Photoshop enables you to pull off some advanced image editing techniques with little effort. The program contains an army of tools to help you work smarter, not harder. You can use it for anything from basic photo editing, to making a giant papercraft head of yourself for Halloween — it’s up to you how far you take it.
This list has tutorials to help you increase your abilities, as well as projects that practice your skills. So, crack your knuckles, grab a cup of coffee — and dive in.
The links below can help you get to know your way around Photoshop. You will find guides on using the application and tips on setting up your workspace.
If you are new to Photoshop or need a refresher, this tutorial will help. Get a full overview of the Photoshop environment — and learn how to set your workspace.
Bridge is media management software. This tutorial shows you how to setup up Bridge with Photoshop for a smooth experience.
The nature of your project will dictate which type of file format you want to use. Find out how to save files in every supported format.
Get to know your way around the different Tool Galleries (Selection, Crop and Slice, Retouching, Painting, Drawing, Navigation, and 3D tools) and learn how to customize them.
The crop tool is probably the most convenient way to change the size of your canvas.
Grids can be a useful visual aid. Photoshop provides grids and gridlines you can use to guide your projects.
Actions are macros that you can use to automate tasks and build custom file templates among other things.
Learn how to create Smart Objects and what you can use them for.
If you have a supported camera, you can use Camera Raw to edit the Raw files in Photoshop.
Getting to Know the Editing Tools
This section contains tutorials that can help you gain proficiency with Photoshop. Once you are familiar with the settings and tool options, or as the famous recording artist Beck might say, “All the rules you choose to get loose” — you can really get creative.
You may want to warp an image to change its perspective for a number of reasons.
Get tips on using brushes, brush settings, custom brushes, shortcuts, and more.
The Pen Tool is an essential tool for drawing, and creating paths. Learn how to get a grip on it here.
The Background Eraser is one of the best tools to remove unwanted areas of an image. It is especially useful for tight spaces around complex shapes.
The clone stamp tool is quite versatile. This tutorial gives a basic overview of the tool along with a practice file to play with.
You can use the Magic Eraser tool to change similar pixels to transparent to remove unwanted background areas.
You can automatically erase unwanted backgrounds with the pencil tool. Learn how and when you should use it.
The Selection Process
There are multiple ways to select parts of an image in Photoshop. Making clean selections that are easy to work with isn’t always easy, but Photoshop has many tools designed to help. The tutorials below will help you master to art of selecting.
The Marquee Tools include the Rectangular Marquee, and the Eliptical Marquee. Learn about their settings and features here.
This is a short and sweet demonstration on using the Lasso and Magic Wand Tools to make selections.
The Quick Selection tool takes the headache out of making selections.
Get to know how to use Color Range to select a certain color or range of colors.
Ever wanted to resize more than one image or layer at once? Learn how.
Quick Mask Mode allows you to make complex selections easily.
The Power of Layers and Layer Masks
Working with Layers is an incredibly powerful and convenient way to edit images. The concept of working with layers is central to Photoshop’s approach. The tutorials below have lots of good information on working with layers, and layer masks.
24. Intro to Layers
If you are interested in learning how Layers work, this is the place to start. Explore the Layers Panel and learn how to create, edit, and manipulate layers.
This tutorial takes a look at Color Balance and Selective Color. These tools can be used to add a striking effect to any image.
You can use clipping masks to cut out shapes for a number of purposes.
By interlacing layers, you can interweave objects together. This tutorial shows you how to do this using layers and selections.
Learn how to use the powerful features of the Move Tool to automatically align layers.
29. Layer Shortcuts
Shortcuts help you work quickly so you can get things done at the speed of inspiration. This tutorial will teach you essential layer shortcuts.
Quick Masks (Rubylith Overlay) were added in Photshop 4.0 to the delight of anyone who has ever used the Lasso to cutout anything fuzzy, hairy, or wooly. Learn how to use them to make complex selections.
31. Layer Blending
Helpful tips and explanations on blending modes in Photoshop. This comprehensive tutorial walks you through it in practice as well.
This tutorial uses some advanced masking techniques to simulate star trails in the background of an image.
33. Refining a Mask
Learn how you can use the Refine Mask panel to adjust your masks. The settings and options give you tight control over your selections.
Vector Masks are usually more precise than their pixel-based counterparts. This tutorial shows you how to use the shape tools, or the pen tool to create a Vector Mask.
Image Retouching and Editing
In Photoshop, you can remove a wart, turn back time, correct lighting, resize images, and add artistic effects to an image all within the span of the time it takes to get up and walk to the refrigerator. The tutorials below have all sorts of tips to help you sweeten your photos and make them better overall.
Many people just want to do some basic photo editing. This tutorial can help you spruce up your photos with some essential photo editing techniques.
Learn how you can soften skin tone, sharpen eyes, and sharpen lips to enhance your photos.
This simple guide shows how to rotate an image and use the crop tool to remove unwanted areas.
Ever meet someone in public whose teeth don’t quite live up to their digital counterpart’s? Perhaps they have been using a little Photoshop magic to hide the truth. Find out how to go from dingy yellow to pearly white with a few clicks.
Changing the eye color of your subject can be delicate work. This tutorial shows you how to do it with ease.
40. Remove Wrinkles
Want to learn how to make someone appear younger? The healing brush can reduce or remove the appearance of wrinkles.
This tutorial shows you how to add 40 years to a photo in just 20 minutes. It’s very detailed and easy to understand.
You can reverse the aging process just as easily. This tutorial shows how to make skin look 20 years younger.
Tell your model to skip the beauty salon today (depending on how much they need it). Learn how to remove hair from a photo.
Photographers can get plenty of use out of the Levels histogram. This tutorial shows you how to use Levels to adjust the color tones in your image.
This tutorial shows you how to use a Lumosity Mask to control highlights and shadows.
This short video gives you a brief, yet thorough explanation of sharpening.
Color, Shadows, and Highlights in Photoshop
Photoshop has many tools to help you work with color, shadows, and highlights the smart way — not the hard way. After all, learning how to automate tasks that are painstakingly laborious is half the job of a designer.
This is an incredibly useful trick to know. Learn how to convert a photo to black and white, then add it to an adjustment layer for editing.
This tutorial shows you how to use the Shadows/Highlights command to adjust the tone of an image. This is useful for correcting areas of an image that are too dark or light.
Learn how to use the Dodge tool to lighten areas of an image, and the Burn tool to darken areas.
This is an introduction to digital painting through Photoshop. Get familiar with the Brush Panel in all its glory.
There is a short video explaining how to paint, edit, and adjust an image using Photoshop’s Painting Tools. Check this out if you want to learn how to set up the Brush and Pencil.
With Curves you can have dynamic control over the color and tone of an image.
53. Match Skin Tones
Inconsistent distribution of light and shadow can cause skin tones to look unnatural in photographs. This tutorial shows you how to match skin tones, the right way.
This tutorial gives you a complete rundown on using Hue/Saturation — another powerful tool for adjusting both the tone and color of your images.
Hard light blending is very easy to do for any beginner. Learn how to achieve this striking effect on a portrait.
Animation and Video Editing
Photoshop has changed immensely since the first version came out in 1990. Since CS3, Photoshop has the capability for basic video editing and animation. See the tutorials below to find out how to put those tools to work.
This tutorial shows you how to create timeline animations to create your own animation.
57. Edit Video
Photoshop also allows you to edit video and add audio. This tutorial shows you the basics of video editing in Photoshop.
This article shows you how to set up Photoshop to print large documents through a commercial printing press.
GIFs can have much more of an impact than a static image. This tutorial shows you how to create a looping animated GIF.
Graphic Design Web Design Tutorials
The following tutorials cover projects related to the fields of graphic design, and web design.
This detailed tutorial shows you how to create a 3D cylinder (a soda can), and add your own label.
Learn how to create a mockup for a 3D package to prototype a design.
You should have a basic working knowledge of HTML for this one. This is a detailed tutorial that may take some time, but it is well-written. It goes through the process of designing a layout in Photoshop, then converting it to HTML.
Whether you are an aspiring designer or you want to create your own business cards, this tutorial can help. Learn how to make a business card mockup with the vanishing point filter.
Make your own custom t-shirt mockup for apparel design. This tutorial is a good example of setting up your layers before you begin editing.
You can also use a similar method to add tattoos to your subject. Try this tutorial to find out how.
Artboards make it easier to tailor your design for mobile devices.
Fun Example Projects
The best way to learn is by doing. Try out the fun-filled projects below to build up your Photoshop chops. These tutorials are excellent for building practical skills in Photoshop. The skill levels range from beginner to intermediate.
This is a fun one that doesn’t take too much effort. This step-by-step guide and video shows you how to use Transform, Warp, and Liquify to make a caricature.
This tutorial is a good workout for anyone who needs experience setting up custom brushes. You’ll be creating a tasty 3D jelly bean text. Cool Beans!
This quick little tutorial shows you how to make a geometric pattern in 60 seconds. This is a good exercise for making your own tiled patterns.
Create an action to instantly turn a photo into a sketch. The result is very sophisticated, especially considering how easy this one is.
With Photoshop you can simulate any texture. Learn how to create Lego block art using a series of selections, masks, and layer adjustments.
Go from realistic to Rembrandt in a few minutes. Create a dramatic painting of your dog (or cat) with this adorable tutorial.
Single exposure is fine for the average photographer, but double exposure can be twice as nice. Learn how to make a professional, trendy double exposure portrait.
This walkthrough is great for building up your skills with custom shapes.
Adding drawn elements to an image can add depth and whimsy. Checkout this tutorial that blends digital art with hand drawn doodles.
Filters can turn what used to be hours of work into a single click. Learn how to apply the artistic filter to turn any photo into a painting.
Create your emoticons in Photoshop with pixel art. Have fun with this easy tutorial.
This project shows you how to add some energetic lines to an image. This is good practice for using the pen tool and working with layers.
Knowledgeable Photoshop users can get lots of mileage out of the high pass filter. Learn how to use it for sharpening, softening, and contrast adjustment.
This tutorial shows you how to put the focus on your subject, by blurring specific points of the background.
Sometimes reality just isn’t enough. A hyper-realistic effect adds a dose of imagination to spice up things.
83. Using Iris Blur
This short tutorial is a study on using Iris Blur to create a variety of different results.
Here’s a fun little tutorial on how to make a fiery portrait to give your subject some serious attitude.
Try out this tutorial to get some interesting light effects. This is a really fun one for intermediate users.
Make it look like you are moving fast with this beginner level tutorial on the motion blur effect.
A short tutorial that shows you how to quickly add a glowing effect to an image.
Practice your technical skills in Photoshop while you build an adorable composite image of a cat on the high seas.
Andy Warhol, the influential 20th century artist who popularized the pop art movement, used assistants to help create many of his illustrations. Instead of using people as assistants, you can use Photoshop to create a Warhol style effect on your image.
Photoshop CS6 added the feature to create vector shape layers. This tutorial shows you how to use them.
Creating a boke effect is an easy way to add an air of sophistication to an image.
92. Swap Heads
This tutorial walks you through the time-honored tradition of swapping heads in Photoshop. Have fun and be nice.
We all know that the camera adds ten pounds. With Photoshop and a little finesse, you can make your subject look much thinner.
94. Remove Red Eye
Red eye can turn a normal human being in the photo into someone that resembles a demon from Bloody Mallory. Learn how to get rid of it as easily as Olivia Bonamy vanquishes the undead.
This tutorial shows you a couple basic techniques for changing hair color using the healing brush.
Reinterpret Henry Matisse with this fine arts tutorial.
Learn how this designer goes about simulating wood textures in Photoshop.
This tutorial shows you how to create a concrete effect with embedded text.
Create a custom water splash image from scratch with this tutorial.
Realistic composite images are always fun to make. Try this one out to create a funky new species of animal like a cabbit.
Expand Your Photoshop Knowledge
All of these tutorials should keep your pretty busy for a while. You won’t be able to help expanding your skillset. Happy learning!