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45 Fresh Must See Photoshop Tutorials from 2012


Today’s blog post is a great round up, which consists of high quality Photoshop tutorials. The roundup has a nice mixture of awesome photo manipulation techniques, as well as beautiful text effects. Whether you are a newbie of Photoshop or a vectran there’s a tutorial suited to you skill level.

This blog post consists of 45 tutorials which where all created within 2012. Its good to do fresh Photoshop tutorials evrey so often, because it helps sharpen your skills, and for you to learn new techniques which you can implement into your design work. Doing fresh photoshop tutorials your learning the latest design techniques, which is one way to stay ahead of the design industry, which moves ever so fast and is ever so easy to get lost in the shuffle as a designer.

I would love to hear in the comments your thoughts on the post, as well as your personal favorite tutorials featured within the article.

1. Design a Grungy Western Movie Poster in Photoshopwestern-photoshop-tutorial

Follow this step by step tutorial to create a grungy western poster design, see the whole design process from start to finish as the various stock resources are manipulated to complete the composition.

2. Create a Smoke Text Effect Using Photoshop’s Non-Destructive Toolssmoke-text-effect

this tutorial is my attempt at a more realistic smokey text effect (because I still had yet to find one I really liked on any site). I also used a more up to date workflow that’s almost entirely non-destructive (meaning you can edit your image later at any time).

3. Create a Semi-Realistic MacBook Pro from Scratch


In the following Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create a semi-realistic MacBook Pro from scratch. First, you will learn how to use the grid and the snap to grid for an easier workflow. We’ll start with some simple vector shapes and several warp techniques along with a bunch of basic tools. Next, we’ll add some color using the Layer Style properties. Finally, we’ll use Layer Masks, Clipping Masks and some discrete Noise to add the final touches for your illustration.

4. Create a Mobile App Icon in Photoshopmobile-app-icon

This tutorial is part of a three-part series explaining how to design UI elements for mobile applications in Photoshop. In this part, it will explain how to design an icon for your mobile device’s home screen.

5. Create a Lomo Effect in 3 Simple Stepslomo-photo-effect

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 10 years then you’re probably familiar with the look of Lomography or “Lomo” style photos. These photos typically feature unique coloring, high contrast, soft focus and dark vignettes. The movement was started in the early nineties when the founders were inspired by the images produced from cheap Russian toy cameras like the Lomo LC-A.

6. Quick Tip: Create a Royal Gold Text Effect in Photoshop Using Layer Stylesroyal-gold-texteffect

In this quick tutorial you will show you how to create a royal gold text effect using layer styles in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

7. How To Create a Vibrant Abstract Shards Poster Design


Follow this step by step Illustrator and Photoshop tutorial to create a cool poster design of vibrant shard graphics. you’ll create the array of shapes with Illustrator’s vector tools before finishing off the poster with some subtle textures in Photoshop.

8. Hell Rider Photoshop Tutorialhellrider

Inspired by the trailer of Ghost Rider I tried to make something similar but not quite the same. In this tutorial you will learn how to work with fire stock images, how to create a dark background and how to make certain light effects. Enjoy

9. Create a Dynamic Particle Explosion in Photoshopwegraphics

In this tutorial, It will explain my process for using our latest freebie brush set to create a particle explosion.

10. Design a photorealistic app icon in Photoshopwooden-app-icon

In this tutorial,you’ll explain how to use light and shadow to make realistic artwork – in this case, a record player app icon. Using Photoshop’s powerful layer styles, you’ll learn how to produce impressive results in a short amount of time.

11. The Avengers Poster in Photoshopavengers-poster-tutorial

So in this tutorial you will be shown how to create the shine effect of The Avengers poster using only Photoshop. We will pretty much play only with Layer Styles and the Brush Tool (B).

12. Create a Rusty and Worn Metallic Textured Skull Using 3D Rendersrusty-metalic-skull

Photoshop is a fantastic tool to help 3D artists save time and improve the look of their renders. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to combine ZBrush materials and lighting render passes to create a stunning metallic textured skull.

13. How To Create An Epic Metallic Band Logometalic-text

This tutorial will guide you through techniques in Photoshop that will create an atmospheric, grungy logo, perfect for industrial, rock or metal bands. And the techniques you will learn are applicable to many more subjects, the most obvious ones being movie and game titles.

14. How to create Abstract Wormhole Backgroundabsract-background

Today, I’m going to show you how using brushes and different adjustment layers in Adobe Photoshop CS5 you can create abstract wormhole background. Layered PSD file included.

15. Super Easy Pewter Style Metal Text Effect in Photoshopmetalic-text-effect

Follow this step by step tutorial to create a realistic pewter style metal text effect in Photoshop. The best part is it’s really easy! Just a couple of Photoshop layer styles is all it takes to create the basic effect, with a subtle tweak or two to perfect the lighting to maximise the realism.

16. How to Create a Steampunk Type Treatment in Photoshopsteam-punk-text-effect

I don’t know what it is about steampunk style that’s so appealing. Maybe it’s the mix of old world and imaginative technology, or the distressed grungy style that attracts me. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to create steampunk imagery, and in this tutorial, I’m going to walk through the techniques I used to create this steampunk type treatment in Photoshop.

17. Create a Pimped Out Truck Using Photoshop and Point and Shoot Photostruck-illustration

Making modifications to your car or truck in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a pimped out truck modification using photos taken with a simple point and shoot camera, with no advanced lighting setup.

18. Create liquid effects in Photoshopbird-illustration

In this tutorial you will learn how to create interesting, fluid elements using the Liquify filter. Using just a single image, you can create a whole variety of effects by pushing, pulling, rotating, reflecting, puckering and bloating any area as subtly or drastically as you wish.

19. Create an “Action” Text Effect in Photoshopaction-text-effect

In this quick tip tutorial you will demonstrate how to create a cinematic “Action” Text Effect in Photoshop using layer styles.

20. How to Draw a Realistic Samsung Galaxy S2 – Photoshop Tutorialsamsung-galaxy

In this tutorial, you are going to draw the famous Samsung Galaxy in Photoshop and Illustrator. We will start by drawing its wireframe in Illustrator and then exporting it to Photoshop to add some sophisticated lighting and other effects.

21. Enigmatic Black and White Flyer Design Tutorial with Photoshopflyer-design

With this tutorial I wanted to create a club flyer design that was not your typical “scantily clad” affair that appeals to the more discerning club goers. So, with a few easy Photoshop and Illustrator effects, and my preference for black and white elegance, I created this enigmatic and outer space type design.

22. Create a Dynamic Portrait with Flashy Light Effects


Learn how to create your own futuristic portraits with swirling ribbons of light. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create light streaks and other high-tech elements that you can incorporate into your own photos!

23. Create a Mixed Media Style Design In Photoshopmixed-media

Learn how to create this creative mixed-media composition in Photoshop! You will learn how to combine different graphic elements with extensive use of layer masks. This is a great tutorial for designers who want to experiment with a more modern approach to digital collages.

24. How to Create an Easy Dispersion Effect in Photoshopdisspersion-text-effect

Giving a subject a dispersion or splatter effect can create an incredibly dynamic image. The best part is, it’s very quick and easy to do with a few Photoshop brushes, but the end result can look very complex as if it took you hours to create. In this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through 3 easy steps to create this dispersion effect.

25. Create a Medieval Battle Axe in Photoshopmedivial-axe

Create a Medieval Battle Axe in Photoshop will demonstrate how to construct a medieval battle axe in Photoshop. This tutorial will cover several techniques but don’t worry, it won’t be too difficult to follow.

26. How to Create a Fan Illustration From Scratching Using Photoshopfan-illustration

In the following tutorial your will learn how to create a fan illustration.

27. Photo Manipulate a Cute Flying Pig Sceneflying-pig-tutorial

A great tutorial on how to create a pig photo manipulation using Photoshop.

28. How to Make a Metallic Transformers-Style Logo


Yesterday I was browsing through the movie section at the local grocery store, and the logo graphic on this new Transformers movie box set caught my eye. It’s just a simple TF, but the shape and the use of light and texture are striking. After studying it for a moment, I thought it would make an excellent tutorial here at WeGraphics.

29. How to Create a Chocolaty Valentine’s Day Card


This Valentine’s day, show your true love with a Valentine’s Day card! Whether it’s for your partner or yourself, you’ll have a fun time making it. This tutorial will show you how to create an easy swirling background and how to use layer styles to create a chocolaty text effect. Once you’re done, feel free to customize it with personal photos or just a few cute hearts.

30. How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshopabstract

This Valentine’s day, show your true love with a Valentine’s Day card! Whether it’s for your partner or yourself, you’ll have a fun time making it. This tutorial will show you how to create an easy swirling background and how to use layer styles to create a chocolaty text effect. Once you’re done, feel free to customize it with personal photos or just a few cute hearts.

31. How To Create a Dirty Typographic Blackletter Design black-letter-design

In today’s tutorial you’re going to create a typographic blackletter layout full of character with dirty textures. We’ll begin by creating the layout in Illustrator before importing everything into Photoshop to bring the design to life with colour, tone and weathered textures.

32. Professional Widow – ManipulationTutorialprofesstion-widow

Time for your photo manipulation dose. This is a bit more concentrated so it’s for more experienced consumers. Ok, enough joking. In this manipulation I will show you how to play with fire, how to smoothen skin using the Mixer Brush Tool and how to create realistic light effects. This is for the slightly more advanced manipulator.

33. Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effectcustom-brushes

In this this tutorial you will be walk through a few steps on how to use custom Photoshop brushes along with a few vector elements to create this immersive lighting effect composition. You’ll be surprised at how easy the steps are to create this piece.

34. Create an Action Packed Movie Poster in Photoshopaction-packed-movie-poster

In this tutorial you will explain how to create a character-centered movie poster using photo manipulation techniques. You will also explain how add text to give our poster a cinematic feel.

35. How to Create a Watercolor Portrait in 3 Simple Stepswatercolor-typography-text

Recently I began experimenting with a quick technique for creating a watercolor style portrait with some of the brushes that we’ve created here at WeGraphics. After some trial and error I’ve come up with a 3 step process that ends in a nice effect that works on just about any portrait.

36. Create a Dragan Style Portrait Effect in 5 Steps


If you’re a photo buff of any level, you’ve most likely heard of or seen the amazing work of Andrzej Dragan. His portraits have a very high contrast and color style all their own. The effect is stunning and eye catching. It reveals a lot about the subject that the naked eye doesn’t get to see. A similar effect can be created in Photoshop with just a few simple steps. Lets take a look.

37. Light Bulb Inspired Text Effectlight-bulb-text-effect

Layer styles are a powerful and time saving feature that can help you apply amazing effects to your designs. In this tutorial you will use layer styles to create a light bulb inspired text effect in Photoshop.

38. Create a Cinematic “Sergeant America” Text Effect in Photoshopsergent-america

In this quick tip tutorial it will demonstrate how to create a cinematic “Sergeant America” Text Effect using the layer styles.

39. Create a Baseball-Inspired Text Effect in Photoshopbaseball-text-effect

Applying texture to a text effect can be a lot of fun. In this tutorial you will explain how to create a baseball-inspired text effect using layer styles, patterns, and brushes.

40. Samsung Galaxy S Photoshop Tutorialsamung-phone

in this tutorial you will create a Samsung Galaxy S with some simple techniques in Photoshop. You will be using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, the Pen Tool, shape mode and some effect in Blending Options. So, you should know the basics of them.

41. Beer Text Photoshop Tutorialbeer-text

A walk through the process of creating beer text! This design can go in many directions, so make sure to experiment with the Layer Styles to get the exact result that you’re looking for!

42. Create a “Transfarmers” Text Effect Using Layer Styles in Photoshoptransformers-text-effect

In today’s quick tip tutorial it will demonstrate how to create a cinematic “Transfarmers” Text Effect using the layer styles.

43. Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial


The reason why is hard to come up with ideas for abstract artworks is because the composition is a lot more important than on manipulations. Things like color combinations, light effect and the elements that make up the artwork must be balanced and have to complement one another in order to create an artworks that’s pleasing to the eye.

44. Easy Tutorial On How To Create A Bokeh Background In Photoshopbokeh-background

This is a great detailed video tutorial, which will show you how to create a bokeh background with the aid of Photoshop. The tutorial is easy to follow and the end outcome is super easy to achieve and looks great when finished. The tutorial will show you how you can use the brush engine tool, which is a personal favourite feature of mine.

45. Photo Manipulate an Eerie Smoke Ship Compositionsmoke-affect

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an conceptual surreal photo-manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advance tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, the Eraser tool and several adjustment layers. We will learn how to create light and darkness to make the background look seamless.

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