53 Killer Photoshop Illustrator Effects and Tutorials

May 4th, 2008

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.

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.

More Neon and Glow Effects

All things Beautiful

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.

Smoke Effect

Creating Smoke– How to create smoke in photoshop, from Abduzeedo.

More Smoke Effects


Jessica Rabbit

Silver White Fractal– The great smoke-like wispy effect in this fractal is accentuated by the color and lighting effects.

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.

How to draw swirls illustrations in Adobe Illustrator

Swirly curls in Adobe Illustrator

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.

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.

More Lighting Effects

Rainy Day Rainbows

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.

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.

Melting Ice Text Effect

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.

50 Essential Photoshop Text Tutorials– Here are 50 of the best tutorials for working with text.

More Text Effect

Smoke + Type

Vintage Effects Tutorials

Vintage collages in Photoshop– 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.

Photoshop vintage effect– Fantastic method of creating a vintage photo effect in Photoshop.

More Vintage Effects

Crooked Mushroom

Various Image Effects Tutorials

Create amazing photomontages– Nik Ainley shows you how to make a splash, blending two very different images to create this amazing underwater effect, complete with a dissolving figure of a man.

Creating a Vector Composite Effect from a Photo– This tutorial will demonstrate how to take an image, in this case a woman’s face, and give the appearance that it is entirely composed of vector shapes.

More Image Effects


Cosmo Girl

Water Color Effects Tutorials

Design Watercolor Effect Menu– How to design a watercolor effect menu in Photoshop.

How to Add a WaterColor Effect to Your Photos– How to create a hand-painted and water color effect.

Miscellaneous Tutorials and Effects

illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect and more– How to use the Pucker & 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.

Tropical Transparency Effect– Learn how to create a bouquet of Tropical Flowers.

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.

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.

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

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

The Dream In A Puddle

Lines Tutorial– How to create rainbow colored lines.

Creating a film grain effect– How to create or simulate a natural film grain effect on photos in Photoshop CS3.

How to Make the “Flare” Effect As Seen On– Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to re-create this effect.

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.

Positive Hype

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.








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54 comments for „53 Killer Photoshop Illustrator Effects and Tutorials
  1. Steven Snell on May 4th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome collection. There are several that I am going to visit. And thanks for the link.

  2. Siddharth on May 4th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Good collection again, The Dream in a Puddle looks like a fairytale design. I also like Jessica Rabbit and Stunning digital smoke effect. I am going to visit, learn and try them on Photoshop. May be with these tutorials these effects will be not that hard.

  3. Eli on May 4th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    There’s some absolutely beautiful art here.

  4. Monty on May 4th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    these are amaxing tutorials i have to bookmark this, thanks

  5. Razvan on May 5th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    A lot of good tutorials, thanks for posting!

  6. Mondo Libero on May 5th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Very Useful tutorial, thanks a lot and good work.

  7. Maciej Rakowski on May 6th, 2008 at 5:18 am

    thanks for add =]

  8. Paul on May 6th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Thankyou for adding ‘the dream in a puddle’. It took ages to make it… The other work here is fantastic. I am going to get to work and design something new I am totally inspired. Pixel Criminal

  9. J_Designer005 on May 6th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    WOW! this loos so exciting! I cant wait to look at alot of these sites and learn how to make these effects!

  10. Lemme on May 6th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Amazing effects, truly grateful for their being

  11. woeye on May 7th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Thanks a lot! Once again another great article from you. Can’t wait for the next one :-)

  12. Mike on May 7th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    That’s pretty impressive! The site is also very useful for tutorials, but I guess here there are even more of them.

  13. Scientist on May 7th, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Great collection, you just got a new subscriber ;)

  14. Sabrina Pinacoladapirate on May 8th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Thank you for featuring my Rainy Day Rainbows piece!! I have to say, though, there is no photoshop involved with it. Just the border and slight vignetting.

    I feel honored!

  15. Navdeep on May 11th, 2008 at 2:30 am

    very good list. thanks

  16. Drupal Museum on May 12th, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Very nice list! Thank you!

  17. joyoge on May 14th, 2008 at 6:21 am

    thanks a lot…

  18. delvetor on May 14th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    WAOW! That’s really great to share this wonderfull artwork : thanks a lot

  19. DeeGee on May 17th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for publishing our tutorial :)
    Maybe it would be useful to announce that our site offers Free Photoshop Brushes (48 sets and counting) for Commercial use too.

  20. Qvectors on May 18th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    most are well known but still nice to see all in one place.

  21. SV Creation on May 19th, 2008 at 4:42 am

    that are a very dreamatic tutorial that is very greatfull.

  22. totally on May 27th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Totally helpful!

  23. Bad_Dsign on May 29th, 2008 at 1:14 am

    im very new in this thing, but by looking what they
    doing with photoshop, its make me want to know more of this software.
    thats very awesome job make like a dream picture.

  24. Gadgets Geek on May 29th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    nice list and great collection
    i’ll bookmark it so make sure you don’t change it :)

  25. Patsy on May 30th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for these tutorials. I’ve been a web designer for years and have never quite managed to tackle Illustrator so I look for these quick helps.

  26. rose on June 8th, 2008 at 7:26 am

    wow,these look great I will try out a few of these….Thanks.

  27. fox on June 10th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Fantastic tutorials, thanks for bringing these!

  28. Jaclyn on June 12th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Wonderful tutorials! Thanks a lot!!

  29. anjie on June 15th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    thank you so much for putting up these tutorials!
    the work here is awesome btw!

  30. lee on June 18th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    think you?

  31. Dani on June 18th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Truly amazing list of tutorials… Thank you!

  32. Shawn Adrian on June 22nd, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Wow, great list. Thanks. Makes me want to kill some time in photoshop outside of my daily workload.

  33. tuk on June 22nd, 2008 at 3:52 am

    hey this is jst awesome…thanks so much..cant wait to try them…

  34. lucero on June 23rd, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Nice… Thank you for sharing this collection of tutorials.


  35. sushiling on June 29th, 2008 at 12:07 pm


  36. emptydb on July 2nd, 2008 at 3:58 am

    thanks for sharing. very valuable tips!
    more power to you.

  37. bangbouh on July 14th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    amazing and usefull photoshop tutorials!

  38. Lucky on August 1st, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Hi,Thanks a lot for this.These are just awesome.These all are having a Great quality of technique.I am so Thankful to you.GOD bless you.Take care.

  39. Stephen on August 1st, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Great collection! It’s gonna take a while to try them all out!

  40. steven on August 3rd, 2008 at 3:32 am

    DUG DUG AND DUG. Also in your next list inc this one

  41. jasmine on August 4th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    that was very great tutorial for me. thank a lot

  42. Yuriy on August 7th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Great, thanks a lot!

  43. Sergey on August 12th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Great tutorial

  44. Yuri on August 13th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Wonderful tutorials! Thank you!

  45. kaleesh on August 16th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    excellent :D!!!

  46. chlorophyll on August 25th, 2008 at 5:15 am

    CHEERS :)

  47. Vasco Dias on August 26th, 2008 at 2:25 am

    amazing collection of excelent tutorials. You’ve got a bookmark my friend. :D
    thanks a lot!

  48. Kaskou on September 3rd, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Amazing tutorials…

    Thanks !

  49. Nisansala on September 8th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Great collection! I’m still a beginner in the graphics field and this amazing collection has so much to offer. Thank you so very very much for composing and posting it. :-)

  50. Thomas | Brush King on September 19th, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Some of the best tutorials in the world, thanks

  51. sandy on October 3rd, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Fantastic tutorials………

  52. MaNshY on October 10th, 2008 at 4:04 am

    it’s gr8 collection, and gr8 Magazine.

  53. Logotype on October 11th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    This is one of the best lists on the subject i have seen so far. Hope to use some of them in a upcoming project.

  54. crowd on November 1st, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Most of them are very trendy.