11 fantastic Photoshop tutorials

Let's be honest, Photoshop is an essential package for anyone working in the design industry.

If you don't know your layers from your curves, then you're missing out big time. The only trouble is, it's a behemoth - there are umpteen tools to master, and just when you think you've got it licked, Adobe go and bring out a new version with oodles of new functions.

Because of this, we thought we'd give you a refresher guide to mastering Photoshop once and for all. We've trawled through masses of expert help to find you the very best of Computer Arts' Photoshop tutorials. So, whatever your bag, we're sure you'll find something here that'll help you work better in Photoshop.

1. Create awesome ethereal artwork with Photoshop's Warp tool

Design duo Shotopop show you how to turn plain source images into inspired art the easy way

2. Make action images more dynamic in Photoshop

With dynamic distortion and a little Photoshop magic, you can introduce speed to your subjects. Doucin Pierre, aka Soemone, shows you how

3. Create a contemporary and authentic Japanese illustration

Juan-Carlos Cambon of Nipponaisuki shows you how to create an authentic-looking Japanese kamon in a contemporary illustration

4. Breathe life into your characters in Photoshop

Danilo Brand£o reveals a simple yet effective way develop the personality of your characters while creating their environment

5. Create striking portraits from a pencil sketch

Hoang Nguyen explains how to create a simple composition, lay out an interesting background, and define the light source

6. Add magic to your photos in Photoshop

It doesn't matter how powerful Photoshop is - great results still depend on the skills of the user. Per Gustafson shares his expert advice for making mediocre photos magical

7. Add life to vector images with Photoshop textures

Sometimes vector art, although infinitely flexible, appears too crisp and unnatural. A little wear and tear is the perfect remedy, says Derek Lea

8. Recreate the Smirnoff ads in Photoshop

Rob Chiu gets creative with some wildlife and a glass bottle, showing how to create effects reminiscent of Smirnoff's famous 'bottle as lens' ads

9. Create a virtual graffiti mural

Creating a piece of graffiti art can be a demanding task, especially when you're working against the clock. Justin Maller shows you how to ease the pain by planning and designing a digital mural in Photoshop

10. Turn found images into striking illustrations in Photoshop

Eric Carl demonstrates how you can transform stock photos into something unique and incredible through Photoshop composition

11. Create an impossible landscape in Photoshop

Digital artist Magnus Kj¤ll conjures up a virtual world combining nature photography and vectors

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