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50 best Photoshop tutorials - Features. Learn techniques for Photoshop across art, illustration, graphics and photography in these tutorials from the world's best practitioners.

50 best Photoshop tutorials - Features

Photoshop is a very versatile software tool, as flexible for seamlessly compositing disparate elements into a beautiful photomotage as it is making your photos look even more stunning. It also provides an effortless platform for creating dynamic graphics for both web and print - and let's not forget its pragmatic usefulness as a day-to-day tool for tranforming graphics and photos into the perfect format for your output requirements. Here we've created a round-up of the best Photoshop tutorials from the past decade of Digital Arts, covering everything from collage and illustration to photography and typography. Some require a recent version of the software, such as Photoshop CC or Photoshop CS6 - but many will work in Photoshop CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 or CS5. Photoshop tutorial types Photo-illustration and collage Advanced compositing techniques. Build experiments into your workflow. Time needed Four hours Skills Retouch skin.

Build experiments into your workflow

Use the Pen tool, anchor points and smart filters. Learn quick masking techniques When creating artwork for a client, you should always expect the unexpected. Not only can the creative brief alter halfway through a project, but the client can change their mind and add lots of amendments within your existing artwork. To avoid re-doing parts of your work from scratch, it’s imperative to ensure you plan ahead and learn how to work in a way that will stop you pulling your hair out when clients present you with changes. In this tutorial, you’ll find out how to create artwork that is strong in its foundation, yet still enables you to experiment along the way. 01 Draw around the main object of your image with the Pen tool in Photoshop – here, the basketball player – and save the path. 02 As the only highlight colour in this piece is red, we want our player to blend into the background while remaining visible. 05 All in all, our player is almost done.

Retouch images with frequency separation. Software: Photoshop CS2 or later Project time: 1-2 hours Skills: Learn a non-destructive retouching workflow, separate an image by spatial frequencies, recontour shadows and highlights One of the black arts of photographic retouching is how to achieve the impossibly smooth, yet sharply rendered skin, textures and fabrics seen in fashion and beauty images.

Retouch images with frequency separation

Photoshop has its own high quality smoothing and sharpening filters, but the two processes tend to be somewhat contradictory. Plot your pictures. Create a rapport with your illustrations. Patterns nowadays can consist of much more than simple repetitions.

Create a rapport with your illustrations

With the growth of digital textile printers, Illustrator and Photoshop have become some of the most powerful tools available for developing complex and colourful designs. They also give creatives the ability to experiment and achieve a large range of results in a very short time. In this tutorial, I will present the process from scratch, selecting a theme, illustrating the elements that will be on the canvas, then building the repetition pattern (called 'rapport' in the fashion industry). Give your photos a pattern kick. In this tutorial I'll show you how to add a bright, graphic edge to your photographic pieces by working in your own colourful pattern designs.

Give your photos a pattern kick

First we'll be creating patterns in Illustrator (alternatively, you can find some I've made earlier on the disc) then blending them into photographic compositions in Photoshop. We'll then look at the best methods of colouring and blending. In the end, it's all about having fun and experimenting with your new patterns. Click here to download the support files (1MB) 01 I always start by browsing for photography stock images. 02 Once you've made up your mind about the right stock picture, the fun starts. Prepare RAW images for print. One mistake that a lot of designers regularly make is to use images straight off the camera.

Prepare RAW images for print

No matter how good your photographer is, I would always strongly suggest doing your own pre-press work before sending your images to print. Photographers often do their own colour-correction so that it looks amazing on screen, but they don't necessarily think about what happens after us designers get our hands on it. After all, there's a massive difference between seeing an image on a shiny backlit LED MacBook Pro screen and seeing it printed on the cheap, porous paper that your client is prepared to pay for. Over the next four pages I'll walk you through how I've worked on one particular photo from a shoot for my streetwear brand AnyForty, enhancing the key details and adding some extra punch before sending the final files to print.

Click here to download the support files (17.8MB) Create an outer world ambiance. Transform paint and pixels with blending modes. Digital art is a rapidly growing industry and it can take something special for your work to stand out.

Transform paint and pixels with blending modes

Originality is key. Stylised gradient effects using Photoshop's channels. By using channels to create adjustment masks you can quickly and easily create very stylised photographic effects or tweaks on any kind of Photoshop work you’re doing.

Stylised gradient effects using Photoshop's channels

In the following walkthrough you’ll see how versatile channels can be in the creative process, enabling you to make quick adjustments that affect the overall look and feel of your image. And all in a non-destructive way, too. 01 Load your RGB image into Photoshop and head over to the Channels palette. We’re going to use the Red channel as a mask later on in the process.

So to store it in its current state, select the Red channel and Ctrl/Right-click on it. 02 Select the RGB channel again and go back to the Layers palette. 03 Now we’ll add a Solid Colour adjustment layer. 04 Now get rid of the selection by either deselecting or clicking somewhere else on the image with the Marquee tool, and press Ctrl/Cmd+I again while the Solid Colour layer’s mask is still selected to invert the selection.