20 new tutorials for 2017 to improve your graphic design

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Adobe’s Photoshop has become so ubiquitous that in recent years it’s become a verb as well as a noun, and is now synonymous in the public consciousness with any form of image editing. It’s still the go-to software for design professionals, so here are six of the latest and greatest Photoshop tutorials to hit the web.

07. How to make quick selections

Luke O’Neill explains three ways to make selections in Photoshop

A lot of the day-to-day work of a design studio focuses around cut-outs and masks, so it’s a skill that every designer must master. In this tutorial, Luke O’Neill outlines three basic techniques for creating selections, and also investigates the layer mask options and how you can use them to create cool effects.

08. How to make an animated GIF

Monika Zagrobelna walks you through the creation of a GIF

Creating an animated GIF in Photoshop is surprisingly straightforward. In this beginner-level Photoshop tutorial, Monika Zagrobelna teaches you everything you need to know, as she walks you through the creation of a GIF based on a wolf with glowing eyes.

09. How to create a repeating pattern

Learn to construct a repeating pattern in Photoshop

This tutorial by Christopher Phin explains how to create a single 'tile' in Photoshop and then use it to build up a repeating pattern, which can use to fill as big or as small an area as you like. He uses the example of a black and yellow 'warning' pattern to demonstrate the technique.

10. How to create a quick and easy duotone text effect 

Create a duotone text effect in this short, step-based tutorial

Duotone text is one of the big design trends of the moment. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use a texture image, a gradient map, some adjustment layers and filters to create a duotone text effect in five short steps.

11. How to create an endless picture within a picture illusion

Capture people’s attention by learning this eye-catching technique

The ‘picture within a picture’ concept is an optical illusion that can’t help but catch the viewer’s eye. This tutorial by Melody Nieves explains how to use simple photo manipulation techniques to create the effect.

12. How to create a vintage film title text effect

Using Photoshop’s 3D capabilities to create a cool text effect

This tutorial by Chris Spooner demonstrates how to use the film title styles of old black-and-white movies from the 30s and 40s to inspire your retro text designs. It makes use of the 3D feature in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC to provide sophisticated lighting and shading to the letterforms.

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