Easy Photoshop Assignments For Beginners

2016 has officially begun, and we here at Envato Tuts+ want to make sure you keep your resolutions by helping you learn something new. From photo manipulation to digital painting and more, start the year off right by introducing yourself to Photoshop's unlimited potential.

Cover the Basics

There's no better place to start than the basics. The A to Z series features a comprehensive guide with a complete rundown of basic features, tools, and settings. You can also see more quick tips about these tools in the Photoshop in 60 Seconds series.

Beginner Resources: Custom Brushes

The right brush can go a long way. Whether it's a dainty decorative border, a splotchy grunge brush, or an awesome traditional watercolor style, learning how to create your own custom brushes is essential to your digital art. 

Photo Retouching

Photoshop tutorials wouldn't be complete without learning the basics of photo retouching. Learn how to use a wide range of tools for intensity and impact in all your photography. 

Photo Manipulation

Just getting started? Photo manipulations are a great way to get familiar with the versatility of Photoshop while creating beautiful art.

Digital Painting

Don't feel intimidated by the wonder of digital painting. With a tablet in hand and these quick tutorials, you'll be on your way to creating beautiful digital paintings in no time! 


Creating your own icons is the perfect way to add flair and personality to your brand. Follow along with the tutorials below to create these stunning yet simple designs. 

Photoshop Vectors

Although Photoshop is known for its extensive use with pixel-based images, you can incorporate vectors into your work too. See how in the tutorials below! 

Text Effects

Achieve beautiful text effects in just a few steps with these creative tutorials!

Photoshop for Kids

We have made Photoshop fun for all ages! Check out the Adobe Photoshop for Kids series for simple exercises to involve your family as a part of your learning process. 

Web Design

Integrate Photoshop into your web design workflow for ease and style. 

UI Design

Use Photoshop to create smart user interface design that is elegant and inviting.

Print Design

From flyers to business cards and more, these Photoshop tutorials have got you covered for a variety of print design needs. 

Tuts+ Courses

With an extensive library of design courses at your fingertips, take advantage of all that Envato Tuts+ has to offer you. Check out these courses, which are perfect for improving the fundamentals.

You Can Do It!

Exploring your creativity begins with the first step. Stick to your goals in 2016 and join us back here at Envato Tuts+ for more inspiration! Good luck!

Photo effects never get old. If you’re looking for cool Photoshop photo effect tutorials to spice up your image collection, this roundup was put together for you. There are 50 fantastic tutorials to help you to become a true Photoshop rockstar!

Here you’ll find popular tilt-shift techniques, watercolor effects, Instagram effects, polaroid and vintage effects and many, many more. Don’t hesitate to choose the image effect you like the best and follow it through to create truly stunning art.

Photoshop Photo Effect Tutorials

1. Instagram Your Images Using Photoshop

Learn how to create a “Nashville” filter from Instagram in a few easy steps.

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2. How To Give Your Photos a Vintage Polaroid Effect

This easy step-by-step guide will show you how to add an old vintage Polaroid style to your ordinary photos using Photoshop. Adjusting image colors and applying Photoshop brushes will convert an image to an old one in no time.

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3. Create Cool Watercolor Effects

Lots of famous designers such as Bruno Fujii, Margot Mace, Raphaël of My Dead Pony, Stina Person, use watercolor effect in their illustrations and it looks fantastic. These days you don’t need watercolor paint to add this awesome effect to your image, Photoshop will help you to perform this task.

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4. How to Make Instagram Filters: Earlybird

Instagram rocks today, am I right‌ One more great tutorial on creating an Instagram filter.

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5. Instagram Quick Effect In Photoshop

You will be surprised how short and simple this tutorial is. It is so quick that you’ll learn how to add a vintage effect to your image in only three steps.

6. Add Quick Effects to Your Personal Photos

This is a beginners-to-intermediate tutorial to add a cool bokeh effect to you personal images.

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7. How To Create a Movie Style Photo Effect

Everybody likes photo effects that are super easy to recreate. This tutorial will teach you to add a cool cinematic movie effect.

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8. Create a Trendy Retro Photo Effect in 3 Easy Steps

Three really easy steps to show you how to create a retro effect. If these three steps still sound like too much effort, you can download the Photoshop action to add a retro effect to your picture with just a click.

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9. Super Cool Watercolor Effect in 10 Steps

This tutorial has ten easy steps to make a watercolor painting inspired by illustrator Scott Hansen, using Masks and Watercolor Bushes to recreate the stunning image.

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10.  Creating Depth of Field Using the Lens Blur Filter

There is a Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop, it allows you to control the depth. Also, you can choose a place on the picture, where it will be applied. Still don’t know how it works‌ Take a look at this tutorial.

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11. Create a Realistic Broken Glass Effect

This is an easy and quick tutorial on how to apply a realistic broken glass effect to a background image using Photoshop brushes.

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12. Exposure Blending Tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll find instructions on how to create an awesome HDR photo effect. The main goal of this lesson is to blend multiple exposures of the same scene into a single image in order to create more dynamic range than your camera is capable of.

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13. Create Light Leaks and Lomo Effects Using Actions

In this quick tutorial you’ll learn how to create lomo effects and light leaks for your photos. There is also a brief video lesson on how to install and to run actions.

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14. Design Vintage Artwork with Old Newspaper and Watercolor Brush

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to design a stunning watercolor vintage artwork with an old newspaper background.

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15. The Creation of “The Storm is Approaching” Artwork

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16. Dramatic Wrinkles

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17. How To Give Your Photos a Dark Processed Lomo Effect

Follow this simple guide for creating a cool dark lomo style effect with high contrasts, blue shadows and vignette burns.

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18. Photoshop CS6 Presets: Photographic Toning Retouch Method

This is a cool photo retouch method for making your personal photos super cool.

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19. How To Give Your Photos a Cool Retro Analog Effect

Light leaks, color washes, blurs and vingetting are all common problems when processing a film. While these issues don’t affect digital cameras that much, with this tutorial you will be shown how to recreate these awesome effects.

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20. Using Textures & Blending Modes

Textures help in turning an ordinary shot into a stunning picture. One more useful Photoshop photo effect tutorial to learn a few cool tricks.

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21. Vintage Photo Effect

Vintage is all the fashion today. So, this guide will help you to create stunning vintage style pictures using Photoshop.

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22. Video Tutorial: Create Hipstamatic and Instagram Style Effects With Photoshop and Retrographer

Sometimes video tutorials are better for understanding than the usual tuts with screenshots. A cool lesson to create some Instagram effects.

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23. Photo Effects Week: Apply a Color Effect to a Photo

Applying a color effect can totally change your image. This quick guide will show you how to add a nice cozy effect to your picture.

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24. Video Tutorial: Enhance Detail Using Correction

Want to add an HDR-style detailed effect to your image‌ This tutorial will show you how.

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25. Simulate Film Grain In An Image With Photoshop

In this quick Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to mimic film grain.

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26. Portrait Photo To Color Sketch With Photoshop

This step by step guide will show you how to convert a portrait photo into a pencil sketch. A typical sketch is normally black and white, but with this tutorial you’ll learn how to colorize the sketch with the photo’s original colors.

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27. Learn How to Recreate The Instagram Nashville Effect

With the help of this awesome tutorial you can recreate Instagram Nashville Effect. You will use different color correction adjustment layers to achieve this style.

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28. Dead Zone Blur Streaks Effect With Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll find out how to create an amazing motion blur-type of effect. In order to achieve it you need to colorize a photo, than select a single column of pixels and stretch it across the image to make streaks of colors.

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29. Non-Destructive Lens Flare Effect In Photoshop

Without making any permanent changes, with this tut, you can add a popular lens flare effect to your image.

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30. Colorizing Images With Gradients In Photoshop

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to colorize the image using custom gradients. The author of this tutorial will take you through Gradient Map image adjustments. Also, this lesson will tell you how to apply different colors to different brightness levels of an image.

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31. Dreamy Photo Effect Tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll get to know how to add a magic dreamy effect to your image. Adding bokeh, flecks of sunlight and filters will turn your photo into a real masterpiece.

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32. How to Correct Green Color Cast

Green, rich foliage makes a perfect backdrop for any photo, but it creates a green color cast at the same time. There is a pretty fast technique for getting rid of greenish skin.

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33. Dave Hill Photo Effect: Quick Tutorial

Are you a great fan of Dave Hill photography‌ This Photoshop tutorial was made for you.

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34. Video tutorial: Create a Vintage Toy Camera Look

This video tutorial will show you how to turn your photo into a vintage styled image.

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35. How to Use Light and Shadow to Create a Dramatic Photo Effect with Photoshop

You can easily change a light scene in your photo to give a really dramatic atmosphere. In this tutorial you’ll also find out how to use Channels to change the sky and filters for giving a dreamy look.

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36. Tilt-Shift Photoshop Photo Effect Tutorial

This tutorial will walk you through creation of a Tift-Shift picture.

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37. Give a Yellow Lamborghini a Paint Job

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38. How to Create a Black & White “Matte” Photo

This quick guide will show you how to turn a bright contrast shot into a cool black and white image.

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39. Quick Tip: Use Photoshop to Turn Day Into Dusk

Taking photos at night is not a simple task. Therefore, sometimes it’s easier to convert a daylight photo into a night one with Photoshop.

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40. Partial Color Photo Effect Tutorial

Learn to transform a color image into black and white, then reveal the parts of an image with the help of Layer Masks.

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41. Tutorial on How to Create “Toaster” Instagram Effect

This is one more incredible tutorial on how to create the “Toaster” Instagram effect.

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42. An Introduction to Photoshop Actions: Create a Simple Lomo Photo Effect

In this article you’ll find a detailed explanation on how to use actions. Photoshop Actions are a very handy tool that can save your time and efforts.

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43. Turn an Ordinary Photo into an Oil Painting

In this article you’ll learn to create an oil painting effect.

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44. Create a Dragan Style Portrait Effect in 5 Steps

Have you ever seen the works of Andrzej Gragan‌ His photos have high contrast and specific colors. This tutorial will teach you to mimic this awesome effect.

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45. Give Your Ordinary Portrait Photo Glamorous Effect with Charming Make-up

Make-up changes everything. This easy guide will walk you through how to give an ordinary image a glamorous effect with the help of make-up.

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46. Chocolate Skin Effect

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47. Star Diffusion

This Star Diffusion Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to add a dreamy effect to your pictures. It’s a perfect choice for various holiday images.

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48. Cross-Processing: a Simple but Effective Way to Get this Classic Effect

The cross-processing effect is often used in fashion photography to add a cool look that you can see in the image above.

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49. Photoshop Effects: How to Mimic Studio Lighting for Stylish Portraits

The most of us will never get the chance shoot in a studio. So, here is a good way to mimic studio lighting with the help of Photoshop.

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50. Fake HDR Effects Elements Photo Effect Tutorial

HDR photography editing techniques add rich colors that make a shoot look artistic.

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