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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

Creating Starburst glints of light in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a nice effect that looks like the sun glinting off a metallic or shiny surface. This starburst effect even includes a little lens flare. A tasteful replacement for the sometimes over used lens flare filter. (A shout-out to Mrs Wanack and class at Humble High School who requested this.)

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Creative dreamy effect to a Photograph and create a basic CD cover

This tutorial is almost quick two in one. I’ll show you how to create one of my favoriate effects on a photograph, then we’ll have a little fun and make a CD cover.

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Reflections in Photoshop Tutorial, graphics and text

Here we will learn how to get realistic mirror reflections in photoshop. This will work for any object, not just for text. Here is another example. There are many variations of this effect, for the sake of illustration we will use the text.

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Kiosk Orbs

This Tutorial has come about due to a few requests. This starts with a fairly simple object, and finally ends up with the orb Design. Take it step by step, and you shall not only understand how to create this object, but realise that a little bit of thinking and understanding of light effects goes a long way into creating lots of things.

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Realistic rope in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial came out of a request from the forum. I was asked if I could make a realistic rope..

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Realistic Microphone in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

You asked for it and you got it. More Intermediate/Advanced Tutorials Step up to the Microphone please. We are going to create a microphone in Photoshop. This is a two part tutorial, but you don’t have to wait for part two because I am putting up both parts today. So without any further babble, let’s jump in…

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Hollywood style searchlight in Photoshop Tutorial

Create a hollywood style, spotlight effect. This tutorial came about as a result of a request from the forums. This effect will show you how to make beams of light and realistic looking spotlights. Use this for the hollywood effect or to add lights that look like spotlights in concerts.

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Movie type Explosions Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a cool little effect I just made up. I know this one is going to be popular. A movie type explosion, complete with flying sparks!

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Water splashes and drops in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Ever wondered how they get those drops of water to look so realistic? Its time to give your images a baptism!

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Color tinting in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

That trendy color tinted effect explained here. In 3 easy steps!

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Photorealistic brick wall Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to create a photorealistic brick wall. First we will make the brick pattern, then we add the texture and then tweak it a bit to create a realistic brick wall.

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3D Effect using Channels Photoshop Tutorial

This is how you get the 3D look using channels. By creating a bump map and transfering it to an alpha channel, unexpected results can follow.

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Infra-Red effect in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Have you ever seen the movie Predator? There is a part when you look through his eyes and everything is infra-red looking. While I am on the science type effects, I decided to show you how to take an image and produce an infra-red type effect.

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Crystal Craze in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

There seems to be this huge craze on crystals going around the design world. Originally the crystals were created in a 3D program and imported to Photoshop where all kinds of coolness is added. In this tutorial I will show you an easy way to create these crystals in Photoshop.

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Golf Ball Photoshop Tutorial

Phil has provided an excellent tutorial on making a realistic Golfball in Photoshop.

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Make a cone in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Primatives are the building blocks of 3D. You can create cones in Photoshop to look like they have lots of depth. These cones are useful for lots of things. Enjoy

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Wavey Grids in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial

Making waves: I have been asked many times how I made the wavey Grid in my Sig. So here it is, the official tutorial.

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Photorealistic Interface – Part 1, the basic shape Photoshop Tutorial

One of the most popular features here at photoshopcafe is the “Super Tutorials”.In Super Tutorial #3 This will be a 4-part tutorial on creating a Photorealistic interface design. We will focus in on one aspect at a time and give you more in-depth instruction than I could with a single tutorial.

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