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Learn how to create special effects with photoshop. Free photoshop tutorials, learn how to make special effects for photographers and designers

How to make a vintage Toy camera effect in Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop Tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a lomography toy camera effect in Photoshop. We are going to imitate the Hola look and apply it to our digital photos for a low-fi style effect.

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How to make water reflections with realistic ripples in Photoshop

How to create realistic looking water reflections in Photoshop. This free Photoshop tutorial shows a quick way to add a water reflection to a photo. There are a couple of little tricks that Colin throws in to add an extra touch of realism.

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Easily Change the Color of an object in Photoshop, no selections required

This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to easily change the color of anything in a photo without the need to create selections. This tutorial is one of those things that you wonder how you ever got along without before you knew this.

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Turn a photo into a pencil sketch in Photoshop tutorial

In this photoshop tutorial you will learn how to turn a photo into a sketch. Its easy to get a pencil sketch effect in Photoshop. I’ll also give you a few variations with color and layer blending modes for creative jump off points. Enjoy!

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How to Create Animated Star Wars Perspective text effect in Photoshop tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create the title to Star Wars. We are going to make the perspective text and actually animate it, so that it moves just like at the beginning of all the Star Wars movies. We are going to do all of this in Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC. If you have an earlier version of Photoshop, you can still make the text effect, but you will need CS6 or CC to make the animation.

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Make 3D Photo Cube in Photoshop (and animate it)

You will learn how to make a 3D Photo cube. Attach your photos to the faces of a cube and rotate it in 3D space. Optional: We animate the cube to spin in 3D!

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james bond gun barrel Make a James Bond gun barrel in Photoshop

In this week’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a James Bond gun barrel in Photoshop. You know, the opening scene of every 007 Bond film, where you look through the barrel and see James Bond. Here is how to make this effect, entirely in Adobe Photoshop.

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how to make a photo look like it’s made of text in Photoshop

This weeks Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make the portrait text effect. This takes a photo and makes it look like it’s entirely made from text Yeah, this is fun!

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wrap text to a photo tutorial in photoshop How to wrap text around a photo in Photoshop tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how to wrap text around a photo using displacement maps and image warp. This method will make the text follow every contour and wrinkle and produce a very realistic result. You can wrap anything around any photo using this technique

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Blending layers in Photoshop, Double Exposure Tutorial

The intro to the hit TV show True Detective has everyone talking about the double exposure effect. I have made this tutorial to very closely match the actual look from the show. I hope you like it. Read and watch!

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Photoshop tutorial Miniature tilt-shift photo effect

Learn how I made the image and added the tilt-shift effect. For this image, I wanted to do something creative. I used a quadcopter drone to capture an aerial photograph in Balboa, California. Rather than add a giant fish and cat to the photo, I decided to shrink down the harbor and make it look like a toy, or scale model while adding a cat and a fish. This is where the idea of doing a tilt-shift effect to the photo would work well.

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Create Realistic Lightning in Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a nice little tutorial to show you how to electrify your images with lightning in Photoshop. This spooky graveyard will have lightning added in Photoshop, we will make our own lightning, no cheating by adding a photo.

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Photoshop Dispersion splatter effect

Learn How to do a splatter, shatter effect in Photoshop tutorial on the dispersion effect. This dynamic free tutorial adds visual punch to all your photographs.

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Tron Perspective Grid glowing lines Photoshop Tutorial

How to make a grid pattern in Photoshop. Turn it into perspective and make all the lines glow in Photoshop. I call this the Photoshop Tron effect, so easy using this tutorial.

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Realistic Spotlight Effect in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

I am going to show you an alternative to lightening your photographs. This technique will add depth to your lighting and emphisis to your subject. a pro touch to your montages and collages. You asked for it, you got it

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Cast Shadow in Photoshop Tutorial

What do you do when a drop shadow isn’t realistic enough? Create a cast shadow. When you see an object in a spotlight or a setting sun, you will notice the long shadows that are created behind them, this technique will teach you how to add realism to your images and anchor them to their backgrounds.

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Time-lapse photography tutorial in Photoshop

Time-lapse photography is enjoying a spike in popularity. In this tutorial, you will learn what time-lapse is, how to shoot it and how to build a time-lapse video in Photoshop. […]

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Turning on lights in Photoshop tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how to turn on the lights in a photo. I made this car composite where I shot both the car and the background […]

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