40 Outstanding Photo Manipulation Tutorials

March 8th, 2010

Photo manipulation is an art that requires lots of patience along with the expertise in Photoshop and other photo editing tools. With your creativity and imagination, you can manipulate any photograph the way you want! Now it’s all about your imagination and using Photoshop’s effects and other tools cleverly.

You simply have to experiment with different effects to see what feeling they give you as having expertise in Photoshop can help you greatly in producing amazing results. Here we’ve compiled a list of 40 great photo manipulation tutorials that would astonish you!

Photo Manipulation Tutorials

How to Create Glass Transparency in a Cute Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to incorporate glass into your work. We’ll learn a good technique for incorporating glass transparency into photo manipulations, while placing a cute, pirate hamster on the high seas. Let’s start!


Design a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop
In this tutorial artist is going to show you how to create a surreal time-themed photomanipulation using Photoshop. The name of this photomanipulation is “Time Guardian” and it was originally created by Mariusz Karasiewicz


How to Make a Melting Camera Scene
In this tutorial, we’ll use the Layer Mask Tool and Liquify filter to “melt” the camera. Artist recommends you work with a tablet for this one (it makes your work easier), but if you don’t have one it is also possible to go through this tutorial. Let’s start!


Blend a Planet Transparently into a Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial Artist will show you how to use different blending modes to blend flying hairs easily and to make semi-transparent planet. He will also show you different techniques of adjustment to get the most realistic results in your photo manipulations!


Making of the Imaginary Paint Dancers
Artist came across the amazing set of Paint Tossing freebies from Media Militia the other day and thought that he must create some artwork with them. So he visited my favorite Mjranum’s stock gallery again and done up this tutorial. Hope you will like it.


Robot Woman Photo Manipulation
If you want to take your photo manipulation skills to the next level, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Learn more at the jump!


Alien Invasion
A step by step and detailed tutorial, you will find it very useful and interesting.


How to Create a Steampunk Style Illustration in Photoshop
Go simultaneously backward and forward in time with this Steampunk tutorial. The main focus, aside from the style of course, is fusing elements from different sources together to create a cohesive whole. There are many tricks to this end and we shall be looking at light sources, shadows, and image grading.


Create a Cyborg With Photoshop
In this tutorial you’ll discover how to incorporate mundane, everyday objects into a photoshop cyborg manipulation. Combining household objects with 3D renders is a technique that can and does have interesting results.


How to Create a Mythical Creature Photo Manipulation
If you want to take your photo manipulation skills to the next level, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Learn more at the jump!


How to Create a Chilling Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this tutorial artist will show you how he created a fantasy photo manipulation called “You Can Not Frost The Time” with using several Photoshop tools such as Color Range, different blending modes, and more. Let’s get started!


How to Create a Fantasy Landscape Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a fantasy landscape using some simple and easy techniques. Everyone with basic Photoshop skills can succeed to recreate this simple image using the most important thing in this kind of photo manipulation – the right stock. So let’s go!


How to Create a Fallen Angel on Fire Photo Manipulation
If you want to take your photo manipulation work to the next level, then we have an exciting tutorial for you. We’ll work with fire and other images to create this fantasy scene. Learn more at the jump!


How to Create a Dark Emotional Photo Manipulation
This is a tutorial with a simple idea: to create an emotional photo manipulation. Following this tutorial, you will learn how to blend different images to make a dark atmospheric background, modify the dress of the model, apply makeup, paint hair, blend different objects in the background, and more – all to create a moody illustration. So, let’s start!


How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation with Twisting Water
In this tutorial, we’re going to create a fantasy photo manipulation mixing different images and learning to use and modify the stock images in a creative way. The idea is to get a compact image that looks absolutely real, and at the same time, absolutely impossible!


Photo Manipulate a Falling Angel
Learn how to combine several photos to create a dramatic ‘fallen angel’ scene.


Animal King Photo Manipulation
In this photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to mash up a series of photos in a highly creative poster based on a famous painting from the 1800’s. Let’s get started!


Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop
In this tutorial we are going to create a photo manipulation inspired by Valhalla.


Create an Explosive Cover with Precise Photo Manipulation Techniques
In this tutorial, we’re going to make a creative illustration in a style meant for a video game cover or sci-fi book cover. We’ll create this with mostly photo manipulation techniques. With some cool Photoshop options you can turn all the photos you chose, into one stunning looking explosive cover.


Design a Dramatic and Surreal Rainy Scene with Photoshop
Learn all about how to manipulate images and combine them to create surreal scenes, in this case a rainy scene. Also, numerous details are covered in this tutorial such as adding highlights, shading, excellent photo-manipulation techniques, and more. Learn all about it at the jump!


The Making of Mystic
In this tutorial Nik Ainley walks us through the process of making a spectacular image. This tutorial focuses on the big picture steps taken to create this image. You’ll learn some incredible techniques in this tutorial, and get a view into how Nik creates beautiful photo-manipulation based images. Let’s check it out.


Fantastic Disintegration Effect inspired by Watchmen in Photoshop
In this tutorial artist will show you how to create the disintegration effect using brushes and the blur filter. It’s really simple and you will be able to create nice designs using this sort of trendy style of effect.


Making of the Magical Heroes
In this tutorial We will be creating a game poster with magical theme. This tutorial shows how to draw a sword from scratch and also introducing some of the latest high quality brushes on the internet.


Create amazing water-drenched photomontages
Nik Ainley shows you how to make a splash, blending two very different images to create this amazing underwater effect, complete with a dissolving figure of a man.


Torture a Man and Stitch himup
Transform a man into a torture victim with a couple tricks and some basic tools.


Creating a Glowing Sphere in An Inverted Image
Learn how you can create an interesting image by adding in some simple Photoshop effects and by inverting its colors! Inverting an image can sometimes produce unexpected results, and in this tutorial, you’ll learn and practice Filters – Liquify, Blur and Lens Flare tools to create additional effects and elements to make it more stunning.


How to Create a Mystery Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a mystery photo manipulation using Photoshop brushes, different blend modes, and more. Let’s get started!


How To Create A Ripping And Tearing Poster Effect
In this tutorial we are going to turn a flat, artificial poster into something that looks as if it’s been hanging around on the wall for a long time.The initial poster was created using techniques that we have covered in previews tutorials. As you can see, it’s a brash image that looks nothing like a real poster.


Mysterious Hollow Dark landscape
A step by step and detailed tutorial, you will find it very useful and interesting.


How to Create a Photo Manipulation of a Flooded City Scene
In this tutorial, we will learn how to manipulate a simple photo into a flooding torrent of a scene. We’ll use some relatively simple techniques to give this image a semi-realistic, stylized feel. Let’s get started!


Scared Photomanipulation Tutorial
This tutorial will be a little different than all the other tutorials. Here artist will teach you some basic things about Photomanipulation.


How to Create a Slice of Nature Photo Manipulation
Today artist is going to show you how to put together a complex tree illustration. The idea for this tutorial is to show a workflow from concept to finish, not just so you can copy this illustration, but so that you can take the ideas behind it and use them for any design you have. It’s not just the finished design but the process we are after.


Self-initiated abstract art
In this tutorial artist will show you how – with a little time on your side – you can overcome the common myth of low budget work, creating an impressive piece of abstract work using Photoshop.


Dreamy photo effect
In this tutorial we will take a photo and use different color adjustments and something like pattern floral brushes to make it better or to make a different mood to our picture. So let’s go.


Dazzling Dance Photo Manipulation
In this detailed and lengthy Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to combine photos and add special effects to turn a normal photograph into a stunning artwork. You will also learn several tricks to reduce your Photoshop document file size and number of layers and layer styles.


How to Create a Fantasy Scene with Death
In this detailed tutorial you will learn how to create a fantasy scene with death.


How To Create a Futuristic Sci-Fi Scene
In this tutorial, artist will guide you through the steps to create a futuristic sci-fi scene. We will transform original pictures using Photoshop tools that will help to give the image a more spectacular look.


Create a Colorful Woodpecker and Tree Scenery
This tutorial is intended for everyone who is beginning at digital drawing/painting, if you like drawing and Photoshop then you are the perfect candidate to follow this tutorial.


Create a Beautiful Lonely Fantasy Fairy
This tutorial will explain how to make a beautiful fairy from a single source image. We’ll go over each step on how to make the feathers, the hat, the background, the grass and the mountains.


How to Create a Severed Arm in Photoshop
In this tutorial we will be learning how to create a severed arm with fleshy stumps and strings of sinew. This will be created by using some basic Brushes and Layer Masks. Let’s get started!


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50 comments for „40 Outstanding Photo Manipulation Tutorials
  1. Jordan Walker on March 8th, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Wow, never would have thought you could do something like those with Photoshop. I stand corrected.

  2. Amberly | Web Designer on March 8th, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Wow amazing post! One of the best so far! I love Dazzling Dance Poster.

  3. Jeroen on March 8th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Amazing tutorials ! worth waiting for

  4. Web Guru on March 8th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Electrifying photo manipulations… nice ones.

  5. zohaib on March 8th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    excellent tutorials. Thanks for share. trying to create the Create a Colorful Woodpecker and Tree Scenery.

  6. Laura on March 8th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Cool pics!

  7. webaddicty on March 8th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    First one is really majestic, all are so inspirational..

  8. wparena on March 8th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I admire your effort to collect these excellent tutorial

  9. Really? on March 8th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    A similar tutorial was published on Instant Shift. Next time, please come up with original content or don’t bother making a post just to fulfill the daily quota. Truly pathetic.

    For those interested, the link is below.

  10. Ayu on March 8th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Nice list. I’m gonna try “Slice of Nature”. Thanks!

  11. stupid on March 8th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    This is the type of photoshop art I hate looking at. Thanks for putting it all in one spot.

  12. Joben on March 8th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    It’s too bad the Robot Woman tutorial has been removed…

  13. John Everett on March 8th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Great roundup, I will definitely try a few of these. Thanks!

  14. aDeeb on March 8th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    good stuff.

  15. devala on March 9th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Wow! It’s amazing.You have amazing skill and beautiful collections.I like most of them.They’re so great.Keep up the good work.You never know,one day your Art work might brings the world a better place for everyone to live peacefully.God has given you an amazing gift,use it carefully.God bless you and wish you great success in life.Keep up the good work.

  16. Serra on March 9th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Yeap, agree. Photo manipulations are one of my favorite things that you can do with Photoshop :)

  17. fatabbot@gmail.com on March 9th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    That fantasy scene with Death is phenomenal, but pretty advanced… you need serious drawing skills for that

  18. Tadas on March 9th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    what about do you think about this?
    is it worth a tutorial?

  19. Logo Blog on March 10th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Woww…awesome list of tutorials. Will surely try couple of them, lets see how good results I get ;)

  20. Daniel Nøhr on March 11th, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Awesome manipulations, looking forward to see some more, after these tutorials to everybody.

    • dolly on February 14th, 2011 at 5:10 pm


  21. Chris on March 12th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    where is the Cyborg tutorial?? the link just takes you to the picture.

  22. honour chick on March 12th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    just beautiful, very nice and helpful tutorials.

  23. web-design on March 14th, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Thank you for your work and the professionalism that you demonstrate,is welcome for everyone.

  24. Simran on March 15th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Nice collection… imaginary dancers looks cool to me :)

  25. Leah on March 16th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    very cool compilation. would like to give some of these a try.

  26. Cre8ive Commando on March 16th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Cool, these are some great tutes … :-)

  27. deepak kaletha on March 17th, 2010 at 3:42 am

    You have amazing and beautiful collections

  28. Rajib Roy | Programmer on March 18th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    It is a nice collection

  29. Naresh on March 20th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Cool, these are some great tutes … :-)

  30. ASLIF on March 20th, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Hello, very much like your blog

  31. Aaronbaird on March 23rd, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Simply rocking guys.

  32. Tutorials Palace on March 23rd, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Nice tuts

  33. PsdDude on April 13th, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Great stuff plenty information and learning material ! Great for all photoshop fanatics just like me :)

  34. NK on April 19th, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Simply rocking stuff

  35. Sudo on May 25th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    gr8 tut very helpful and the one which will make you to do new stuff using above techniques.

  36. Erin on July 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    AWESOME! can’t wait to try it out! :) thx!

  37. Shane Shaw on August 23rd, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Awesome tutorials, thanks.

  38. Ela on December 4th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Outstanding is definitely not enough.. you guys got some talents…I can’t figure out which one I like best..Keep it up;)

  39. Cgbaran on January 5th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Great tutorials thanks

  40. Lara@ on January 11th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Wow terrific blog post! Awesome tutorial dude. It’s nuts just how many breathtaking tutorials you guys publish!! Really enjoy your website! Regards!

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  43. dolly on February 14th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    ooh i dis pictures looks nice

  44. Vinay Pateel on March 1st, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Awww what a round-up!
    I’m about to start off in photo manipulation and couldn’t ask for more :)

  45. Asiantv on April 6th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    There are lots of great tutorials available online that take you through the process of creating a specific photo manipulation. In this post we’ll showcase 30 tutorials that are great for learning more about photo manipulation.

  46. pranav on July 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Great photo manipulations, I like the camera and animal king one.

  47. Eddie Gear on December 30th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Love the design work. These designs would look awesome on a T shirt. As these copy-write material?

  48. Craig on February 11th, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Dude, awesome work, but most of the tutorials are not there. I click on them and it says page not found….Am I missing something?

  49. Janet on February 20th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I have photoshop elements 12 , not photoshop, but your tutorials are really helping me to learn how to do manipulations. Thank you very much for this.