How to Create a Glitch Effect in Photoshop


Digital distortion. VHS vibes. One of the most powerful and popular special effects, join us as we show you how to create your own glitch effects in Photoshop!

Learn how to add pixelation, distorted lines, 3D fades, digital noise, and even create dynamic glitch animations! And to make it even easier, we include exclusive Actions, Brushes, and textures that you can use to make your own extraordinary glitch effects from scratch.


  • 8 Sample Images
  • 15 Photoshop Brushes
  • 1 Photoshop Action
  • 7 Custom Textures


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 | Introduction
  • 01 - What You'll Learn
  • 02 - Installing Actions
  • 03 - Installing Brushes
  • 04 - How to Use Textures
Chapter 2 | Glitch Effects
  • 01 - Polaroid
  • 02 - Ski Jump
  • 03 - Tower
  • 04 - Double Exposure Portrait
  • 05 - Halftone Effect
  • 06 - Create an Animation

Dynamic Glitch Effects

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Glitch Effects in Photoshop

Glitch effects are one of the most popular types of special effects for both photos and video. In this course, we break down the tools and techniques to make your own custom glitch effects from scratch in Photoshop. If you’re looking to create eye-catching images with a retro VHS feel, a futuristic theme, or a truly unique look, then you’ve come to the right place!

Stunning Special Effects

Special effects are some of the most fun you can have in Photoshop, and this course is designed to help you make your own stunning glitch effects from scratch. With 2 hours of step-by-step instruction, 15 custom Brushes, 7 textures, and a Photoshop Action, we give you everything you need to get creative today.

Create Glitch Animations

Take your images to the next level with dynamic glitch animations. Learn how to use the video timelines in Photoshop to create and export your own custom videos and animations to share on the web and social media.

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Enhance Action

Glitch effects can give action and athletic images a more kinetic feel. Try combining these glitch effects with images from other PHLEARN tutorials like How to Photograph & Retouch Athletes oand Photo Editing 101-301!

Scan Lines & Distortion

Make your images look like a screen from an ’80s science fiction movie. Add flickering, static, and distorted lines for a glitched-out, sci-fi feel.

Custom Photoshop Brushes

Create scan lines, pixelation, noise, and distortion with our custom-made collection of Glitch Photoshop Brushes! We walk you through the process of installing the including Photoshop Brushes, as well as how to use them to make an endless variety of glitch and distortion effects.

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Halftone Effect

Halftone is a technique where an image is recreated using tiny dots of color and tone. Learn how to create your own halftone style images in Photoshop for a look and feel that is truly unique.

Posters & Advertisements

Glitch effects are all about drawing attention. Perfect for event posters and advertisements, we walk you through 6 different looks that are bound to catch people’s eye.

Unique Style

Once you’ve finished the course, you’ll have everything you need to start creating your own out-of-this-world glitch effects. Follow along with the course and practice on the sample images, and then take what you’ve learned and glitch out your own photos!

Enter the Matrix

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Get Creative with Glitch Effects

We show you how to add glitch effects to a variety of photos, and even combine it with other stunning effects like double exposure!

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3D Glitch Effect

If you remember the days of those red and blue tinted 3D glasses, then you’re going to love this effect! Learn how to create a retro 3D image look in Photoshop, and add some vintage charm to your glitched out photos.

Glitch Photoshop Action

We show you how to make your own glitch effects from scratch, but we make it even easier with the included Glitch Photoshop Action. Now you can create powerful looks in just a few clicks.

Modern Effects

Digital and analog distortion effects are the perfect way to add some modern style to your photos. Whether you’re going all out for a tech theme, or you just feel like a photo needs a little something extra, add these special effects to your Photoshop toolbox.

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Portraits & Landscapes

No matter what kind of photos you have, these glitch effects can add some style and pop. Follow along as we add retro and digital glitch effects to a wide variety of portraits and landscapes.

Double Exposure

Learn how to combine glitch effects with a powerful double exposure effect, creating an extraordinary image with drama and style. If you want to learn more about creating double exposure effects, check out How to Master Double Exposure in Photoshop!

Custom Textures

Learn how to integrate custom textures into your photos for a more tactile feel. We include 7 custom-made textures photographed in our studio that are yours to keep and use forever!

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Multiple Applications

We cover a broad range of glitch effects and photo types. Whether you want to make sci-fi portraits, a dystopian cityscape, or a retro VHS look, these dynamic glitch styles will help you get there.

Professional Techniques

Special effects can be easy to overdo. We show you how to combine popular effects with professional Photoshop techniques, giving your images just the right balance of style and substance.

Photoshop Special Effects

Photoshop is the go-to software for making the impossible come to life. If you love creating out-of-this-world effects and surreal images, try creating unreal composite images on your phone, learning the basics of Photoshop compositing, and making an epic sci-fi composite!

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor

Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.

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  1. Loved it. Thank you for the action, brushes, and textures.

  2. Amazing tutorial. Thanks to Phlearn !

  3. I saw another way of doing this yonks ago, but this is far simpler and with many more options. Thanks muchly Aaron

  4. Glitches love special FX!!! Thank you for the many approaches and options for the effect application. I cannot wait to play with the presets!

  5. So fun!! Thanks!

  6. Great ideas to add creativity to your photos, and well explained.

  7. It’s amazing! I followed the last video with my own photo so I could see how it turned out right away, and it’s awesome! Found myself a new hobby!

  8. This is easy and tremendous amount of fun. I have already created a glitch gif and had a great time doing it. Thanks so much, Aaron, and keep up the good work!

  9. So good for this cyberpunk theme I’ve got going on in my mind that will probably last forever…

  10. as always fun and amazing

  11. Excellent tutorial, as always.

  12. This is a really phantastic technique and great learning videos. But why can’t I find the example videos of Chapter 2 Parts 1 to 5 after having passed through the whole set?

  13. Another amazing tutorial!

  14. Fantastic ! I jumped already on this with my photography and have created very cool effects. Great tutorial, I really like when Aaron explains different options creating the image. These videos are easy to follow, not too short, not too long, it keeps you motivated all the way. Very cool set of brushes. Definitely I will be using them a lot.

  15. This was so fun, I recommend Phlearn to everyone who would like to learn Photoshop. Aaron makes learning fun, love his teaching style. Great work Aaron, would love to see even more of these creative tutorials. Thanks 🙂

  16. This is such a cool effect, so went ahead and did my first one, definitely going to do more

  17. Another well delivered tutorial, and more tricks from Aaron who btw seems to be less and less hairy 😉 For those who work on CS6 or older – it still works exept some filters require changing bit depth to 8 -that is -if you work on 16bit image in the first place.

  18. Another great job,,,, many thanks for all your efforts,…. you always take us to the next level of ideas,,, we need to practice, practice , and practice

  19. “Fan-tastic!”

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