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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

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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Make photo edges in Photoshop tutorial

Here is a photoshop tutorial that will show you how to roll your own dynamic photo edges in Photoshop

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Small planets in Photoshop, aerial drone photos from quadcopters

In this Photoshop Tutorial, Colin Smith uses aerial photos from his DJI Phantom quadcopter to create a small planet effect. In this tutorial, learn how to stitch panorama photographs from multiple photos and then turn them into the small planet effect. This tutorial is all about having fun and making something that is unusual. People love unusual things.

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Photoshop CS6 3D Building City Tutorial

Photoshop has never been known for its 3D abilities. It is really better known as Adobe’s primary-pixel-pusher. The inclusion of 3D objects and Repousse in previous versions marked interesting forays into the realm of raytraced three dimensions. But the cumbersome workflow

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Tilt shift miniature model effect with Photoshop

This tutorial teaches you how to take a photograph and make it look like a miniature model in photoshop instead of reality.

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mermaid in photoshop Making a mermaid in photoshop using photographs and 3D

Learn how this mermaid composite was made. By combining photographs, 3D and Photoshop, you can create CG composites that defy reality. Also find out how the photograph was lit and shot. I love making fantasy scenes and combining photographs of models with digital elements. Step-by-step breakdown.

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Rounding corners of anything in Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial we are rounding the rorners of a shape the princliple of this tutorial is to show you how to round any corner,this is great for interfaces, I also use this technique a lot on my photo realistic art.

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Low Contrast Fashion Photo Colorizing Effect

This is a look that I have been using in one way or another for a number of years. I have noticed that it’s becoming more popular lately on webpages and movie posters. I decided to write it up into a tutorial for your enjoyment!

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Photo zoom blur effect in Photoshop tutorial

You can pull the viewers eye into a portion of a photograph by simulating an in-camera zoom effect. This zoom effect is almost hypnotizing in its power of attraction. It’s easy to make this photo zoom blur effect in Photoshop.

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Photoshop tutorial -Creating a Custom Brush from a photo

This tutorial is a 2 in one. Learn how to make a custom brush from a photo. Also learn how to fix perspecive distortions on photographs in photoshop.

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Game art in Photoshop – Making buildings Photoshop Tutorial

This free tutorial on game art is broken into two parts. The first part shows how to create the individual buildings from photographs. The second part shows how to construct an entire city for the parts. (Editors note: The upright feature was added into Photoshop CC and is worth looking into for straightening the buildings)

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Segmented tubes in Photoshop Tutorial

Here is my Version of the ever popular Segmented Pipes photoshop tutorial. A staple for interfaces.Enjoy

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Original Gangsta bling diamonds Photoshop Tutorial

This is the original Tutorial on this rap diamond effect, there have been many rips of it in other places. (imitation is flattery they say) You could create those Rap type diamond effects using the noise filter, however this technique creates a more interesting result.

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Making semi-transparent selections with Alpha channels

Here is a tutorial that you can use for layered collaging. While it might be easier to use a layer mask or a quick mask to acheive the same result, this tutorial is engineered to help you understand Alpha channels. An understanding of Channels will put you onto the fast-track of Photoshop mastery.

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Making a Filmstrip from Scratch Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a tutorial submitted from Hermie (One of our Community Managers at the forums) This will show you how to create a filmstrip from scratch. This is really useful and requested tutorial. You can paste your photographs into it. You can use it as a design element, or for displaying your photographs.

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