Coming up with cool Photoshop ideas to make your designs look more creative is now much easier thanks to YouTube, blogs, and online courses.
If you’re new to Photoshop, you don’t have to look far to find free tutorials. We’ve scoured the web to create a collection of easy Photoshop ideas for creating cool effects, filters, and tricks just for you.
These are free YouTube videos and tutorials that you follow to come up with fun ways to add a unique touch to your design projects. They are of course beginner friendly.
We also added a few cool Photoshop templates at the end of the list. If you don’t have the time to create cool effects by yourself, you can download these pre-made templates to apply them to your designs in an instant.
Use the quick links to jump to different sections and start exploring:
- Easy Photoshop Ideas for Beginners
- Cool & Creative Photoshop Ideas
- Photoshop Portrait Ideas
- Funny Photoshop Ideas
- Cool Photoshop Effects & Templates
Easy Photoshop Ideas for Beginners
Everyone has to start somewhere and with these beginner-friendly tutorials, you can start learning some cool Photoshop effects right away.
Easy Transparent Text Effect in Photoshop
This is one of the easiest Photoshop effects you can try. It shows you how to create a cool transparent text effect with an outline. It’s so easy that you can get it done within two minutes.
Simple Glow Effect Photoshop Tutorial
Once you learn how to create the glowing effect, you’ll be using it in many of your projects. It’s a commonly used effect in various graphic designs and even in photography. This tutorial is very easy to follow and it’s beginner-friendly. The effect does have other variations. Like this one.
Cool Underwater Effect in Photoshop
If you’re interested in poster designs and photo manipulation, this is a cool Photoshop tutorial you should start with. It shows you how to make a regular photo look like it’s shot underwater.
Brush Stroke Effect in Photoshop Beginner Tutorial
This is a creative Photoshop idea for designing unique graphics for photo albums, posters, and social media posts. The tutorial is about creating a cool photo effect using a brushstroke design. The instructor gives detailed instructions on how to do it.
Quick Duotone Lighting Effect in Photoshop
There are many different ways to create the popular duotone lighting effect. This tutorial will show you one of the easiest and fastest ways to create it. It does not involve using advanced tools or methods so even a complete beginner can follow this tutorial.
Cool & Creative Photoshop Ideas
Getting creative with your design projects is much easier when you have cool Photoshop ideas to work with. Try some of these ideas in your next project.
How to Make 3D Text in Photoshop
Giving a cool 3D look to your titles and text is much easier than you think. This YouTube tutorial will show you how it’s done. It’s a very comprehensive guide with step-by-step instructions.
Create A Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop
The double exposure effect is one of the coolest things you can do with Photoshop. It’s also a great approach to creating posters, album covers, and even custom T-shirts. You can follow this tutorial to learn how it works.
Sand Dispersion Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial
If you ever wanted to create the sand dispersion effect, now known as the Thanos’ snap effect, in Photoshop, this tutorial is for you. It will guide you through the step-by-step process of easily creating the dispersion effect in Photoshop.
Dripping Paint Effect Photoshop Tutorial
This is a very cool effect you can use to create cool graphic designs and photo manipulations. It teaches you how to add a paint-dripping look to your images and photos. The tutorial includes simple and beginner-friendly instructions.
Photoshop Portrait Ideas
These are some cool and unique Photoshop ideas you can use for portrait photography and design projects.
Text Portrait Effect in Photoshop
This effect is great for creating cool portrait designs for posters and banners. The tutorial shows you how to combine the portrait image with text to create a cool graphic design.
Multiple Exposure Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial
You’ve heard of the double-exposure effect but how about creating a multiple-exposure effect? Watch this tutorial to learn how. It allows you to create a unique portrait design using a composite of multiple images.
3D Luminosity Effect on Portraits with Photoshop
This tutorial shows you how to add a 3D luminosity effect to make your portraits look amazing by adding depth and more light. It’s an advanced tutorial but the instructor gives very clear details to show you how it works.
Glow in the Dark Portrait Effect Photoshop Tutorial
You can follow this tutorial to learn a cool glow-in-the-dark effect that adds a bold look to portrait photos. This effect is easy to learn and it will work perfectly for various types of graphic design projects.
Funny Photoshop Ideas
We all love to have fun with Photoshop effects. These funny Photoshop ideas will definitely make your learning process much more enjoyable.
How to Easily Swap Faces in Photoshop
This is probably one of the first ideas that will come to mind when you start using Photoshop. And it’s also one of the most common requests you’ll get from your friends. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily swap the faces of an image using Photoshop. For a more advanced tutorial, you can follow this guide.
Sliced Face Photoshop Effect Tutorial
A funny, and maybe slightly disturbing, effect for you to try in Photoshop. This effect lets you cut a portrait photo into slices to create a very cool design with faces. It’s great for posters and flyers, especially to instantly grab the attention of the audience.
Turn Photo to Cartoon Effect (Cartoonize Yourself)
Our cool Photoshop ideas collection wouldn’t be complete without a Photoshop cartoon effect tutorial. This is a simple guide you can follow to learn how to cartoonize your photos. It basically creates a funny cartoon version of portrait photos.
Caricature Cartoon Effect in Photoshop Tutorial
If you want to give a funny and comedic look to your photos and portraits, try this Photoshop effect. It shows you how to create a caricature-style cartoon effect in Photoshop. Be warned the results of this effect may make you laugh out loud.
Cool Photoshop Effects & Templates
If you’re looking for a simpler way to create cool Photoshop effects, be sure to download and try these pre-made Photoshop templates and actions.
Double Exposure Effect Photoshop Action
We included a tutorial on how to create the double-exposure effect. It does take some work to create that effect. But you can also use this Photoshop action to create that same effect without effort.
Anaglyph – Glitch Photo Effect PSD
This is a very cool effect you can try on portraits and graphics. It allows you to easily add a glitching filter to your photos. It comes as an easily editable PSD file.
Engraved Torn Paper Photo Effect PSD
This Photoshop template features a creative paper-torn effect that lets you transform your photos into an art piece. This template has smart objects, which you can edit to place your photo in just a few clicks.
Digital Sketch Effect Photoshop Action
This Photoshop action will completely transform your photos with a cool sketch effect. It will make your portraits and photos look like a digital drawing. The action comes with a video tutorial that shows you how to apply the effect as well.
Sandstorm – Dispersion Effect Photoshop Action
You can easily create the sand dispersion effect using your portrait photos with this Photoshop action. It’s much easier to apply and it’s simpler than following the tutorial we’ve included earlier.
3D Retro Text Effects for Photoshop
You can use this collection of Photoshop templates to create cool 3D text effects. It includes 10 different retro-style text effects that you can easily edit and customize. They are perfect for cool title designs.
Broken Glass Effect Generator PSD
The broken glass effect looks great when used on posters, CD covers, and various other designs. This template will help you apply a realistic-looking broken glass effect to your own projects without effort.
Cartoon Character Photo Effect PSD
This funny photo effect will definitely make your portraits and characters look even more adorable. It comes as an editable PSD template with smart objects. You can customize the template in just a few clicks.
Watercolor Photo Effect for Photoshop
This cool Photoshop template instantly turns your photos into watercolor paintings. It has a cool effect that gives an oil painting look to your photos.
Vintage Photo Effect PSD Template
Another simple photo effect to easily apply a vintage filter to your photos. This PSD template includes smart objects and a classic vintage effect with dust and scratches.
For more cool Photoshop effects, you can check out our best Photoshop actions & effects collection.