How to Make a Professional Ad – 15 Awesome Tutorials

by in Toolkits on 4th Jun 2010 · Comments

In this article, I've collected some of the best tutorials on how to make a professional looking ad. If you work as a web designer or graphic designer, it's quite likely this will be a task you get to at some point. Obviously you can’t steal any of these ads, but I am hoping they can inspire you and teach you a few handy tips and tricks. And even if you're not a designer but just someone who’s really interested in learning Photoshop and Illustrator, this can be for you as well!

How to Make a Professional Ad


I've tried to gather a collection of different looks and techniques that can inspire you to develop your own ideas.

15 Awesome Tutorials

Here are the 15 tutorials. Click the images to go to the tutorial, and remember to leave the authors a comment to tell them what you think! Also remember that there are many websites where you can download free stock photos to try out these different techniques if you don't have any pictures that fit the task.

Fragmented Golden Phone
In this tutorial you will learn to take an ordinary cellphone picture and give it a nice typographic effect on top.

Fragmented Golden Phone

Make a vintage Magazine Ad in Photoshop
Learn how to make an eye-catching combination of a vintage and pinup ad in this retro tutorial.

Magazine Ad In Photoshop

Design a Sleek Nature Themed Phone Advert
Combine multiple photo elements and light effects to create an impressive phone advertisement.

Nature Themed Phone Advert

Stylish Fashion Advert
In this Photoshop tutorial, you learn how to design a very simple yet stylish fashion themed advert.

Stylish Fashion Advert

Create Ice-Cold Image Effects
Take a bottle, place it in a fake cold environment, add frozen text and effects along with a chilly background. Interesting outcome in 15 well explained steps.

Create Ice Cold Image Effects

Create a Vibrant Colorful Alcohol Product Ad in Photoshop
Making a colorful, vibrant and realistic ad when dealing with something liquid, isn't always easy. In this tutorial you will learn how to do just that, leaving you with a professional end result.

Colorful Alcohol Product Ad

Design a Professional Laptop Advert
Create your own vanishing points, and use these techniques to create a ’screen explosion’ effect for this cool looking laptop ad. Try it using a tv, cellphone, window, painting – the possibilities are many!

Professional Laptop Advert

Sleek Phone Advertisement Flyer
This tutorial teaches us how to make a very interesting and sleek phone advertising wallpaper. A very good tutorial with room for different personal adjustments. Add your own text and design elements to the finished look.

Sleek Phone Flyer

Create an Amazing Ad in Photoshop
Use some images and play with blend modes and color adjustments to create a really cool Nike Ad. This can be used with almost any logo or shape and gives a very interesting effect.

Amazing Ad In Photoshop

Design an Awesome Product Ad
Using a variety of easy yet powerful effects, we will here learn how to make an ad for a cellphone. This tutorial includes tips and elements that can prove useful for many different ads and designs.

Awesome Product Ad

Design a Stunning Sneaker Advert
Design a stunning sneaker advert, using a variety of lighting effects, a flame and some clouds.

Stunning Sneaker Advert

Designing a Portable Gaming Device Poster
The making of an interesting, creative advertisement poster. Great for advertising your newest product, or just getting some design practice.

Gaming Device Poster

Create a Vibrant Drinks Ad
Design a drinks advert that involves some photo manipulation and shows you how to blend layers to achieve great results!

Vibrant Drinks Ad

Professional Advertisement Poster
Make a professional advertisement poster based on color contrasts and get a stunning result.

Advertisement Poster


Design A Print-Ready Promotional Ad Using Photoshop and Illustrator

In this final tutorial, you get a lot of useful info. This article takes it all a step further for those who are dead serious about advertising.

Promotional Ad

Conclusion

I hope you've enjoyed these 15 tutorials and gained some skills and inspiration. Remember that the keys to getting better at this is to practice and learn from what you see. Trying to recreate ads you see around you can be a good way to start out.

Do you have any tutorials you think should have been included? or want to show us ads you've made? Please leave a comment as we would love to hear your feedback! Remember to also share the article with your friends.

Hilde is a Norwegian girl with a great passion for everything related to design, freelancing, PhotoShop, photography, Illustrator and more. Running her own website and work with mainly Graphic Design and Business Consulting besides article writing.