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100+ Best Portrait Tutorials (Illustration, Photo Manipulation, & More)

We've prepared a list of 100+ best free portrait tutorials from our instructors. Learn Photoshop actions, drawing, photography, and other portrait secrets from the pros! 

20 Awesome Portrait Illustration Tutorials

The human face is the basis of any drawing course. With these very detailed illustration tutorials, you will learn how to create fabulous and professional stylized and traditional portrait illustrations.

20 Best Tutorials on Photoshop Actions for Portraits

Want to learn how to add interesting effects to your photos? These tutorials on Photoshop actions for portraits will show you how to do it quickly and easily!

20 Creative Portrait Photo Manipulation Tutorials

Adobe Photoshop is a great tool for creating fantasy or stylized portraits using photo manipulations. Here are 20 tutorials to boost your creativity! You can also learn a lot by taking our free course on photo manipulation in Photoshop.

10 Best Portrait Drawing Tutorials

Drawing facial features is not an easy task. But our instructors are happy to show you how to do it right. These portrait drawing tutorials contain very detailed descriptions of how to draw traditional, realistic, and stylized cartoon portraits.

10 Professional Portrait Photography Tutorials

Portrait photography is one of the most popular genres. Our portrait photography tutorials will tell you how to set up lights, how to get along with your models, and other professional photographers' secrets!

20 Amazing Portrait Video Tutorials

If you're a visual person and prefer to watch tutorials in action, here are some free portrait tutorials from our YouTube channel. Video tutorials are a great way to learn easily and quickly. 

1. How to Create a Neon Rainbow Portrait in Photoshop

In this Photoshop portrait photo manipulation tutorial, you will learn how to turn your regular photo portrait into a punk pop-art one. This attention-grabbing style is perfect for social media posts and avatars!

2. How to Make a Terrifying Zombie Portrait in Photoshop (With an Action)

Shock up your selfies for Halloween with a zombie makeover, using a Photoshop action. These spooky Photoshop actions for portraits will turn your regular selfies into terrifying monster photos!

3. How to Make a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop

You’ve probably seen this interesting effect of two or more overlapping photos on the covers of music albums, in modern magazines, and in advertisements. In this video, we’ll create a trendy double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop, with the help of Blending Modes and Clipping Masks. 

This Photoshop effect turns a regular photo into a trendy, stylized portrait illustration.

4. How to Create a Honey Bee Themed Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Learn how to turn your portrait photo into a surreal fantasy composition. In this video tutorial, we'll show you some stunning photo-editing techniques you can use in your own projects.

5. The Magic Hour: How to Film at Sunrise and Sunset

A key trick of professional photographers is the magic hour. In this particular lesson, you'll learn more about this golden hour. This knowledge definitely will improve your photos!

6. How to Create an Abstract Diamond Lens Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Learn how to create a trippy diamond lens effect in Adobe Photoshop by combining several lens flare techniques. This technique will add surreal effects to regular photo portraits!

7. How to Create a Bokeh Photoshop Action

Popular and easy, the bokeh effect adds a soft, natural look to every photo. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to apply it to any photo!

8. What Every Photographer Should Know About Lenses: Focal Length and Field-of-View

It is impossible to take stunning photo portraits without technical knowledge. Our photography instructor David Bode will introduce some basic information about lenses. Must watch!

9. How to Turn a Photo Into Art (by Creating a Painting Photoshop Action)

This is a very easy but still spectacular photography effect, simulating a real painting. In this very fast video tutorial, you'll learn how to do it in the most effective way.

10. How to Create Halloween-Inspired Skull Makeup in Adobe Photoshop

Another spooky tutorial! Add easy skull makeup to your photo portraits using Adjustment Layers and the Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop. Definitely, you will improve your use of these instruments after this lesson!

11. How to Create a Cool Animated Photo GIF for Instagram in Adobe Photoshop

Another way of using your selfies and portraits: create an animated GIF and post it to Instagram! Animated pictures grab much more attention than static ones. This tutorial shows how to do it in just a couple of minutes!

12. How to Create a Rolling Stone-Inspired Magazine Cover

Here's a funny photo manipulation: make your own magazine cover with your portrait! You can use your friends or family portrait to make a nice gift from it.

13. Digital Portrait Painting in Adobe Photoshop: Introduction

This is the first free lesson from a course on digital portrait painting in Photoshop. Also, you can watch for free the lesson about the workplace setup. In this course, you will learn how to conquer common struggles by utilizing simple techniques for improving your overall workflow with Adobe Photoshop's versatile tools.

14. How to Create a Rainbow Lens Flare Overlay Effect in Photoshop

Another easy but still spectacular Photoshop effect is a Lens Flare. We'll create a rainbow lens flare Photoshop overlay for a photo using standard Photoshop brushes and adjustment layers.

15. How to Create a Colour Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop Using an Action

Learn how to create a really stunning and impressive effect in just a few minutes! Adding a double exposure to your portrait photos will definitely make them more attention-grabbing and spectacular. Let's learn how!

16. How to Decorate Photos with Drawings in Adobe Photoshop

Here's a fast and easy way to add an Instagram look to your selfie portraits. In this quick tip video, you will learn how popular bloggers add hand-drawing elements to their photos, and you will draw some nice elements on your own photos too!

17. Create a Beyoncé-Inspired Collage in Adobe Photoshop

Turn your portrait into a fashion magazine illustration! This stylized photo portrait illustration will fit perfectly with a stylish Instagram feed.

18. Create a Living Galaxy Photo Manipulation Effect in Photoshop

Galaxy and space are an eternal trend. Learn how to turn your photo portrait into a living galaxy fantasy character in this very detailed video tutorial.

19. How to Create a Stunning High Key Portrait Photo in Photoshop

Want to know how to add a dramatic effect to your portrait photos? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add more texture and character to your portrait photos using Adobe Photoshop. The result is a wonderful high key portrait with loads of charm!

20. Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Text Portrait

Here's an unusual approach to portraits: a text portrait! In this very quick and easy tutorial, you can learn how to create a text skull portrait in just a minute! 

10 Premium Photo Effects for Portraits From Envato Market

With these 100 tutorials, you can greatly improve your portrait photo and portrait drawing skills. But if you want to save your time and still get a perfect portrait, check our stunning Photoshop Actions from Envato Elements. It is a really fast and easy way to convert any photo into a professional-looking one.

Mixed Media Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, PAT, PSD)

This Photoshop action will turn your photo into a hand-drawn watercolor drawing. Fast and easy, it even has a video tutorial to make the process clearer for you.

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Monochromatic Lightroom Presets (LRTEMPLATE)

Lightroom is a perfect tool for professional photographers, helping them to add stunning effects to their photos. With this set of monochromatic presets, you can create awesome and expensive-looking portraits in just a few clicks!

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Hologram Photoshop Action(ATN, PAT, PDF)

Another trendy effect is a hologram light effect. Like a cyberpunk futuristic image, photos created with this effect will definitely grab your viewer's attention!

Duotone Photoshop Action(ATN)

25 duotone effects in one set. Generate it with one click! Portraits with this effect will fit perfectly with trendy social media and magazines.

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WapiWapi Lightroom Mobile Preset (LRTEMPLATE)

This rich and moody Lightroom mobile preset adds a beautiful warm tone to your natural light images. It is perfect for family and travel portraits. And it's made especially for the mobile version! Editing photos is really fast and easy with this mobile preset.

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Summer Vibes Lightroom Presets (lrtemplate, xmp, dng)

Turn your summer photos into professional ones like in a travel magazine! This preset works with both the mobile and desktop Lightroom versions and makes photo editing as easy as ever!

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Sparkle Photoshop Action (ATN)

Add some magic to your portrait in just two clicks! Also, this action contains a video tutorial so you can do it really easily.

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Beach Vibes Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Do you miss summer? This Photoshop action set will remind you of golden beaches and warm breezes. The set contains 25 different actions so you can find the perfect one.

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Instagram Blogger Lightroom Presets Pack (ATN, LRTEMPLATE)

Wonder how popular bloggers make their stunning photos? This pack will help you to create your own creative profile and add fabulous, professional-looking photos to it! This set contains both mobile and desktop Lightroom presets.

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Cinematic Photoshop Actions (ATN)

Simulate the look of cinematic effects used in movies and TV series. The set contains simulations of visual effects from films like Alice in Wonderland, Amélie, Life of Pi, and others. Turn your portrait into your favorite movie's frame!

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Want to learn more about drawing, photo manipulation, photography, etc.? Check out our other tutorial compilations! I'm absolutely sure that you will find the perfect tutorial for improving your skills.

Want to see more photo effects? Browse the incredible collection of Photoshop actions and cool Photoshop effects designed to transform your photos through GraphicRiver and Envato Elements.

And for even more design help, enlist the help of the wonderful folks at Envato Studio to fulfill your photo effect needs!

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