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A Tutorial Feature

DA has an amazing tutorial section, but it's always good to gather resources from more than one place. So, here is a list of some outstanding tutorials I have stumbled upon. Some are old, some are new, but all of them are worth giving a look at!

Free Tutorials

Giger Style Photoshop Tutorial

Type: Science Fiction, Dark
"For the final installment of our Sci-Fi series, I thought it would be good to up the ante and do something real crazy. The following walkthrough outlines the techniques and resources used to create a Giger influenced ‘Biomech’ piece. Many of the processes are very similar to our previous walkthroughs, however this type of work requires an important added ingredient: patience!!"


Texture for Beautiful Composition

Type: Abstract
"In this tutorial we will be taking a look at masking and how you can give your work a sense of depth using this technique, as well as layering textures and elements to help lift your piece – in this case using paper to create rock and mountain-like elements. This tutorial is an example of how a few simple techniques can be used to create more elaborate illustrations."


Amazing Space Battle Scene

Type: Science Fiction
"In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a sci fi artwork with spaceship, planets and galaxy. You'll learn how to compose and manipulate some space elements together as well as blend them correctly and effectively. You can also learn to create some different kinds of lighting, work with group, use brush, masking and more."


Design a Rusted Metal Face

Type: Abstract
"In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design a Rusted Metal Face Manipulation with Abstract Falling Lines in Photoshop. The Aim of this tutorial is to cover some interesting techniques when it comes to applying textures to human skin, as well as creating simple abstract lines via the Warp Tool."


Stitches Tutorial

Type: Dark
"Welcome to Part 3 of our 4 Weeks of Terror tutorial series, in which we’ll create torn flesh effects with basic digital painting techniques. My Wacom tablet has been gathering dust in the wardrobe for a couple of years now, so it’s great fun putting it to good use again. This walkthrough is written with tablet users in mind, however with a bit of patience – all effects can be achieved with a mouse also. Let’s go!"


Advanced Composting Techniques

Type: Abstract
"In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to incorporate all these elements into one image and get a dreamy, surreal atmosphere inspired by nature. Becha explains how to make ceramic facial masks that match a model’s face and how to give vector lettering a three-dimensional look. She also looks at how textures can be used to enhance an atmosphere and how adjustment layers can integrate unusual elements."


Surreal Gothic Artwork

Type: Fantasy, Dark
"Learn how to create this creepy gothic artwork in Photoshop! In this tutorial, you will learn how to create create a symmetrical background, add reflections, and warp a face so that it looks like a child. Try it out!"


Create a Fantasy Girlbird

Type: Fantasy, Surreal
"What is more fun than mixing people with animals? The results can often be cute, funny, or even a bit disturbing. In today’s tutorial, I will demonstrate how to create a fantasy bird girl illustration using digital painting and photo manipulation techniques. Let’s get started!"


Removing Objects

Type: Surreal
"Content Aware Fill, Spot Healing Brush – you name it.. there’s tonnes of snazzy ways to remove objects in Photoshop, and every tool has it’s uses. In this tutorial we look at three techniques for removing elements from a photo, including Content Aware Fill, the Patch Tool and Digital Painting techniques for trickier tasks. All serious Photomanipulators should have these powerful tools in their repertoire."


Dynamic Art with Lighting Effects

Type: Abstract
"Kervin Brisseaux shares his techniques to create a super-powered athlete within an atmosphere that draws on the traditions of sci-fi art, as well as religious iconography such as stained glass windows. Some of the key techniques we will be using include adjustment layers, blending modes, and even Illustrator to create some key elements (though it’s possible to follow this without using Illustrator). "


Create Awesome Planet Explosion

Type: Science Fiction
"In this tutorial, I will show the methods you can use to create this awesome planet explosion effect in Photoshop. We will use a few simple manipulation and selection techniques, mixing with custom brush painting and finally, adjustment layers for adding colors."


Paint with fire

Type: Fantasy
"In this tutorial, we’re going to take a simple model shot and transform it into a spitting, crackling beacon of fire. Using some of the most common Photoshop tools (like Smudge, Dodge and Burn) Neville D’Souza shows how to create a complicated artwork without relying on third-party plug-ins."


Intense Fallen Angel Composition

Type: Fantasy
"Read this tutorial to learn how to create this dramatic fallen angel scene. This tutorial will cover essential photo manipulation techniques such as painting, complex masking lighting effects, and more!"


Create a Snowy Landscape

Type: Fantasy
"Photoshop is a great tool because it allows us to be creative and produce imagery that would be impossible to create otherwise. In this tutorial, we will create a snowy landscape from desert photography and photos of sand. Let's get started!"


Paid Tutorials/Courses

While "free" is great, paid resources offer a more in depth and higher quality level of learning. All the things they skim by, don't mention, or don't spend time on in free tutorials get thoroughly explained in a paid for course/tutorial. They are also much more focused, rather than just being a bunch of random tutorials stringed together making them much more easy to comprehend.  

Spending some money on refining your skills is not a decision you will regret!

Art System Photoshop

Art System Photoshop focuses on the fundamental skills of putting together a photo-manipulation. Right now, it's 87USD and the course that will most likely suite your needs the most. The main course contains 25 different videos, along with 2 different side courses.

Phlearn Pro Tutorials 

Find in depth tutorials on retouching, compositing, special FX, coloring and basic PS training for around 25USD a course. They also have specialized packs that are 4 courses for 75USD (4 for the price of three).

Alexia Sinclair Courses

Alexia Sinclair is a pro artist who heavily uses PS in her works. She has two different courses available, "A frozen Tale" which is a breakdown of her post-production work in her series "A Frozen Tale"  and "A frozen Tale - Beauty Retouch" which is 4 videos walking through the beauty retouching techniques in the same series.

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annewipf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Thank you for this excellent selection! :hug:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! 
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful selection Abbey, thanks so much for the shoutouts!! :D :D x x
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Always a pleasure! 
Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for share :heart:
Nameda Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
conzpiracy 's Art system photo9shop course is worth every single penny
and if you dont believe my words look here:
Regina Noctus Meme by NamedaPower Of Imagination Before After by NamedaLimitations Meme by NamedaChasing the wind before after by Nameda
As a quote tells: a picture is worth a thousand words
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the shoutout Nameda :hug:, makes me so happy to see the awesome progression you've made in skillset!!
Nameda Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks Connz :D I surely owe that to you!! :hug:
now if only I would start to sell stuff too
that would be fantastic
conzpiracy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Keep fighting the good fight.. the only way you can fail, is by giving up 8-)
Nameda Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I do, but sometimes I wonder what I do wrong!
I am on redbubble, I am on artflakes, I am here, I am on Viewbug, 
I even made a new facebookpage solemly for my art, yet I don't get any sales
though strange enough on twitter (where I hardly post shit) I all the sudden have about 20 new followers (still by far not enough to get seen :XD)
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
In search of Wow?  Overdue is a tutorial on how to use solarisation, analogue or digital, but mainly digital. It is available under 'style' in the filter bank of Photoshop CS5. Here are the dA search results for 'solarised'§io… . The first thing you will see is an excellent, modern b&w example. The embarrassing fact is that after that most of the good colour examples seem to be mine.
GenesisWings Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you for sharing this ! Very useful !
debzdezigns-lamb68 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial ~ definitely going to check them out! :D
Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for share Abbey!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   General Artist
Gee-X Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
syinthetic Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
useful :D
diphylla Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great article!
UnderlandDigital Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Digital Artist
awesome journal honey!! :clap: If anyone's interested, PHLean also has some great free tutorials (not just premium) =) They're great to know small things that can make your works better. There is also PSDBox.
Thank you so much for this Abbey!! Tight Hug 
alsarab Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
truly amazing, however the prices are too high for the nonfree ones

thnx for sharing :)
Elsapret Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot for sharing all this wonderful tutorials!!
Baulemare Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for placing this together, it looks awesome and I think I shall definitely improve further!
Gejda Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Wonderful collection! The tutorials look very interesting, I'll certainly take a closer look at them. Thanks for sharing them :)
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome collection :D Very inspirational!
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always handy to know about these things. Thank you so much for sharing :hug:
CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice collection :thumbsup:
duzetdaram Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Thank you so so much. Tutorials are so helpful, as a self-taught I like to watch them to learn new things and after to put into practice.
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