About nine years ago, when I started The Photoshop Roadmap
, tutorials were all about special effects. In fact, no matter how ugly, any kind of effect was well received, because designers and artists were starting to discover the Web as an invaluable source of inspiration. As time went by, the need for more complex, better looking and usable effects began to prevail. Tutorials writers replied with a new wave of awesome, eye catching well designed tutorials with loads of cool ideas inside them. Some of these new wave of tutorials can be found in previous selections I made, such as The Best 80 Photoshop Text Effects on the Web
, 100 Wonderful Photoshop Photo Effects Tutorials
, A Complete Guide to Digital Makeover in Photoshop
, 70 Horror, Blood and Gore Photoshop Effects and Brushes
and Grunge and Dirty Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes and Textures
. The titles pretty much explain the content of these articles. For this article, I collected perhaps the newest trend in tutorials: Dreamy, magical and lighting photo effects.
To keep this article into a manageable size, I only selected photo effects related tutorials, leaving outside all illustrations or text effects tutorials. All the tutorials contained in this article, are based on photos.
Dreamy, Magical and Lighting Photo Effects Tutorials
Click on each image to read the tutorial
Adobe Photoshop Compositing: Essential Techniques
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Compositing allows you to bring the vivid images of your dreams to life. Join Phlearn’s Aaron Nace for an exploration of the artistic and technical skills that are essential to creating stunning composite images.
You’ll see Aaron’s core techniques in action, from start to finish – beginning with a green screen photography shoot and ending with an elaborate post-production compositing session.
Aaron will shoot a sports-themed action shot and a model in a flowing dress. Then he’ll teach you how to build a background out of multiple images with a focus on making the new background dynamic and believable. You’ll also learn lighting techniques for matching your photo shoot light to the light in the alternate backgrounds. Finally, you’ll explore the best ways to use Adobe Photoshop to assemble your images so they match your unique, creative vision.