52 Cool Photoshop Illustrator Effects and Tutorials

It’s always fun to experiment different techniques and learn how to work with various aspects of Adobe Photoshop to spice up boring pictures and make them into works of arts and masterpieces.

So, if you’re interested in learning some new skills, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced user, these Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials are for you.

Below you will find an incredible amount of amazing colorful artwork to inspire any designer, also we’ve selected some of the best adobe tutorials hand picked to enhance or highlight whatever action is going on in the photo.

Neon and Glow Effects Tutorials

Create cool neon effects

Tony Ariawan shows you how to use warping, layer masks and simple colour tweaking for a high-tech look that’s out of this world.

Abstract woman illustration

Creating a Glowing Neon Effect in Illustrator

Create a glowing neon effect in your illustration that can grab an audience’s attention with its beauty and uniqueness.

Neon flamingo illustration

More Neon and Glow Effects

All things Beautiful

Abstract nature illustration with animals

Smoke Effects Tutorials

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect

How to easily create digital abstract smoke using both Illustrator and Photoshop. One of the best things about this technique is that it’s very customizable and you can do it pretty quickly.

Abstract waves

Smoke Effect

Abstract green smoke

Creating Smoke

How to create smoke in photoshop, from Abduzeedo.

Abstract blue smoke

More Smoke Effects

Smoke

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Playing with Inflate in Repoussé in Photoshop CS5 Extended

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3D Type with Repoussé in Photoshop CS5 Extended

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Creating Swirls Tutorials

Swirl Mania in Illustrator & Photoshop

This tutorial will show 4 ways to create swirls, and by mixing them you will learn some very powerful techniques that will allow you to easily make tons of different styles of swirls and crazy sperm vectors.

Abstract shapes

How to draw swirls illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

Abstract blue pattern

Swirly curls in Adobe Illustrator

Abstract snow effect

Lighting Effects Tutorials

Create a Glowing Light Painting Effect

Fabio is showing us in this tutorial how in an easy, and very fast way, to create a light painting in Photoshop.

Neon crosswalk with people

Creating the Windows Vista Lighting Effect

How to create the eye catching graphics shown off on the box of windows vista, and in some of their wallpapers/screensavers.

Abstract image

More Lighting Effects

Rainy Day Rainbows

Abstract gradient effect with waves
Image by Sabrina S on flickr

Text Effects Tutorials

Apple Leopard text effects

A nice tutorial by Veerle on how to create Apple’s new system GUI in Leopard with the “inset effect” on the text.

Apple old school UI

Line Gradients

This tutorial will teach you how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to create cool looking “Vector Line Gradients” to give your text a vintage “old-school” feel.

Stylish "Dragonforce" text

Melting Ice Text Effect

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Image by CosmoStudio on Freepik

A Slick Supernatural Text Effect

Learn how to create a smokey night effect on text to give it an eerie supernatural sort of feel. It’s a good exercise in using the Wave distortion filter.

"Suppernatural" text with effects

50 Essential Photoshop Text Tutorials

Here are 50 of the best tutorials for working with text.


More Text Effect

Smoke + Type

Smoke with text
Design by Daniel Gordon on behance

Vintage Effects Tutorials

Risograph Grain Effect

If you want to provide an instant flashback to a bygone era while letting your creativity shine through, few techniques are as versatile as a collage made up of vintage elements.

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Design by Pixelbuddha Blog and Anna Tikhomirova on behance

How to create Retro-style Photoshop illustration

Fantastic method of creating a vintage photo effect in Photoshop.

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Glass Orbs

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Various Image Effects Tutorials

Vintage Typography Experiment in Illustrator and Photoshop

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© Abduzeedo

More Image Effects

Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

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© Abduzeedo

Photoshop vintage effect

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© Veerle Pieters

Water Color Effects Tutorials

Design Watercolor Effect Menu

How to design a watercolor effect menu in Photoshop.

Notebook

How to Add a WaterColor Effect to Your Photos

How to create a hand-painted and water color effect.

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Image by Layers from Pixabay

Miscellaneous Tutorials and Effects

illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect and more

How to use the Pucker & Bloat Effect

Text with pucker and bloat effect

Using the Blend tool and Distort Zig Zag Effect in Illustrator

How to create the blending wave lines using the Blend tool in illustrator.

Text with zig zag effect

Tropical Transparency Effect

Learn how to create a bouquet of Tropical Flowers.

Text with tropical transparency effect

Gigposter Design

An impressing tutorial on hot to make a gig poster.


Badass Bling Effect in Photoshop

How to create a “Bling Effect” using layer styles in Photoshop. Once you create the layer style, you can easily “blingify” any layer. There is also a video tutorial as well.

Text with badass bling effect

Complex Circular Design Techniques

Some neat tricks, tools, techniques, and settings that will have you pumping out perfect circular designs in no time using Illustrator.

Circular shapes

Abstract poster effects

Make your mark with strong but simple shapes and bold, read-my-lips colours: Danilo Rodrigues shows you how.

Abstract poster

Trendy circles

Learn how to draw “trendy circles” and simply apply a color to it.

Weird circles

The Dream In A Puddle

Artificial landscape

Lines Tutorial

How to create rainbow colored lines.

Colorful lines

Photoshop CS5: Camera RAW

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How to Make the “Flare” Effect As Seen On WPCustomization.com

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to re-create this effect.

Wordpress logo with black background

Vector Polishing Techniques

This tutorial includes 9 Photoshop techniques that will show you how to add more depth, color, contrast, and texture into your vector art.

Concert illustration

Positive Hype

Big black plus
Design by Peter Jaworowski and Ars Thanea on behance

Portfolios for inspiration

Looking for some inspiration, search for talented and creative designers who mastered these techniques and learn from them. Below you will find amazing portfolios for artists who know how to just be creative.

How to Make a Worn Vintage Beach Ad in Photoshop

Author: Jan Cavan

Photoshop Time Travel: 40 Retro and Vintage Effects For That Aged Look You Don't Want To See In The Mirror Image-30


Tech Sketch Photoshop Action

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Design by Eugene-Design on dribbble

Archi Sketch Photoshop Action

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Design by Eugene-Design on dribbble

Nietylko

Text with distortion effects

80s Photoshop Text Effects Vol.3

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Design by Roberto Perrino on dribbble

How to Design a Rockin’ 80ies Party Poster

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© Eren Goksel

Photoshop How-To: Make a New Image Look Old

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© Felix Nelson Scott Kelby

Photo by CHARLI on Unsplash

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