If you want to work in Photoshop, there are dozens of tutorials out there. Maybe even hundreds. But it can be hard to find the right one, or you keep hitting paywalls, or you just can’t find something that covers the effect you’re looking for… The list below isn’t exhaustive, but it does contain tutorials with some truly striking effects by some of the best Photoshop artists out there - and these might just point you in the right direction to find other awesome tutorials as well.
Glitchy Sci-Fi Art
Ever wondered how to get this look? Mart Biemans explains how to take a normal photo and turn it into a digital painting that looks amazingly complex. The more time you invest into it, the better the results, but you’ll find that it shapes up pretty quickly.
Low Poly Portraits
These low poly portraits can be the perfect thing to spice up an otherwise boring image. Here Breno Bitencourt takes you through how to do it yourself – from the very first stages to the finished product.
Want to get that comic-book look? Artist Daniel Caballero explains how he does it with vectors using a reference photo, step by step, in this tutorial. His interface is in Spanish, but the tutorial adds the English-language translations where necessary to keep you in the loop.
Turning a portrait into a mosaic can be a little overdone – if it’s done wrong. This tutorial shows you how to create striking artwork from a base photograph, through the expertise of Fabio Sasso.
Retro Photos with ‘Light-leak’
Want to get that retro look? Okay, there are filters everywhere that can do this for you, but Fabio Sasso’s two hour tutorial shows you how to make it look real.
That film noir look is great, but a lot of people have no idea how to capture it. Tigz Rice’s tutorial takes you through it step by step.
Those vintage photos you see around can sometimes be made really striking by adding a pop of color. This tutorial shows you how to do it while keeping that retro look.
Got the perfect photo, but the model just doesn’t look right? This tutorial shows you how to use Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify Tool to tweak expressions to get the right mood.
It doesn’t matter how great your image is if you don’t know how to add depth and real texture. This tutorial by Igor Šcekic shows you how to use highlights and shadows to get an amazing 3D look.
Select and Mask Tools
Select and Mask can be powerful tools – if you know how to use them. Here Tigz Rice covers the basics of the features as revamped in 2016.
2016 BAFTA Posters
These posters were pretty unforgettable, and Levente Szabo has been kind enough to provide a step by step tutorial of how exactly he puts them together. This is a pretty involved process, but the results are definitely worth it.
Digital Comic Look
The art in comics these days can be frankly stunning, and this tutorial shows you how to borrow the look, with the help of digital artist Douglas A. Sirois.
The Dispersion Effect
Got any favorite Photoshop tutorials? Any effect you just love to see? Share in the comments!