In this article I tried to find Photoshop tutorials photo effects and by doing so, teaching you how to achieve amazing photo manipulation effects! Of course, I didn’t find the same effects there, but if you look closer and really study these tutorials I showcased here, you will understand you’ll have all the skills to create such artworks!
More or less techniques are the same and with little creativity you can create your own masterpiece even today!
I wish you good luck, while exploring and learning so you could spice up your own photos, impress friends and evolve your design skills! Before you go any further, make sure to check the table of contents and scroll to you interested part.
Table of Contents:
- Photoshop Tutorials Photo Effects
- Best Photoshop Actions To Enhance Your Photos
- Best Tutorials From Web To Learn Photo Retouching
- Create Surreal Photo Manipulation with A Man Without Face
Photoshop Tutorials Photo Effects
This list is a little bit shorter than other ones, but I thought I better focus on quality than quantity, because we already have many, many useless list tutorial articles around here repeating same stuff over and over again.
1. Portrait Water Effect
Outstanding Photoshop tutorial – photo effect, you really must try .Understand how to use this effect, and give yourself unlimited opportunities how to express yourself.
In this tutorial, we’re going to create a photo manipulation using different techniques. We’ll be adjusting each layer and element to make a compact final image. We’ll be using multiple photos and a handful of effects to create this work. Let’s get started!
I love this one, you can really learn several advanced techniques from this two part tutorial, amazing advanced level tutorial!
Extend feel of dynamics and create work, you cannot take eyes of! Really advanced techniques!
Very trendy tutorial, teaching you how to create beautiful artwork out of almost nothing!
Combine reality with line art in beautiful poster and learn advanced techniques from this high quality tutorial!
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to transform usual photo into regular, humdrum portrait, even faking HDR effects a little bit.
In this tutorial I will show you with an example of horse how to turn an ordinary animal to a robot.
This is really beautiful tutorial using patterns,coloring and 3D shapes to gain outstanding effect! Tutorial is easy to create and modify, so you should really enjoy it!
Simple tutorial, showing how to gain great effects using just few brushes and basic Photoshop skills.
Learn how to create photo manipulation using perspective achieving depth and motion in artwork. Easy to follow up – enjoy!
Learn through simple steps how to montage many different elements in one picture and make it look really good with lightning, shadows and image grading.
For every beginner – advance effects!
Add some simple brushes,lightning and color to make your photo stand out!
In this tutorial, you’ll create a complex glowing wallpaper using Photoshop, which is really easy to follow up.
Yet one more stylish image effect achieved playing with blending modes and adjustment layers.
Subtle effects, great outcome, easy to follow up steps! Enjoy!
Use brushes and colors to spice up your photos to really stand out!
Learn how to combine several lightning techniques to achieve stunning outcome!
You’ll learn here how to use several filters and techniques to show you the way how to experiment, use lightning effects and recreate those effects in your own style.
Very cool explosion effect tutorial, teaching how to break apart a body, add lightning and glow!
Crazy and very powerful work. This tutorial will teach you how to combine photos and filters to produce wave explosion effect.
You know, we couldn’t keep you hanging, so the next section is presenting some great Photoshop actions.
Best Photoshop Actions To Enhance Your Photos And Stand Out
We know, how hard it is to stand out in the crowd. But with our collection of best Photoshop actions, you are going achieve just that. Actions come really handy when you have a need to enhance your photos, but you just don’t have a time for it or necessary skills. Photoshop actions contain various adjustment layers, filters, effects, who are originally recorded by author and you can play them back again. You can create actions yourself or you can just download professional ones here and get amazing results with just once click!
Explore how the action is built, choose which adjustments you want to apply and finally just enjoy great results. In this article you’re going to find 45 sets of actions that help you enhance the colors and change the main look of Your photo.
1. i-Dark 3.03 by Othman Fahd
6. Action set 03 by KissOfDeathXxX
10. Actions 1 by allthebesthere
11. Photoshop Action 2 by saturn-rings
12. Red Action by sd-stock
16. Retro by ShadowsInMyEyes
17. Action Set 1 by ImaginaryRosse
18. Landscape and Sky Action by fcpr
19. Nature Actions 2.09 by Othman Fahd
22. Pure Luv by GSInteractive
23. Pack Actions 01 by Patricia Torres
24. Selective Sepia by Aditya Rao
25. Horizon Actions by LonelyDiary
26. Powerful Colors 3.2 by Othman Fahd
27. Photoshop Action 22 by Oscar Pilch
29. A-Actions by LonelyDiary
30. Go Green Actions Set by LonelyDiary
As this is an article about photo effects and similar tutorials, the next section is full of tutorials about photo retouching.
Best Tutorials From Web To Learn Photo Retouching
Retouching is very neccesary if you’re a photographer. It can be pretty fun if you just want to try it out as well. In this article there are collected newest and best retouching tutorials from the web. Of course there are a lot more outside, but I believe you don’t need them all. You can find anything here from the basic skin smoothening with gaussian blur to complex picture part extracting from background.
Tutorials are sorted in categories, so there shouldn’t be any problem finding the right one for you. I didn’t create this article for you to scroll down 100 same, old, basic tutorials and just tweet them further. I created it for you to find something useful for you, acutally read it and learn something.
This is pretty basic tutorial as well. If you didn’t like the previous one, take a look into this and I’m pretty sure you will understand the basics of skin smoothening.
Video tutorial – learn how to smoothen skin tones, while retaining skin detail and texture using High Pass filter.
In this tutorial you will see how to create an action to use in your photos for simple retouching jobs using blurring techniques and grain filters.This is recommended only for beginners, because you can’t replace retouching skills with an action.
Learn how to ably use Spot Healing Brush Tool to remove blemishes and clear up ugly spot.
Litte bit more explained and advanced use of default retouching tools – Healing Brush, Clone Stamp, Gaussian Blur.
Another easy, fast way to smoothen skin. You will see the difference between Surface and Gaussian blur here. Ofcourse this blurring doesn’t replace work with Healing Brush Tool, but it ain’t so bad either.
This is a video tutorial that’ll teach you to make the necessary steps in high-end fashion/skin photo-retouching on all of your photographs.
See some of the common retouching tools in action.
Another tutorial to see retouching in action and learn something you didn’t quote understand from writen tutorials.
This tutorial will show you how to change the hair color easily with Photoshop. You can experiment yourself with color tones to achieve different outcomes.
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn a quick and easy way to straighten crooked photos.
In this tutorial you’re going to learn how incredibly easy it is to give someone a digital nose job.
This tutorial demonstrates how to use digital painting with a drawing tablet to create the illusion of lip gloss on bare lips.
3. Face Shaping
Learn how to change the shape of nose, chin, lips, eyes etc using Warp and Liquify Tool.
Learn how to quickly whiten teeth in Photoshop in just a couple of minutes.
Learn how to use Liquify Tool to remove overwightusing Photoshop.
Really easy tutorial showing you how to get rid of the needless make up using just Brush Tool.
4. Eye Make Up
Learn how to easily apply make up to eyes. You can use this technique to other face parts as well.
In this Photoshop photo retouching tutorial, we’ll learn a very simple technique for changing someone’s eye color in a photo using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. This is basiccly the most popular way to change the eye color. After you get more familiar with other Adjustment layers, you can experiment with them too.
Use Smudge Tool to quickly clean out body hair. This technique isn’t nearly as good as Healing Brush Tool, but it can be a good time saver and sometimes the effect isn’t so bad.
This photoshop tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop Red Eye Tool tool in a non-destructive way. You will alsosee you how to use the red eye tool to create a mask that you can use for any kind of red eye correction.
See how all of the Healing Toolswork.
Learn how to use basic Photoshop Adjustments to make your photos look more professional.
In thistutorial, we’re going to look at how to bring focus and attention to a specific part of an image using a simple and easy to create lighting effect.
This is a tutorial on how to use the selective color adjustment layer in photoshop to optimize colors and tones in your photos.
In this Photoshop tutorial we’re going to improve the quality of a landscape photograph. Learn how to reduce noise, fix damaged areas and use Adjustment layers.
A video tutorial on how to retouch landscape photos; includes information on brightness adjustment, sharpening, noise reduction, proper flattening, and artifact removal.
Learn how tu use Smart SHarpen Filter and get the effect done with blending modes.
Extracting From Background
One of the most challenging montage or masking jobs in the profession of post-production editing is the hair lift. Learn how to extract hair from background with masking.
A tutorial showing you how to add backgrounds and textures to your existing images using Color Range and Layer Masks.
Watch step by step videohow to use channels to extract difficult image areas like hair.
Learn how tu use channels as an extraction method. Again, the example is a portrait with hair in it, so you could see the power of this technique.
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Hope you are still up for learning more, as we have one more tutorial to offer. Shall we? Okay then…
Create Surreal Photo Manipulation with A Man Without Face
First, I’d like to thank Joubert Quentin a.k.a hybrid-creation for allowing me to create this tutorial based on his image, Your Skull is Red. You can see his portofolio in DeviantArt or his personal site. Before we start, take at look at the image we are about to create below.
In this tutorial we will learn how to create selection, adjusting color, and adding depth to image.
For this tutorial, we will need these images:
- Water Tower from fairiegoodmother.
- night-fate. from
- Brocade Victorian Gustov 3 from falln-stock.
- from luna-8.
- Old Top Hat collection from azenor-stock.
Step 1: Selecting The Victorian Man
We’ll start by cutting this man from his background. For this type of selection, I prefer to use the manual way, path. From paths panel create new path then using pen tool draw path around the man. As you can see i don’t care much about his face because we will remove it later.
Once we’re done creating path, hit ctrl+Enter to change it to a selection. Press ctrl+J to duplicate the selection to a new layer. You can also do this by selecting menu Layer > New > Layer via Copy. To help focus on the man, hide Background by clicking its eye icon.
Step 3: Removing Face
To remove his face we can just use an eraser.
Step 4: Fixing Floating Hat
Now, we need to create his bottom hat. To do this we must draw manually using clone tool. Activate clone tool and check Sample All Layers. This option allow us to clone on a separate layer and keep the original picture safe. Then create a new layer. With clone tool sample a similar color from his hat by alt+click it.
With clone tool, draw his bottom hat. This might take a while, I spend 10-15 minutes for this. To keep it natural I suggest you to use different clone source every time you click.
Using lasso tool, create ellipse selection underneath his hat and fill it with black.
Add Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to give it a soft realistic shadow.
Step 8: Fixing Collar
We need to manually draw his back collar. The step is a bit similar to what we do when creating bottom part of his hat. Create a selection in collar shape, sample color from his front collar, then draw it directly with brush tool. To avoid flat color we must use many color source from his front collar.
Draw shadow inside his collar and add another Gaussian Blur.
Step 10: Import Man Without Face To New Background.
Now we’re done with this man. Select all (ctrl+A), click Edit > Copy Merged (ctrl+shift+C). In our newpaste the man (ctrl+V) and resize it (ctrl+T). See image below for reference.
Step 11: Dodge and Burn
We still need to fix lighting on the man. To do this, we will use non-destructive burning and dodging. First, alt+click New Layer icon. In the dialog box select Use Previous, Mode: Overlay, and Fill with Overlay.
See picture below! The light source is behind the man so his back must be lighter than his front. To fix this, paint with burn tool to make it darker and dodge tool to make it lighter.
Here’s what we see if the layer is in Normal blend mode.
Step 13: Add Shadow
Off course this man must have shadow. We know that the light source is behind him, so the shadow must be in front of him. Duplicate the man layer and hit ctrl+T. Hold ctrl and move its corner until it lies on the ground.
We don’t want to see his twin lying on the ground right? We want his shadow.
So, here’s the trick. Hit D, this will change foreground color to black. Then hit shift+alt+delete, this will fill layer with foreground color (in our case, black).
We still need to focus on the detail. As you can see below, cane’s shadow moves a little and there’s a hole between his feet. I fix this by doing minor transformation and painting with black.
Add Gaussian blur to create a soft realistic shadow.
Farthest shadow need to be more blurry. So, select those part, soften the selection with Feather (Select > Modify > Feather), and another Gaussian Blur. Here’s a tip: because we’ve just perform a Gaussian Blur we can just hit ctrl+F to repeat it again. If you want to use different radius use ctrl+alt+F.
Add layer mask and add black to white linear gradient to make the shadow fades away.
Step 19: Add Water Tower
Selecting the water tower with path is not a good idea. You’ll get frustrated doing it. The easiest and smartest way is using color information in channel. Our image is in RGB, that’s Red, Green, and Blue. The water tower stands in front of a clear blue sky. So, the sky will be very visible in Blue channel. Now, I want you to duplicate Blue Channel by dragging it to the new channel icon.
Add Levels (ctrl+L) with this setting.
You can see that the sky has magically disappear. Try that with pen tool!
Some part of the water tower is turning white. We can fix it easily by painting it with black.
Here’s the basic principle of masking: “White reveals, Black conceals.” We want to select the water tower, not the sky. So, the sky has to be black and the water tower has to be white. Wait! Our image is completely wrong. That’s easy, just hit ctrl+I to invert it.
Ctrl+click blue copy channel to convert it to a selection. Copy the image and paste it behind our faceless man.
You might notice that the there’s a small part of the sky in the water tower. Here’s one easy way to fix it. Ctrl+click water tank layer. Contract selection by 1 px (Select > Modify > Contract). Click add layer mask icon.
Here’s the result.
Fix the lighting with non-destructive dodging and burning. We have done this in step 11.
Step 26: Adding Depth of Field
It’s time add depth to this image. Cut one of the hat collection from old top hat set. Paste it and place it near the edge of the canvas. Hit ctrl+T and rotate it to give a more dynamic movement.
Give it a Gaussian Blur. Because this hat is near us, we’ll give it a big radius.
Add another hat and give each different radius depends on its position.
Step 29: Add shadow
Dont forget to give shadow to the water tower. The step here is similar to what we did when creating the man’s shadow. Duplicate water tower layer, fill it with black, transformation, add Gaussian blur, and fading it with gradient mask layer.
Again, don’t forget to add shadow for those hats.
Step 31: Final Adjustment
I want to add more blue to the sky. For this, I add adjustment layer Channel Mixer on top of all layers with these settings.
Paint everything with black except the bright sky in top right. Now, only that part is affected by the Channel Mixer.
To add more contrast add adjustment layer Levels with this setting.
Paint everything with black except the faceless man.
Finally, I want to make this picture warmer. Add an adjustment Layer Photo Filter with Warming Filter (85), Density 25%.
And here’s what we have now. I hope you like the final effect. If you have better tips about the technique used here I’d love to hear it.
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What to say to the end of this tutorial and with tips packed article…Hopefully it will help you learn more and enhance your skills as a Photoshop master. Until next time, good luck!