With the skill of Photoshop effects, you can now make kids into superheroes, glowing dancers, body builders, robots, having them star in their own comic book, or whatever else you/they can think of. Imagine the look on their face when you surprise them with a poster of an image they usually can only see in their imagination. Photoshop is a powerful tool and if you have access to it, use it! Yes, some of these tutorials may not include all kids, but the ideas are great to use for your own images.

27 Awesome Photoshop Effects Ideas You Can Use for Kids:

3D Pop up Effect in Photoshop

A truly great way to capture a moment while make it pop with a 3D effect as well, this tutorial comes from photoshopessentials.com.

3D Pop Up Effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

Angelina Jolie as a Na’vi from Avatar Movie

I know kids love Avatar! Grab a close up portrait of your child and follow this tutorial from webdesign.org to create a neat Avatar Photoshop Effect.

Avatar Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Lighting Photoshop Effects

A great tutorial from creativefan.com to easily feed your child’s imagination by simply adding some brilliant lighting effects.

Achieve Brilliant Lighting Effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Book Photoshop Effect

A fun tutorial from photoshoptutorials.ws that will help you create a cool comic book Photoshop effect you can easily place a child in who would love to star in their own comic book to show off to all their friends.

Comic Book Kids Photoshop Effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating Energy Spheres in Photoshop

A neat way to give your child some extra powers in a photograph by creating energy spheres with a Photoshop effect, tutorial from developertutorials.com.

Creating Spheres in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dramatic Lighting to Create Stylish Portraits

A sweet tutorial from digitalcameraworld.com that will walk you through how to turn your regular baby portrait into a stylish advertisement looking portrait by dramatic lighting Photoshop effects.

Dramatic Lighting Stylish Portait Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing Effect on the Photo

A great Photoshop effect from photoshostar.com that will walk you through how to create a hand drawn effect from a portrait.

Drawing Effect on the Photo

 

 

 

 

 

Flaming Photo Manipulation

So you may have a child who might be a little bit of a pyro, no I am not encouraging it, but by adding fiery flame Photoshop effects, you could create a really cool photo to impress a kid. This tutorial comes from design.tutsplus.com and will walk you through step by step.

Flaming Photo Manipulation Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Liquid Effect

How cool would it be to turn your child into a frozen superhero that maybe has the power to turn invisible when they want? This tutorial from creativebloq.com will walk you through how to create these neat effect.

Frozen Liquid Kids Photoshop Effects

 

 

 

 

 

Futuristic Athlete Graphic

If you have a child that’s into sports this tutorial from psd.fanextra.com could be just the one you are looking for. Create an effect that almost looks like you can see through their skin to see their veins.

Futuristic Athlete Graphic Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geometric Space Poster

A cool tutorial from adobetutorialz.com that incorporates geometry and space to create an awesome poster you child may really like.

Geometric Space Poster Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halftone and Dots and Linear Light Photoshop Tutorial

A short and easy Photoshop effects tutorial from theshockzone.com on using halftone and dots and linear light.

Halftone Dots Linear Light Photoshop Effects

 

 

 

 

Lomo Effect in 3 Simple Steps

A quick and easy tutorial from wegraphics.net that will show you how to create a lomo effect for your image.

Lomo Effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Effects

A really cool tutorial from digitalartsonline.co.uk that will walk you through on how to create a neat neon Photoshop effect to almost give it a powerful fantasy look.

Neon Kid Photoshop Effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Destructive Lens Flare Effect in Photoshop

A great way to easily enhance any photograph to make your children shine bright. This tutorial from photoshopessentials.com will show you just how to create that effect.

Non-Destructive Lens Flare Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo to Pencil Sketch

A creative tutorial from graphic-design.com that shows you how to create a stunning piece of art that looks like you’ve drawn it with your hand from pencil.

Photo to Pencil Sketch Photoshop Effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Art Photoshop Effects

A cool Photoshop tutorial on photoshoptutorials.ws that will teach you how to transform an image into a retro pop art icon.

Pop Art Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radial Zoom Enhanced Eyes Photoshop Effect

A great tutorial form photoshopessentials.com on how to create an amazing eye Photoshop effect you can use on any portrait for your children.

Radial Zoom Enhanced Eyes Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retro Comic Book Photoshop Effect

A fun tutorial from photoshoproadmap.com on how to create a comic book look for any of your images by using different design elements in Photoshop.

Retro Comic Book PhotoShop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkle Trail Photoshop Effect

A beautiful way to add some pixie dust to a photo of your little fairy princess, tutorial from photoshopessentials.com.

Add a Sparkle Trail Photoshop Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stylize Model Shoot Using Colorful Shapes in Photoshop

I thought this tutorial from adobetutorialz.com was cool for a children’s poster because of all the colors, plus you can get creative and add text to it.

Stylize Model Shoot Using Colorful Shapes in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telling Stories with Shadows

A fun tutorial from photoshopessentials.com by Steve Patterson to walk you through how to make a person appear like a super hero or body builder in their shadow manipulation.

Telling Stories With Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland Photoshop Effect Tutorial

Transform your child into the Mad Hatter if they like Alice in Wonderland with this cool tutorial from psd-dude.com.

Mad Hatter Photoshop Effects Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRON-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

A super cool tutorial from designinstruct.com on how to make an effect you would see straight out of the movie TRON.

TRON-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn a Photo into Vector Art

If you know how to use the pen tool well in Photoshop, you will have an easier time with this tutorial on melissaevans.com. A great tutorial that will show you how to create a vector graphic from an image.

Vector Art Image

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Photosho Effect

A great tutorial on kailoon.com to help you make an image appear softer, with a beautiful watercolor effect.

Watercolor Effect

 

 

 

Wet Place Photo Effect in Photoshop

Get a close up picture of something they enjoy doing. This tutorial from design.tutsplus.com shows you how to do it with ballerina feet, but you can create that look of wet place for other images such as baby feet, holding hands with your child, Eskimo kiss picture, the possibilities are endless.

Wet Place Photo Effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making special Photoshop effects for your child’s photographs will truly make them pop, plus it will help you build a portfolio for yourself if you are experienced in Photoshop, and can take photos. Now go make someone  awesome!

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