The Top Overlooked Photoshop Tutorials of 2009

The quality of Photoshop tutorials seems to increase year after year and 2009 was no exception. After going through quite a few ourselves, below are a handful that really caught our attention but may have been missed by a lot of the round ups posted throughout the year. Here’s a second chance to catch up on our top overlooked tutorials of 09. Hope you guys and gals enjoy and here’s to a great 2010.

Amazing Neon Effect in Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will going to learn how to create a Glowing Neon Effects form a scratch.

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Design a Stunning Sneaker Advert

Learn how to design a stunning sneaker advert, using a variety of lighting effects.

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Intense Particle Illustration using Photoshop

In this tutorial, I thought I would show you a simple process of manipulating a image with lighting effects and incorporating brushes too. This tutorial will bid you a step by step guide on how to achieve the illustrated outcome.

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Create an Abstract Style, Vibrant Jumping Man Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how you can utilise the amazing power of image adjustment layers to make colour, contrast and lighting change for any chosen image in Photoshop, by walking you through the design process of this man jumping scene. The reason I put up this basic tutorial is that lately I have receive some requests from people wishing to learn some techniques involved in using adjustment layers. Along the way, not only I will be using image adjustment layers techniques, but also I will show you some skills I use to create break-apart effects, pen tool and layer blendings. Have a try!

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The Making of Constant Slip

Today I’ll take you through the creative process of making intriguing light effects and applying them in your work. This is more a process description of making this illustration, than a detailed step by step how to. I’ll give you some good guidance on how to deal with an illustration like this and cover the overall workflow.

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Create a Trendy Galactic Poster Design in Photoshop

Galactic space scenes are a popular theme for digital art, they’re packed full of texture and vibrant colour, which are two ingredients of an awesome design! Using Photoshop’s blending modes along with a mix of textures and brushes, let’s get lost in space and create an abstract cosmos poster design.

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Create Lighting and Starring Effect in Photoshop Tutorial

From sparkles, pixie dust effects, coloured light spots and light beams, to using splatter effects as a form of lighting, it’s all here. Some of the tricks you’ll learn are created through cunning use of stock photography, while others make use of Photoshop’s built-in tools.

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Magic and special light effects

This tutorial will teach you to create amazing “magic” green color effects using some simple methods. It will greatly beautify every fantasy-style work.

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Create a Dramatic Car Speeding Scene

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will going to learn how to Create a Dramatic Car Speeding Scene in simple possible steps.

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Dramatic Lightening Scene in a Desert City

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes I use to create this fantasy style, really cool distant desert city scene with an awesome energy ray blasting through the sky in Photoshop. Along the way, we will be using tons of layer blending techniques, and I will show you how to merge the images together effectively and efficiently. We will also explore skills such as masking, filter effects and various custom brushsets. This is an intermediate-level tutorial, have a try!

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How to make a Typographic, Retro, Space Face

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a typographic face by using simple techniques. Using the Brush Tool and experimenting with light, you will get this amazing Typographic Space Face that looks like it’s created by letters and an amazing explosion.

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Abstract Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Learn how to create a very colorful waves element with light effects in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Give a Car Photo Super Slick Lighting Effects

Learn how to combine photos and brush strokes to give a car photo slick dusky lighting effects.

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Create a Simple Vibrant Light Effect in Photoshop

Starting away from the computer, we’ll use a few household objects to create some photographic resources. Then follow this Adobe Photoshop tutorial to manipulate the images with various tools and techiques to produce a vibrant design made up of intense light streams effect.

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Create a 3D Abstract Project in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to render an abstract 3D model from 3DSMax and then make it pop in Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop CS4 and 3DS Max version 9.0 are used in this tutorial but you can use other versions if you have not upgraded.

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Create Simple, Yet Elegant Abstract Spectrum Lines in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the method I use to design a simple, yet elegant abstract spectrum lines in Photoshop. You will see how easy it is to achieve this nice effect and you can use it a wide range of occasions including perhaps site header backgrounds, logos, or add extra flavor to your photo manipulations. This tutorial is suitable for beginners and I included the ways of creating new brush presets and also the use of Pen Tool. You will ample opportunities to practive layer blending, filters and Free Transform Tools. Have a try!
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Create a Light Effects Abstract Composition

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a variety of light effects using glows and lots of neon, that can be applied to photography or illustration with equal impact.

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  • sacredgeometry

    arent all of these pretty much the same thing?

  • SloDive

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, because they all fall under abstract category. Hope this helps.

  • Matias

    Nice collection! awesome work. Thanks a lot

  • SloDive

    Our pleasure buddy.

  • aklis

    Wow that's great. Thanks

  • Glenn Sorrentino

    Glow glow glow, lights lights lights

  • Tom Ross

    Thanks so much for featuring two tutorials from PSDFAN! I hadn't seen of these tutorials before so it made for great reading :)

  • SloDive

    Thanks for your comment, you deserved it buddy.

  • bobbydecosta

    Wow wonderful help me and other people who want to learn something new and interesting and making their carrier in Web Designer.

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  • Karl

    Anything in there that doesn't involve glowing lights?

  • SloDive

    Buddy actually these tutorials mainly feature abstract photoshop tutorials.

  • photoshop3d

    The lighting effects and 3d graphics you display are like how they are on commercial advertising you guys are great at photoshop effects.

  • markwitt

    The lighting effects and 3d graphics you display are like how they are on commercial advertising you guys are great at photoshop effects.

  • SloDive

    Thanks for the appreciation buddy.

  • SloDive

    Thanks for the appreciation buddy.

  • listbl

    Do you have tutorials with the same spiral effects with photoshop x-ray.

  • listbl

    Love the examples how good are you with photoshop x ray.

  • rapo007

    excellent lightning work it takes more time to make a perfection am i right

  • Bobs bitch tits

    hey buddy,
    you can, like, call them abstract, or whatever you want,

    but buddy, they're all the same thing essentially, buddy
    abstract doesn't equate to unoriginal buddy,


  • SloDive

    But they use some different techniques, though I agree that they fall under Abstract category.


    Many thanks for the post, I am really interested and was thinking if someone had any other connected ideas they might suggest. I enjoy creating blog articles myself and would heart to gain as much information as I can.

  • Pavan Somu

    Lighting and starring effect, Neon effect are always on the top of Photoshop most wanted tutorials. The output look of the designs will definitely be mind blowing.

  • Jai

    These are light effects tutorials. This makes the image more alive to look at. I am going to check the the other tutorials later. Great share!

  • Satya Thakur

    Amazing Neon Effect in Photoshop Tutorial is by far the best tutorial I have come-upon. Thanks a ton !!

  • Prabha

    I was looking for something like this now i got these photoshop tutorial now i will add this effect to my picture and make my friends crazy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tarun Jaitely

    Great tutorials. It’s really hard to find this kind of tutorials at one place. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    Amazing Neon Effect in Photoshop Tutorial is an amazing photoshop tutorial i loved it learning it.

  • Kamal

    Great collection of photoshop tutorials..3D abstract would be greatly helpful..