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Learn How to Use Photoshop With These 10 Free Courses and Tutorials

If you want to learn how to use Photoshop for everything from designing a movie poster to making a glitch effect, check out this roundup of recent courses and tutorials.

Posted 2 Aug 2021
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You can use Photoshop for all kinds of different graphic design projects, but it has so many features that even the experts don’t always know all of them. These free Photoshop tutorials will unlock its secrets.

If you want to learn how to use Photoshop for everything from designing posters to making a realistic blood effect, check out this roundup of recent free Photoshop courses and tutorials. You’re sure to find something here to help you reach your creative goals.

It’s the height of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, so what better time to go to the beach and write your name in the sand? Or if you can’t do that, then stay in and practice doing the same thing in Photoshop! You’ll pick up some useful new design skills along the way, and they won’t get washed away by the tide.

Want to add some drama to an image? A good glow effect is a wonderful option, as you can see from the example below. This free Photoshop tutorial takes you through the process of creating this effect step by step, so that by the end, you can apply it to any image you like.

Photoshop glow effect

Want to create a gory Halloween effect? Or do you just like horror year-round? Either way, you’ll love this creepy video on creating realistic blood effects in Photoshop. Dripping blood, bleeding eyes, blood spatter: it’s all here!

OK, now for something a little lighter. If blood and gore are not for you, then how about some sparkles? This free Photoshop tutorial teaches you not only to create the effect shown below, but to make your own Photoshop sparkle brushes so that you can apply it again and again.

Photoshop sparkle effect

This one-hour free Photoshop course has everything! Learn to apply some advanced photo manipulation techniques and really take your work to the next level. It’s called “Advanced Photoshop for Everyone”, so it’s definitely accessible, but there’s so much to learn here that even Photoshop experts will find something new.

Photoshop is full of tools for making your images look better, but which should you choose? If you need to sharpen an image, for example, you have several different options. In this tutorial, Monika Zagrobelna explains what those options are and how to use each one.

sharpen an image in Photoshop

You’d think it would be hard to make the gold effect shown below, wouldn’t you? But this video breaks down all the steps involved, so that you can transform your own photo into a shiny gold statue.

OK, back to horror! If you want to create a creepy horror movie poster to go with the blood effects you created earlier, then this tutorial is for you. You’ll learn what makes a good horror movie poster, and then you’ll select the right photos and fonts for your theme. Finally, you’ll see how to combine them and apply the right settings and effects to create a Hollywood-worthy movie poster.

horror movie poster

Want to add rain to your photo? How about some storm-clouds and lightning? You’ll learn how it’s done in this free Photoshop tutorial over on YouTube.

If you’re worried about people using your images without permission, or you just want to let your audience know who created a particular image, a watermark is a good solution. This simple Photoshop tutorial walks you through the process of creating one, using a couple of different methods.

make a watermark in Photoshop

In this post, we’ve covered ten of the best free Photoshop tutorials and courses published recently, but that’s just scratching the surface of what you can find in the full Envato Tuts+ library of more than 1,250 courses and 28,000 tutorials. Here are some of the best Photoshop tutorials and courses from previous months.

If you want to learn how to use Photoshop, this is the best place to start. It’s a free three-hour video course that takes you through Photoshop from start to finish. Learn everything from layers and selections to masking and retouching, all in one place!

Photoshop for Beginners course

This video is the next one to watch. It takes you through Photoshop from A to Z, looking at a different tool or function for each letter of the alphabet.

Looking for something more advanced? Try this detailed Photoshop course, which takes you through the process of designing a Hollywood-style movie poster. And, like everything else mentioned in this post, it’s completely free!

Movie Poster Design in Photoshop

Heavy metal albums have an instantly recognizable style. From the Gothic script to the dark colors and macabre imagery, this album cover just screams heavy metal. Learn exactly how to create it yourself in this free Photoshop tutorial.

Heavy metal album cover in Photoshop

OK, let’s switch gears. From the in-your-face style of heavy metal, let’s move to the soft, calming look of a watercolor still-life painting. Photoshop is so versatile that it can create all kinds of different effects. Watch the video to see how to recreate this one.

See how the two photographs below are almost identical, except that in the one on the right, the crack in the wall has been removed and some bricks have been cleared up from the floor? That’s the magic of the Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop—it lets you remove objects easily, while leaving the background untouched. See how it works in this tutorial.

Spot healing brush example

One of the best things you can do in Photoshop is photo manipulation, or compositing a scene from different photos and graphics. In this free course, you get to explore lots of compositing techniques while creating a scene from a robot apocalypse.

compositing a scene in Photoshop

How would you like to make one of the eye-catching flyers pictured below? It’s easier than you think. Melody Nieves takes you through the whole process of creating a music festival flyer and an Art Deco invitation in Photoshop.

Why not try a double exposure effect? In this free course, you’ll see the whole process of creating three different photo manipulations: a duotone (pictured below), a cityscape, and something a little more surreal…

You’re probably having one of two reactions to this item: either “Cool, that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for” or “What is a Twitch OBS stream overlay?” If you’re in the second group, never mind, but if you’re a keen online gamer and want to spice up your Twitch stream, this one is for you.

We’ve looked at some creative projects in this roundup, but what about something more practical, like a business card? You can learn how to use Photoshop to create your own business cards in this course—and the good news is, they can be pretty creative too!

Business card designs

Look at that striking piece of album cover art! If you want to know how to use Photoshop to create something like that, then check out the free tutorial and get all the steps!

Resizing a single image in Photoshop is straightforward. But what if you have dozens of images to resize, or even hundreds? Save yourself a lot of time by reading this tutorial or watching the video below. You’ll discover how to create your own simple Photoshop action to resize multiple images with a single click.

Check out this YouTube video, which takes you through the process of designing your own brush font in that iconic Japanese text style. It’s proven popular with the YouTube audience, and there’s also a written version of the tutorial if you prefer to follow along that way.

Back in the days of film photography, a light leak was a dreaded mistake. Now it’s a much sought-after digital effect to give your images a warm, nostalgic, retro look. Learn how to create it in this tutorial, or simply watch the video below.

With the techniques you’ll learn in this tutorial, you’ll be able to add a magical sparkle to any photo. You’ll see the steps involved in producing the effect in the image below in Photoshop, and then you’ll see how to use a simple Photoshop action to apply the effect to any image of your choosing. Read the tutorial.

Sparkle effect in Photoshop

Envato recently launched a new partnership with Placeit, which makes it easy to create photo-realistic mockups with no design skills at all. But if you want to create a mockup the old-school way, with smart objects and smart filters in Photoshop, then read this tutorial for the full lowdown on how to do it.

smartphone mockup

I included this course not just for its pun potential, but also because it’s a really useful guide to getting the most out of Photoshop brushes. If you do any kind of art, design or other creative work in Photoshop, you need to watch this video. Oh, did I mention it’s a free course? That’s another good reason to watch it.

A shatter effect is a powerful visual metaphor that you can use in a range of designs to illustrate progress, change, or breaking through boundaries. This tutorial shows you how to create the effect easily in Photoshop, starting with a stock image and creating a special “shatter brush” to let you apply the effect, before making all the necessary adjustments so that it looks realistic. Get the full instructions here.

Shatter effect in Photoshop

Some designs are so striking that you just think, “Wow, I could never create that.” Well, I do, anyway. But this tutorial breaks the whole process down into easily manageable steps. If you’ve got a copy of Photoshop and some time available, you can work your way through this and create a stunning photo manipulation with a stitching effect. Get the full set of instructions.

Surreal portrait in Photoshop

The great thing about photo manipulation is that if, like me, you can’t draw to save your life, you can still create some amazing scenes like the one below, just by merging photos together and applying some effects. There’s a bit more to it than that, of course, but this tutorial breaks it all down into easy steps. So why not learn photo manipulation today?

Photo manipulation of Egyptian goddess

And There’s More…

This post has highlighted the best free Photoshop tutorials and courses that Tuts+ has published recently, but you’ll find a lot more in the full archives going back over ten years. With Tuts+, you can learn how to use Photoshop, as well as mastering photography, video, graphic design, web design, and more. Search the full Tuts+ library to find exactly what you need.


Get a Photoshop lesson from YouTubers PiXimperfect, Benny Productions, Nemanja Sekulic and Imad Awan with our video on Photoshop compositing.

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