40 Photoshop tutorials you must see

Get the most from your creative work tools with our guide to 40 of the best pieces of knowledge online.

Photoshop is the creative industry's workhorse, used for everything from post-shoot touch ups to creating wild and wicked text effects.

As with everything, though, having a good idea is only half the job. It's how you bring that idea to life that matters, and that's where knowing your tools inside out really counts.

Collected here are 40 of the web's best, most groundbreaking and most requested tutorials and techniques. Covering everything from high-end text effects to creating fantasy landscapes, there's something here to cater for any required style. Enjoy!

Fake HDR effects

HDR

HDR

Flaming effects

FLAME

FLAME

Smoke effects

SMOKE EFFECTS

SMOKE EFFECTS

Comic style art

comic style

comic style

Torn paper style

torn paper

torn paper

Create a playing card

create a playing card

create a playing card

Create a water mark effect

watermark

watermark

Selecting and masking hair

mask hair

mask hair

Mist effects

mist effects

mist

Boost your photo basics

boost photo basics

boost photo basics

Fake tilt-shift photography

tiltshife

tiltshife

Pro retouching tips

touching

touching

Design a movie poster

movie poster

movie poster

Halftone treatments

halfyone

halfyone

Star gazing effects

eclipse

eclipse

Movie look

movie look

movie lkook

Awesome lighting effects

lighting fx

lighting fx

3D text effects

3d text

3d text

Flaming text effects

flaming text

flaming text

3D metal text

metal text

metal text

Working with shadowed text

shadow

Destructive lettering techniques

destructive lettering

destructive lettering

Sand writing

sand writing

sand writing

Light burst text effects

light burst

light burst

Fur effects

fur fx

fur fx

Retro text effects

Retro text effects

Retro text effects

Make buttons in Photoshop

Make buttons in Photoshop

Make buttons in Photoshop

Cinematic technique

Cinematic technique

Cinematic technique

Slow shutter effect

Slow shutter effect

Slow shutter effect

Colourful outline glows

Colourful outline glows

Colourful outline glows

Texturing uneven surfaces

 Texturing uneven surfaces

Texturing uneven surfaces

Dark and surreal feel

Dark and surreal feel

Dark and surreal feel

Exposure blending tips

Dark and surreal feel

Dark and surreal feel

Cool brush creation

Cool brush creation

Cool brush creation

Vector polishing techniques

Vector polishing techniques

Vector polishing techniques

Add a LOMO lens effect

 Add a LOMO lens effect

Add a LOMO lens effect

Add paint splats to people

Add paint splats to people

Add paint splats to people

Add sparks to fashion photography

Add sparks to fashion photography

Add sparks to fashion photography

Transparent text effects

Transparent text effects

Transparent text effects

Comic book covers

Comic book covers

Comic book covers