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30 Text Effect Tutorials for Adobe Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator provides designers with an excellent opportunity for creating amazing effects with text. This post features 30 of the best tutorials on the subject. While there are more tutorials available for working with text in Photoshop, I think you’ll see from this selection that there is plenty to be learned for text effects in Illustrator.

From this selection of tutorials you’ll learn a wide variety of different techniques and you’ll be able to create text effects of all different styles. Regardless of what style of text effect you need, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that can help within this selection of tutorials.

You may also be interested in Learn Adobe Illustrator: All the Basics for Beginners

Create an Awesome Chrome Typography Piece in Adobe Illustrator

Create an Awesome Chrome Typography Piece in Adobe Illustrator

16 Video Tutorials To Learn Photoshop CC’s New Features


Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Jo Sabin, community manager, and Tara Hornor, freelance editor at DesignCrowd, a leading online graphic design jobs marketplace.

The most recent version of Adobe products, called Creative Cloud (CC), was released in summer 2013, but is available only as a monthly subscription. As such, not everyone has been thrilled with the new release. However, one nice benefit of a monthly subscription is the ability to subscribe to just Photoshop for a lower fee than to the entire kit and caboodle. But is it switch from CS6 to CC worth it?

Photoshop CC actually has a good handful of exciting new features, mainly, in the filters department. So, if you find that you use filters quite a bit, switching to CC is probably worth the monthly payment. If the extra filter features are something you can live without, then you are probably fine sticking with CS6. Take a look at the 16 videos below, though, to help you better decide which move is best for you.

And if you have already committed to CC, then have fun trying out the tutorials and honing your Photoshop CC skills!

Adobe Photoshop CC – My Top 5 Favorite Features by Terry White
Learn quickly about some of the best features of Photoshop CC from Terry White, a worldwide design evangelist for Adobe systems.

What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CC by Everyday HDR
This video takes a quick look at the best new features in Photoshop CC. An excellent way to very easily see what the new version has to offer.

Photoshop CC Tutorials by Photoshop Training Channel
If you are completely new to Photoshop CC, then this tutorial is an excellent place to start. It gives an excellent overview of the new features, showing step-by-step how to use each.

Camera RAW as a Photoshop Filter and Playlist by FocalOnline
This first video in the playlist by Martin Evening shows how to use Camera RAW as a filter. See more videos on the Adobe Photoshop CC Tutorials playlist to learn more about the new features in Photoshop CC, including more Camera RAW functionalities, Shake Reduction, and more.

Camera RAW Retouching Improvements by PSDTuts+
This tutorial takes you through more than just using Camera RAW as a filter; it also shows how to use Spot Removal as a paint brush and Visualize Spots to find dust spots from the camera lens.

Smart Sharpen Improvements in Photoshop CC by PSDTuts+
Learn how to use the improved Smart Sharpen tool to clarify images and get rid of unwanted halos and noise.

Camera RAW Filter for Skin Smoothing by Whole Cloth Productions
Learn the benefits of using Camera RAW Filter for smoothing out skin in Photoshop CC, along with step-by-step instructions on how to do so.

Camera Shake Reduction by PSDTuts+
This is an excellent, well-done video showing how to best use the new Camera Shake Reduction feature in Photoshop CC.

Gauging the Best Sharpening Settings by
In this tutorial, you will learn how to decide on the best settings for sharpening an image in Photoshop CC. More free videos from this series are available on Lynda’s Photoshop CC video list, or with membership, gain access to the entire series.

Photoshop Air Brushing Tutorial by Roberto Blake
In this tutorial, Roberto shows how to create smooth skin undestructively using the right tools in Photoshop CC.

Photoshop CC Masking Tutorial by Roberto Blake
With this step-by-step tutorial, learn how to mask a model’s hair using Photoshop CC.

Photoshop Neon Glowing Lines Tutorial by Roberto Blake
First learn how to create glowing lines in Photoshop CC, and then follow some final steps for further enhancing the glow.

Masking with Pen Tool by Roberto Blake
Blake teaches you how to mask hard edges using the Pen Tool to make selections in Photoshop CC.

Black Diamond Text Effect by Ch-Ch-Checkit
Using Photoshop CC, learn how to create an incredible text effect based on the Black Diamond Speed Art text effect from DutchArtFX in 2010.

Rock Text Effect by Photoshop Training Channel
Learn how to create a realistic rock text effect in Photoshop CC using a rock texture and enhancing with effects.

Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop Using Cell Phone Videos by Photoshop Training Channel
In this extensive video, you will learn how to use Photoshop to edit videos using such features as adjustment layers and the timeline panel.


20 Valentine’s Day Photoshop Tutorials For Your Inspiration


It’s that time of the year again, where excitement builds in the hearts of lovers everywhere. Valentine’s Day is indeed a time for many to try their very best to make their better half feel special. The usual way is to get them gifts, which is nothing to complain about – who doesn’t like getting flowers or a new pair of earrings?

After a while though, things get stagnant, which is why perhaps you are reading this. Feel like designing something special for your partner? We have here a collection of 20 lovely Valentine’s Day Photoshop tutorials that you may find useful for creating unique Valentine’s Day cards, wallpapers, or even Valentine-themed decorations for dedications on your personal website. Good luck!

How to Create a Chocolaty Valentine’s Day Card for Your Girlfriend. In this tutorial, you’ll get to learn how to create a "sweet" Valentine’s Day card with a giddy background for your significant other. You can customize the design by adding pictures as well.

Create a Valentine’s Day-Inspired 3D Text Effect Using Filter Forge and Photoshop. An in-depth tutorial with step-by-step illustrations on how to use Photoshop and Filter Forge to design a wood-textured 3D text effect that even comes with a semi-transparent heart.

How to Create Colorful Valentine’s Day Card with Shining Heart in Photoshop CS5. A tutorial that will show you how to use Photoshop CS5 to design a colorful Valentine’s Day card with a brightly colored heart on it.

Photoshop Pro: Create a Cloudy Text Effect. A quick guide on how to create a cute Valentine’s Day collage with your own images.

Valentine’s Day – Photoshop Style. An awesome step-by-step Photoshop text effect tutorial you can use to add a romantic touch to your Valentine’s Day card design.

Heart in Envelope Icon PSD Tutorial. Use this tutorial to learn how to make a fantastic Valentine-themed envelope icon that has a heart encased in it. You can use the icon as part of a contact form or as an RSS feed icon for your personal website on Valentine’s Day.

How to Create Elegant Valentine’s Day Card with Ornamental Heart in Photoshop CS5. A short Photoshop tutorial on how to design a lovely Valentine-themed background by using Gradients, Custom Shapes, and Layer Styles.

Basic Tutorial: Create a Stylized Valentine’s Poster. A short tutorial on how to use Photoshop to design a simple but classy Valentine-themed poster. This tutorial is especially useful for beginner Photoshop users as it features some basic Photoshop tricks.

Love Me Photoshop Manipulation for Valentine’s Day. In this tutorial, you’ll get to learn how to achieve awesome photo manipulation results by using some lighting, shadow, and color matching techniques.

Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop for Valentine’s Day. A cool tutorial with an accompanying video that will show you how to make a cool text effect with chocolate waffles and sweet pink frosting on it.

Valentine Photoshop Wallpaper with Jeans Heart. A simple tutorial on how to use Photoshop to make a jeans-inspired Valentine-themed wallpaper that has a broken heart with stitchings.

Quick Photoshop Tutorial: Dreamy Bokeh Effect. Add a touch of romance to your everyday photos with this quick Photoshop tutorial on the bokeh effect.

Amorous Wallpaper. You may find this tutorial handy for using Photoshop to create simple yet elegant Valentine’s Day wallpapers with romantic text.

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Stitched Valentine Heart Effect. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a jeans-textured Valentine-themed design that even comes with stitching effects.

Love Roses Text in Photoshop for Valentine’s Day. Learn how to use Photoshop to make a cool 3D text effect that involves letters filled with red roses.

Photoshop Tutorial – Colour Adjustment Using Blending Modes. Play around with blending modes to add a romantic touch to a photo and turn it into a Valentine’s Day card for your special one.

3D Valentine’s Day Typography Exclusive Tutorial. Need more help with creating 3D text effects in Photoshop? Give this tutorial a try.

Design a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Wallpaper. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a lovely Valentine’s Day wallpaper with the bokeh effect.

Valentine’s Day eCard – Photoshop Graphic Design Tutorial 16. A short but useful tutorial on how to create a simple but lovely Valentine’s Day poster/card using Photoshop.

How to Create Abstract Valentine’s Day Illustration with Hearts in Photoshop CS5. With this tutorial, you will learn how to create a multi-layered Valentine’s Day design with pink heart shapes on it.


20 UI Design Photoshop Tutorials That Will Come in Handy


Using Photoshop to create captivating UI elements such as realistic-looking icons and widgets is often a challenging task, especially for those who are still learning the ropes of UI/UX design. Many different factors have to be taken into consideration: the lighting, edges, shadows, and so on.

Lucky for us, there are plenty of useful tutorials available online on how to create impressive user and web interface elements; and today, I would like to bring your attention to 20 of them. You can use these tutorials to spice up your website’s design, design a new mobile app, or simply to improve your Photoshop skills.

More Photoshop tutorials:

How to Create a Detailed Audio Rotary Knob Control. A detailed tutorial with step-by-step illustrations on how to create a detailed Retina audio rotary knob UI element in Photoshop and Illustrator.

How to Design a Chatroom iPhone UI. A comprehensive guide on how to create a chat-based app UI for iPhone. All the different Photoshop tools and layer styles included make it a worthwhile tutorial to use if you’re looking to improve your Photoshop skills.

Create a Flat Countdown Timer – iOS 7 Inspired. Learn how to design a iOS 7-inspired countdown timer with this tutorial. You’ll learn how to play around with colors, styles, and backgrounds to achieve unique results.

Create a Realistic Telephone Keypad Using Layer Styles. Learn how to design a realistic-looking telephone keypad using layer styles and shape layers with this beginner-friendly Photoshop tutorial that will probably just take 30 minutes to complete.

Create an Instagram Widget. This tutorial will show you how to design an attractive Instagram widget with Photoshop in just a half an hour. A good way to get more Instagram followers for your website.

Design a Photorealistic App Icon. Have you seen lots of realistic-looking app icons on Dribble before? Using layer masks and styles, this detailed step-by-step tutorial will show you how to design a record player app icon that will look just as realistic as those icons you’ve seen on Dribble.

Create a Clean Twitter App Interface. An extremely detailed tutorial (more than 80 steps involved) on how to design a minimalist Twitter app interface. If you’re thinking of becoming a mobile interface designer, this might be the best tutorial for you to start with.

Design a Glossy Coming Soon Box/Layout. Learn how to use Photoshop to design a smooth and stylish "Coming Soon" layout that even comes with a loading bar.

How to Design a Realistic Takeout Coffee Icon. If you’ve seen my previous showcase of beautiful coffee cup designs, you can use this tutorial to learn how to create an attractive coffee cup design just like one of those featured in the showcase.

How to Design an iPhone Music Player App Interface. In this intermediate-level tutorial, you will learn how to make use of several new features found in Photoshop CS6 to design a stylish iPhone music player app UI.

Create a Mobile Calendar App. In this 25-step tutorial, you will learn how to design a bright orange mobile calendar app interface using Photoshop. This tutorial is intended for intermediate Photoshop users.

Design a Slider with Ribbon Elements (CS6). Learn how to design a nice sleek slider with ribbons using Photoshop with this tutorial. It also features lots of useful tricks and techniques that may come in handy for you in the future.

Design a Slick Modern Pricing Table UI. This short but clear tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop to create a modern pricing table in just 5 steps.

Build a Slick Rich User Interface. A comprehensive tutorial that guides you on how to use Photoshop to create a rich and stylish UI with a realistic-looking LED screen. Throughout the tutorial, you will learn a number of complex Photoshop techniques.

How to Create a Super Shiny Pencil Icon. In this advanced Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic-looking pencil icon by using gradients, shadows, and transformation tools.

Create a Clean Web 2.0 Login Form. Learn how to use Photoshop to design a simple login form that has a huge side button with this tutorial. A PSD file is also provided in the tutorial.

Design an iPad App UI. This tutorial will teach you how to create a design for an iPad app by using grid structures and masking tools. You’ll also learn how to develop different pages in a single document.

Design a Calendar Widget. Learn how to create a simple but cool Calendar widget with this easy-to-follow tutorial that has lots of illustrations.

Design a Clean and Modern Pinboard Widget. This tutorial will teach you how to create a clean, minimalist pinboard widget for featuring the most popular posts – handy for bloggers of any kind.

Create a Simple Contact Form. Learn how to use Photoshop to create a flat, clean contact form in just 40 minutes. This tutorial is intended for beginner Photoshop users.


Learn Photo Editing: Tutorials for Designers and Photographers


Photoshop provides designers and photographers with the opportunity to professionally edit photos for the best results. While there are almost endless possibilities for photo editing with Photoshop, there can be a lot to learn.

Here we will present links to various tutorials on a wide range of topics related to photo editing. If you’re looking to learn more about a specific type of editing or technique, or if you are just getting started with photo editing, this post should serve as an excellent resource for you. The tutorials listed below are separated into categories to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.


Want to change eye color or make eyes “pop” a little more? Photoshop allows you to do wonders.

Changing Eye Color in Adobe Photoshop CC or CS6

Changing Eye Color in Adobe Photoshop CC or CS6