31 complex Photoshop tutorials to sharpen your skills

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31 complex Photoshop tutorials are enough to improve your skills significantly. It depends on each one’s potential, but on average, people need to sharpen their skills continuously. The rule is simple: if you don’t prepare yourself, you won’t attract new clients. This concept isn’t valid only for designers, it’s also working for sportsmen, gamers, artists, or singers.

Being aware that you should improve your skills is still not enough; the way you train is capital. Some people allocate a few hours a day for self-preparation, and they manage to follow just two simple tutorials. Others assign only a few hours a week, but they 101% focus on learning new techniques. Obviously, it’s best to be part of the latter group.

The following complex Photoshop tutorials aren’t only for experts. These are for people genuinely interested in learning how to achieve more with Photoshop. The most significant difference between an expert and a beginner isn’t a matter of talent. Experts are focused on their works and know that mistakes and issues are inevitable; they know how to handle stressful situations. Hence, don’t find excuses and focus to the fullest of your potential to study how great designers created the following outstanding works.

Neon Horns

The final result of this tutorial looks great, but it’s not fantastic. However, I featured this tutorial because I was impressed by the level of details. The author paid attention to every pixel. You learn many tricks like using lights, blending, and blurring. Crafting a quality design is the most important thing you will get from this tutorial.
A neon effect is impressive, and it can be used on a variety of projects like posters, photo manipulations, and text effects. In plain English, learning to create a cool neon effect is useful for your future projects.

Romantic Photo Manipulation

There are a few months until Valentine’s Day, but true love is timeless. Hence, romantic photo manipulation is mandatory in our collection. Check this lovely tutorial showing how to combine various images to create a beautiful composition. A big thumb up for the manner of combining the photos! It’s not a simple at all to blend images of different colors and lights.

Broken Glass Effect

This is one of the most complex Photoshop tutorials from this list; it will take you a few hours to complete all the steps. It tests your patience, but don’t forget – nothing great was achieved with no endeavor. The author teaches you how to extract a model from an image and compliment it with glass. Playing with the lights and reflections is an advanced topic; this is an excellent tutorial to master these techniques.

Galaxy Inspired Photo Manipulation

Do you think that you need exclusive images for a top-class photo manipulation? The better are images, the better is the output, seems legit, isn’t it? It’s partly right, but this designer shows that even a self-portrait is enough to create an excellent piece of design. Overall, it’s a tutorial that fully deserves your attention!

Colorful Collage

This is another original idea for a tutorial, and the result is utterly fabulous. You will learn to extract subjects and combine colors. UFOs, crows, jewelry, tribal marks, sunglasses, and stars are all combined to create a modern and abstract collage.

Pirate Sea Battle

Are you prepared for a 62-step tutorial that requires 21 resources (images and brushes)? Certainly, it’s a long tutorial, but it’s divided into small steps that are well explained. Hence, the devil isn’t so black as he is painted!

Golden Text Effect

Text effects are used in almost any design projects, so you don’t need other reasons to take a look at this tutorial. The author doesn’t use complicated techniques, both beginners and experts may follow the explanations. Still, you need much patience to apply all the steps completed by the author.

Fantasy Wolf Rider

You need a lot of courage to complete the steps of this tutorial – you will learn how to ride wolves! Don’t worry – it’s all done in Photoshop! It’s a long tutorial for intermediate users that want to sharpen the extraction skills. Apart from these, you master blending images and create a realistic picture. Thumb up for the level of details –  the tutorial creator carefully checked every pixel.

Lens Dust Effect

This Photoshop tutorial will make you smile due to the good-looking model. Additionally, the author teaches you how to create a lens dust effect that can be used on a large variety of design works.

Queen of Fungi

This is indeed one of the most complex Photoshop tutorials released in 2018. You have to use all Photoshop options to complete this fantastic project. Much more, you train your imagination; the author creates a stunning design from unexpected images. It’s a 45-step tutorial, so you need a couple of hours to finish it. As a bonus, you can freely download the psd file of the author to compare against yours.

Black Panther Photo Manipulation

This tutorial is for the fans of movies and movie posters. It starts with the picture of a guy and he is transformed into a black warrior from Black Panther movie during the tutorial. You will learn a lot of techniques, including how to play with lights.

Fairy in the Woods

Follow the steps of this tutorial if only you are patient and hard-working because it has no more than 82 steps. It’s one of the most complex Photoshop tutorials I ever featured on Daniel2Design blog. No need to mention that by following the author’s workflow you will learn a multitude of techniques. You will use all Photoshop commands, but the tutorial is focused on using glows and blurs.

Smoke Portrait

Creating eye-catching smoke effects is a must-have technique for a designer. If you don’t know how to create a nice smoke effect, this tutorial is all you need. It’s a medium tutorial extensively focused on creating a smoke portrait.

Instagram Retro Photos

Are you a fan of retro images? Do you want to create a genuinely unique retro photo from a regular selfie? Check this tutorial, and you will learn how to do it in just a few steps. In spite of its short format, the author teaches a lot of useful tricks.

Mysterious Mate Painting

You will learn and apply a plethora of tricks by following this tutorial. However, the most important thing you will learn is that details matter a lot and patience is more necessary than the latest version of Photoshop.

War Scene Photo Manipulation

The creator of this tutorial takes a bunch of photos and blend them to craft a beautiful photo manipulation. It’s another lengthy tutorial that tests your limits. You will learn how to manipulate and correct colors, how to blend images, and add emotions to a project.

Dark Emotional Photo

It’s one of the most artistic Photoshop tutorials for experts. The sad landscape shouldn’t make you give up studying the tutorial. A design works ttransmitting a feeling (sadness – in this case) is a great achievement and it should convince you to pay closer attention to this tutorial.

Shopify Theme

I noticed that in the last year the number of tutorials explaining how to create a layout from scratch is very low. This is one of these and you shouldn’t miss!

3D Text Effect

Any 3D text effect tutorial is attractive. Photoshop became a solution for 3D design in the last years and there is still room for improvement. Check out this tutorial to make a clearer opinion about!

Abstract Portrait

You should be extremely patient if you want to achieve the final result of this tutorial, but I think that it fully deserves your endeavors.

Aquatic Photo Manipulation

The author of this complex Photoshop tutorial for experts is very creative and talented. I am totally amazed by the interesting blending of the elements; the final futuristic landscape is stunning!

Mystical Tribal Warrior

The complex Photoshop tutorials for experts are very long and this one isn’t an exception. I think that this tutorial should be studied by you – it will teach you how to add items in new landscapes and how to play with colors, lights, and shades.

Underwater Scene

Well, I must be honest with you! This tutorial has 59 steps…yeah, you read it correct, 59 steps! In spite of that, I think that you should give a try to it because every step is very well explained and the author inserted many screenshots of the intermediary results. In this way is pretty simple to follow the workflow.

Medieval Scene

Playing with fire, disintegrating of a medieval knight and creating an inspiring scene is what you will learn from this tutorial. I think that I made you curious about, isn’t it?

Planet Earth

If you follow this tutorial, you will play with the Earth and I think that it’s enough to mention in order to captivate your attention.

Brilliant Photomontage

Digital Arts Online is one of the best Photoshop tutorials providers (check this post if you want a list of the best websites publishing Photoshop tutorials) and this tutorial is great. The author estimates that it may take 3-5 hours to complete the tutorial, therefore with patience and strong will you will be able to create a dreamy landscape.

Secret Mission Scene

Here is another cool tutorial and the final outcome is intriguing and beautiful. You will learn how to play with shades, how to insert objects in new contexts, how to create correct perspectives and these all are explained by a great designer and blogger, Maria Semelevich.

Ice Effects

Fabio Sasso is another famous designer and blogger and this tutorial is created by him. I like it very much, the designers loving posters must check this out!

Gig Poster Art

This is another poster design tutorial and you should see the outcome; it will entice you to study it.

Marble Statue

This is the last item from the list of Photoshop tutorials for experts. I warn you that this is a very frightening and dangerous tutorial- you will learn how to turn the face of a person into a marble statue!

These tutorials are my personal selection; chances are that I missed a few great tutorials. You can improve my work by adding in the comment form a link to your favorite tutorial. I will personally review it, and I will feature in a new showcase of the most complex Photoshop tutorials.

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