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35 Superb Photo Manipulation Tutorials

Photo manipulation requires a  lot of patience along with the some Photoshop experience. If you can master both,  you can manipulate or create outstanding images which are bounded only by your creativity and imagination. In this article I have collected 35 superb photo manipulation tutorials which can help you enhance your skills.

Create a Spectacular Fantasy Sea Monster

In this tutorial the author is going to show you how to create the figure of a sea monster from a sketch and then combine the figure with a dark, manipulated seascape. You will be using dodge and burn tool to create light and shadow on our figure combined with basic drawing techniques.

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 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.

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.

How to Create a Slice of Nature Photo Manipulation

The 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.

Effectively Remove Facial Hair in CS5

In this tutorial you will learn how to remove the facial hair from a person’s face  using Photoshop.

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.

Mysterious Hollow Dark landscape

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

Create a Creepy Dark Gargoyle Road

They say it is dangerous to walk Gargoyle Road when the moon is full; that if the Gargoyle lamps glow red then danger is near. They say the Gargoyles can sense the hunger for blood and it is that prescience that turns the lamps red. They don’t say who is hungry. Beware!

Torture a Man and Stitch him up

Transform a man into a torture victim with a couple tricks and some basic tools.

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.

Create a Fantasy Scene with a Sorceress and Tree Monster

In the tutorial you’ll learn how to transform a normal photo of a woman walking in the park into a fantasy image of a sorceress facing a tree monster. Some basic photoshop knowledge is required to follow this tutorial.

Creative Photoshop Animal King Photo Manipulation Tutorial

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!

Photo Manipulate a Falling Angel

Learn how to combine several photos to create a dramatic ‘fallen angel’ scene.

Shattering Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a shattered effect in Photoshop.

Create a Surreal Upside Down Mountain Painting in Photoshop

In this tutorial the author will demonstrate how to create a surreal upside down mountain illustration using digital painting techniques in Photoshop.

Make a Dark Statue with 3D Tentacles Photo Manipulation

n this tutorial the author will create a dark statue photomanipulation using Photoshop and Cinema 4D. The author will show you how to turn a photo of a woman into a statue, how to create tentacles in Cinema 4D and add them to the photomanipulation and many other techniques for adjusting the lights, the textures and the colors of the final image.

The Making of the Nutty Boat Trip

ost of you probably know how hard it can be to find the perfect stock images for your designs. That means you will often have to get creative and find new ways to create the perfect composition. In this tutorial, the author will demonstrate how to place a couple of squirrels in a coffee mug that is floating in a body of water.

How to Create an Amazing Futuristic Matte Painting in Photoshop

is tutorial shows how to develop a futuristic fantasy theme out of a plain background using photo manipulation, photo montage techniques coupled with some painting inside Photoshop.

Create a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop

Matte painting is a technique that filmmakers use to create backgrounds for scenes that can’t or don’t exist in real life. In the early days, matte paintings were actually painted onto glass. Today, modern filmmakers use digital applications such as Photoshop to produce the backdrops that they need. We have published many matte painting tutorials on this site meant for intermediate and advanced users. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials that we will be publishing on this meant for those of you who may be relatively new to Photoshop or matte painting in general.

How to Change Ordinary Photo into Fantasy Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial the author will show you how you can change ordinary photo into a fantasy photo manipulation and also different ways how you can play with lights and shadows.

How to Create Cityscape Concept Art

In this tutorial, the author will teach you how to easily create a successful piece of cityscape concept art. You’ll be using a very basic 3D scene as a foundation for the piece, then taking it into Photoshop for some creative photo manipulation of reference photos, basic painting and adjustments.

Create a Dramatic Photo Manipulation of a Whale Stealing from a Seagull

Learn how to create this photo manipulation using five stock photos. The final results is of a hungry whale stealing a goldfish from a seagull. This tutorial will show you how to combine stock photos, apply a rain effect, then finish it off with a dramatic photo effect.

Creating an Expressive Painting Using a Freestyle Method in Photoshop

In this tutorial the author will share his process for what he call Freestyle Expressive Painting in Photoshop.

How to Create a Photo Manipulation of a Flooded City Scene

In this tutorial, you will learn how to manipulate a simple photo into a flooding torrent of a scene. You’ll use some relatively simple techniques to give this image a semi-realistic, stylized feel.

Create a Surreal Atmospheric Phone Booth Scenery

In this tutorial you will be creating a Surreal Atmospheric Image from these 2 source images.

Create A Beautiful Samurai Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will be creating a samurai inspired piece that combines stock photography with various textures and shapes to create a colorful and dynamic composition. You will also be covering lighting and coloring techniques as well as using Clipping Masks and Adjustment Layers along with a few other useful tricks.

Create a Dark and Gloomy Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

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 the author will demonstrate how to combine several stock images into one gloomy scene.

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.

Create Bring Me To Life Photo Manipulation Scene

In this tutorial you will learn different photomanipulation techniques such as how to implement stock photos in your picture, how to combine them together to create a surreal image and how to use the 3D tool of Photoshop to give your piece a better look.

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.

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.

Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a photo manipulation inspired by Valhalla.


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