Jan 07 2011

Fresh Photo Manipulation Tutorials

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Are you not happy with your photograph? Want to make it look stunning and outstanding? Well, photo manipulation is your way to do that. Photo manipulation is an art which can manipulate your photograph the way you want. You can create some very cool results if you put your creativity and imagination into your photo manipulation process.
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The whole process of manipulating your photograph requires loads of patience and skills which comes with experience. Here we have gathered a collection of some useful tutorials that will guide you through the process of photo manipulation. We hope you will like this collection!

Excellent Photo Manipulation Tutorials

Create a Surreal Environmental Photomanipulation
Today’s Photoshop tutorial shows you how to combine photographs to create a surreal photo manipulation using a combination of creative techniques and tips. Image manipulation can be tricky, especially for beginners, but this tutorial breaks some of he more advanced techniques; making it easy to understand for everyone.

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The young lady
In this tutorial Cassio Braga will show you how to create a great photo manipulation that was created in his first game where the theme was water.

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How to Create a Greek Mythology Inspired
In Greek Mythology, the Titan Atlas literally carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. This is because when the Titans were defeated Zeus condemned him to hold the Earth in place. In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to depict Atlas’ punishment using stock photography and Photoshop.

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Create a Nature Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
Today, we will demonstrate how to combine several images to create a nature inspired photo manipulation. Let’s get started!

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Create a Fantasy Peacock Princess Composition
Ryan Forshaw will demonstrate how turn a standard stock photo of a female model into a fantasy Indian princess. Along the way Ryan will demonstrate how to use advanced techniques to combine several elements into one complete composition.

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The Babel Tower Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial we will learn how to create one big construction from many architectural parts. In the steps below I will show you how to combine the traditional photo manipulation with matte painting resulting in a renaissance piece. A PSD is included with this Photoshop tutorial.

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Make a Surreal 3D Outdoor Room Scene in Photoshop
In this photo manipulation tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic composition of a painter using a room as his canvas.

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The creation of “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”
In this tutorial the artist will show you how he created “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”. We will realize it using a variety of blending mode tricks, photo filters and other useful Photoshop techniques. At the end of this process we will have a beautiful photo manipulation, realized in a short time and a very easily way.

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How to Create a Flaming Manipulation in Photoshop
Learn how to create this photo manipulation of a flying man similar to Iron Man. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to apply cinematic lighting effects and manipulate fire to create this composite.

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Create an Intense Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation
Learn how to create this amazing apocalyptic photo manipulation with Photoshop! You’ll learn how to blend elements such as water and moon, create seamless structures with the Clone Stamp tool, and finish it off with a cold movie photo effect.

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Lost Treasure
In this tutorial the artist will show you how to create a fantasy montage.

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Create a Surreal Sci-Fi Movie Poster with Photoshop CS5
In this Photoshop graphic design tutorial, we will be designing a science fiction (sci-fi) inspired movie poster while exploring–and taking advantage of–a few new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 that will not only save us time, but will also give us awesomely stunning results.

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Dry World
In this tutorial the artist will try to make a detailed explanation of how to achieve the same result or at least something similar.

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Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation
This tutorial shows you how to combine different stock photos to create calm landscape manipulation. You will learn different techniques of blending, changing lights and shadows and color adjustments. Let’s get started!

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High-Rise B-Movie Poster
In this tutorial Ralf Krause wanted to do a different kind of a promo photo that looks more like a kind of a lobby card with a mixture of painted touch and filthy film grain look.

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Create a Fantastic Surreal Representation of Time
This tutorial will provide the evolution process of one of my works. In the tutorial you’ll learn some manipulation methods and have a glimpse on how to create a surreal image, taking in consideration a solid theme or idea, in this case the theme is naturally about time and its (un)possibility to redeem itself.

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Create a Cosmic Space Girl 3D Photo Illustration
Combining techniques is one of the best ways to achieve varied and interesting results in your digital art, and it really helps with your experimentation and creative process when you can rely on a variety of techniques. This tutorial is jam-packed with techniques and tips for you to apply, so let’s get to it!

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Create a Superhero Movie Inspired Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial the artist is going to show you some photo manipulation techniques for creating a movie inspired scene using Photoshop. We will create an exploding airplane and then we will merge our flying superhero, psd file is also attached.

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Create a Centaur Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this tutorial, we will create one of these mythological creatures by blending several images together and adding some dramatic lighting and depth to the scene. Grab your shield and prepare to do battle as we set out to encounter one of the greatest beasts ever known!

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Grunge Stone Woman Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this design tutorial, we are going to perform a photo manipulation of a beautiful woman breaking free from the confines of her stone prison. We will be using Photoshop to blend various images together along with a bit of brushwork, adjustment layers, and layer styles to create a masterful and compelling image.

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How to Make an Eerie Looking Photo Manipulation Scene
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we will create a dark photo manipulation scene with a very creepy/eerie/mysterious atmosphere. We will go through some basic techniques for making a shadowy scene and using some creative lighting effect methods that can spice up your work, such as adding a green flame, light streaks and sparkles. For this tutorial, you should be familiar with Photoshop basics, using the Pen Tool (P), and layer masks.

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Create a Fantasy “Night & Day” Composition in Photoshop
In this tutorial I will show you how to put together some images and how to make use of some Photoshop brushes to design a fantastic fantasy photomanipulation in Photoshop. We will create a scene with a girl floating in front of a building and some vines that connect the girl to the gargoyles of the building.

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Surreal Train Cabin Photo Manipulation
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we are going to create a simple but effective photo manipulation that blends different images together to create a bold and surreal scene. This tutorial covers how to add realistic blood and shadows, easy-to-use techniques to blend images together, and applying image adjustments automatically using a Photoshop action.

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Create a Dark and Gloomy Photo Manipulation
Photoshop is great because it allows us to combine several images into a scene that can’t always be created in real life. In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to combine several stock images into one gloomy scene. Let’s get started!

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Design a spectral photo-manipulation
In this tutorial the artist will show you how to realize from scratch a ghostly scene in few steps. We will use a couple of stock photos and modify them so they will look harmoniously combined. In particular we will deal with the burn tool, layer masks and some Photoshop filters often overlooked.

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How to Create a Nuclear Disaster Landscape
In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a nuclear disaster landscape using a dozen or stock photos.

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How to create a melancholy model photo manipulation
In this tutorial we will use several simple techniques to realize a beautiful melancholy photo manipulation starting from the image of a model. We will deal in particular with masks, brushes and lots of adjustment layers to have full color control.

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CREATE A OUT OF BOUNDS SURREAL PHOTO MANIPULATION
In this tutorial, the artist will walk you through creating an awesome out of bounds photo manipulation. Here are the prerequisites that is required for the successful completion of the tutorial. He also have added the PSD file, in case you want to edit and tinker with it.

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Create a Surreal Turtle Image
In this tutorial the artist will show how he adjust lighting and colours in his images to create this surrealistic turtle. Hopefully, you’ll be able to transfer these methods to your own work.

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Create a fantasy-horror scene
In this tutorial the artist will drive you through the process of making a fantasy horror scene in Photoshop. We will use some of our grunge textures to realize the background scene, several Photoshop filters to create light effects and we will turn the picture of an innocent child into a diabolic character.

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Surrealistic Room Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial, we will be creating a surrealistic room with realistic water as its floor, real clouds as its wallpaper with a clock on the wall and a boat on the water floor.

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A Photo Manipulator’s Guide to Blending
Blending is the essential skill for every photo manipulator and it´s one of the first things to learn. Without proper blending your images won’t look believable. There are several ways how to blend images together. In this article the artist would like to cover basic techniques which are essential for every manipulation.

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How to Create an Amazing Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation
This tutorial will show you how to compose an image using 3D and painted elements. These techniques include setting the global light of your manipulation and adding shadow and color adjustments.

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How to Create a Comic Book Styled Photo Manipulation
Learn how to create this scene in space using photographs. The author will show you how you can photograph objects around your house to create this photo manipulation then finish it off with a comic book effect.

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Dark Halloween Manipulation Tutorial
In this tutorial the artist will show you his techniques and ideas but you can make your own version and add more elements to your artworks. Power up Photoshop and get the stock images you need.

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Create an Unbelievable Surreal Abstract Artwork
In this Surreal Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see how to create an incredible surreal abstract artwork with stylistic influences from traditional artistic masters combined with modern, digital and 3D techniques. You’ll see how to analyze a light source and identify where to place highlights and shadows, as well as how to use the pen tool, burn tool, dodge tool, liquify tool and others.

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Create a Dramatic Urban Raining Composition with 3D Elements
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take some stock photos and create a dramatic urban environment, complete with rain, and then build a design composition around it using some 3D elements. You’ll learn how to create a nice raining effect, and how to use urban styles to enhance your work.

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How to Create a Japanese Fantasy Photo-Manipulation
In this Japanese fantasy photo-manipulation photoshop tutorial, we are going to learn how to create an Oriental-inspired sunset-landscape with two ninjas on the field, posing against the blazing sun. We are going to learn how to blend images seamlessly together by creating dramatic light on the background; Use the Eraser tool to insert persons into a field; create a Vignette and finally make the image glow using the Gaussian Blur tool.

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Create a Fantastic Environmental Awareness Composition
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a fantastic environmental awareness composition that fits a specific theme, namely the BP oil spill. You’ll learn how to develop a plan of attack for the image, and then combine various stocks to create an environment, then populate it with various sea creatures, then finally you’ll learn how to create the illusion of an oil spill using stock images and painting techniques.

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Imaginary Photo Manipulation Tutorial Using Photoshop
We will learn how to manipulate few photos into a scene where an princes imagine some beauty of nature. We’ll use some relatively simple techniques to give these images a semi-realistic, stylized feel. Let’s get started!

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Dark and Eerie Photo Manipulation Scene
In this Photo-manipulation tutorial, we will learn how to create a dark photo manipulation scene with an eerie yet magical atmosphere. We will tackle basic techniques to create an ancient-looking room, using various stock photographs and applying adjustment layers and creating shadows using the Brush tool to blend the images seamlessly.

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The enchanted forest- Fantasy photo manipulation
In this tutorial we will learn how to create a fantasy photo manipulation.

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Create a Devastating Twister With Photo Manipulation Techniques
If you’re looking to create a really nice photo manipulation, often you will have to combine several photos and apply a few effects to get your desired look. In this tutorial the artist decided to combine a few photos that he took while I was traveling to create a devastating tornado consuming everything in its path. Okay, let’s get started!

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Make a TRON-Inspired Photo Manipulation
This Photoshop tutorial goes over the creation of an action scene inspired by the movie, TRON. We will discuss surreal photo manipulation techniques that give the illusion that the subject’s arm and other parts of his body are disintegrating into light. The techniques in this tutorial use different transform tools, filters and adjustment layers to give phenomenal results.

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Solo – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial
In this tutorial Andrei Oprinca will show you a few techniques that you can use in your fantasy photo manipulations. You will use the Dodge/Burn to create nice effects by enhancing the highlights and shadows of your stock images. He will also show you how to create realistic shadows using the brush tool.

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Create an Epic Roman Empire Photo Manipulation Scene
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll be using plenty of professional Photoshop techniques to create a scene right out of the fall of the Roman Empire.

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Floating Island on Water
In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create a picture with two different stories, one: a town on an island and two: the deep and huge body of water below it.

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Create a Powerful Mental Wave Explosion Effect
Have you ever wanted to use your mind to move an object? Use the Force to fling things out of your way? Unfortunately, we all know those types of abilities are impossible but using the power of Photoshop anything can be accomplished. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a powerful mental wave effect using Photoshop.

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Make a Story Book Come to Life
Learn how to create this surreal photo manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn the basics of combining stock photos, how to blend them in by adding light and shadows, and complete it with a vintage photo effect.

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Create this “City to Country” Photo Manipulation with Photoshop
This tutorial will show you how to create a beautiful “city to country” composition using several images. You’ll accomplish this by combining & blending images, and also creating a few lighting/color effects.

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About the Author

Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • Arokia, 07 January 2011

    Good Collection !

    • yenilin, 08 May 2012

      really good idea. thank

  • Heesa Phadie, 07 January 2011

    Those are beautiful!

  • Xoth, 07 January 2011

    Really nice collection, thanks for sharing.

  • Vivek Parmar, 07 January 2011

    Some of them are too impressive and good, thanks for sharing

  • Dennis, 07 January 2011

    This is a huge list of tutorials on image/photo manipulation. Easy to understand – tutorials like these are just worth bookmarking!!

    My only concern is the page length; I hope the you guys could make a two-post article, so that users with slow connections can view the site a bit faster.

    Thanks

  • NW, 07 January 2011

    Some are nice but most of the images are plain ugly and could appear on http://www.psdisasters.com/

    Photo manipulation should be “invisible”.

    NW

    • SurrealPSD, 04 June 2011

      I agree with you wholeheartedly.. A couple of gooduns though. Would love to hear your thoughts on my tut site ;)

  • Cille, 07 January 2011

    All of them are too good. This manipulations are really great!

  • Theo, 07 January 2011

    Amazing collection!

  • pixeldamnation, 07 January 2011

    This is a great collection of tutorials !! well done thanks for the share

  • Mike, 08 January 2011

    Wow! That’s a lot of great tutorials. Thanks for the list!

  • Alan, 09 January 2011

    Nice! Keep it up!

  • Rick Nelson, 09 January 2011

    Thanks for the feature! Great list!

  • Brande Abilez, 09 January 2011

    Hi All, this site has good Information ! Will certainly Come back to this site

  • rajasegar, 11 January 2011

    The ultimate roundup of photomanipulation tuts, thanks for sharing…

  • raybak, 12 January 2011

    these are scary.. dont know why there are so much scary manipulation tutorials but a very nice list.

  • Mounika, 18 January 2011

    Superb Collection

  • kropped, 02 February 2011

    Great tutorials

  • Inkfreakz - Tattoo design, 18 February 2011

    great collection

  • Great post. Very nice round up. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sandeshaya, 06 March 2011

    “Make a Story Book Come to Life” i did this awesome.
    Thanks.

  • rafael, 13 March 2011

    Muy buenos tutoriales, gracias por compartirnos sus conocimientos.

  • Brett Widmann, 29 March 2011

    This is a great tutorial collection. Thanks for the help.

  • Liewilyn Baynosa, 25 April 2011

    You really make my day by this tutorials. I found this very helpful thank you very much. I really appreciate your effort of sharing every thing about photo manipulations thank you very much.

  • This collection is great. I’ve look at and tried the tutorials here and they are all magnificent.

  • Syed Danial @ Web Design Riches, 05 March 2013

    great collection. i was looking for some mani pulation tutorials to try on my own pics

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