Happy New Year! It's time to reflect on the past 12 months, and what better way than to kick off 2012 that with the 10 most incredible Photoshop tutorials from 2011. You've voted with your clicking fingers and judged these to be your favourites -- covering techniques from cosmic effects and beautiful lighting to digital painting tricks and emotionally affecting portraits -- so let's get inspired for the year ahead.

Tune in tomorrow and we'll be listing your favourite Illustrator tutorials of 2011.

Create a glowing superhero

Kervin Brisseaux shows how he turned a basic illustration into a retro-futuristic artwork in Photoshop

Create punk poster art

This tutorial reveals how artist Dan Mumford creates a poster for a special show by the aggressive and spittle-flecked Watford punks Gallows.

Give a portrait a cosmic makeover

Photoshop can make a simple studio shot look totally cosmic in just a few steps, as Karim Fakhoury demonstrates

Add realism to digital portraits

A realistic depiction of humanity, rather than some idealised concept of it, is a difficult thing to convey in an illustration. In this tutorial, Richard Wilkinson walks you through the process of how he created a portrait of an elderly man grieving.

Eroded fashion portraits

Pete Harrison radically reworks a fashion shot till the whole look begins to unravel before your eyes

Paint a multilayered surreal portrait

Rob Shields walks you through the creation of an inspirational artwork that also reveals much about composition and lighting

Make photos shine with selective sharpening

Tigz Rice reveals the sophisticated way to make your photos crisper, by sharpening just the areas that need more definition

Create revolutionary cosmic art

Adam Ismail shows you how to create a fabulous astronomy-themed composition using elements taken from public-domain NASA images.


Retro Collage Techniques

You might already know a thing or two about collage, but can you produce a look out of a 1970s poster? Tim Green explains how

Turn a photo into a 16-bit arcade game character

James May shows how to create a 16-bit arcade game character based on a photo, using Photoshop's colour palette and the Pencil tool.