Best Photoshop Tutorials 2016: sci-fi art, mosaic cubes & photography

Using Photoshop can be rather daunting if you don’t know what you’re doing, or where to start, but the Adobe creative software is almost essential for all creative disciplines. 

We managed to get in touch with a handful of Photoshop pros to help you out, and it looks like a few of you managed to have a go at the tutorials judging from how well they performed online and the work you share.

Check out these popular Photoshop tutorials from 2016 including sci-fi art, abstract mosaics and find out how the beautiful BAFTA 2016 posters were drawn and painted.

Mart Biemans: Create glitch sci-fi art using Photoshop blending modes


Learn how to use Photoshop blending modes and other powerful techniques to create a digital futuristic artwork with lots of pixelated details. 

With the techniques explained in this Photoshop tutorial, it is possible to create very detailed artworks. Some of the actions/steps explained can be repeated as often as you like. The more time you invest into some of these steps, the more detailed your final result will become.

Read the full tutorial here.

Igor Scekic: Shading techniques to add colour, highlights & shade


Adding shading in Photoshop is the key to giving depth to your artworks while colouring them. In this tutorial, Igor Šcekic shows you the best way to add highlights and shadows – plus glows and other techniques – using this skull- and space-themed artwork.

You’ll start by creating basic blocks of colour – then add depth with light and dark areas for shading.

Read the full tutorial here

Levente Szabo: How the BAFTA 2016 posters were drawn & painted


One of the highlights of the BAFTA Awards – alongside finding out who won the craft awards – is the set of beautifully designed posters that are released each year. 

Levente Szabo takes us through the creation of the BAFTA poster for the eventual winner of the Best Film, The Revenant – a creative process that also underpinned the others in the series.  

Read the full tutorial here

Fabio Sasso: Turn a portrait into an abstract mosaic of cubes


Mosiacs don’t automatically conjure visions of stylish artwork, but Fabio Sasso has found a way to create truly striking visuals with a very simple, swift process.

Fabio will show you how to create a deconstructed image using a pattern made out of cubes.

The idea is try to simulate a mosaic but with a more abstract and up-to-date interpretation.

Read the full tutorial here.

Daniel Caballero: Create vector portraits in Photoshop


Spanish artist Daniel Caballero explains how he creates his vector artworks from photo references in Photoshop. He details how he combines elements from different sources, and adds in graphic elements to create a detailed illustration, including tattoos, clothing, shadows and lighting. 

You’ll learn to use the Photoshop’s Pen Tool to create clear shapes and lines, and then stylise them using Daniel’s signature style. He also explains how to add and change details and elements to give the piece a hand-drawn look.  

Read the full tutorial here.

Tigz Rice: Create a 1940s and 1950s film noir photo


Film Noir is a popular trend in cinematography during the 1940s and 1950s – a genre associated with high-contrast black-and-white with shades pushed into the highlights and shadows. Find out how Tigz Rice styled photographed and retouched a 1940s inspired film noir image. 

Read the full tutorial here

Tigz Rice: Use Face Aware Liquify to change expressions


Photoshop CC 2016 was released in June, and the new features included a Face Aware Liquify tool, a Content Aware Crop tool and Select Mask tool. 

Discover step-by-step how to retouch a photo to give someone a subtle, realistic smile using Photoshop 2016's new Face Aware Liquify tool.

Read the full tutorial here.

Tigz Rice: Colourise a photo in Photoshop


Learn how to add colour to a black-and-white archive photo in Photoshop that will deliver attractive, appealing, realistic results. 

The aim here isn’t to make an old photo look like it was taken yesterday, but to maintain its vintage feel while using colour to make it visually appealing in a different way – and more eye-catching when used in print or online.

Read the full tutorial here.

Tigz Rice: How to use the Select and Mask tools

This tutorial shows you how to use the revamped select and mask feature, which now has a tool called the Refine Edge Brush to make selections around tricky areas - such as hair - much easier.  

Tigz Rice shows you how to access the new Select and Mask workspace, use the Refine Edge Brush tools and others to clean up the edges of your selection and make it seamless.  

Read the full tutorial here.

Breno Bitencourt: Create a low-poly portrait


Breno is back again – this time he shows you step-by-step how to create a stylish low-poly portrait in Illustrator and Photoshop.

The secret to creating works in this style is working from the best reference photos – and first off Breno reveals how to capture these (using himself as a model). He then reveals how to work these up in Photoshop, then create a vector version in Illustrator.

Breno says you don’t need to be an expert in Illustrator or Photoshop to follow this tutorial, as long as you have a good eye – and a good amount of patience.

Read the full tutorial here.

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