Beginner Photoshop Tutorial: 5 Easy Photo Effects


Retouch your photos with these five easy photo effects. These Photoshop tutorials will show you how to create some of the most popular photo effects using professional non-destructive editing techniques. You’ll need Photoshop CS4 or newer to follow these tutorials. The first effect you’re about to see is an awesome way to give your flat photos a contrast boost. This photo effect uses just one black and white adjustment layer! To start, click on the “New Adjustment Layer” button in the layers palette then choose Black & White. Set the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light. Adjust the settings as you like in the adjustments palette. If you don’t see this palette, go to Window>Adjustments. You can use this slider here to directly select a color in the image to adjust. So let’s say I want to make this sky darker, just click and drag to the left. For the trees, I’ll make them brighter by dragging to the left. It’s that easy! Here’s the before and after of this contrast boost photo effect! The first photo effect we just showed you is great for flat-looking photos. Now we’re going to show you a photo effect for those high contrast outdoor photos. This photo effect gives your photos that old-school retro look and you can do it non-destructively without even creating a new layer. First, unlock the background layer so we can apply a layer style to it. To do this, just double-click on the layer. You’ll get a window with some layer properties; just click OK. Right-click on the layer then choose Blending Options. Select the Color Overlay options then set the blend mode to Exclusion and opacity to 25%. Next, click on the color then pick any color you like. I’m going to pick this one right here. Here’s what the effect looks like! Next up is a quick and easy way of giving your photos a dreamy look. We can apply this using Smart Filters. Start by converting the layer into a Smart Object. Right click on the layer then choose Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Adjust the settings so that you get a blur like this then click OK. Double-click on the blending options button here then change the blending mode to Screen. Adjust the opacity to your likings then click OK. That’s the soft fog effect! Here’s what it looks like before and after. The next photo effect is subtle but gives your photo a really nice antique feel. This effect works great on portraits. Start by creating a new Hue-Saturation adjustment layer. To do this, click on the New Adjustment Layer button then choose Hue-Saturation. Select the Sepia preset. If you don’t have this preset, enable the colorize option then set your hue to 35 and saturation to 25. Right-click on the layer then choose Blending Options. In the Blend If area, hold down the Alt or Option key on a Mac then drag the black input slider all the way to the right. The slider will detach from the other half and give you a smooth blending as you drag it towards the right. Click OK. Here’s the half sepia effect! It’s a nice subtle effect for portrait photos. The final photo effect you’ll learn is a Lomo color effect. It gives your photos a color pop just like some Lomo cameras and is surprisingly easy to do. Start by creating a new Levels adjustment layer. Click on the New adjustment layer then choose Levels. Select red from the drop down menu then drag the black and white input slider towards the middle like this. We’re going to finish this Lomo effect with a vignette. Before you add one, right click on the background layer then choose Convert to Smart Object. This will let us apply the vignette as a Smart Filter which lets you go back and change the settings anytime you like. Go to Filter>Lens correction. In the Custom tab, adjust the vignette to -100 then click OK. Here’s the Lomo photo effect! Give these photo effects a try and let us know how it went for you in the comments. Here’s a final recap of the five easy photo effects. Subscribe to us for more great Photoshop tutorials!

100 Comments

  1. BW_Videos August 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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    thank me later

  2. Vivi Z August 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Nice tutorials but the background music is.. well cheesy and distracting. lol

  3. Andrew Brown August 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

    you have the most relaxing voice

  4. aabez ali August 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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  5. Kyrie Eleisia August 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    but i did it

  6. Rubesh Kumar August 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Nice one

  7. Zdeněk Smištík August 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

    No.1 Very thank!

  8. THEmickTHEgun August 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I love this video

  9. Seth Kalp August 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Its better than silence.

  10. Photoshop Speed Art August 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Nice…

  11. Wild Horse September 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    thanks for sharing!

    but i wanna know how to adjust RAW in ACR ,then i can get the effect like this video “before” pictures。

  12. Phoenix Rector September 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Easiest tutorial I've come across for Photo Effects.
    THanks.

  13. White Wind September 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    finally something easy to follow :))

  14. Noah Dettlinger September 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Wow. I wish every tutorial was like like. fast, easy, don't talk to fast. You just earned a subscriber sir!

  15. Liza Twentyfirst September 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

    is there free downloadable Photoshop here?? help..pls

  16. Noe Vazquez September 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    it is really easy to understand!!! thx for sharing!

  17. hisham sultan September 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

    the last 2 way to edit isnt easy 😀

  18. TotalWarF September 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    When i go to filter> ( i haven`t lens correction ) can you help . I'm using Photoshop Cs4

  19. Amar Krishna October 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

    the real online educator… thank yu..

  20. Kazuha Draws October 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    love thank you very much

  21. LOUIEGYAMBAO October 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

    may i know the background music used? 😀 its nice

  22. Mazharul Talukdar October 6, 2013 at 4:56 am

    download using Torrent. Worked for me

  23. Joy Your Buddy October 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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  24. Patrik Pinon October 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    great instructional video! keep up the great work!

  25. jalil787 October 8, 2013 at 1:34 am

    thanks you very much this video I got benefit.

  26. IRFAN MAHER October 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

    thanks dude 🙂 brilliant

  27. jackylyn manugas October 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

    filter -> distort -> lens correction … 🙂

  28. Just Cousins October 13, 2013 at 2:42 am

    can u upload more like this one:D

  29. T- Fam Vlogs October 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    wow thank you so much

  30. TheMythicHuntress October 16, 2013 at 5:08 am

    thx but
    .. doens't say how to import a photo thou

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  32. Jeff Andrade Rizzon October 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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  33. arlene olarte October 29, 2013 at 4:55 am

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  34. Sekar sk October 29, 2013 at 8:30 am
  35. PointGaming ⍟ October 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    /watch?v=F4J0mKyKx08 Watch This Tutorial 🙂 Its Good

  36. Muzzamil Solangi October 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Too easy to understand Videos 😉

  37. Estelle Dupuis November 4, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I can't find the layer panel 🙁

  38. Yassine mourhriss November 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

    THank you so much bro 😉

  39. Roldan Fontanoza November 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

    yep. very nice!

  40. Manzoor Abdul Wahab November 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    thanks you very much this video I got benefit.

  41. Hisham Zaid November 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Easy understandable Video, thanks 

  42. Thomas Holmes November 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Is this cs 7?

  43. Christine Charette November 20, 2013 at 12:53 am

    This tutorial seems very clear and informative, however the background song was so terribly distracting to me.  I need to focus on his words.  Some of us are very musical so listening to music becomes something that you naturally try to dissect (notes) while it's playing.  Trying to pay attention to the words shared at the same time is very challenging.  No music option please!  I am a school teacher, and using music integrated into a lesson to learn is awesome!  But background unrelated music is not really a great tool to use while teaching a lesson that needs focus…for some of us learners anyhow!  Obviously some can do fine with this! Just a thought! 🙂

  44. Banism24 November 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    smart object for what?

  45. Stacey Mori November 28, 2013 at 1:53 am

    you are going too fast, this tutorial sucks. If people are actually trying to learn or do it step by step on PS with you NO one can catch anything you've said. WOREST teaching job ever it pisses me off. Slow down or why bother just to show off.

  46. Bao Ngo December 1, 2013 at 12:36 am

    hey Stacey M. it's not really fast….if u watch another video photoshop and u know where it is and what it uses for…. 😀

  47. TheNatural1 December 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Great tutorial. People need to realize there is a PAUSE button if it's too fast for them.

  48. Vera T December 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    very, very helpful, thanks!!

  49. Leoca December 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Wow. Helpful, quick and easy.

  50. Anis Syuhada December 21, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Tq.Plez upload more video like this..easy to understand for beginner like me =)

  51. Scarlett Li December 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Help needed: In the last effect, lomo effect, I converted the background to smart object but didn't find the option of lens correction in the drop down menu of filter. I followed every single step, used photoshop CS4 Extended. How can I fix this?

  52. yoenvideo January 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I'm a beginner and your videos are very easy to understand.  Thank you!

  53. Josh C. January 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve watched a lot of tutorial videos but your voice is by far the best, and not annoying to listen to at all. 

    Also, the photo effects worked out fantastically. Thanks, these videos were a huge help.

  54. Ashley Nicole January 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Ah-Maz-Ing! Thanks a ton! I tried all the photo effects and they worked like a charm. 🙂 Best tutorial I've seen yet.

  55. challenge japanica January 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Incredible, thanks a million

  56. Winnie Micabel February 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I love you! thanks a lot!

  57. Manelka Hettiarachchi February 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    awww thats great…thank yu so much!

  58. ralf capangpangan March 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    2nd photo effects not working im using cs5, i follow your instruction but what i see was just boxes on the image

  59. jesse white March 9, 2014 at 7:20 am

    the best effect was the first one

  60. Redenne Tadeo March 13, 2014 at 5:20 am

    this is very useful and easy to follow instructions as well. do you have advance tutorials on Photoshop? I appreciate your response… thanks.

  61. Chicagoman36 March 18, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Is it possible to change the color all together I have a Daisy Flower I want to change it from red to like blue is that possible if so how?

  62. christopher strong March 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    great info to help you get started with photoshop. but never forget you need to START with a quality image.

  63. Chaitanya Bedi March 27, 2014 at 6:41 am

    thankew Man! It really works…………..

  64. Freda Cena April 17, 2014 at 7:58 am

    great. just great.tnx dude

  65. Hanz Netscape May 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

    hallelujah brothers

  66. theProdigalSon May 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Hey does anyone know why I still see my image that I'm trying to mask…I still see the image at 10%…and I've checked all my opacity setting…???/…HELP…

  67. Modestas Jalo May 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    this is really good

  68. Dario Pineda Montejo June 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for this fast tips, the effect #3 is realy great!

  69. Heid Aiasu June 7, 2014 at 7:12 am

    thanks for giving these wonderful tips!:)

  70. xo xo July 15, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    thanks you

  71. kenshin himura September 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    The greatest tutorials! Do you also have other channels for Illustrators, Premiere, etc.?

  72. ayman fatani September 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Amaaaaazing ♡♥

  73. Ibana Leschenko Carámbula November 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I loved all of them!!! Super easy. Thank you!!!

  74. Sai Aqis November 11, 2014 at 5:42 am

    how to create two photos become one ? 

  75. Oana Nelson November 14, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I loved all these effects! My pictures turned out great!

  76. Amanda K December 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    This is great video but need to add more specification..

  77. JåY-SøÑ FåHïm December 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Which camera u use to take this photos??

  78. Darcie Whitehorn December 31, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Learn To Shoot Like a Pro Awesome Mind Blowing Effects.

  79. Kristine Choy January 5, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I've been out of the whole editing for a while. It sure is nice to get back and
     relearn. Thankful for your tutorials.

  80. Alem Abebe January 14, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I liked this a lot!

  81. mark ramos January 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Great tuts man, TY

  82. Trick Photography 101 February 27, 2015 at 6:06 am

    This tutorial is very informative and helpful for those who wanted to learn photo editing effects. Learning photography and style with a combination of artistic photo editing effects for your photographs is the most perfect combination! Creating stunning and awesome images requires creativity and artistic mind.

  83. Rosemary Hall March 5, 2015 at 1:05 am

    that music has got to go

  84. WFT Gaming April 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    hi guys can u please subscribe to my channel

  85. mounir chakiri May 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else wants to learn about how to use photoshop try Barkola Photo Editor Blueprint (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my m8 got great results with it.

  86. MITSI GO May 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    plz help!!! I managed to do them all except the one that gives the photos an antique feeling. At 3:36 I drag it to the right but it doesn't get detouched and the photo gets weird cause it doesn't blend right… what should I do?? :/

  87. Line carignan October 7, 2015 at 1:41 am

    great and fast

  88. Gunmask Xd February 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    How to download???

  89. Elijah Alpha March 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    nice

  90. abstruseoni June 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I've used photoshop for many years and done many advanced techniques, and your tips are still very helpful and fast! Thanks for the great video.

  91. A Peppermint Candy July 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Hate the background music plus you talk too fast.

  92. Stuart Knight September 25, 2016 at 2:30 am

    great and helpful tips for photoshop amature! thank you! especially the subtitle helps a lot !! (especially those proffesional nouns sometime i just cant get it without subtitle) please do it more!

  93. Ams institute October 12, 2016 at 5:27 am

    thanks it was cool

  94. Thái Nguyễn November 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

    WOW~~~ +1sub xD

  95. Sal Salcedo December 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Awesome! It actually affected them flat photos on me album! Thanks! I was wonder if you can make tutorials on the effects on the music video of Melanie C's Never Be The Same Again and Five's Don't Wanna Let You Go? Would appreciate it!

  96. MANDEEP KUMAR September 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Very nice bro

  97. kelly truth November 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    plsssss how can i download it

  98. Myria Senja April 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you, very useful tips… 😘

  99. AJ May 2, 2018 at 7:29 am

    i like all thank you sir

  100. আমরা ভাইরাস! May 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    it's very helpful but you talk too fast…

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