How to Make a Professional Ad – 15 Awesome Tutorials

How to Make a Professional Ad - 15 Awesome Tutorials

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


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.


  1. / Reply

    thanks those are great tutorials

    1. / Reply

      Hey and thanks! Good to hear that you enjoyed the collection :)

    2. / Reply

      Yeh very nice collection of tutorials


    • lostx,
    • June 5, 2010
    / Reply

    the last one has a misspelling on the bottle. On purpose perhaps? “oange soda”

    1. / Reply

      Hi! Yeah it´s on purpose. I believe it´s a fake brand created by the author for the purpose of this tutorial. Its referred to as “Oange” throughout the whole tutorial, also in the files and such :)
      Hope you enjoyed the collection!

  2. / Reply

    this is a great collection of “how to” tutorials but they’re a dime a dozen. why is it we never see “why” tutorials, ones that focus on theory rather than PS or AI tools? id much rather read about why a designer made the color, typography, composition, etc. choices than something about layer styles

  3. / Reply

    I am looking for some highly professional advertisements. You get what I am saying?. The retoucher stuff! manipulation!

  4. / Reply

    Thanks for including so many tutorials from PSDFAN! Nice roundup, I hadn’t seen all of these before.

  5. / Reply

    Worth reading the tuts. Thanks

  6. / Reply

    nice find thanks for bundling it all

  7. / Reply

    Great tutorial collection :-)

  8. / Reply

    Would love to know the marketing angles for these ads..would help a lot in understanding the design.

    • Beau,
    • June 9, 2010
    / Reply

    Sweet list man! I’m liking the alcohol product ad!

  9. / Reply

    Excellent set of tutorials. Thanks a lot for posting the information.

  10. / Reply

    Great ideas, I was just looking for some inspiration for my center fold magazine ad. Look forward for more posts from you. Thanks

    • Steve,
    • August 6, 2010
    / Reply

    These are all pretty horrible, I mean, come on.. The LG ad? And the stylish fashion ad?
    The only one I see working is the vibrant alcohol ad and those ads from abduzeedo.

    • Nik,
    • February 11, 2011
    / Reply

    Thanks great ! the best of the best, awesome tutorials, its vety cool and good work.

  11. / Reply

    Ive got a new advert poster to do for a local company so definetly going to use some of the inspiration above. I like the sneaker tutorial thats going to learn me a few things!

  12. / Reply

    Well, more than a few typos in the supposedly professional content.

  13. / Reply

    I needed some ideas for creating a really cool glass ad and your round up really helped to get things going. Good job well done!

    • A K Dhar7,
    • September 11, 2011
    / Reply

    thanks these are great tutorials

    • Marissa Riano,
    • October 19, 2011
    / Reply

    Do you have any ideas or tips for ads on Architectural Millwork/Home Remodeling?

  14. / Reply

    Nice … Creative … TQ

    • good,
    • August 5, 2013
    / Reply

    i like it!

    • sanjana,
    • August 11, 2013
    / Reply


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