Photoshop Toolbox

by Steven Snell

on October 7, 2008

in Resources

Most web and graphic designers use Photoshop on a daily basis, and due to Photoshop’s popularity there are countless resources online for users. In effort to make your life as a designer a bit easier, here is a guide to some of the best resources.

Best Websites for Photoshop Tutorials:

For anyone looking to improve their skills or learn new tricks with Photoshop, there is a wealth of information available in terms of tutorials. Even for those with considerable experience and talent, there is always something new to learn or some inspiration that can be provided by tutorials from other designers.

PSDTUTS

Photoshop Resources

Tutorial9

Photoshop Resources

PSHero

Photoshop Resources

PSD Learning

Photoshop Resources

Abduzeedo

Photoshop Resources

Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Resources

Photoshop Essentials

Photoshop Resources

PSD Fan

Photoshop Resources

PhotoshopStar

Photoshop Resources

Other Photoshop Tutorial Sites:

Digital Arts

Tutorial Dog

Tutzor

Luxa

Photoshop Talent

Eyes on Tutorials

Photoshop Roadmap

Tutorial Blog

These websites all regularly highlight the best Photoshop tutorials being published. If you want to see the best of what’s available all in one place, check one of these sites.

Photoshop Lady

Photoshop Resources

Good Tutorials

Photoshop Resources

Tutorial Sphere

Photoshop Resources

Best Collections of Photoshop Tutorials:

Rather than trying to list all of the exceptional individual tutorials out there, here are some of the best collections of tutorials to give you a sampling of what’s available.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – Best Of

Photoshop Resources

100 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating Beautiful Art

Photoshop Resources

50 Photoshop Tutorials for Sky and Space Effects

Photoshop Resources

40 Photoshop Tutorials for Lighting and Abstract Effects

Photoshop Resources

45 Photo Editing Tutorials for Photoshop

Photoshop Resources

35 Photoshop Tutorials for Design Your Own Posters

Photoshop Resources

20 Insane Comic Book Style Photoshop Effects

Photoshop Resources

7 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating Album Covers

Photoshop Resources

41 Nicest Photoshop Photo Effects

Photoshop Resources

50+ Excellent Body Enhancement Tutorials

Photoshop Resources

60 of the Best Photoshop Tutorials to Design Your Own Amazing Site

Photoshop Resources

50+ High Quality .PSD Files and Tutorials

Photoshop Resources

Learning Photoshop:

Elite by Design recently put together a great series of posts to help new Photoshop users learn the essentials.

How to Master Photoshop in Just One Week | Part 2 | Part 3

Best Sites for Brushes:

Brushes can make life easier and help to make your work more effective. There are a number of sites that consistently provide high-quality, free Photoshop brushes for download. Here are some of the best.

MediaSlap

Photoshop Resources

Brusheezy

Photoshop Resources

deviantART

Photoshop Resources

Qbrushes

Photoshop Resources

Bittbox

Photoshop Resources

PS Brushes

Photoshop Resources

GetBrushes.com

Photoshop Resources

Mel’s Brushes

Photoshop Resources

Obsidian Dawn

Photoshop Resources

Flickr Groups:

If you’re looking for design inspiration or for a place to share your work and learn from other designers, there are plenty of Flickr groups that focus on Photoshop and graphic design. Many are managed by specific sites.

PSDTUTS Flickr Group

Photoshop Resources

Abduzeedos

Photoshop Resources

Go Media User Showcase

Photoshop Resources

Fuel Your Creativity Flickr Group

Photoshop Resources

My Ink Blog Flickr Group

Photoshop Resources

Loon Design Flickr Group

Photoshop Resources

**ART** Photoshop Style

Photoshop Resources

Photoshop Graphic Montages

Photoshop Resources

Photoshop HDR

Photoshop Resources

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Learning to work more efficiently in Photoshop is a goal of many designers. These two resources are ones to have bookmarked.

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts from Trevor Morris Photographics

Photoshop Resources

18 Exceptionally Useful Photoshop Shortcuts

Photoshop Resources

Backgrounds:

When working with Photoshop, especially for web design, backgrounds are a common task. These resources will speed up your process and make it easy to create attractive backgrounds for your designs.

BGPatterns

Photoshop Resources

Stripe Generator

Photoshop Resources

Squidfingers

Photoshop Resources

Patterns at COLOURlovers

Photoshop Resources

Textures:

Textures often go hand in hand with backgrounds. There are a number of websites that give away free textures in the form of stock photography or their own work in Photoshop. Making use of a freely available texture can help you to come up with that look that you’re going for, and it can be much quicker than creating the textured look from scratch.

Lost and Taken

Photoshop Resources

TextureKing

Photoshop Resources

Grunge Textures

Photoshop Resources

Urban Dirty

Photoshop Resources

Free 3ds Textures

Photoshop Resources

CG Textures

Photoshop Resources

Free Textures from SXC.hu

Photoshop Resources

Places to Display Your Graphic Design Portfolio:

The sites listed here are great places to share your work and network with other designers. Looking at the work posted by others can also be a great source of inspiration.

Behance Network

Photoshop Resources

Carbonmade

Photoshop Resources

Flickr

Photoshop Resources

Virb

Photoshop Resources

deviantART

Photoshop Resources

LogoPond

Photoshop Resources

illyPads

Photoshop Resources

Custom Shapes:

Working with custom shapes in Photoshop can be very similar to working with brushes in terms of how it can speed up your work. I recently put together a collection of custom shapes at Vandelay Design, so rather than repeating it, here is a link to that post.

45 Sources and Sets of Photoshop Custom Shapes

Photoshop Resources

Adobe Exchange:

The Adobe exchange is a great resource for finding and sharing just about anything related to Photoshop (brushes, custom shapes, etc.).

Adobe Photoshop Exchange

Other resources available at DesignM.ag:

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