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5 Photoshop Effects for Mind-Blowing Web Graphics

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Utilizing the right images on your website can make a huge impact. Images can get your message across in a way that words alone cannot. It’s one of the most surefire methods to stand out from the crowd.

To get the most out of your images, you’ll want to use a professional-grade tool like Adobe Photoshop. Creating graphics for the web in Photoshop might sound like a daunting task. But it’s actually much easier than you think.

You don’t have to spend hours crafting your own special effects however. By using a Photoshop Layer Style template, all of the heavy lifting is done for you. To get started, just open up the template and add your own text and images into the provided layer(s). The result is a stunning and detailed graphic that looks fully professional.

Today, we’ll show you five such Layer Style templates. Use them to turn your ordinary images into something unforgettable. Better still is that each one is readily available with your subscription to Envato Elements. It’s home to 100+ Layer Style templates, in addition to hundreds of thousands of high-quality design assets.

Duotone Effects

The great advantage of using duotone images is that they add a splash of color without overwhelming the rest of your content. Therefore, they make an effective background or hero image. Text can be layered on top and remain legible.

The Duotone Effects template enables you to add this classic style to your images. With 35 included variations, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. There’s also a helpful tutorial to help you get started.

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Duotone Effects

80’s Style Text Mockups V1

The retro look is quite popular these days and has never been more appealing. Styles from the 1980s in particular bring bright colors and a high-tech feel. The excess of the decade really shines through with the heavy use of neon and metallic textures. This look works especially well on logos and promotional images.

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80’s Style Text Mockups V1: Game Nation

You can pay homage to the days of skinny ties and leg warmers with 80’s Style Text Mockups V1. It comes packed with 18 files featuring Photoshop 3D Smart Objects. Plus, the totally rad fonts used in each mockup are included.

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80’s Style Text Mockups V1: Designercow Entertainment

Letterpress Print Kit

For a more rough and edgy feel, give letterpress a try. The grainy textures are reminiscent of a vintage poster straight off the printing press. It’s the perfect complement to a grunge or industrial look.

Use Letterpress Print Kit to give your images and text a worn and weathered motif. The package contains files for the main cover image, an assortment of textures and more. Colors can be changed easily via a Photoshop Adjustment layer.

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Letterpress Print Kit 

I 💗 Doodles — Hand Drawn Photoshop Styles 

Hand drawn design elements can add a uniquely authentic feel to your website. They make a connection with users on a more personal, informal level. In that way, they are a natural fit for a blog or community-driven site.

I 💗 Doodles instantly adds this bespoke style to your artwork. Place your text and images inside the provided Smart Object layer and (optionally) make any adjustments. In turn, you’ll have a graphic that looks as though you spent hours carefully crafting it.

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I 💗 Doodles

Postcard Shop for Adobe Photoshop

The beauty of a painted image radiates serenity and sophistication. It’s perfect for websites looking to appeal to upscale clientele. Businesses such as spas, resorts or cultural destinations can use these images to great effect.

With Postcard Shop, any photograph can be turned into a painting. There are 17 painted image and 12 type effects included, providing for plenty of possibilities. You’ll also find 12 premade graphic styles and a usage guide.

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Postcard Shop

Special Effects Made Easy

Everyone wants to add a touch of uniqueness to their website. One simple way to achieve this is by using images that go well beyond generic and run-of-the-mill.

The great thing is, you don’t have to be a Photoshop expert to create top-notch graphics. With the help of a Layer Style template, you can add incredibly-detailed images to your website in mere minutes.

Doing so can make your site all the more compelling and memorable.

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