18 best Photoshop photo tutorials: Top photographers share their Photoshop editing techniques

Improve your photos with these 18 easy-to-follow Photoshop photo editing tutorials - including creating stop motion stills, realistically brightening photos and other photo retouching tips.

18 best Photoshop photo tutorials


Improving your skills as a designer, photographer or artist takes years of practice and graft - so here are some neat tricks to help you along the way. 

Whether you want to add snow to your wintry shot or learn how to create that vintage look better than Instagram can, create a stop motion still or swap heads between images, our 18 best Photoshop photo tutorials teach wide-ranging techniques to make your life that bit easier.  

Many of our photography tutorials are written by our brilliant contributor and increasingly high-profile boudoir and fashion photographer Tigz Rice, and there are a few from some other extremely talented photographers.

Photoshop photo tutorials: Apply photo filter effects using gradient maps in Photoshop

Sometimes Photoshop’s greatest features are the hardest to find. Thankfully Tigz reveals an easy way to bring out the best of your shots. The Photoshop Toning presets in the Gradient Map adjustment is much more exciting than it sounds, offering tonal effects based on traditional chemical processes – from sepias to split tones - which you can tweak and apply to enhance your work.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Add ice to a photo in Photoshop

Stay chill when editing with Fabio Sasso’s tutorial on how to add a realistic wintry or icy fresh feel to your photos. From creating 3D-looking water droplets to using the smoke brush to amazing effects, you’ll learn techniques that’ll see you through any season or Photoshop challenge in this comprehensive guide.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: How to brighten a photo in Photoshop

Dull, drab photos from an outdoors shoot can be painfully unavoidable in the UK – but add a sunny touch with this tutorial from Tigz. With a mixture of adjustments to precise areas of the photos and subtle overall changes, your fake summer’s day will feel real and your shot will glow.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Add snow to a photo in Photoshop

Without risking your favourite lens or your teeth chattering themselves loose, Tigz’s tutorial shows how to add realistic-looking falling snow to your wintry shot in Photoshop, as well as heighten a cold, dramatic atmosphere in the image.

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You’re shoot has gone perfectly – beautiful expressions and tremendous poses. The only problem is that the perfections are all in different shots… Ah. 

Tigz shows you how to seamlessly combine the best bits from different photos using a series of adjustment masks for non-destructive editing. Though this tutorial shows you how to swap heads, the technique can be applied to any body part.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: How to select skin tones in Photoshop

Tigz explains how to select just a person’s skin tone to adjust hue, brightness or texture. Often after adjusting another part of the photo, the skin tone looks out of place and must be edited. Using the Select Colour Range dialog’s Skin Tones option, an arduous manual process becomes simple and easy.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Enhance live event photography

In this tutorial, Tigz covers how to correct key issues those photographing artificially low-lit indoor events – such as stage shows, theatre productions and award ceremonies – will come across during their shoots. These include underexposure, colour spills, distracting backgrounds and noise from shooting at high ISO.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Apply authentic-looking vintage effects to photos

Proporta product designer Graham Boyd demonstrates his Photoshop workflow that allows you to use subtle effects to create an effective vintage-looking image, through smart use of a series of techniques and layers that should deliver results quickly and reliably.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Combine photos in Photoshop to create a 'stop motion' still

Stop motion photography is one of this year's visual trends. It involves combining photos to show a character moving through a scene, indicating motion and building narrative.

In this tutorial, Tigz Rice covers everything from setting up and taking your images to aligning them in Photoshop and merging them together using layer masks.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Create better-than-Instagram vintage photos

Fabio Sasso shows you how you can create retro lighting effects in Photoshop with a degree of control that means you get exactly the look you want without the trial-and-error aspect of the iPhone apps. And when you work with high-res photos and Photoshop's toolset, the results are far superior too.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Pro techniques for Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

In this tutorial, Tigz revealed advanced techniques for Dodge and Burn in Photoshop – which use Curves adjustment layers rather than the build-in tools so you can fine-tune the results afterwards for even better results.

You'll learn a great non-destructive technique for bringing areas of added contrast, without compromising the original image.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Create a Cinemagraph in Photoshop

Animated GIFs have moved from being something ridiculous to real creative form over the past few year. The latest big trend is for Cinemagraphs – also known as living photos – which are much loved by both the general public and by clients looking to keep up with what's hot online.

In this tutorial, Tigz shows you how to create, edit, tone and export your very own Cinemagraphs in minutes using the Timeline panel in Adobe Photoshop.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Combine the best parts of two studio portrait photos into one shot

Have you ever taken what you thought was the perfect body shot, only to find that the model had blinked or perhaps the angle of their face was slightly better in another image?

This tutorial shows you how to seamlessly combine the best parts of two photos from the same shoot in Photoshop, using a series of adjustment masks for non-destructive editing.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Give photos a retro distressed look

Vintage-inspired imagery is growing in popularity, so artists are increasingly experimenting with distressing photos to match the effect of vintage printing techniques.

In this tutorial, Tigz shows you how to use channel mixing, blending modes and opacity techniques to create a distressed vintage print texture on an image, complete with printer grain.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Master Adobe Photoshop CC's photo retouch tools

Vintage-inspired imagery is growing in popularity, so artists are increasingly experimenting with distressing photos to match the effect of vintage printing techniques.

In this tutorial, Tigz shows you how to use channel mixing, blending modes and opacity techniques to create a distressed vintage print texture on an image, complete with printer grain.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Use Photoshop's Dehaze and Grain on Blur to retouch a photo

With the release of Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe added some new features to the software that are helping to make retouching that little bit easier for photographers.

One such feature is Dehaze, a new slider for restoring colour to hazy outdoor images. This is perfect for landscape photographers and those looking to make use of the golden hour – as Tigz Rice demonstrates in this tutorial.

Another is the new Grain feature in the Blur gallery, which gives an authentic noise effect to areas that have been blurred during the transformation, matching that of the original image.

Learn where to find these new features and how to apply them for optimum results.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Use colour theory to balance a photo's colour using Photoshop

Colour theory is something that's been drilled into our heads as designers, artists and photographers – but it's often harder to get right in practice than you'd think. If you've been looking for help to make your images pop, Adobe CC Color panel – known as Kuler in older versions – is a great Photoshop tool from Adobe which gives you access to a list of complementary, analogous, triad or compound colour schemes, saving you time in the process.

In this tutorial, we'll look at how you can use Adobe's Color panel add-on in Photoshop to recolour clashing elements and harmonise the overall colour scheme of an image.

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Photoshop photo tutorials: Retouch photos with realistic perfect skin

Retouching skin is a common talking point for photographers, as there's a fine line between lustrous smoothness and the dreaded plastic look. An overly airbrushed image makes subjects appear more like children's dolls than realy people, and robs them of their humanity and charisma.

In this tutorial, Tigz looks at ways of improving the appearance of skin and removing blemishes, without losing that all-important texture. Using Photoshop, you'll learn how to make subjects look the best they can be in the real world, and not like Barbie.

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