Free Photoshop Tutorials


Scroll through the list of free Photoshop tutorials at your leisure.  Here on Everyday HDR I try to create helpful tutorials for all of your photography needs from beginner tips to HDR post processing techniques.  Visit frequently as this list is ever changing, constantly evolving to fulfill the needs of the Everyday HDR photographer!  My tutorials are extremely important to me, if you have any constructive criticism, please leave me a comment and I will do everything in my power to ensure you get the essential training you need!

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Free Photoshop Tutorials (and other software)


If You Have No Idea What HDR Is… Start Here:

  1. A Place For HDR 

  2. How To HDR!

  3. A Few HDR Shooting Tips

  4. HDR Insider In-depth Look

  5. Overcoming Frustration with Your Photographic Workflow

  6.  32 Bit HDR Processing with Photomatix 5.0 

Webinars and Guest Appearances

  1. Tone and Color Mastery in Photoshop :  Adobe Connect with the Photoshop and Lightroom Facebook Group (23 May 2015)

Beginner Tutorials

  1. 9 Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer !NEW!

  2. What is Blend-If in Photoshop?

  3. Curves and Layers 

  4. Layer Control In Photoshop 

  5. Photomatix Pro 5.0 Tutorial

  6. How to Rescue an Underexposed Photo in Adobe Camera Raw

  7. How to Save For Printing In Photoshop

  8. The Clone Stamp Tool

  9. RAW versus JPEG…. The Importance of RAW

  10. Halos and HDR Episode 1: Avoiding Them Altogether!

  11. Halos and HDR Episode 2: Fixing them in Photoshop

  12. Halos and HDR Episode 3: Avoiding them in Nik HDR Efex Pro II

  13. Black and White Conversions in Photoshop

  14. Beginner’s Guide: F/stops, EV’s and ISO’s 

  15. Beginner’s Guide: Composition

  16. Beginner’s Photomatix Tutorial

  17. Beginner’s Post Processing Methods

  18. Camera Raw 7.0 HDR Effect

  19. HDR Shooting and the Exposure Compensation Button

  20. Creating Multiple Exposures From a Single File (Photoshop CS 5)

  21. Speed Light Macro Photography

  22. Effective Cataloging of HDR Exposures

  23. Barebones Compositing Tutorial

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HDR Post Processing

  1. 5 HDR Tips for Photomatix Pro 

  2. Photoshop Hot Key Hacks

  3. The Secret to Better HDR Photographs: Contrast

  4. Camera Raw: The Adjustment Brush

  5. Grayscale Dodge and Burn Technique

  6. How to Make Vignettes In Photoshop CS 6

  7. Better Snow HDR Images

  8. Camera RAW HDR Post Processing

  9. Controlling Saturation in Your HDR images

  10. Fixing Chromatic Aberrations with the Saturation Adjustment Layer

  11. 32 Bit HDR Workflow Using Photoshop CS 6’s Merge To HDR Pro

  12. 32 Bit HDR Workflow Using Photoshop CC

  13. 32 Bit HDR Workflow Using Photomatix Pro and Adobe Camera Raw

  14. 3 HDR Pet Peeves of Mine and How to Fix Them!

  15. HDR Noise Reduction With DeNoise 5 and CS5’s Blur Tool

  16. Topaz Adjust 5 High Pass Sharpen Technique

  17. HDR Post Processing Tutorial

  18.  The Curves Adjustment Layer

  19. Chromatic Abberation and Color Noise Reduction

  20. Black and White and HDR

  21. Fixing Shadow Noise and Highlight Blowouts

  22. Dual Processing HDR Image

  23. Dodging and Burning

  24. Fixing HDR Night Skies Using Photoshop CS 5

  25. HDR Noise Reduction

  26. More Dynamic HDR


Creative Effects

  1. The Walking Dead Effect 

  2. What’s New in Camera Raw 8.5 | The Graduated Filter

  3. Multiple Image Processing in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)

  4. Selective Focus and Saturation

  5. Contrast Boost Using Black and White Layer

  6. How to Make Highlight Ray Blowouts in Photoshop

  7. How to Add A Lens Flare in Photoshop Non-destructively

  8. Cross Processing Using Topaz Adjust 5 

  9. Make A Window

  10. Cyanotypes 

  11. Creative Camera Raw Episode 1: Cross Processing

  12. Creative Camera Raw Episode 2: Black and White

  13. Creative Camera Raw Episode 3: Faking Neutral Density

  14. Double Processing In Adobe Camera Raw 

  15. HDR Tone Map High Pass Layer

  16. PS CS5:Selective Focusing

  17. Selective Color Using Layer Masks

  18. Adding Borders in Photoshop CS 5

  19. Adding Texture To Photographs

  20. High Pass Texturing

  21. Old Photograph Effect

  22. Cross Processed Photoshop Effect

  23. Extreme Soft Light Effect

  24. Dreamscape Effect

  25. Graphic Novel Effect

  26. The Old Polaroid Effect

  27. Making of a Polaroid EverydayHDR Style!


Cool Photoshop Tricks

  1. Blend-If… Noise Reduction and Sharpening !NEW!

  2. Replacing a Sky in Photoshop 

  3. Auto Dodging and Burning in Photoshop 

  4. Correcting Wide Angle Distortion with the Warp Tool 

  5. Auto Align Layers in Photoshop 

  6. Photoshop For Video (Beginner)

  7. Photoshop For Video (Advanced)

  8. Fixing Extreme Wide Angle Distortion with the Warp Tool 

  9. Working with Text in Photoshop

  10. Masks and Clipping Masks Made Easy

  11. How to Make Classy Watermarks in Photoshop

  12. Making a Transparent Background in PS (PNG File)

  13. How to Fix Extreme Wide Angle Shots in Photoshop

  14. How To Straighten Images With Photoshop CS 6

  15. Dynamic Brushes In Photoshop

  16. Adjustments Window Presets

  17. Adding Images To Text

  18. High Pass Sharpening

  19. Painting With Adjustment Layers

  20. Panoramic Stitching In Photoshop

  21. Cool Tips, Crazy Tricks Volume One

  22. Actions In Photoshop, Automated Editing?

  23. Non-Destructive Editing

  24. Making Your Own Brushes

  25. Auto Aligning Layers

  26. Fixing Dust Blemishes With Photoshop CS 5

  27. The History Brush

  28. Batch Processing

  29. High Pass Sandwhiching

  30. Combination of: Saturation, Texturing, Vignetting


Software Tutorials

  1. Luminosity Masking in Perfect Effects 9.5  !NEW!

  2. Topaz Impression & Atmospheric Backgrounds !NEW!

  3. Topaz Impression – Small images to large works of Art !NEW!

  4. Planning a Photo Trip – Best Practices

  5. Topaz Glow, A Closer Look 

  6. Topaz Glow Review and Tutorial 

  7. Topaz Impression – First Look 

  8. Mixed Media Images in Topaz Impression 

  9. Topaz Clean Review/Tutorial

  10. Topaz ReMask 4: An Advanced Look

  11. Batch Processing in Photomatix Pro 5.0

  12. How To Fix Dust Spots on Photographs with Adobe Camera Raw (CC)

  13. Processing Multiple Raw Files in Adobe Camera Raw

  14. Zone System Editing and Topaz Plugins

  15. Topaz Detail 3 In Depth Tutorial

  16. Photomatix Pro Pink Screen of Death Fix

  17. Topaz ReStyle Tutorial

  18. Custom Presets in Topaz ReStyle

  19. The 4 Step Creative HDR Process (Using Topaz Products)

  20. Topaz Lens Effects Tutorial

  21. Topaz Clarity Tutorial

  22. Topaz Clarity: An Advanced Look

  23. Topaz Labs, Black and White Eefects 2 Walkthrough

  24. Topaz Detail 3 Tutorial

  25. photoFXlab Tutorial (by Topaz Labs)

  26. Photoshop CS 6 Beta: Iris Blur and Oil Paint

  27. Photoshop CS 6: Lens Distortion Correction & More

  28. Photomatix Tutorial: Good HDR and Fixing Clouds

  29. Topaz Adjust 5 Tutorial

  30.  Tiffen DFX Preview

  31. Pseudo HDR With Camera Raw and Topaz Adjust

  32. Oloneo PhotoEngine Tutorial

  33. Windows Movie Maker for Photographer’s

  34. Using the Gamma Slider In Photomatix

  35. Photomatix Tutorial: Selective De-Ghosting


Quick Tips

  1. 6 Tips to Display Your Photos Outside the Gallery

  2. 7 Tips for Awesome Lightning Photographs 

  3. A Vignette of a Different Color

  4. Auto Align Layers

  5. 5 HDR Tone Mapping Tips: Photomatix

  6. 5 Post Processing Tips For HDR: Photoshop CS 5

  7. Hiding Layers Quickly

  8. White Balance Make Over

  9. HDR Noise Reduction (Using Only Photoshop CS 5 Filters)

  10. Selective De-saturation



  1. D.I.Y Macro Extension Tube

  2. Protecting Your Camera in the Rain



  1. Very informative website about HDR. I downloaded the action for plus and minus stops of exposure for pusedo braketing on raw images, but I receved a message that it couldn’t work with photoshop elelments. Would you create an action for all of us photoshop elelments users? The last versions (9 and 10) have pretty good action players.

    • Unfortunately I know nothing about PS Elements. I will have to remedy that.

  2. Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for this site – I’m a happy Nikonovice, started with a D3000 3 years ago & now loving my D5100. I always wanted to get into HDR but NO-ONE out there explains not only the processing but the post-processing in such a straightforward, easy to pick up & replicate manner. This is no small achievement. I’m just waiting to buy a sigma 10-20 to really get going with my tests, but I’ll be back, and often!

    • No problem Nick. I know starting out in this HDR thing can be tough. I try to make it as easy as possible for anyone interested. I appreciate your positive feedback.

  3. Blake – I caught your webinar today for Topaz Labs, Improving Your Workflow Using Actions. Great presentation – should really help cut my repetative action times when processing similar images! I also checked out several of your tutorials on your website that relate to some of the common HDR processing nightmares shadows, hightlights, noise control, etc. Very helpful – thanks for taking the time to create and share these.

    Have you ever tackled the issue with odd results when using Photomatix Pro 4.1 on images with very saturated colors? I primarily do automotive photography where highly saturated colors are a major porting of the image. Many times images with lots of reds or yellow will end up with highly contrasting tones in an area that is all one color / tone in the original file. Its almost as if there is a heavy gray layer laid over portions of the colors. This typically occurs when I’m trying to push the tone mapping to pick up more detail contrast. The only fix in Photomatix that I’ve found is to soften up my tone mapping settings and smooth out the processing until the colors blend properly. I can send some before and after images to show what I’m struggling with if needed.

    • Awesome Mike, I am glad you could attend the Webinar. They put out some great programs, Topaz does.

      I can see your frustration, but what you are doing is really pushing the tone mapping limitations. IT can only do so much before the tones are overly compressed. I would suggest tone mapping the image twice. Once for the colors and once for the details. You can take them into Photoshop later and overlay them with masks. Keep the best of both worlds. I hope that helps.

      Take care, Mike!

  4. Blake,
    I request that you or an associate look into helping the “Elements” users in general, and help us do some of the steps you offer to in the editing space, since we don’t have the brush tools available in ACR and other major ideas you offer. Short-cut keys are always useful as well !

    Thanks !!

    • I can look into it. I have yet to use Elements, but lately there have been several requests. I will look into it.

  5. Hi Blake

    Sorry to be a dumbo, but how and where do I sign into your website?

    Having just joined I look forward to accessing the tutorials.



  6. I love your stuff… Just read about you today from Topazlabs email… But I have no interest in showing how I do my magic to my clients anymore than David Copperfield would want to show his…
    If I have to add you to my Facebook or others… I’m afraid I will have to pass… & well should any other pro…
    Do you see my point? I share with my pro friends… Generally out-of-towners…



    • :) Thanks! Sorry about that. This is a free website, all I ask is that it is shared in return for the countless hours of tutorials :)

      However, if you want the tutorials, you can always visit my youtube channel.

  7. Will you please re-post or let me know where I can find your Tutorial “Developing a Workflow with Topaz” seminar on April 29th?

    Thank you so much – you are amazing!

  8. Blake,

    First of all, I would say that I am probably somewhere beyond a intermediate user of Photoshop. (Not quite a expert.) I’ve been working with it for about 5 years while working at my primary job. I haven’t been able to work since May of this year due to some minor health problems, and that has opened the door for me to really get into Photoshop. Enough of my background!

    In your Topaz Video: An Advanced Look At Contrast, you talk about setting the Black & White Point with the Contrast Checker.

    My question to you is: what do you do when the Hightlights are blown out already by a bright sky? What would you do to eliminate those blown out areas? (In my instance, a fall picture that shows people walking a pathway, but what sky that is showing happens to be blown out.)

    I briefly went back into Camera Raw and took the Highlight sliders down in the Basic tab, and that helped quite a bit. Again, what would you do under a situation like this?

    Thank you sir for you expertise and willingness to help others with the skills you have acquired!!!

    Thank you,
    Julius Titak

    • Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. I would have to see the image to address what I would do. It is tricky to answer without seeing it. If it is so blown out that you cannot restore the highlights you would probably have to make an artistic decision to rescue the photo. Instead of look at it as a bad photo, you may be able to rescue it with a washed out gradient or something. Again, I would have to see it.

  9. Just to say to you thanks for all your information.

    Gerjan Bodmer

    • Thanks for that! I do appreciate it! Glad I could help.

  10. Just caught your Topaz presentation on Glow, and it glowed with good info. Thanks again for bringing some level of Clarity to an over-Adjusted world.

    • No problem! Thank you so much for attending!

  11. … most understandable best tutorials I discovered since learning Adobe digital restorations using CS6 after having used CS3, 4,and 5!

    … “tuts” are specific, direct and do not waste time or energy which eliminates unwanted humor having nothing to do with the tutorial!

    Thank you!
    And, thank you for sharing!

  12. Hi Blake

    Can I get your honest opinion on using Luminosity masking techniques as part of one’s workflow. Is it something you advocate or use in addition to your ‘Zone’ system processing?

    I ask this because at the moment, I’m unsure as to which way to take my education regarding processing my images.

    • Sure thing! I don’t use them together. I prefer the Zone Systems over Luminosity Masking. They are very different from Luminosity Masks.

      Well they are similar in nature, but different in application. They both do similar things in essence, however, the Zone Systems are a much better editing technique for me. They match how I think better than the seemingly random Luminosity Masks and they have a much better selection method built into them. Unlike traditional Luminosity Masks, I have spent Months perfecting the actual selection to ensure they are accurate, deliberate and condone an efficient workflow.

      The Color Zone System is entirely different as it is not luminance based it is Color based. I have experimented with LM’s in the past, but they just aren’t as effective as the Zone Systems as they do not target the areas I need. I press play, I modify the Zones and I am done.

      Ansel Adams developed the Zone System for a reason, it was a quantifiable way to measure light data in an image. Instead of reinventing the wheel with LM’s which do not select Zones, they select various pixel based selections. I know exactly how my images are being edited and what is being affected with the Zone Systems. I can’t be so sure with LM’s due to their spreading nature around the photo.


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