2012 was a big year for Photoshop. In April, Adobe released Photoshop CS6 and launched the Creative Cloud, and more recently announced the Photoshop 13.1 update. During that time, our authors produced some amazing Photoshop conent. In this article, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite Psdtuts+ tutorials from 2012. Let”s take a look!
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Making modifications to your car or truck in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a pimped out truck modification using photos taken with a simple point and shoot camera, with no advanced lighting setup.
Photoshop is great at seamlessly combing photos to create an entirely new scene. In this tutorial we will create an elephant sundae using several stock photos.
Photoshop is a fantastic tool to help 3D artists save time and improve the look of their renders. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to combine ZBrush materials and lighting render passes to create a stunning metallic textured skull.
When most people think about Photoshop, they probably don”t think about 3D. What most people don”t realize, however, is that Photoshop Extended includes some powerful tools to help you render your artwork in 3D. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a mini planet using Photoshop”s 3D capabilities.
Photoshop actions are excellent tools for speeding up your workflow. In this tutorial, Diego Sanchez will use Photoshop actions to create a cocktail blueprint from scratch.
In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to take pieces from multiple photos and seamlessly blend them into a "coffee cake" photo manipulation. This tutorial will also explore unique ways to work with paths and smart objects.
In this tutorial, we will explain how to integrate a rendered 3D model into a photograph to create a macro photography effect.
In this tutorial we will create a clean Twitter app interface in Photoshop using layer styles and basic vector shapes.
Applying texture to a text effect can be a lot of fun. In this tutorial we will explain how to create a baseball-inspired text effect using layer styles, patterns, and brushes.
In this tutorial we will explain how to create a one-page retro web design using Adobe Photoshop. While most of the design is created in Photoshop, we will also use Illustrator to create various shapes and elements.
Taking your own photos and combining them into an entirely new composition can be quite satisfying. In this tutorial, Josh Dykgraaf will show you how to create a walking city using a combination of photos that were taken exclusively for this project, as well as a few stock photos.
In this quick tutorial we will show you how to create a royal gold text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.
Photoshop CS6 is packed with new features and effects that you can use in your work. In this tutorial we will utilize Photoshop”s new 3D capabilities as well as its new content aware features to create a Micro Machines inspired composition.
Disney”s "Tron Legacy" featured some stunning special effects. In this tutorial, Sheridan Johns will explain how to achieve similar results using digital painting, composition, and lighting effect techniques.
Layer styles are a powerful and time saving feature that can help you apply amazing effects to your designs. In this tutorial we will use layer styles to create a light bulb inspired text effect in Photoshop.
Photoshop CS6 is packed with new features that will help you create better interface designs. In this tutorial we will utilize Photoshop”s new vector editing and stroke capabilities to create an administrator dashboard interface. We will also take advantage of Photoshop”s new snap to pixel grid feature to help create crisp and clean web graphics.
Photoshop is a great tool because it allows us to be creative and produce imagery that would be impossible to create otherwise. In this tutorial, Tony Aubé will create a snowy landscape from desert photography and photos of sand.
In this quick tip tutorial we will explain how to create a steel text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.
While thinking up a strong concept is often one of the biggest challenges that a designer will face during the creative process, executing that concept can be equally, if not more challenging. In this tutorial, Liran Szeiman will explain how to create a cute, but dark, fantasy illustration in Photoshop using digital painting techniques.
Selections are an essential part of any photo editing workflow, but often, selections aren”t as straight-forward as they might seem. In this tutorial we will explain how to make a selection of a glass that includes transparent elements.
In this tutorial we will explain how to create an amplifier interface using simple shapes and layer styles.
If you”ve got a sweet tooth, then we”ve got a mouth-watering tutorial for you. In this tutorial, Mark Mayers will show you how Photoshop CS6 Extended”s new 3D tools can be utilized to create a typographic illustration that includes lots of sugary treats.
In this tutorial we will explain how to create a metallic copper text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.
Leica is considered one of the most prestigious camera brands. In this tutorial, we will draw one of the most notable Leica cameras in Photoshop, the Leica M1.
In this quick tip tutorial we will explain how to create a cookie text effect using layer styles and textures in Photoshop.
Photoshop CS6 includes several new features that you can use to create 3D and video effects. In this tutorial, Stephen Petrany will combine these new tools to simulate 3D depth in a 2D photograph using the new 3D and video timeline features available in Photoshop CS6 Extended.
If you”re a big fan of playing video games, then you are probably aware of the release of Diablo III. The Diablo franchise has been a popular video game title for over a decade. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a Diablo-inspired text effect in Photoshop.
In this tutorial, Sheridan Johns we will explain how to create stunning "Iron Man" fan art in Photoshop using digital painting techniques. This tutorial will begin as a sketch and then show how to slowly build up your artwork to create realistic metallic objects. We will then incorporate some photographic elements such as smoke and sparks to enhance the overall realism of the piece.
In this quick tip tutorial we will explain how to create a plastic switch in Photoshop that you can use in your interface designs.
In this tutorial we will create the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves using digital painting techniques in Photoshop.
In this quick tip tutorial we will show you how to create a glass text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.
Actions are a powerful tool in Photoshop. They can be used to automate all sorts of tasks. In this tutorial we will explain how to use actions to create a 3D soda can.
Photoshop CS6 is packed with new and powerful features. In this tutorial, Stephen Petrany will explore some of Photoshop CS6 Extended”s enhanced 3D features by showing how to create a realistic 3D hood ornament.
By combining certain fonts and styles, you can create graphics reminiscent of the automobile emblems of the 1950′s, also known as Brightwork. In this tutorial we will show you how to create a reflective, retro chrome emblem using Photoshop layer styles and a few selection tricks.
In this quick tutorial we will show you how to create sports-themed text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.
In this quick tip tutorial we will explain how to create a candy cane-style text effect in Photoshop.
Photo composites often require several Photoshop tools and techniques to achieve a desired effect. In this tutorial by author Mario Sánchez Nevado, we will combine several photos to create a statue from a photo of a model. We will then explain how modify the statue to create cracks, and molten rock using layer masks, adjustments, and several blending and painting techniques.
Creating a horror movie-themed photo composition in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. Choosing the right photos is an important step in the process, but it is also important to blend those photos together in a realistic and believable way. In this tutorial we will show you how to do this using the appropriate light balance, use of midtones, depth of field, blending, and more.
Among the most challenging and potentially useful skills an artist can have is the ability to design entirely new characters, environments and vehicles. Master these skills, and the doors open not only to your own creative expression, but to potential employment in the video game, film and publishing industries. In this tutorial, Alex Ries, we will walk through the design and painting of an extra terrestrial seaplane in Photoshop. This requires research into the familiar elements of real-world aircraft, and combining those elements into an original form that looks functional and familiar, yet clearly non-human.
In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a cute and scary children”s illustration in Photoshop.
Photoshop has become a multi-purpose tool that can create some complex animations without the need to purchase additional software. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create and composite a 3D animation with sound and lighting effects. We will also cover techniques on how to optimize your rendering time.
In this quick tip tutorial, we will explain how to create a crisp, metallic text effect using just a couple of layer styles in Photoshop.
Creating a nice character painting in Photoshop can be a difficult but rewarding task. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a classic Batman villain in Photoshop.
In this tutorial, Alex Ries will show you how to create a near-future space fighter without referencing these earlier science fiction designs. Instead, he will show you how to create a more realistic concept referencing the real world.
Attempting to replicate real life objects in Photoshop is great practice. In this tutorial we will explain how to create a realistic, retro Gameboy device using Photoshop”s powerful feature set.
In this tutorial, we will explain how to combine Photoshop filters, brushes, and vector shapes to create a stitched denim text effect using Photoshop CS6.
Sometimes all you need to create a stunning piece of Photoshop art is a camera, some Photoshop know how, and some creativity. In this tutorial, Joshua Dykgraaf will explain how to create a robotic motorcycle god using photos taken of motorcycle parts.
Robots are a staple of the science fiction media landscape. Concept artists working in this field, whether it be through video games, publishing, or film are well served with a number of robotic designs in their portfolios. In this tutorial, Alex Ries will explain how to illustrate a near-future combat robot in Photoshop.
In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a furry cartoon character in Photoshop.
Photoshop plugins are great tools to help you save time and improve the quality of your work. In this tutorial, we will use Filter Forge to help create a knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop that you can use in your holiday illustrations.
Designers often use several apps to create their work. What is great about Adobe products is that you can easily switch between them to perform various tasks. In this tutorial, we will show you how to design a magazine layout using Adobe InDesign. We will then show you how to create a realistic and reusable magazine mockup of that design in Photoshop that you can present to your clients.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended is packed with an all-new 3D interface and tons of new features. In this tutorial, we will explain how to use those new features to create an autumn-themed 3D text effect.
Liu Kang is one of the most iconic characters from the world of Mortal Kombat. In this tutorial, George Patsouras will discuss how to paint a Bruce Lee-inspired Liu Kang in Photoshop. Since this will deal with portrait painting, you can use these techniques to recreate the Liu Kang painting, or you can come up with something entirely on your own.
In this tutorial, Stephen Petrany will explain how to build a holiday gingerbread cookie illustration using copies of a single Smart Object. This technique will allow us to quickly update the shape of our cookie with very little effort in order to make multiple cookies for a more complex final scene.
In this series, Martin Perhiniak will explain some time-saving tips to help you work more efficiently with Adobe Photoshop.
Photoshop layer styles are a popular way to add effects, such as drop shadows and strokes, to layers in a non-destructive way. In this Session, we”ll show you how to unlock their potential!
Photoshop CS6 has finally arrived. It has come packed with new features and tweaks that will significantly improve your workflow and enhance your tool set. In this series we will take a look at some of Photoshop CS6″s new features and show you how they work.
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