40 Greatest Photoshop Tutorials of 2014


Another year passes by leaving us lots to be thankful for, lots to think about and lots to learn. We designers are focusing on the learning part. Today, we’ll be learning Photoshop tutorials.

This year, the latest Photoshop CC was launched and it revolutionized the industry. It is considered to be the biggest update to the software since Photoshop 7.0

Designers all around the world geared up to make amazing designs in this new version, and some also started making tutorials. From those tutorials, we have selected the best ones and featuring them here.

We have selected these tutorials on the merits of wowing results or creative techniques and advanced level commands used to create the final result.
If you are a Photoshopper, you’ve got to check out this collection.

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Before we move towards the tutorials, here’s a prerequisite.

Before you can take on these tutorials, you need to be able to use Photoshop freely. If you are a beginning Photoshop user, you should check out this free e-book before you study any of the following tutorials.

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Typography Tutorials

3D Dramatic Rock Formation

How to create a rock formation from scratch using Photoshop. No 3D software required!

3D Rock Text

Fire and Rust Text Effect Using the Flame Filter

The Flame Generator filter in Adobe Photoshop CC is a new feature that’s designed to render realistic flames on user-defined paths.

Flaming Rusty Text Effect

3D Letters on a Shelf using Photoshop CC

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop CC’s Shape Attributes and 3D capabilities to create a simple, yet sophisticated 3D letters on a shelf text effect.

3D typography

Leafy Typography in Photoshop

Explore the use of tree bark texture to form the basis of the text, then applying leaf texture over the text.

Leaf Typography

Sand Writing Text Effect

Adobe Photoshop’s Layer Styles are one of the quickest, yet most effective ways of achieving many different effects.

Sand Writing Text Effect

Illuminated Text Effect

Create a text effect that is illuminated with tracks of small lights using several Photoshop tools including vector shapes, brushes, Layer Styles, and Adjustment Layers.

Light Typography

High-Gloss, Bubble Gum Text Effect

A glossy, bubble gum text effect using a combination of Photoshop’s Pen Tool and Layer Styles.

3D Bubble Gum Typography

Ketchup Text Effect

Create a realistic-looking ketchup text effect. You can also learn how to smear or smudge the ketchup effect in an optional step at the end.

Ketchup Text

Create Tentacle Style 3D Letter in Octopus Typography

This Adobe Photoshop tutorial teaches how to apply octopus skin texture and light reflections to the 3d letters.

Octopus Text Effect

Painting and Photo-manipulation

Paint a Bat-Cat in Adobe Photoshop

A fast method to paint freely and spontaneously, while keeping control over the process.


Balance Lighting Perfectly when Compositing Elements

A step-by-step guide to adding shadows and uniform lighting to a scene conjured up in deep space.

Composing Elements in Photo Manipulation

Combine Photos and Vectors into a 1980’s Look

Give your photos a dynamic twist with gradients, Layer Styles, drop shadows, glows and more.

Combining Vectors and Images

Underwater Photo-manipulation

Learn how to create an underwater mermaid in Photoshop using some simple blending techniques and layer adjustments.

Under Water Photo Manipulation

Fairy Tale Manipulation in 75 Steps

Create floating island in a twilight atmosphere with all those elements to create this fairy tale composite.

Fairy Land

Create a Deer Abstraction

Learn how to combine abstract elements, work with textures and create lighting effect.

Deer Abstraction with Photoshop

Paint a Realistic Cat

There is no photo in this image. This is a complete drawing. You also get a video tutorial for understanding the painting method better.

Realistic Cat

Create a Realistic Bell Pepper

This is a fast paced tutorial. If you are a beginning Photoshopper, you would absolutely love this one.

Bell Pepper Tutorial

Making of Blue Monkey

It took 2 months to complete the image, focusing especially on the fur and the render, and keeping the modeling, UV and texture very simple.

Blue Monkey

Wonderful World Romantic Photo-manipulation

All the elements added like flowers, heart shape clouds, colorful birds and butterflies all of them create a feeric romantic scenery.

Wonderful World Photo-manipulation

Photo Manipulation of Alice in Wonderland

Learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect.

Alice in Wonderland Photoshop

Apocalyptic City Explosion

Create a city explosion in Photoshop using just a few simple blending techniques. You will also learn how to add cinematic movie effects to your photos with gradient maps and other color adjustments.

War City Photoshop Tutorial

Hauntingly Beautiful Cleopatra Mummy

The evolution of a digital painting from start to finish by creating a hauntingly beautiful Egyptian goddess.

Mummy Digital Painting

Misc. Tutorials

Using the New Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

Adobe has upgraded Smart Objects in Photoshop CC 2014 so we can also link them to external files. In this tutorial, we will use new features from the latest Linked Smart Objects to design a flexible brochure.

Smart Objects

Using the Path Blur and Spin Blur in Photoshop CC

One of the more powerful features that came with the new Photoshop CC is the addition of the Path and Spin Blur filters.

Pattern Blur

Design an Eye-Catching Voucher

Learn how to create a nice clean looking design for a present voucher.

Voucher Design in Photoshop

Composite organic smoke and textures

It doesn’t take much to make a great looking piece if you have a strong initial concept and some nifty tricks to cover the technical side.

Organic Smoke Spatter

Giraffe Neck Knot

Create realistic giraffe neck knot effect and how to apply spotted skin pattern to the knot shape.

Giraffe Neck Knot

Draw a Cute Pirate Character

Draw a pirate character using Photoshop from blank page without any additional resources or stock images.

Cute Pirate Character in Photoshop

That’s all for tonight folks. We’ll be back with another best of the year post soon. See you.

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