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30 Photoshop CC 2017 Tutorials For Beginners & Photographers

30 Photoshop CC 2017 Tutorials for Beginners & Photographers

Photoshop CS6 is the latest installment, and also the most popular, of the Adobe Photoshop series. This little wonderful piece of software is responsible for much of the visual designs, photographs, and creative artworks that we see on the web. Photoshop set the tone for the future of digital design, and the platform continues to surprise even the most experienced users. What makes Photoshop unique is its ability to adapt to new concepts, and its ability to give back to the designers the kind of features that would help in making each design a piece of spectacular, and digital artwork. And with the release of Adobe Creative Cloud, now anyone and everyone can access Photoshop for a very reasonable monthly price. You can even get the whole Adobe Suite if you plan on becoming an artisan of the digital crafts.

And if that is indeed your decision, you are going to need some reinforcements in the form of help. This usually means that the learning curve is going to involve browsing through and practicing tutorials, understanding Photoshop CS6 features, learning how to achieve unique design results, and going as far as implementing your own techniques for creating beautiful art with Photoshop. The number of people who search for Photoshop CS6 tutorials on the web each day is staggering. Hundreds of thousands of Photoshop related queries are being made every single day, and it can become tough for newcomers to weed out through the garbage, and only keep the best bits.

We took it upon ourselves, to help you have a centralized location of only the best Photoshop tutorials (for the CS6 version), so that you can rest in the knowledge that anything that you need to learn about CS6 is going to be contained into this one single collection post. There are going to be tutorials for beginners, for photographers, for experienced and seasoned PS users, but also plenty of informational articles that explain some of the most prominent features in-depth. And we will make sure to include a few mentions of more extended resources that provide a ton of tutorials in the video format. Sometimes reading text can be boring, so video helps a lot!

Dramatic Portrait Retouch Tutorial

Dramatic Portrait Retouch Tutorial

Who knows if Photoshop would be as popular as it is today if it wasn’t for the sophisticated approach that the platform took from day one, the approach to allow people to edit their photos with great capacity, and to eventually establish a tool that would let users achieve singular effects for any of their photography projects. One such effect is Drama, or Dramatic Portraits. These kind of artworks can be found everywhere on the web, in digital art, and also in physical form.

There’s just something about creating a dramatic effect towards a picture that keeps people interested in it, it captures people’s attention like very few other things can. If you have been meaning to learn dramatic photography and how it can be customized using digital tools, then you need to inspect closer this tutorial that talks about the techniques that Photoshop users use when they want to add a little drama to their photos!

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Dramatic Sunset Photoshop Manipulation

Dramatic Sunset Photoshop Manipulation

Speaking of drama, Sunsets can be quite dramatic too! Sunsets are probably the world’s most photographed phenomena, and is the most often seen image that people practice their Photoshop skills with. Sunset provides the perfect lighting and usually colors the surrounding environment really well too, so that creates opportunity in which beginners can practice new techniques and methods and then transfer them over to more complex photographs. Anyway.. enough of that, here’s a tutorial from Andrei who explains how to create a dramatic Sunset picture using your own photograph, and the Photoshop software. You already have the preview available, now you need to learn how to recreate it.

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Faded Black & White Portrait Effect Tutorial

Faded Black & White Portrait Effect Tutorial

Black and white photography has been around since a camera was first invented. Color was very rare in the first generation cameras, and much of history has also been recorded in black and white. As a kid, it never occurred to me that it was the photos that were black and white, not the world! Hah, what a realization to come to. The author for this tutorial is calling this one another ‘dramatic’ tutorial, but in all fairness, it’s not nearly as dramatic as it is faded. The faded effect here helps to really instill the atmosphere in the picture, and give it second life if that’s what you’d call it. Surprisingly, achieving the sample result only takes a few moments of your time, so get to work and explore!

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Snow Effect on Portraits

Snow Effect on Portraits

Winter is always coming, and during the winter season there are many cool ways to spice things up in our photography by yielding inspiration from nature itself. What about a snow effect? How can you add little snowflakes to your pictures using Photoshop? Did you know that half the time when you’re watching a video representing winter, it’s actual digital art that you’re watching, not the real deal? It sucks, but that’s just how things are in the world of everything digital. We got a tutorial at our hands here, showing us how we can add little snowflakes to our pictures and make them seem more winter oriented. Easy to follow instructions from start to end.

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How to Create a Digital Photo Illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS6

How to Create a Digital Photo Illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Illustrations are a topic of their own, Adobe has excelled in the area of providing the world with tools that help with photo management, and also illustration. Although, most of the time you will see designers use Adobe Illustrator for any illustration related tasks, sometimes Photoshop can also be used to create beautiful and unique digital illustration concepts. The tutorial at hand is for creating a digital illustrated portrait, presumably to be used for a digital art cover for parties and such. The first part is getting the image of a portrait, then cropping that in as a new layer, and going deeper into the illustration process by adding a complex background. Definitely an intermediate level tutorial, a cup of coffee will be more than called for.

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Create fashion-inspired digital collage in Adobe Photosop CS6

Create fashion-inspired digital collage in Adobe Photosop CS6

Fashion photography can be taken to the digital level quite easily, just learn how to use Photoshop! Hah, probably not that easy after all. The best way to begin though, is through tutorials. Tutorials such as this one, a complete walkthrough of how to take a digital photo, and turn it into an abstract work of art. Grab a photograph of any fashion model that has posed for the picture, and immerse yourself in a tutorial that will uncover the secrets of making photos abstract, even if their initial layer is a traditional photograph taken from a digital camera.

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Dispersion Effect with Photoshop CS6/CC

Dispersion Effect with Photoshop CS6-CC

The amount of ways that Photoshop can be used to create unique, authentic and original effects is hard to comprehend. As with all professional tools, it comes down to using the tools that the platform is giving you, and creating something unique out of that. Such as a dispersion effect. What’s a dispersion effect? It’s when the object of the photograph seems as if it is being blown away by the mind, like it is dispersing into nowhere. This can be a cool little effect to use for video promotions as well, but first let’s master the technique on how to do with for standalone digital art using Photoshop CS6. The foundation for the tutorial is going to lie in subject layers and their manipulation. There’s gonna be some work with masks and brushes, but mostly subject layers to recreate the effect on top of a solid layer.

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Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial

Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial

Ask any photographer what their most favorite way of manipulating an image is, and they will gladly answer that it’s the ability to play with depth of field, you’ll find this in the top 3 features that photographers love to use when they work on their photos using Photoshop. The one really amazing feature of PS CS6 is the Blur Gallery function. Blur Gallery gives Photoshop artists the capability to adjust depth of field of an image without any hassle, just straight up functionality. This tiny little tutorial will teach you how you can manage and customize the focus of your images deep into the post processing process.

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How to Make Password Protected PDF File using Photoshop Cs6

How to Make Password Protected PDF File using Photoshop Cs6

Who knew, Photoshop could be used for more stuff than just photo management! If you’re actively working with sensitive data, or have any other reason to believe that your files might get caught in the mix of a compromise operation, you can skim through this tutorial to learn about the “PDF Password Protect” feature that Photoshop has. What this mean is that you can basically password protect any PDF file using Photoshop. Give it a new password, and the next time you will want to open up the PDF file, you will need to have the password readily accessible so you can access the actual contents of the file. It’s one of those tutorials that you don’t need, until comes a day when you do actually need it.

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How To Draw Vector Shapes In Photoshop CS6

How To Draw Vector Shapes In Photoshop CS6

Vector shapes, and general vector graphics have always been attributed to Adobe Illustrator. That’s where all the vector magic happens, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t explore vectors with Adobe’s Photoshop CS6 — we certainly can, and that’s what is being done here throughout this tutorial. You’ll be using Shape Tools to create exciting shapes that will seamlessly convert into vector format. Think of this as an introduction tutorial to Photoshop’s many shape management tools. There are many, and tutorials like this one we have here is the only way to truly understand those features and tools from the perspective of a professional designer.

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How to make GIFs in Photoshop CS6

How to make GIFs in Photoshop CS6

Don’t let the demo picture here confuse you, it’s only a snippet of the full GIF file that was created using this tutorial. We’re trying to save you some bandwidth by not hotlinking to the actual GIF file. Interestingly enough, GIFs used to be some of the most rare image formats on the web, and they still are in some way, but the development of popular GIF tools has allowed artists to quickly create GIFs out of movie cuts and YouTube videos. The horizon is looking much more colorful for the future of animations on the Web! The complexity of this tutorial isn’t actually very high, you will be putting together a number of images that will make the final GIF file, so perhaps the first thing that you should get clear about is the context that your GIF is going to have, and then perhaps grab your camera and start taking some pictures that you could turn into motion movement using Photoshop CS6!

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Learn Photoshop CS6 Advanced Tutorial – Crop Tool

Learn Photoshop CS6 Advanced Tutorial

We love to mention advanced tutorials, beginner stuff can quickly get boring! Crop tool, well.. this tool isn’t particularly difficult to master actually. There are a few things to know though, which is what will be discussed in this first video tutorial of our total Photoshop tutorials collection. It’s 10 minutes long and the author show examples of how the crop tool can be best used to create pixel perfect crops of your images. Guaranteed that you will learn something new about this feature if you haven’t used it extensively before.

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How to swap faces in Photoshop CS6

How to swap faces in Photoshop CS6

Face swapping is a popular term in digital art. It’s fun to take other people’s faces and put them onto new bodies and see what they would look like. That’s how internet meme’s are born too, through funny little interactions such as face swapping. But nonetheless, many still want to learn on their own how to achieve this result, so to compliment that requirement for knowledge, we present to you an easy to digest tutorial that teaches Photoshop users how they can, too, swap faces between any two photos, you could go as far as adding an animal’s face to a human’s body, how crazy would that be!

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How to Edit Photos in Photoshop CS6

How to Edit Photos in Photoshop CS6

Mindy Baxter is a lovely little soul that has used Photoshop and Illustrator in her Graphics Design work before, and now feels like she needs to give back to the community by offering simple tutorials, such as how to edit photos using PS CS6. Simple few step tutorial that you can use to introduce yourself to basic photo editing functionality within the Photoshop platform.

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Learn to use Photoshop brushes

Learn to use Photoshop brushes

Guess what, Adobe has its own Photoshop learning resource! Where it’s at? It’s at Photoshop.com! Indeed, Adobe maintains their own Photoshop website which is full of interesting reads, resources, and tutorials. Their video tutorial section consists of more than 10,000 tutorials from authors/designers all over the planet, so if there is ever anything that you need help with, be it a small or a big problem, all you need to do is head over to Photoshop.com and input the particular problem in the search box, very likely that someone will be able to provide you with a solution. We’re listing this particular resource because it leads up to so many more tutorials, but discussing them individually would be painful, and not all of these tutorials are using unique creative approaches that we can see being used by those Photoshop artists who write blog tutorials in regards to their skills.

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23 Cool New Features in Adobe Photoshop CS6

23 Cool New Features in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Whenever a new platform or software version hits the stores, there’s always the recap of what’s new, what kind of features are being added and how we can best use them. That’s also the case for Photoshop CS6, when the release hit, the web saw a huge increase in content that talked about the most important updates. Now, you don’t need to refer to multiple sources at the same time. Here’s a list-post from Darren Rowse who talks about the coolest features in CS6 and how you can start getting acquainted with them today.

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The A to Z of Adobe Photoshop

The A to Z of Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop versions go way back, and we mean WAY back! Of course, the foundation and the core has always remained the same, some tools have made it all the way to the modern day, still functioning and still making great designs possible. Photoshop is like a programming language, it really is. The amount of extendability that PS has received over the years in just insanely crazy. Learning Photoshop could be compared to learning JavaScript! Even the most sophisticated documentations are bound to leave out some important aspects of PS, so we recommend you always double check as to what you are using and learning. The guide we have for you here is called A to Z Photoshop, this is ultimately a collection of links, resources, tutorials, guides, books, and so on about Photoshop and how to use it, how to become a master of it, and how to truly shine when the door opens for you. Hundreds of exciting links that will rise your Photoshop skills above anything you’ve previously thought possible.

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Getting Started With Photoshop Actions

Getting Started With Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Actions, otherwise known as filters, is what can help you really grasp the idea that Photoshop acts more like a programming language, than it does as a graphics editing software, well..they kind of meet in the middle. Basically, with a Photoshop action you can quickly change the apperance of your photo, in a way that sometimes would take long hours of hard work to achieve. So this tutorial will teach you about Photoshop Actions and how to utilize them in your own design workflow. We will be sharing individual content on Colorlib that will be related to free Photoshop actions, so please look out for it once you’re done reading this particular collection of Photoshop CS6 tutorials.

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How to Use Adjustment Layers

How to Use Adjustment Layers

Adjustment Layers are just another Photoshop feature you’ll need to get used to! This time, the tutorial comes from the PS in 60 seconds series, where a Photoshop expert will in 60 seconds explain how a particular Photoshop feature works in the real world, and as we mentioned, this tutorial is going to be for Adjustment Layers.

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Create an Animated 3D GIF in Photoshop CS6

Create an Animated 3D GIF in Photoshop CS6

We already explored how to create GIF animations using Photoshop CS6, now it is time to take that lesson to the next level through the amplification of 3D support. Have you ever wondered how to create an animated 3D GIF using PS CS6? Even if you never did, you’ll have the tools at your disposal to help you achieve that result right now. This is a homegrown Envato tutorial that goes into intermediate difficulty to provide a concise 3D GIF tutorial for all PS users. Watch the comments to get a better idea for what else can be done with this tutorial, or refer back to comments if you’re encountering bugs, some people did encounter bugs and were able to find help through the comments, always the last place you look.

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How to Use the Gradient Tool

How to Use the Gradient Tool

Gradients is what designers use to bring something back to life. So, how do we master Photohop’s very own gradient tool? We need to first watch this quick 60 second video from the Envato Photoshop tutorial series. A quick recap of how to use the gradient tool to transform photos and their colors into more realistic versions. This is a quick solution for a topic that could be composed into a book, take the basics from this tutorial and move on to the next one with more confidence and knowledge at hand.

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Quick Tips to Keep Photoshop From Crashing

Quick Tips to Keep Photoshop From Crashing

Photoshop is like any other software out there, it is still prone to bugs and errors, and crashes. When working with large images and requiring of the software to conclude even bigger tasks, it’s inevitable that there will be problems arising as far as the resource usage of the software goes. Photoshop crashes aren’t uncommon or unheard of, and so if you have been experiencing them yourself lately, perhaps it is time to look at some common errors that Photoshop users experience. Maybe the most important tip of them all is to always ensure that your Photoshop installation is up to date, and runs the latest most secure version possible.

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Photoshop Tips the Experts Don’t Want You to Know

Photoshop Tips the Experts Don't Want You to Know

Here’s a funny joke that Tutsplus+ pulled during the April 1st season. It’s a nice and satire overview of the way that Photoshop users use the application, and perhaps there will be a thing or two that you’ll be able to learn from observing this funny writeup.

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How to Paint Faster in Adobe Photoshop

How to Paint Faster in Adobe Photoshop

Digital painting is a real thing, and Photoshop is amongst the leading software used by digital painters to create stunning works of art. Ask any experienced painter what their most valued virtue is, and they’ll happily answer that it’s patience, but here we have an article that talks about speeding up the process of painting digitally, and perhaps this is because of how precise one needs to be in order to draw using digital tools to make the final work look like it was drawn with hand.

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How to Make Someone Look Older in Adobe Photoshop

How to Make Someone Look Older in Adobe Photoshop

Amongst the thousands of uses that Photoshop is constantly being used for, there’s the capability to make someone look much older than they appear to be! A unique opportunity for Photoshop users to experiment with their own faces, or the faces of their friends and family, and see for themselves what would they look like if they added 20 odd years to their face. Of course, the final results can’t be confirmed to be true for what you are going to look like in 20 years time, but it could be a good starting point and definitely a fun little afternoon activity to partake in. The key is to find a photo of an elderly model that has similar facial features to the younger model. Look for things like similar ethnicity, bone structure, and physical build.

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How to Paint Realistic Skin in Adobe Photoshop

How to Paint Realistic Skin in Adobe Photoshop

Some little painting info was mentioned above, so here’s a little something extra add to that topic of digital painting — how to paint authentic and realistic human skin using Adobe Photoshop CS6? You won’t need to ask that question ever again after you finish the tutorial that Melody has put together for all of us. The tutorial is tough, requires advanced Photoshop knowledge and will take up a few hours of your time to complete, but then again — learning all those new concepts and ways of doing digital painting, that in itself is going to be invaluable to your understanding of Photoshop as a tool for digital painting.

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How to Create Flat Weather Icons in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create Flat Weather Icons in Adobe Photoshop

Icons are amongst the most frequently downloaded resources in the public and free web, these days everyone wants to amplify their designs with icons and font icons, and so it only makes sense that we’re seeing more tutorials being written that cover the topic extensively. Yulia from Tutsplus+ is sharing with us an intermediate level tutorial that will explain the process of creating flat design style icons that represent different weather circumstances. Very thorough tutorial with plenty of time to take a break and digest what you’re learning.

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Ready to Learn Some Advanced Photoshop Techniques?

Ready to Learn Some Advanced Photoshop Techniques

Wonderful Photoshop advice coming from Andrew Blackman. In these series of tutorials you’ll be learning the most advanced and most expert revered Photoshop techniques to help yourself build your most amazing design to date. All videos that you will see in this post are introductory videos for the rest of the course, so if you liked the initial material, consider signing up for more.

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How to Digitally Paint a Superhero Portrait in Adobe Photoshop

How to Digitally Paint a Superhero Portrait in Adobe Photoshop

And just to top it off..with all the digital painting we’ve been covering in these last few tutorials, here’s another one from Melody — taking you step by step through a tutorial that teaches the art of digital painting, and in particular a piece that displays the capability of Photoshop as a platform that can be utilized for painting a superhero portrait. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? With digital art, you don’t have to wait to create magic. Just open Photoshop and grab your favorite pen tablet.

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Photo editing for the professional type

Ask anyone who has been around graphics design for at least 10 years, they’ll tell you that Photoshop’s functionality is unmatched, and that even for them — Photoshop brings out new ways to edit, process, and manipulate digital photography. Beyond digital, Photoshop works well for designing prints, business cards, and any other type of artwork that could be printed on a piece of paper. And it’s never too late to become a professional Photoshop user either. The demand for PS professionals is on the rise, and salaries for graphic designers are amongst the most appealing in the market. Will you have the patience to learn PS? We give you the tutorials that outline the very capacity of this graphics software, the very limits of producing uniuqe digital artwork, for personal, or business use.

Alex Ivanovs

Alex is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience in design, development, and small business. His work has been featured in publications like Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, TheNextWeb, and others.

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  1. Thanks for providing these awesome photoshop tutorials for beginners & photographers, it be will helpful for people who want to know about photography editing. I also really like this post!

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