Photoshop is such amazingly powerful software, and I seriously wonder if anyone in the world – and I include the developers – knows everything there is to know about Photoshop. Many people are very skilled at particular aspects of the software, often not really needing to know other aspects for their work. We are fortunate that those that have particular skills in Photoshop will sometimes share their knowledge with us in the form of tutorials – and as we all know, there are hundreds of thousands of tutorials out there. So today we have sought out a selection of tutorials for Photoshop that have been published in 2014 and that are or could be very useful for designers.
Create a Seamless, Circular, Geometric Background Pattern in Photoshop
With the current trends of background patterns and patterned transparencies in web design, this is a great tutorial if you are unsure how to create seamless patterns. My only observations would be to use a transparent background when you create your file, and create your pattern in a light gray color so you can overlay it with a solid color or gradient when you come to use it.
Create a Seamless Argyle Pattern with a Fabric Texture
This pattern tutorial is relatively easy, but I think the mathematics could be a little more accurate, particularly on the stitching lines. For this pattern, the sky is the limit for color scheme variations, you need 4 colors. The scheme I used was taken from a Scottish tartan. The image below shows the tutorial image in the middle and my adaptation around the edges.
Create a Colorful Geometric Pattern in Photoshop
Here is another easy-to-follow tutorial to create a pattern. This time it is a geometric pattern using Photoshop’s Polygonal Shape tool. The tutorial gives you a color swatch for their blue and orange pattern, but I made the pattern in gray shades then added color after applying the pattern overlay – this way you can use a single color or a gradient for different effects. The image below shows the tutorial image in the middle and my adaptation with a blue overlay around the edges.
Create a Kaleidoscope Effect in Photoshop
This style of art for web design may be a little out of date now, but I am guessing it could still be useful in some projects, especially in pastel color schemes.
Stylise Photos Using Colourful Shapes
This tutorial is a great way of creating a different look to your photos. Good for website design for many industries, trades and services.
How to Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop
For this tutorial you will need to use Illustrator to create the screens to lay over the image. A very interesting final effect that would work well for any kind of financial company or charitable appeal websites.
How to Create a Colorful Fluoro Duotone Photo Effect
Pop Art was really popular in the 80s, so if you want a retro effect on a website, a pop art style image will fit in beautifully, and here Chris Spooner walks you through a few simple steps on how to achieve a great result.
How to Create a Grainy B&W High Fashion Photo Effect
Here is another photo effect tutorial from Chris Spooner. This monochrome, grainy photo effect is perfect for fashion houses and hairdressing website designs, and this tutorial will show you how to create the effect easily.
Creating Double Exposure Photographs
This style of presenting images will set a mood for a website. Here you will learn how to blend your two photographs together perfectly.
Create a Mobile Weather App Interface in Photoshop
By including this tutorial, you may think I am trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, but the interesting thing about this tut is that it shows how to create the weather icons, which I thought could be very useful.
How to Create an Instagram Style Vintage Photo Filter
This tutorial really needs no introduction, we all know the popularity of Instagram filters, and this is just one of many tutorials out there that will show you how to create a similar type of effect on an image. The image below shows the tutorial example on the right and my variation on the left – my original image was far more color saturated than the one used in the tutorial, so I addressed that issue before starting the tutorial.
How to Turn Your Image into a Color Mixture Photo
This is another high fashion effect and could be useful for marketing cosmetics, clothing, jewelry and many other fashion trades.
How to Combine Stock Photos into a GIF Animation
With animation currently trending in web design, this is a useful tutorial if you want to use Photoshop to create your GIFs – even if you only use this tut for the technique!
Create a Run Cycle Animation from Scratch
This is a very indepth tutorial and will take a lot of time to complete, but the result is worth it, and you will learn not only about creating animations in Photoshop, but also about the mechanics of moving animals.
Design an Eye-Catching Voucher in Photoshop
This tutorial will walk you through how to create a voucher for print in Photoshop. As it is for print, it is created at 300ppi and in CMYK color. As the author says, you can use the ideas and techniques shown here to design your own print-ready documents.
Create an Address Book Icon in Photoshop
This tutorial is not difficult, it is very well explained, but it is time-consuming. The techniques used are good learning opportunities, and of course you can change the lettering on the tabs, the cover material, etc.
Create a Simple Notebook Icon in Adobe Photoshop
This is another nice little icon – the finished product is actually 120px x 125px. I like the flexibility of this design – it could be used on a lot of different sites and look at home.
Sea Foam Text Effect
This is a fun, seasonal text effect using textures, brushes and layer styles.
How to Create a Retro, 3-Dimensional Text Effect in Photoshop
This is a nice retro text effect that you can create with most versions of Photoshop as it doesn’t use the 3D Photoshop effects.
Create a Unique Neon Text Effect
This neon light text effect set on a brick wall is an ideal effect for nightclubs and ‘happening’ websites.
How to Cut Out Hair Smoothly in Photoshop
This is the bane of the lives of photo manipulators – both hair and fur! This tutorial helps out with a technique for getting a smooth, natural look on extracting hair from its background.
How to Clean Up Your Photo Backgrounds in Photoshop
This tutorial assumes the background on your image is fine if a bit creased, grubby, etc. Using a variety of Photoshop’s built-in tools you will learn how to greatly improve a distressed background.
Hopefully you will have learned something useful for your current or future projects through some of these tutorials and/or found some worth bookmarking. Do you seek out useful tutorials for your work? Perhaps you write tutorials – if so, we would love to see them. Please share your comments and links with us in the section below.