Photoshop: Create type made from grass

There really isn't better training than this -- and since we are celebrating Lynda this month, we're passing along yet another FREE Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial by the one and only Deke McClelland! This Photoshop CS5/CS6 tutorial describes how to render text that has a grass effect using the Refine Mask tool. -- plus we're going to pass along TEN FREE HOURS OF TRAINING at! September 21, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Watercolor, Scatter and Smoke brushes in Photoshop

Our friends out at have sent this tutorial to brighten your brushes collection -- and they even send along links to the suggested files. We all know that understanding how to make your own brushes can really come in handy. After all, many times, you could use a good brush when working in Photoshop August 24, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial : Blazing Fire Sketch Effects


Have you ever wanted to learn magic? Well in this fun tutorial, you are going to learn how to make a sketch burn alive with fire! Learn how to create this cool fire effect using Adobe Photoshop's powerful editing tools, layer blending, and color adjustments. This tutorial was sent in by Annabelle at 123rf, along with several others we'll be presenting in the week to come. May 26, 2015

Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers

Here we are in the spring ... and we're back on the track of wonderful color in Photoshop ... it's also Mothers' Day in May so watch for our Mothers' Day special . . . for now, just don't get yourself into too much Photoshop Madness :

  • Adobe Photoshop - Color Swatches and Color Libraries
  • How Do I Create Custom Color Palettes in Photoshop?
  • Thread: The Zorn Color Palette for Photoshop
  • Handling Colors – Part I: Palettes
  • Picking and using color for color
  • Fun with in-engine color grading
. . . and more ! April 28, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial : Create a Geometric Wallpaper in Photoshop

Tom McCracken of NewEvolution has sent in this tutorial that shows you how to create a complicated pattern in Photoshop CC 14.2. This is a tutorial that focuses on Rectangle Tool, Move Tool, Rectangular Marquee Tool, creating patterns, tiling patterns and adding texture. April 15, 2015

Illustrator, Photoshop Easter Collage

Just in time for Easter, this cute little tutorial draws eggs, chicks and rabbits for a montage -- drills into Illustrator's Pathfinder tools then goes out to finish up in Photoshop! Join in the fun February 26, 2015

Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others

Happy Holidays from Photoshop Madness
Fall Fonts Fest

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Duh! The holiday push started before Columbus Day this year, I feel like I'm already pooped out. But Photoshop Madness relentlessly marches toward the end of the year and all we can do is hang on for life! Of course, this issue finds the dregs along with some really welcome talent. Not everyone is a PSD knock-off site -- we've found a couple that are worthy! Pig out over the next four pages with :

  • 10 Steps To Create A Personalized Snow Globe
  • Motion Blur Effects in Adobe Photoshop CC14
  • Five photos come together to make one
  • Ooooops... tutorials not tutorials
  • Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial
  • The Dimwit Diary - fellow madness
  • 50 Best Happy Holidays Wallpapers
  • Before and After the Apocalypse
  • Black or White ?? Which One
  • James Willan fun times . . .
  • . . . . and more !

November 26, 2014

Photoshop Food Madness : Food Photography, retouching & styling

I feel like I worked you a little bit hard with last month's madness so I decided to lighten up this month -- with the holiday season upon us -- and cover a topic dear to us all : FOOD! Yes, it's time to look at Photoshop Food Madness! The big surprise is how many non-Photoshop people are out there doing photoshop tutorials about food! Some better than Photoshop people! Pig out over the next four pages with :

  • Fixing Blow Outs in Photoshop (Photo Editing Tips for Bloggers)
  • The Two Most Important Tools Food Photographers Must Know
  • How to Brighten Food Photography with Photoshop Elements
  • Food Styling and Photography – Ratatouille in the Making
  • Creating Depth Of Field With Filters and Masks
  • Artificial Lighting Tips for Food Photography
  • Food Photography: Photoshop Editing Tutorial
  • Creating A True .EPS File Using Vector Masks
  • Basic Photoshop Tips for Food Photography
  • How to make syrup text in Photoshop
  • Photoshop Before & After: Salmon
  • Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect
  • How to Photoshop Food
  • . . . . and more !

October 28, 2014

Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Okay, we've put aside the foolishness and included only acceptable tutorials this month in celebration of the 20th Annual Fall Fonts Festival ... text effects go hand-in-hand with fonts, lettering, typography and calligraphy -- and Photoshop is almost everyone's favorite way to accomplish the impossible ...

  • Create Awesome Splashing Water Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Colorful Plexi-glass Text Effect using Photoshop
  • Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment
  • Create Colorful 3D Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Rescue Shadow Detail in Photography
  • Create a Silver Style Text Effect
  • Create 3D Text Art in Photoshop
  • 3D Textured Text Effect
  • Curled red ribbon
  • . . . and MORE
August 26, 2014

Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Well, as you know, all good things must come to an end ... so it's true with Summer giving way to fall ... time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . and since many of you are working on "Back to School" promotions, here are some very cool files to get you going

  • Create a Bulletin Board With Realistic Shadows, Part II
  • Create a Handmade "Back to School" Style Postcard
  • How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Printables
  • School Doodles Brushes in simple drawings
  • Vector Back to school Background
  • Back-to-school psd clipart
  • . . . and MORE
July 25, 2014