→  How to Create a Grunge Style Illustration with Stains

A great photoshop tutorial… Well done!…

→  44 Must Learn Web Design Layout Tutorials in Photoshop

Most Web Design Layouts are normally done in Photoshop and since its the most overused application on creating web layouts, I list down some of the most helpful and nice photoshop tutorials on how to make a good web design layout  to enhance your experience and ideas.

Here is a collection of  44 Web Design Layout Tutorials in Photoshop to teach you create your own layout for your website. Check them out, learn and enjoy the tutorials…

→  Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop

Ever wanted to make text out of grass? Well with Photoshop you can. In this tutorial we’ll create a rather cool-looking grass-text effect using a photo of grass, the Pen Tool and a bit of patience…

→  Lomo image tutorial

Cool effect… It’s a good photoshop editing tutorial…

→  Text In Stitches. Photoshop tutorial...

Over the years as a graphic designer I’ve accumulated a wealth of custom brushes, shapes and actions that I keep carefully organized and labeled for future use. The brush set I’ll be sharing with you today has been in my collection for probably five of six years and every once in a while I’ll find a good reason to load it into my brushes palette. If you’ve never done that before, don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it as we go.

If you’re playing along at home you should download the brush set before we get started…

→  How to Turn an Ordinary Photo Into an Extraordinary Photo

I’ve often been asked about my process for tweaking photos. I thought I’d use one of my favorite photos and show how I took it from initial capture to final public display…

→  Photoshop Technique: Faking Depth Of Field + Free Photoshop Action Download

Here’s a quick technique that I use to fake depth of field in Photoshop and add realism to my images. I’ve seen this technique mentioned in various tutorials I’ve read, so it’s really nothing new. But it’s a good trick that I feel you should know.

  1. Create a new Channel
  2. With that Channel selected, add a reflected gradient at about 80 degrees. Black in the center and white around the edges.
  3. Select your RGB channel and go back to your layers.
  4. 4. Filter > Lens Blur
  5. Select your new alpha channel as your “depth map” source
  6. Adjust the radius to your liking, don’t overdo it. Be gentle.

→  Photoshop Depth Of Field Effect Tutorial

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to look at an easy way to adjust the depth of field in a photo, keeping only a small portion of the image in focus while taking the rest of it out of focus. This is a great way to bring attention to a specific part of an image (someone’s face, for example), and the effect is similar to how things would look if we had shot the photo with a wide aperture. For best results, we’ll be using Photoshop’s Lens Blur filter to create this effect, which is available in Photoshop CS and later, which means you’ll need at least Photoshop CS to follow along with this tutorial. If you’re using Photoshop 7 or earlier, you can still achieve good results with Photoshop’s classic Gaussian Blur filter, but the Lens Blur filter is the filter of choice for this effect because it tries to mimic how an actual camera lens works, whereas the Gaussian Blur filter simply blurs everything out.

→  Best Photoshop Website Layout Tutorials of 2009

Let’s take a look back at the best tutorials for creating website layouts in Photoshop in 2009. There were a number of great tutorials of this kind throughout the year, many more than in years past, making it a great year for anyone who wants to improve their design skills. Here is a look at 25 of the best.

→  How to Make a White Holiday Scene in Illustrator

In this tutorial we create an entire winter landscape and fill it using numerous techniques, like blended blizzards, sprayed snowflakes, and more. The techniques we use to create this illustration are fairly basic, but we cover alot of ground here, and therefore the level of detail of the tutorial will appeal to an intermediate level audience. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

→  How to Publish a Magazine in a Day and a Half

Derek Powazek’s guide to compiling a printed magazine in a little over a day contains plenty of sage advice. For Strange Light he curated 54 photographs of last month’s dust storm in Sydney, and offers insight into the process of approaching photographers to seek permission to use their work. The resulting publication is for sale on MagCloud for just enough to cover printing costs.


→  Blur the Background - Photoshop video tutorial

In this video lesson, learn how to blur the background to place the focus on selected objects in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements…

Texturing an Image in Photoshop for Absolute Beginners


I use PhotoShop CS3, but this’ll work with any version.
If you’re not using PS, I’m confident you’ll be able to find your way through it in whatever program you’re using.

I’d suggest printing this so you can follow it step by step.

  1. Start by opening the image that you want to add a texture to.
  2. In the layers palette on the right, (R) click on the background layer & select “Duplicate layer”. This layer will be called “Background copy”, & will sit immediately above the “background” layer. (This is to preserve your original copy)
  3. Do whatever adjustments you would usually do until you’re happy with the image as it is. ( ie – levels, curves, hue/sat, curves etc.)
  4. Flatten the image - To do this, go to the Layers palette® click on a layer, & select “Flatten image”.
  5. Now it’s time to apply the texture image. First, you need to make sure that your texture image is the same size as your background image. To do this: Go to your top toolbar & look for the “Image” tab, & click on it. Then click on “Image Size”. You’ll need to write down the following details: Pixel dimensions – Width & Height, & Resolution. Click OK or Cancel to close that window.
  6. Now go to your top tool bar, click on “File” & “Open” your texture image.
  7. Now that you’re in your texture image, go to “Image”, “Image Size” again, & make sure “Resample Image” is checked, & “Constrain Proportions” is unchecked… In that same window, change the resolution & Pixel dimensions – Width & Height to the same details that you wrote down earlier. Click “OK”. Now your texture image is the same as your background image.
  8. Minimize the texture image. Do not close it, just minimize it. Now you should see your background image workspace again.
  9. In your background again, go to your layers palette & create a “Background copy” like we did in step (2).
  10. Go to the little toolbar on the bottom of the “Layers Palette” & look for the little icon that looks like a square with the bottom left corner turning up. This is the “Create new layer” button. Click on this & create a new layer, which you can rename to “texture”. Make sure this layer is active (it’ll be highlighted in grey).
  11. Go to “Image”, then “Apply Image”. Now you’ll see a window with a dropdown box named “Source” at the top. Look for your texture image in the dropdown box, select it, & click “OK”. You’ll see the texture appear in the “texture” layer that you created in step (10). Now it’s time to get creative…..
  12. In the layers palette double click on the little thumbnail image of your texture. You’ll get a window called “Layer Style”. Under “Blending Options”, “General blending” you’ll see that the current blend mode is “normal”. Click on this dropbox & start experimenting with the different blend modes. I usually use “overlay”, “soft light”, or “hard light”. This whole “Layer style” window is one you can experiment with as much as you like until you come up with the look you want. Click “OK” when you’re done.
  13. You can change the blend mode of your background copy also. At this stage you just need to be doing whatever you want to achieve the look you like.
  14. For a bit more depth to your texturing, you can try duplicating each layer, & then alternate their order on the palette by dragging them up & down. Eg: texture copy, background copy 2, texture, background copy, background (this one is locked, so will always remain on the bottom).
  15. In the Layers palette you can adjust the “opacity” of each layer for more or less of the effect.
  16. Don’t forget to save as you go. I like to save all my layers as a psd (Photoshop document) so that I can make changes to it at any time in the future. When you have a final image that you like, flatten the image ( as in step 4), & “save as” a jpeg (or your preferred format).
  17. Upload to redbubble so that we can all see how well you’ve done!!!! And that’s it!

Just remember that there’s no “rules” for this….. a lot of it is just experimenting as you go. What works for one image might look horrid on another, so trust your instincts!


→  50+ Truly Useful Photoshop Tutorials For Amazing Photo Effects

Designers love all of those photoshop tutorials that can help them to learn more and more everyday and give them direction to design more beautiful and attractive creative works. And the demand for Photo Effects tutorials are too much in these days. We know this very well and SmashingApps is all about to feature all those smashing stuffs that are free and useful for designers. Today, we are going to list down 50+ Truly Useful Photoshop Tutorials For Amazing Photo Effects. We hope you all will like this collection.

→  Create Striking Photos with Good Color Contrast

Many photographers know how to use contrast to benefit their photos. Contrast makes photos eye catching and can even make the most basic looking photos look great. There are two types of contrast:

Tonal contrast: Many excel at shooting photos with good tonal contrast. A good example of tonal contrast are silhouettes. The foreground is completely dark while the background is properly exposed. This works well because there is a sharp difference between the dark and light areas. undefined

Color contrast: is used less frequently because many people do not think about it. Capturing a photograph with good color contrast is more difficult than tonal contrast, but it is still quite easy. An image with good color contrast can look great even without any tonal contrast. In the example on the left, the image looks great even with very little tonal contrast.