Photoshop Madness for the Holidays

by Fred Showker

Photoshop Madness, Fred Showker surfs the web in search of good Photoshop stuff

PHOTOSHOP MADNESS is a state of mind where you cannot control your urge to surf the web in search of outstanding Photoshop work... and all of a sudden it's dinner time! So we go surfing today to find some goodies, and we've indeed found quite a few.

Be careful what you click -- beware of malware and phishing sites We remind you, however, especially Windows users -- be careful what you click. There are malware, phishing stalker and predator links abundant in many of the replicated sites these days. Whatch those little popups in the text. Just stay on the tutorial / content paths and you'll be okay.
First, we'll introduce Andrea Austoni...


5 Useful Photoshop Effects by Andrea Austoni Photoshop Fave
We're now following Andrea Austoni a new Photoshop FAVE at Photoshop 911. Andrea Austoni is from Milano, Italy and you can visit here. Andrea's site is nicely done with a minimum of spam and no stalker links. You're safe here!
5 useful photoshop effects Photoshop Tutorial : 5 useful photoshop effects


card, christmas, design Abstract Christmas Wallpaper with snowflake, wallpaper

Holiday Spirit: Christmas Wallpaper

This abstract wallpaper in red with some gifts and stars was created by ART-D -- unfortunately, didn't supply any credits for Art, and we could not find out who ART-D actually is, to give credit. So unless the author comes forward, we'll have to go with that. (One of the problems about these tutorial replicator sites (Besides a rude lack of credit for the authors) is they pick-up tutorials all over the web and "replicate" them in their own sites, as if they were their own. So you might have to drill down four or five layers to get to the actual author's site.
      Anyway, this is a pretty good tutorial -- with a lot of idea starters for other works
Photoshop Tutorial for Abstract Christmas Wallpaper Photoshop Tutorial for Abstract Christmas Wallpaper


Photoshop Tutorial: Christmas balls with reflection

Holiday Spirit: Holiday ornaments with reflections.

This is a welcome tutorial because it covers mapping images to the shiny surface of the ornaments -- a question we've had many times in the Photoshop 911 emergency room. This one is by a contributor called "Jeka" with no other information other than location Chisinau, Moldova. No links or web sites listed by Careful, this site puts ad links and spam in the middle of content.
Photoshop Tutorial for Abstract Christmas Wallpaper Photoshop Tutorial:Holiday ornaments with reflections


Andrew Houle uses Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to make snowflakes and put them into a realistic 3-D scene

A Very Snowy Tutorial

Andrew Houle uses Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop This wonderful piece was written by Andrew Houle. We like this one because of the sheer depth in the presentation of snowflakes. WOW ... great stuff! See other works by Andrew at: This Photoshop Tutorial also uses Illustrator to create this winter background. The focus is how to first create custom patterns in Illustrator and custom brushes from these patterns in Photoshop -- then put them together into a convincingly realistic scene. These techniques are all very useful.
Photoshop Tutorial for Abstract Christmas Wallpaper A Very Snowy Tutorial


Jungle King Photoshop Tutorial by Tony Mathew

Creating the Jungle King

This is a pretty cool photoshop tutorial by Tony Mathew. He shows you how to mash up a series of photos in a highly creative poster based on a famous painting from the 1800's. Tony is a Medical Student living in England. He enjoys design and photography in his spare time. Find more of Tony's art at
The tutorial is actually at, and once you get past all the screen spam, it scrolls well. Beware, there are tons of stalker links and screen spam here. Windows users, we think you'll be fairly safe if you just don't click on anything not directly related to the tutorial itself. The author does include work files.
Jungle King Photoshop Tutorial by Tony Mathew Jungle King Photoshop Tutorial by Tony Mathew


How to Create 3D Text Blocks in Photoshop

How to Create 3D Text Blocks in Photoshop Eren Goksel, a lecturer at Anadolu University, uses Photoshop, Max, and CorelDraw to create these spectacular images. He also likes to write tutorials -- having dozens online. Most seem to be at, which is spam laden, but not too bad of a security risk.
Eren writes:

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a 3D Blocks text effect. You need to have Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended to practice this tutorial. This will be fun and I'm sure you can do lots of cool things using this technique.

Jungle King Photoshop Tutorial by Tony Mathew How to Create 3D Text Blocks in Photoshop

Searching for good Photoshop images and tutorials amongst all the total madness out on the web Don't let Photoshop Madness get you down!

There are always lots of spectacular Photoshop images and visuals out there! Share them! We'll be back shortly with the DECEMBER Photoshop Madness ... and please -- BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU SURF ... but when you do find a great Photoshop practitioner, or a good Photoshop tutorial, please share it with us! If you create Photoshop Tutorials yourself, please post your info here so you can be considered for a Photoshop Fave! Of course, some of our favorite editions of Photoshop Madness can be found in the legacy Photoshop Tips & Tricks web site!

Thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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On May 10th, Abhishek said:

very useful web page -- but seriously, Fred -- you need to publish these with a little more regularity. I'd like to see one a week! I love your ability to find the neatest stuff in the Photoshop works ... filters, plug-ins, brushes, layer techniques, actions, and free inspiration and art. Keep up the great work!

On June 10th, MC said:

very useful to me....
thank you...
i luv tutorial on 3d text block

On November 18th, age said:

Great Article!

On June 11th, Jetsin said:

Good to see a talnet at work. I can't match that.

On November 7th, Lovehese said:

Check out this Photoshop Madness edition ... wow -- you should post this again!