300+ Resources to Help You Become a Photoshop Expert

WebdesignerDepot Staff By WDD Staff  |  Aug. 31, 2009

Adobe Photoshop is arguably the most powerful graphics and photo manipulation software on the market.

You can do virtually anything with Photoshop, from fantasy image collages to complete website designs, and everything in between.

Although while Photoshop is incredibly powerful, it can also be incredibly complicated, especially when trying to perform advanced functions.

Below are over 300 resources to get you on your way to Photoshop mastery.

There’s everything from cheat sheets to brushes to tutorials to action scripts, as well as collections of even more resources and tools. With the resources below, you should be able to do just about anything possible with Photoshop.


pCheat Sheets and Reference Guides

Keeping cheat sheets and reference guides at hand can speed up your design process and make you a more efficient designer. Below are ten to get you started.

Black & White Cheatsheet for Photoshop – This is a great reference guide that shows the results for different methods of converting images to black and white in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts – This site offers a collection of cheat sheets for keyboard shortcuts for each version of Photoshop (as far back as Photoshop 5).

Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheet – This is a six-page reference guide.

Creative Tip: Adobe Pen Tool Cheatsheet – A quick-reference guide to pen tool functions.

27 Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheets and Quick Reference Guides for Adobe Photoshop CS4, CS3, CS2 and Below – A roundup of cheat sheets and guides from All Graphic Design.

17 Productive Photoshop Cheatsheets and Reference Cards to Download for Free – An excellent roundup of cheatsheets and reference cards from Speckyboy Design Magazine, primarily for CS4.

Photoshop Cheat Sheets – This page offers a collection of general and specialized Ps cheat sheets from Scott Klarr.

Photoshop Toolbox Reference – Here’s a quick reference guide to Photoshop tools.

Photoshop Secret Shortcuts – This post offers an excellent compilation of little-known Ps shortcuts from Web Designer Wall.

10 Tips for Photoshop Beginners – This is a great place for beginners to familiarize themselves with Photoshop.


Tutorial Collections and Resources

There are tens of thousands of tutorials out there. Finding the best ones can be tough. Below are some great collections, roundups, and showcases of some of the best Photoshop tutorials out there.

100 Wonderful Photo Effects Photoshop Tutorials – Here’s a showcase of 100 tutorials for adding effects to your photos.

Tutorialsphere.com – Tutorialsphere is a huge site with more than 3,000 Ps tutorials for everything from website layouts to photo retouching.

12 of the Best Photoshop Web Design Tutorials – Here’s an awesome roundup of web design tutorials from Creative Nerds.

99 Best Photoshop Tutorials for Effect – Here’s a huge roundup of awesome photo manipulation and effects tutorials.

22 Best Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials – A collection of tutorials for manipulating text in Photoshop.

Best Photoshop Tutorials to Boost Your Skills! – Ants Magazine offers a great collection of Ps tutorials for learning new techniques.

70 Beauty-Retouching Photoshop Tutorials – Smashing Magazine offers this roundup of 70 photo retouching tutorials for retouching portraits.

Worth 1000 Tutorials – Worth 1000 has a great collection of tutorials, including “How I Created a Raspberry Frog” and “Lighting a Giant Elephant.”

Good-Tutorials – Good-Tutorials offers up a huge variety of Photoshop tutorials on everything from photo effects and retouching to web layouts to animation. Tutorials are rated and users can comment on them, making it easier to judge the effectiveness of the tutorial before you dive in.

28 Technically Advanced Photoshop Tutorials—For the Graphic Designer Guru – Speckyboy Design Magazine offers yet another great roundup of really advanced tutorials, mostly for photo manipulations.

35 Basic Tutorials to Get You Started with Photoshop – Six Revisions has this great roundup of Photoshop tutorials aimed at beginners.

Photoshop Tutorials – This site offers tons of tutorials for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. There are tons of advanced techniques and tutorials, as well as some basic tutorials.

2008 Most Useful Photoshop Tutorials – Abduzeedo offers this roundup of some of 2008’s best tutorials from Abduzeedo.

Photoshop Exchange Tutorials – More than 340 tutorials are included on the Adobe website, covering everything from 3D typography to creating color cutouts to creating a rain effect.

Tutorialized – Tutorialized offers tutorials in everything from creating abstracts to web layouts to photo retouching to digital art. There are thousands of tutorials included.

Psdtuts+ Tutorials – This site offers tons of mostly-advanced tutorials on things like photo manipulation, retouching and animation, among others.

27 Best Photoshop Web Layout Design Tutorials to Design Decent Web Layouts – DZine Blog offers this roundup post of web design tutorials.

Photoshop Roadmap – This site aggregates tutorials from tons of other sites all over the web. You can browse by category, which includes illustration techniques, graphics optimization and text effects, among others.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorials—Best Of – This post from Smashing Magazine showcases some of the coolest photo manipulation and effect tutorials from around the web.

PhotoshopStar – PhotoshopStar is a blog offering up tutorials on a regular basis, mostly focused on advanced techniques, though they do cover some basics.

40 (NEW) High Quality Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – This post from Noupe offers up forty great tutorials from a variety of sites, mostly focused on advanced Photoshop techniques, image manipulation, and digital illustration.

PSLover.com – PSLover.com is an aggregation site of Photoshop tutorials from all over.

PhotoshopSupport.com – PhotoshopSupport.com has a great collection of practical Photoshop tutorials, including ones for image retouching, web design, and working with Photoshop scripts.

Photoshop Lady – This site offers up a ton of tutorials for everything from creating textures and patterns to UI design to abstract effects.

40 Photoshop Tutorials to Create Fantastic Art – This is an awesome roundup from PelFusion.com of advanced photo manipulation and digital illustration tutorials.

60+ Vintage, Retro, and Pop Art Styled Photoshop Tutorials – All Graphic Design offers this great roundup of tutorials for creating retro-inspired designs from All Graphic Design.

75+ Huge Collection of Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials for Photoshop – Tripwire Magazine has this great showcase of photo manipulation tutorials.

PhotoshopContest.com Tutorials – PhotoshopContest.com offers a small collection of tutorials exploring different Photoshop techniques, including color correction, the liquify filter, and displacement water, among others.

TutorialKit – TutorialKit features tutorials for beginners to advanced users, including video tutorials.

60+ Amazing Poster and Advertisement Tutorials – While this post includes a mix of both Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials, it’s still a great resource.

Photoshop Essentials – Photoshop Essentials offers up a number of tutorials, all downloadable as PDF eBooks.

25 Most Brilliant Photoshop Video Tutorials Part 1 – Naldz Graphics has this great roundup of video tutorials compiled by Naldz Graphics.

Photoshop Tutorials Blog – This blog posts tutorials, tips and news on a daily basis.

Tutorial Outpost – Tutorial Outpost is an aggregation site that includes more than 5,000 tutorials from all over the place.

Photoshop 101 – This site includes tutorials on everything from basic techniques to textures to photo manipulation.

Free Photoshop Video Tutorials – Domen Lombergar offers a collection of free tutorials.

Photoshop Cafe – Here’s a huge collection of tutorials, mostly focused on photo manipulation and effects.

TeamPhotoshop Tutorials – TeamPhotoshop has a collection of tutorials on text effects, tools, and techniques. They also include some Illustrator, Flash, and general photography tutorials.

9tuts – 9tuts has a great collection of tutorials, mostly focused on retouching and manipulation, though there are tutorials for beginners and other topics, too.

AdobeTutorialz – Here’s another collection of tutorials broken down by category (including drawing techniques, photo editing, and special effects, among others).

eyesontutorials – Eyesontutorials has a collection of mostly advanced tutorials.

Small Tutorials – Small Tutorials covers everything from basic techniques and skills to text effects to manipulations, and everything in between.

Web Design Library – This site includes nearly 10,000 tutorials in categories like drawing techniques, web layout, and 3D effects, among others.

PhoNuts Tutorials – This site includes dozens of tutorials, among other resources.

Tutorial9 – This site offers more than 70 Photoshop tutorials, mostly focused on advanced techniques.

PSDFan Tutorials – PSDFan is a great site offering up tons of advanced photo manipulation and effects tutorials, among other resources.

How to Create an Abstract Photo Manipulation – Here’s a great tutorial for creating an abstract image that includes a parrot.

30 Photo Manipulation Tutorials for Photoshop – Here’s a great collection of tutorials compiled by Vandelay Design.

10Steps – 10Steps has a great collection of tutorials, mostly for photo manipulations and retouching.

Tutzor – A huge collection of tutorials for drawing, design, photo effects, retouching, and more.

PSHero – PSHero is a huge photoshop tutorial site with tutorials for graphic design, text and photo effects, and more.

50+ Ultimate Collection of Glow and Light Effect Tutorials in Photoshop – This is a great list of tutorials for creating different lighting effects from Naldz Graphics.

Planet Photoshop – Planet Photoshop has tons of video tutorials for creating all sorts of effects and manipulations.

20 Halloween Photoshop Tutorials – Here’s a collection of 20 macabre and horror inspired tutorials.

Photoshop Garden – Photoshop Garden features tutorials for creating buttons, designing, photo retouching and effects, and more.

PS Wish Tutorials – This site include a couple dozen Photoshop tutorials, mostly for photo manipulations and other more advanced techniques.

18 Fresh Photoshop Photo Manipulation Tutorials – Here’s a great post from Web Design Ledger featuring 18 really awesome photo manipulation tutorials.

You Suck at Photoshop – You Suck at Photoshop offers a series of video tutorials.

PSD Learning – PSD Learning has a collection of tutorials from a variety of other tutorial sites, as well as original tutorials.

Luxa – Luxa offers a handful of tutorials for intermediate and advanced techniques.

Abduzeedo Photoshop Tutorials – The Abduzeedo blog has a huge section of awesome Photoshop tutorials.

PSD Vault – PSD Vault has a huge collection of unique tutorials.

Adobe Photoshop: 50+ High Quality .PSD Files and Tutorials – This post from Noupe offers up more than 50 template files, elements, and tutorials.

70+ Sexy, Beauty and Glamour Photoshop Tutorials – This post from Design Live showcases more than 70 tutorials for photo retouching, effects, and more.

25 Photoshop Tutorials for Web Designers – Here’s a great roundup of web design tutorials from Six Revisions.

TUTfactory – TUTfactory is another site that aggregates Photoshop tutorials from all over the web.

50 Excellent Digital Photography Photoshop Tutorials – Smashing Magazine has compiled this great collection of tutorials for realistically retouching and improving the look of your photos.

40+ Greatest Web Interface Design Photoshop Tutorials, Part 1 – Hong Kiat assembled this great collection of web design tutorials.

Anothera – Here’s a small collection of really cool photo manipulation and other tutorials.

GoMediaZine Photoshop Tutorials – GoMediaZine has a great collection of tutorials for Photoshop, featuring tons of advanced and more basic tutorials.

20+ Photoshop Video Tutorials – Mashable collected this roundup of useful video tutorials for working with Photoshop from Mashable.


Individual Tutorials

There are thousands of great Photoshop tutorials out there, aimed at everyone from beginners to graphic design professionals. Some are just for fun while others are very practical for design professionals. Below are a selection of some of the best ones available.

Draw Fairy Tale Characters in Photoshop – Here’s a very complete, step-by-step for creating fairy tale characters.

How to Create a Piece of Heaven in Photoshop – Photoshop Lady created this simple tutorial for creating a floating island.

Handy Techniques for Cutting Out Hair in Photoshop – Here’s a great tutorial from Spoon Graphics for cutting around hair.

How to Combine Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation to Create a Platform Environment – PSDTUTS+ has this great tutorial to show you how to combine digital painting effects with photo manipulations.

How To: Make the Viget Inspire Background – Here’s a tutorial right from Viget for creating the watercolor scene header and background from the Viget website.

Design an Awesome Watercolor Style “City on Cloud” Artwork in Photoshop – Learn to create a floating city with a really cool watercolor look.

Old School Type—Line Gradients – Learn to create awesome old-style type with this tutorial from GoMediaZine.

Retro Photoshop Fun—From Dull Digital Photo to Sweet Old School Album Cover – Here’s a tutorial from Fortyseven Media for making a digital photo look vintage.

Interior Design Layout – Talk Mania offers this web design tutorial for creating a modern interior design site.

How to Create a Clean Web 2.0 Style Web Design in Photoshop – Six Revisions has this great web design tutorial for creating a modern web layout.

Ps Advanced Splatter Tutorial – Here’s a video tutorial for creating advanced splatter effects.

Reader Tutorial: Create Vintage Traveler Diary in Photoshop – This is an awesome tutorial for creating an antique-looking diary collage.

Create a Horror Portfolio PSD Layout in Photoshop – A comprehensive tutorial for creating a really cool gothic-inspired portfolio site layout.

How to Create a Fantasy Photo Manipulation – A super-comprehensive tutorial showing step-by-step exactly how to create a fantasy photo of a fairy.

Phoenix Hair Effect – Shows how to create fiery hair in Photoshop.

Colorful Spirograph Poster – Create a rainbow-colored, spirograph-inspired poster.

Gritty HDR – Shows how to add an awesome edgy HDR effect to your images.

B-Movie Poster Art – Create an awesome sci-fi B-movie poster of an alien invasion.

Create a Divine Angel Montage in Photoshop – Another tutorial for creating a fantasy scene, this time from Tutorial9.

Super Cool Watercolor Effect in 10 Steps in Photoshop – Create an awesome watercolor-inspired image using masks and watercolor brushes.

Eery-Eye Photo Manipulation – This is an awesome step-by-step tutorial for creating a spooky-looking eye.

Making of “Color Combustion” a Photo Manipulation – Step-by-step instructions for creating a very surreal image.

Arctic Face Photo Effect – A neat tutorial for creating an arctic-looking face.

How to Design a Dramatic Winged Dragon with Photoshop – Another fantasy image tutorial, this time with a dragon created from an iguana.

Photo Manipulate a Falling Angel – An excellent, comprehensive tutorial for creating a falling angel.

Alienize: Transform a Person into an Alien – A tutorial for creating an alien face with the photo of any person (Tom Cruise is used in the example).

Hell of Tutorial in Photoshop – A tutorial for creating flaming text.

The Scream Photo Effects – A great tutorial for a dark photo manipulation.

Age Progression—Photoshop Tutorials – A comprehensive tutorial for creating an age progression from a photo.

Modern Ruins – This is an awesome tutorial for creating a ruinous landscape from any modern city photo.

Creating a Smoke Fading Effect – A great tutorial for blending smoke into a photo.

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect – A basic tutorial for creating digital smoke.

Creating Fireballs and Explosions – A great tutorial for adding realistic fireballs and explosions to a photo.

Create Realistic Burn Wound – A tutorial for adding realistic burn to a portrait.

A Scrap of Notebook Paper – A tutorial for creating a scrap of lined paper torn from a notebook from scratch.

How to Create a Slice of Nature Photo Manipulation – A really awesome photo manipulation of a fantasy nature scene.

Creating a Ridiculous Tsunami in 8ish Steps – A quick tutorial for creating a tsunami image.

Create a Glowing Effect Scene in Photoshop – A cool, abstract photo manipulation tutorial of a woman.

Design a Wolf Howling at the Moon – Create a surreal scene with planets and a wolf howling at the moon.

How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces – Another awesome tutorial from Psdtuts+, this time for adding a texture (bark in the tutorial) to an uneven surface (a face).

Making of a Floating Island – This is an awesome tutorial for creating an island hovering in midair.

Dark Grunge Photo Effect – A really cool grungy photo tutorial.

How to Integrate 3D Images into Dynamic Scenes – A complete tutorial for incorporating 3D images into your photo manipulations.

Midnight Magic – Create a realistic scene with a crocodile chasing a zebra through a living room.

Bringing Out Shadow and Highlight Detail in an Image – A great tutorial on using the shadow/highlight adjustment tool in Photoshop to bring out hidden details.

Water Effect Photo Montage – Create an image with water splashes coming out of a guy’s sleeves and pant-legs.

Fairy Night – Create an awesome fairy eye.

Improving Image Tone with Levels in Photoshop – A quick tutorial for using the level adjustments to improve the tones in your images.

How to Make a Stylish Glowing Box in Photoshop – A step-by-step tutorial for creating an amazing glowing box.

Fantasy Light Effects in Photoshop – A great tutorial for creating a variety of lighting effects for fantasy scenes.

Creating Energy Spheres in Photoshop – Another lighting tutorial for creating fantasy scenes.

Fantasy Art Photoshop Tutorial—Plasma in the Lake – A great tutorial for creating a plasma-like lighting effect and photo manipulation.

Add Another Dimension – A downloadable tutorial that shows you how to improve your overall images by using glow effects, color dodge, and neon.

Light in the Forest Photo Effect – Another fantasy photo manipulation tutorial.

Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography – A step-by-step tutorial for creating a dreamy scene with 3D lettering.

Design an Awesome Space Dancer Scene with Nebula Texture in Photoshop – A tutorial for creating an amazing dancer surrounded by stars and nebula lighting effects.

Tileable Patterns in Photoshop – A tutorial for creating your own tiled patterns.

Creating Custom Patterns – A tutorial for creating tileable patterns in Photoshop form Hong Kiat.

Complex Repeating Patterns Part 1 – A tutorial for creating complex tileable patterns from PSHero.

Seamlessly Combine Multiple Objects and Create Awesome Lighting Effect in Photoshop – A tutorial for combining photos into a single, seamless image.


Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop brushes are just one tool available to help designers. Below are some of the best brush sets and roundups out there.

4 High Resolution Assorted Maps Photoshop Brush Set – A cool set of high-res map brushes.

Z-DESIGN Tech Brushes Set v5 – A set of 25 techie brushes.

Smoke Brush Set – A set of 21 smoke brushes.

Grinder Sparks – A set of high-res brushes based on flying sparks.

Moon Brushes for PS7 v.2 – A collection of 45 moon brushes.

Eyelashes – A set of eyelash brushes.

Tea Stain Brushes – A set of 10 glass ring and other tea stain brushes.

Raging Dawn Brushes – A set of 8 brushes inspired by nuclear explosions and similar stuff.

Indian Paisley with Small Paisley Elements Brush – A collection of paisley Photoshop brushes for CS3.

Audio Lines Brushes – A collection of brushes based on sound waves.

Bitter – A collection of 9 ethereal, wispy brushes.

Kakii Halftone – A set of 22 halftone dot brushes.

Fairy Wings Photoshop Brushes – A set of fantasy wing brushes for creating fairies and other mythical creatures.

Steampunk Photoshop Brushes – A collection of 7 steampunk gear brushes.

Galaxy Set—By BLazteR – A set of five brushes for creating galaxy images.

Cobwebs Photoshop Brushes – A set of 30 lacy spider web brushes.

Grunge Brushes – A set of 36 grungy, dirty brushes.

Darkgarden Japanese 3 – 24 brushes of Japanese nature objects and ornaments.

Mad KID s Cloud 2 – A set of 9 swirly cloud drawing brushes.

Girls in Trouble and Rebel Teens – A collection of brushes based on vintage movie posters.

2Bit-Twilight Brushes – A set of 12 pixel brushes.

A3D Pieces of Tape Brushes – A great collection of 37 tape brushes, perfect for grunge and vintage designs.

Japanese Floral – A set of 65 Japanese flower brushes based on images in a Japanese book.

Label Brushes – 42 brushes that look like labels from a label-maker.

Grungy Wings – A set of 10 (5 pairs of wings) messy, dirty wing brushes.

Messy Abstracts Brush Set – A collection of 20 messy, grungy brushes.

brush.037 – A collection of high-res invertebrate brushes.

Decorative Brush – A set of 7 decorative medallion ornament brushes.

Cloud Brushes – A set of 10 realistic cloud brushes.

Brusheezy – A huge collection of free brushes in a variety of styles.

AppendixSquared – A collection of free Photoshop CS2 brushes.

Obsidian Dawn – Brush collections organized in categories like Fantasy, Nature, People, Textures, Sci-Fi, and Markings/Blemishes, among others.

Book Ornaments Brushes 3 – A set of 8 vintage book ornament brushes.

In Obscuro – Offers a wide variety of brush collections for everything from photographic elements to grunge to ornaments.

deviantART Brushes – deviantART has a huge collection of Photoshop brushes from a number of artists.

PSBrushes – A huge collection of categorized brushes.

Photoshop Exchange Brushes – The official Photoshop Exchange has more than a thousand brush sets in their collection.

QBrushes – QBrushes includes more than 240 brush collections.

Stuntkid – Stuntkid has a small collection of brush sets.

BlendFu – A site with more than 340 brush collections under categories like “doodle,” “splatters & spills,” and “silhouette.”

BrushKing – This post includes over 300 brush collections.

FBrushes – Currently has more than 5,200 brushes in 280+ collections.

Brushfed – A large selection of brush sets.

Shizoo Brushes – Another site with more than 100 brush sets.

DesignersBrush.com – More than 50 brush sets available.

300+ Vintage Style Textures and Photoshop Brushes – A huge collection of textures and brushes for vintage designs.

Vintage Birds – An awesome collection of vintage-style bird drawing brushes.

500+ Space Brushes for Photoshop – A roundup of space brush collections.

Acquired Taste – Features a large variety of brushes for free download.

50 Free Photoshop Brush Sets for Modern Design Trends – A roundup of brush collections useful to the modern web designer.

Arty.dk – They offer three collections of brushes—Art Birds, Arty Insects, and Arty Stains & Cracks.

MyPhotoshopBrushes.com – They have a huge selection of free brushes.

Fractured Sanity [Dot] Org Brushes – They offer a large collection of categorized brushes for free download.

50 Free Photoshop Brush Sets Your Should Bookmark – A great roundup from Hong Kiat of excellent brush collections.

Bashcorpo Photoshop Brushes – Bashcorpo offers a small collection of unique brushes.

30+ Stunning Photoshop Brushes – A roundup of more than 30 awesome brush sets.

PhatBrush – Includes more than 250 brush collections.

40+ Halloween and Gore Themed Photoshop Brushes – A great roundup of more than 40 brush sets for creating horror and macabre designs.

500ml Brushes – Includes a wide variety of brush sets.



Pre-made patterns are another great resource for speeding up your design process. Here are some good examples as well as sites for finding more.

Japanese Style Pattern – A collection of patterns inspired by Japanese paper.

Patterns 2 – A collection of seamless damask Ps patterns.

Floral Patterns 01 – A collection of unique, tiling floral patterns.

Winter Colors – A collection of 39 tiling patterns in cool whites and blues.

Black – White Patterns – A collection of 13 graphic black and white patterns.

Patterns.2 – A collection of two seamless patterns.

Victorian Dreams Pattern Set – A collection of Victorian-inspired patterns.

Obsidian Dawn – They offer a handful of pattern packs.

DesignersBrush.com – A collection of 25 patterns and sets.

The Ultimate Collection of Free Photoshop Patterns – A huge collection from Smashing Magazine.

498 Photoshop Background Patterns, and So Much More – A huge roundup of categorized patterns from AzAkers.

50 Free Photoshop Pattern Sets – A roundup of 50 pattern collections from Emma Alvarez Site.

Squidfingers – A collection of 158 patterns available for free.

Pattern4U – Offers more than 270 patterns in 7 categories.

Kaliber10000—The Pixel Patterns Collection – A collection of hundreds of pixel patterns.

milleseicentopercento – Offers 35 patterns for download.

Citrus Moon Patterns – A categorized collection of patterns.

DinPattern – Another large collection of free patterns.

Brusheezy – Has a few dozen patterns and collections available.

deviantART Patterns – Pattern packs from deviantART, organized by most popular.

Collection of Free Photoshop Pattern Sites – A roundup of sites with free pattern downloads available.

MyPhotoshopBrush.com Patterns – A collection of some really awesome free patterns.

Free Photoshop Patterns – Offers tons of free, tileable patterns.

Fractured Sanity [Dot] Org Patterns – A good-sized collection of free patterns.

Best Photoshop Patterns Ever Seen By Humans – A roundup of excellent patterns.


Plug-Ins, Filters, Actions and Scripts

Actions, filters, plug-ins, and scripts can do more to streamline your design process than just about any other tool available to Photoshop users. They can do everything from automating photo retouching steps to more advanced styling techniques.

deviantART Photoshop Actions – deviantART’s collection of actions for Photoshop, with the most popular first.

Photoshop Exchange Plug-Ins – Find plugins for everything from 3D photo collages to automatic photo retouching.

20 Cool Text Effects atn Files – A collection of Photoshop actions for working with text.

Photoshop Exchange Scripts – More than 80 scripts for automating your workflow are included here.

Photo-Plugins – A collection of Photoshop plugins aimed specifically at photo manipulation and retouching.

A-Z of Free Photoshop Plugins and Filters – A huge resource from Smashing Magazine offering up nearly 100 plugins and filters, plus plugin development resources.

Photoshop Roadmap Plugins – A plugin aggregator that offers up links to plugins from all over the web.

PluginsWorld.com – A huge collection of more than 550 plugins.

Free Photoshop Plug-Ins Collection – This post from Web Resources Depot presents more than 150 free plugins.

Free Photoshop Plugins – Another huge post offering up Photoshop plugins from Tutorial Blog.

Photoshop Actions: 124+ Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs – Another huge collection of actions to improve your workflow and make your designs better.

Free Adobe Photoshop Actions and Scripts to Download – From About.com, this collection includes scripts and actions for everything from red eye removal to cartoon effects to soft focus effects.

The Ultimate Collection of Photoshop Actions – A huge roundup post from Smashing Magazine of actions to improve your workflow.

400+ Time Saving Photoshop Actions – A great roundup of actions for retouching photos, adding effects, and more.

List of Top 10 Free Photoshop Plugins – A list of some of the most useful plugins available.

25 of the Best FREE Photoshop Plugins and Filters Resource Sites – A great roundup of sites to find plugins and filters.

Free Photoshop/ Elements Filters, Plugins and Resources – A collection of free filters and plugins from desktoppublishing.com.

5 Great Photoshop Actions – A showcase of 5 interesting, fresh Photoshop actions.

Filters and Plugins Free Downloads – A collection of plugins and filters from Richard Rosenman.

PsGalaxy.com Actions – A half dozen Photoshop actions for download.


Custom Shapes

Shapes are another valuable tool, though not as easily found. Here are some great places to start looking.

45+ Sources and Sets of Photoshop Custom Shapes – A great roundup of custom shapes from around the web compiled by Vandelay Design.

Obsidian Dawn – A handful of shape collections.

MyPhotoshopBrushes.com Custom Shapes – Offers a couple dozen free shapes.

30+ Useful Photoshop Custom Shapes Sets – A compilation post from Naldz Graphics.

PsGalaxy.com – A great resource for custom shape collections.


Templates and .PSD Files

Whether you’re looking for completed projects you can dissect and tweak for your own purposes, or just blank template files, the sites below have plenty of downloads available.

Photoshop PSD Files – A collection of 16 PSDs from SolidSnake Designs.

NEW Skateboard Template – A blank skateboard design template.

Photoshop Exchange Templates – More than 600 templates for everything from buttons to t-shirt mockups to login screens and more.

T-Shirt PSD – A great template for t-shirt designers.

Pinboard PSD File Download – A mockup of a pinboard, with pins, polaroids, and other images.

PsDeluxe Photoshop PSD Files – Includes a number of file downloads for objects and other elements.

PSlover.com Renders – A collection of PSD files of individual objects.

110 Ultimate Round-Up of Free Photoshop PSD Files and Resources – A huge roundup of free PSD files available, put together by instantShift.

PSD Freebies – A collection of mostly web design files.

FreePSD.com – A collection of PSD files, mostly for web and graphic design projects.

25 Amazing Free Photoshop PSD Files for Download – A collection of miscellaneous .PSD files for download.

iPhone 3GS PSD Files – Great for creating app mockups, skin mockups, or other artwork with the iPhone 3GS.

JackRebel.com PSD Files – A really great collection of mostly tech-focused PSD files.

deviantART .PSD Files – All the .PSD files on deviantART, sorted by most popular.

18 Places You Can Download High Quality Photoshop (PSD) Files – A roundup of sites offering free PSD files.

PsGalaxy.com – A great collection of PSD files and templates.

PSDfreebee.com – A collection of free PSD files and templates.

Designbum’s Project Source Files – An awesome collection of source files for a variety of projects.

download PSD – A great collection of PSD files, categorized to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Photoshop .PSD Files – A collection of files from Lord of Design.

Official PSDs – A community-driven PSD file sharing site.

Design Resource: 15 Sites to Download Free PSD Files – A roundup of sites offering free PSD files from Blogger.am.

PhotoshopCandy Free PSDs – Offers plenty of PSD files for download (they also have a

PSDs for sale section but so far only one file is featured there).

Alterform PSDs – A collection of PSDs of completed projects available for download.

Fractured Sanity [Dot] Org – A small collection of free PSD files for download.



Sometimes you just want to get some inspiration before starting your next Photoshop project. Here are some sites that can help.

17 Photo Manipulations with People – A roundup of manipulated photos feature people.

29 Really Creepy and Creative Photoshopped Self Portraits – If you’re looking for something a little different for your self-portrait—and you’re not afraid to scare the crap out of people—then this post might serve up some great inspiration.

Behance Network Gallery – A gallery of graphic design projects and artwork.

20 Amazing Examples of Conformal Photography. How Do They Do This? – A great collection of conformal (spiral) photos.

PSDTUTS Flickr Pool – A Flickr pool for PSDTUTS readers. Images sometimes show up on the PSDTUTS site.

Graphic-ExchanGE – A blog offering up graphic design inspiration.

Cool Showcase – An online gallery of artwork, including digital illustration and photography.

Before and After Photoshop Pool – A great Flickr pool showing the results of retouching in Photoshop.

21 Really Stunning Photoshopped Photos for Creative Inspiration – A roundup post from SmashingApps.

10 Inspiring Sites to Gain Photoshop Inspiration – A great post from Design Shard offering sites to find Photoshop inspiration.


Blogs, Articles and Other Resources

If you didn’t find what you were looking for above, the resources below might be able to point you in the right direction.

Marcofolio.net – This site has a huge section on their blog dedicated to Photoshop, including tons of posts offering up freebies (mostly textures). Be sure to check out the

Ultimate Photoshop Design Resources post.

Photoshop Toolbox – A great, comprehensive post form DesignM.ag.

22 Fantasy Tutorials and 125 Brushes – This post outlines more than 20 fantasy photo manipulation tutorials along with a number of brush collections for creating them.

Six Revisions: Photoshop – Six Revisions has an awesome Photoshop section on their blog. Don’t miss their

70 Excellent Photoshop Resources post.

Top 84 Photoshop Resource Sites—Toolbox for Designers – A great roundup post form Speckyboy Design Magazine. Be sure to check out their

Photoshop category archive while you’re there.

BittBox Photoshop Category – BittBox has a great selection of Photoshop articles on their blog.

60 Most Wanted Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes, .PSDs and Resources – A great roundup post from Noupe offering up some awesome Photoshop tutorials and resources.

Photoshop Disasters – For great examples of what NOT to do in Photoshop.

Photoshop Toolbox: 80+ Photoshop Tools and Resources – A huge collection of Photoshop resources from Mashable.

50 Photoshop Resources – A collection of fifty sites and pages devoted to Photoshop.

Photoshop Ninja – A huge resource offering tips, tutorials, downloads, and more.

Layers Magazine – Layers cover everything Adobe, with tutorials, reviews, forums, and more.

PhotoshopUserTV – A weekly online TV show dedicated to Photoshop, from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Photoshop Lab – A great site with a blog, reviews, tutorials, tips, and more.

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Did we miss anything? (really?!). Feel free to add any further resources in the comments area below.