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Every Great Photoshop Lighting Tutorial Ever! (Part 1 of 3)

Light effects seem to be the easiest way to achieve really professional, awesome results in your work. Perhaps this is why they’ve gotten so popular, but whatever the reason, everyone seems to have experimented with light effects at some point. Luckily for those looking to hone their skills or learn something new, there are a ton of light effects tutorials out there. However, not all are that good. I’ve decided to gather an ULTIMATE list of every great light effect tutorial that I could find. Believe you me, some of these were not easy to come by, and took some serious research. You may have seen a few of these before (several come from the better known Photoshop sites), but hopefully there is enough unseen material here to keep you inspired for quite a while. Also some tutorials aren’t strictly just a lighting effect, but enough of the tutorial is comprised of lighting effects that it made it onto the list.

Needless to say this is by far the biggest roundup that PSDFAN has ever done. There are a total of 75 great tutorials for you to learn from, and part 1 will share the first 25 of these with you. Check back soon, as I’ll be posting parts 2 and 3 shortly.


1. Flying Girl in Photoshop

2. Plasma in the Lake

3. 7 Steps Colored Lights Header

4. Mysterious Lighting

5. Give Your Photos Awesome Lighting in Just 10 Steps

6. Beijing Logo Light Painting

7. Fantasy Light Effects in Photoshop

8. Light & Glow Effect

9. Space Lighting Effect in 10 Steps

10. MSNBC Style Effect

11. The Japanese Style Wallpaper

12. Magic Lighting Effect

13. Create a Space Explosion From Scratch in Photoshop

14. Beautiful Lighting Effect

15. Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

16. Create a Refreshing Drinks Ad

17. Create a Layered Glowing Text Effect

18. Glow Lighting and Pen Tool Introduction

19. Create a Wavy Blackberry Style Wallpaper

20. Create an Amazing Ad

21. Adding Flames and Effects to Make an Image with Impact

22. Seriously Cool Photoshop Explosion Effect

23. Advanced Space Stars

24. How to Break Sunlight Through the Clouds

25. Design a Coldplay Inspired Portrait

About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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  1. anders says:

    Great tutorials! Thanks alot!

  2. Ernest Ojeh says:

    Thanks. I’ve been looking for these.

  3. Irving says:

    Hi My name is irving
    and i need help please somebody know

    one tutorial for make this photo???

    please the firts photo
    i really need it

    add mee if u know

  4. Tyler says:

    Great post!! Thanks!!!!

  5. Shaw says:

    Nice collection Tom! Looking forward to part 3 :D
    @ Irving: that photo looks like it can be done from one of Fabio’s tutorials check it out

  6. J Mehmett says:

    Thanks, Tom. I’m always Photoshop fan and I need all the tuts collected in this post.

  7. Tom says:

    I’m glad that you guys enjoyed this roundup, I hope that you’ll check out parts 2 and 3.

    Shaw: Thanks for posting that tutorial for Irving. :)

  8. [...] has been featured in the previous parts. I hope that you enjoy the list, and feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed [...]

  9. Cle` says:

    Great collection of tutorials, interesting and well presented!
    Thanks for sharing!

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