner takes a simple street photo and turns it into a scene from an action movie. Opting in favor of basic instruments and relatively simple techniques, the author is managed to achieve such a dramatic outcome.

The tutorial includes 15 key steps that can be easily reproduced. However, if you do not have much time, you can always watch an additional video tutorial.

Give a portrait a cosmic makeover

This Photoshop tutorial is far of being called simple and straightforward. There are lots of tricky techniques and clever solutions that not every artist can catch and repeat. However, if you have four hours of free time, patience, and a huge zeal, then you should try it out.  Not only does it help to improve your skills but also add to your experience.

Night Light Photoshop Tutorial

The designer does a great job of utilizing images, textures, brushes, gradients and light effect. Although there is no thorough explanations and step by step guide, since the author goes into specifics only when it is necessary; however, it is more than enough to understand the solution and derive benefits from it.

Create a glowing superhero

Kervin Brisseaux has created a walkthrough of designing a retro-futuristic artwork from a plain illustration. At first, there is only a sketch of a running man. You are going to learn how to add zest to this drawing, put basic Photoshop instruments such as marquee tool and pen tool to good use, and finish it off with the help of a vibrant coloring.

Stunning Dragons Attack in Photoshop with 3D Features

The final result owes its beauty to professionally recreated 3D features, a mixture of vector elements and skillful photo manipulations. The composition includes dragons, fire, smoke, robots, highway, explosions and other cool stuff, so be ready to delve into a creative and a bit challenging routine.

Making of Knight

Created by the talented Japanese digital artist, this article features a complex and advanced solution that involves not only manipulations with Photoshop but also interaction with a graphic tablet. This is not a classic tutorial where the technique is broken into pieces supported by thorough explanations. Here, you need to test your limits and follow your instincts. There are only brief descriptions, subtle hints, and visual cues.

Create a Glowing Light Painting Effect

Inspired by famous Beatles album cover, Fabio Sasso has created this fantastic poster where glowing light effect steals the show. With just two photos and a masterful use of Photoshop instruments such as pen tool, brush tool, layer styles and blend modes, you are going to craft this artwork. There are only eight main steps so that you won’t get lost.

How to Color Inked Line Art in Photoshop

The walkthrough reveals common techniques that are used for working with illustrations in Photoshop such as

  • scanning;
  • cleaning;
  • flatting;
  • coloring;
  • rendering;
  • and, texturing.

Matt Fox uses his raw drawing as a basis to demonstrate all the listed above stages in practice. As a result, you are going to learn how to refine and finish off your draft and make it look refined.

How to Make a Funky Retro Music Poster in Photoshop

If you need some hints how to create a retro music poster, then you should explore this article. Nikola Lazarevic explains a process of creation vinyl record that is improved with textures, brushes, patterns and some extra stock images from the very beginning.

He employs prime instruments from Photoshop’s arsenal to neaten the appearance and add a required gamut of emotions to the scene. He pays particular attention to every detail so that the walkthrough consists of numerous steps.

How to Illustrate a Realistic Guitar Using Photoshop

Nathan Brown is a master of creating semi-realistic illustrations from scratch using just simple tools such as shapes, gradients, and shadows. His tutorial dedicated to drawing a guitar in Photoshop is a quite informative, straightforward and intuitive. It features 15 essential steps and includes lots of details and accompanying images.


Although, as a rule, graphic designers prefer Illustrator, however, when it comes to creating artworks on the basis of photos, finishing off and sprucing up sketches there is no better tool than Photoshop. It has a range of tools that are capable of reproducing various sorts of effects.

You can revamp an old image, add zest to freshly-made photo, transform regular sans serif into exclusive typeface, breathe life into a sketch or create a fantastic poster.

Our collection includes tutorials that show you how to do all this at home.

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