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The Most Popular Photoshop Tutorials of all Time

Tutorials That Remain One Step Above the Rest

With hundreds of Photoshop tutorial sites around these days it’s easy to forget some of the classic posts that have shaped and inspired the community for years. These kinds of posts are in a sense timeless, and have inspired countless designers (including myself) to begin writing their own tutorials. For this reason they have received tens of thousands (even hundreds of thousands of views), often hundreds of comments, as well as being featured in publications the world over.

Whether it be exploring lighting effects properly for the first time, coming up with some truly extraordinary typography, or simply creating a kick-ass web layout tutorial, these tutorials remain pillars in the design community.

Whilst many of you may have come across these tutorials at one time or another, I find that it always helps to look back over the classics, and remind ourselves just why they’re so great. All of the people running these sites are great designers, and I strongly recommend that you go and check out their sites and subscribe to their feeds.

Apologies if I’ve missed out anyone’s site that feels they deserve to be here, but this post encompasses the main sites that have inspired me in the past and present. Feel free to suggest your own favorite tutorials, or other tutorials that you feel stand out from the crowd in the comments to this post.

Tutorial 9

Visit Tutorial 9

Colorful Glowing Text Effect

Windows Vista Aurora Effect

Design a Coldplay/Apple Inspired Portrait



Advanced Glow Effects

Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect

How to Create a Flaming Photo Manipulation

Web Designer Depot

Visit Web Designer Depot

Render a 3d Text Scene Using Photoshop

Breaking Apart

How to Make a Photoshop Montage

PSD Learning

Visit PSD Learning

Luminescent Lines

Spray Paint Text

CD Cover Design


Visit Grafpedia

Create an Awesome Portfolio Layout

Create a Clean PSD Layout with a 3d Look

Design a Realistic Web Layout in Photoshop


Visit Abduzeedo

Creating Smoke

Sparkling Hot Girl in Photoshop

Magic Lighting Effect


Visit NaldzGraphics

How to Create a Glowing Neon Girl in Photoshop

How to Create a Cute Green Apple Photo Manipulation

Create a Lighting Effect Scene in Photoshop

My Ink Blog

Visit My Ink Blog

Design with Swirls and Flourishes

Create an Awesome Grass Texture in Photoshop

Create a Vintage Polaroid Effect


Visit Tutzor

Design a Sleek Phone Advertisement Flyer

Star Wars Text Effect

Creating the Water Man

Smashing Magazine

Visit Smashing Magazine

Drunken Monkey Illustration in Photoshop

Space Explosion Effect

PS Hero

Visit PS Hero

Text in Stitches

Peeled Back Sticker Effect II

A Scrap of Notebook Paper

PSD Themes

Visit PSD Themes

Elune Website Tutorial

RocknRolla Personal Blog Design

10 Steps

Visit 10 Steps

Create a 3d Flowery Text Effect

Create a Face Shattering Effect

Create a Smoke Fading Effect

Spoon Graphics

Visit SpoonGraphics

Trendy Geometric Lines

Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

How to Create Intense Light Streaks

PSD Vault

Visit PSD Vault

Create Diablo III Inspired Grunge Text Effect

Design an Elegant Abstract Site Header Image in Photoshop

Create a Realistic Lightning Text Effect in Photoshop

Web Designer Wall

Visit Web Designer Wall

Photoshop Hand Drawn Design

Photo Strip Photoshop Tutorial

Mac Style Photoflip Gallery

Go Mediazine

Visit Go Mediazine

Gig Poster Design

Create Dream Design 3d Typography

Old School Type Line Gradients

Also don’t forget to check out the most popular tutorials right here at PSDFAN! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list, and would love to know of your favorite tutorials that have inspired you over the years!



Design a Professional Laptop Advert

Design a Grunge Floating Island

Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes

Feeling Kind

I would really appreciate a Digg or Stumble on this post, as it took quite some time to compile. Most of these websites do not have a ‘popular posts’ section, so I’ve trawled through all of their archives to find the most popular and inspiring posts in their history.

Comments appreciated too! :)

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. Razvan says:

    Thank you for including some of my tutorials in this list

  2. Andrew Houle says:

    Great roundup Tom. Thanks for the inclusion :)

  3. J Mehmett says:


    This is another huge list of mind blowing inspirations. All these things make PSDfan very special place.

    Thanks for sharing.

    - J Mehmett

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  5. Thanks for your great selection, I have probably subscribed all sites you mentioned in the post! :D

  6. Johnson Koh says:

    Thank you Tom, for mentioning 10Steps.SG :D

  7. Vlad says:

    Thanks for the list! It’s a pity my tutorials were not included though – – some people find them useful :-)

  8. Charles says:

    I love it. Now I will be posting this in my twitter

  9. Awesome list! Thanks for sharing. I do refer to Tutorial 9 a lot. But do you really believe that referring to these tutorials can actually make you a designer. I mean one should have an eye for designing! Tutorial can teach you the technical part, but the most important factor is creativity. Don’t you think this is the factor that makes your design unique and appealing!!

  10. Dicky says:

    Super cool photoshop tutorials ! I like tutorial very much!

  11. Aneslin says:

    wow, thanks for the great bunch of tutorial sites bro,

  12. heath says:

    @Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing why are you spamming you big can of spam probably a bot

  13. nnd says:

    Sumbled & thumbed up.
    Great list, will definetly try some of these.

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