Constant learning makes you a person who can survive any economic crises and easily adapt to our rapidly changing world. Eventually, it gives grants immunity to being fired and left penniless. You will always be able to find a new job – perhaps even a better job than your previous one. Such skills as the ability to create a website, retouch a photo or design a logo can be easily mastered, and they can make you some serious money.
Is it difficult or costly to obtain new skills? Not really. There is no real need to get another college degree or pay for your online education (unless you need that course completion certificate). Knowledge is lying under your feet – ripe and ready to be absorbed. Just look around: there are thousands of guides and tutorials all over the web, and most of them are free.
I want to share with you my favorite free Photoshop tutorials available on YouTube. I’ve selected them according to a simple principle: all of them are multipurpose and can be used to create well-selling commercial products.
How to Create Outline Portrait Effect in Photoshop
This video tutorial includes ten tips and tricks on how to cut out things in Adobe Photoshop by using layer masks, the Pen Tool and the Lasso Tool; manipulating with channels, etc. It covers many essential techniques that will help you in the future, so if you are a beginner go for this tutorial without hesitation.
From this video, you will learn the best practices of using layer masks in Adobe Photoshop. You will be able to edit your photos and drawings and creative design collages like a pro, in a non-destructive way.
Change the color of any element of your photos with ease. This video tutorial will give you access to the magic of color and improve your photo editing skills.
Cinemagraphs are still images with a subtle movement of one or several elements. This tutorial will teach you how to turn videos to cinemagraphs using nothing but the inbuilt tools of Photoshop.
And here you can download a pack of free eye-catching cinemagraphs designed by TemplateMonster.
Learn how to create this popular effect when a photograph is turned black and white with a single color preserved to highlight specific areas.
This tutorial will teach you to combine two images and create enigmatic double exposure silhouettes as seen in the preview above. They can be used for posters, business cards, t-shirt prints, and anything else you can think of.
Create a hyper-trendy colorful logo from your photo with this tutorial. You can also apply any other textures – watercolor, paper or abstract – to create your unique style.
Did you these elegant logo templates that use gold and glitter textures? They are extremely popular nowadays, so it’s time for you to follow the trend. This video tutorial explains how to create a super realistic hot foil effect, which you can use to present your logos in the most favorable light.
Using this technique, skilled photographers can create photorealistic product mockups, which are so demanded by logo designers. You will learn how to add perspective to smart layers and enhance your mockup with blur effects.
This complex text effect imitating cutout paper can be easily mastered by you with the help of this step-by-step video tutorial by Mighty.
Another great way to create photorealistic mockups is applying smart objects to non-flat surfaces with the help of displacement maps and such widely used Photoshop effects as “Bevel and Emboss” and “Gaussian blur.”
Learn how to create a multi-colored neon sign using simple Photoshop filters. This tutorial by Marty from Blue Lightning TV is incredibly detailed and is suitable even for absolute beginners.
One of the most popular Photoshop effects is now available for you for free. You will learn how to turn your photos into artistic masterpieces with this popular dispersion effect. The result heavily depends on the brushes you use, so you can experiment with them and create endless variations of the same effect.
In this tutorial, Teela Cunningham will teach you how to turn your abstract watercolor backgrounds into seamless patterns. This technique can be used to create professional swatches and graphic styles for Photoshop and Illustrator (and later sell them on online marketplaces).
With this tutorial, you will be able to create abstract marble backgrounds using nothing but Photoshop and Illustrator. The result will be available in both vector and raster formats.
Learn how to create seamless patterns from your doodles. The tutorial covers the entire process – from drawing and scanning your doodles to coloring them and creating patterns.
Design realistic space backgrounds with planets, stars, nebulas and galaxies. This detailed, newbie-friendly and easy-to-follow guide can be logically broken down into smaller parts, each full of awesome Photoshop techniques.
From this video guide, you will learn how to combine text and background photos creatively and create expressive featured images for your blog, beautiful mockups or posters.
This tutorial is targeted at eCommerce business owners that need a lot of high-quality product images for their online stores. It explains how to cut out your product from the original photo, place it on another background and add a realistic shadow.
From this Photoshop tutorial inspired by Firewatch video game, you will learn to create beautiful layered flat landscapes in no time. The tools used in this video feature a free tree generation tool, which can also help you in your future design projects.
There is also a similar guide by Chris Spooner. Check it out if you prefer this Adobe product over Photoshop.
These Adobe Photoshop video tutorials will teach you a whole array of Photoshop tricks and techniques. What’s amazing, they can be viewed in just a few hours, and you don’t even need to leave your home.
I hope you’ve learned something new today. Never stop polishing your skills and shaping your life and career to your liking. Good luck!