11 Fascinating and Educational Tutorials Teaching You How to Produce Better Photo Effects

Ability to produce spotless, great-looking photo effect is something that every Photoshopper strives to achieve. We all know Photoshop is designed to help us make photo/image look great, however, because Photoshop itself is such as large-scale, complicated software, sometimes it’s difficult for beginners or even intermediate users to find the function and option they need to make such effect. That’s why many tutorials have been created to help overcoming this difficulty.

In this post, I will show you my collection of 11 Fascinating and Educational Tutorials Teaching You How to Produce Better Photo Effects. Those are tutorial that I came across months or even years ago, and until now they still reside in my firefox bookmarks. It’s a small collection, however I’m sure  you will find pretty much everything you need to make great looking photos, based on the techniques outlined in each tutorial.

Hope you enjoy them and learn lots :)


For your viewing convenience, I broke down the tutorials into three difficulty levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advance.

Here goes the list, enjoy!

Beginner Level

Basic Photo Editing Tutorial

For this tutorial I will be showing you how I personally edit my photos. These are just the basics such as removing blemishes and smoothing the skin as well as making other general adjustment.

– source: thetragictruth-of-me.deviantart.com

basic photo editing

Finding and Identifying the Light Source

Use Photoshop to create and add a dramatic ray of light to your photos. It’s easy, accurate, and fun! This tutorial shows you how to find and identify the light source for your photo. Fairly easy, have a try!

– source: photoshoptutorials.ws

light source

Photoshop Tutorials: Turn A Photo Into A Collage Of Polaroids

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how to take a single photograph and turn it into a collage of polaroids, with each polaroid containing a small section of the overall image. You can use this effect with lots of different types of images, whether it’s a photo of one person or several people. It’s great for photos of family or friends, vacation photos, or even as a creative effect for wedding photography.

– source: photoshopessentials.com


Transform Photo into Watercolor Painting

This tutorial shows a quick and easy method to transform photo into watercolour Painting by using just a few steps. The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use it pretty much any photo of your choice. Have a try!

– source: 10steps.sg


Intermediate Level

Faking HDR in Adobe Photoshop

This HDR Photoshop tutorial shows quite easy way to fake HDR photos in Photoshop. You don’t need to shoot into RAW or take multiple photos – one JPEG file is enough.

– source: nill.cz

fake hdr

Lighting a Giant Elephant

If you’re like me, every now and then you find yourself needing to insert a subject image into a background where the lighting between the two doesn’t quite match. Your subject image may be flatly lit, while your background contains crisp shadows and highlights — and if you don’t correct the problem you run the risk of getting a load of critical comments.

– source: worth1000.com


Fiery Photoshop Space Explosion Tutorial

Illustrating scenes from the final frontier can make for some beautiful work. In this tutorial — the longest we’ve ever published — I’ll walk you through creating a spectacular space scene featuring two planets colliding. Strap yourselves in, Photoshoppers!

– Source: psd.tutsplus.com


Seamless compositing

Learn how to fake unbelievable fantasy images, like this giant warrior lizard, using some clever Photoshop trickery.

– source: digitalartsonline.co.uk


Advance Level

Create dynamic distortion effects

In the following steps, I’ll let you in on one of the most effective and easily mastered techniques that I use to make striking, dynamic distortions of subjects – in this case I’ve used a model, although the technique can be adapted to any objects that you wish to feature in your work, such as cars or trees.

– source: computerarts.co.uk


Matte Painting

This tutorial is actually a “making of” where I explain how I proceeded to achieve this matte painting. I use a Wacom Intuos² A4 board, if you don’t have any graphic board this is going to be hard but not impossible. At each step of the matte painting, useless to remind you to create a new layer so that the work will be easier and mistakes avoided!

– source: 3dtotal.com


Create a Powerful Mental Wave Explosion Effect

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a crazy explosion, like a mix of Magneto’s ability with Peter Petrelli’s power. We will use images and filters to produce this wave explosion effect. Even though it may look like a difficult tutorial, it’s really not that hard.

And just by the way, this is the most amazing, comprehensive, absolutely beyond awesome tutorial I have ever seen so far on the interent.You’ve got to try this out.

– source: psd.tutsplus.com


Ok that’s it for this 11 Fascinating and Educational Tutorials Teaching You how to Produce Better Photo Effects post here on psdvault.com. Hope you enjoy this collection and found those tutorial interesting and useful.

Till next time, have a good night!

My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.