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I have been making roundups of weekly or monthly Photoshop tutorials for approximately 3 years and during this time I had the chance to see a lot of interesting tutorials from which I can choose now the best to help the Photoshop newbies out there who want to learn how to use this wonderful program.
Photo manipulations are attractive to most of the people who use Photoshop for the first time and it’s nice to see what great things you can do with it by manipulating a photo or more. Though, for that to happen you must first learn how to do certain techniques with the use of photo manipulation tutorials. In this article you will find almost every top notch Photoshop tutorial regarding photo manipulations that was published over the last two, three years. I’ve excluded from this selection the grotesque manipulation tutorials, I hope you don’t mind.
How to Create a Chilling Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this tutorial I will show you how I 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.
Make a Vivid Flaming Skull Conceptual Composition
In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to combine stock images and typography into a beautiful conceptual composition. The aim is to explain the creative process and motivations behind design decisions made while creating a digital art piece. Also, I’ll try to drive you through powerful Photoshop tools and commands that allow you to control color balance and image vividness.
Create a Funky Perspective of a Model Riding Digital Volume
This is a tutorial illustrating perspective techniques and how you can achieve the feeling of depth and motion. We will be doing this in a few steps, such as placing the main character, creating the volume fading away and adding foreground and background images.
Create a Superhero Movie Inspired Photo Manipulation
I’m 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, who I call “Super-Kid”, seamlessly into the scene. As what often happens in my tutorials, we will conclude our work by modifying color combinations and saturation with adjustment layers to create harmony among all the elements of the composition.
Transforming the Image of a Girl into a Milk Figure
Creating a milk figure can be a great idea for an innovative milk ad campaign. The given Photoshop tutorial would brief you about the techniques to transform any image into a milk figure. All that you need to make this milk image are some photo manipulation tools, like transformation tool, burn tool, layer mask, and few stock images.
Make a Story Book Come to Life in Photoshop
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.
Create a Surreal Landscape Using Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial I will give you some tips on how to make a surreal photo manipulation. The most challenging of doing manipulation is usually finding the right balance between your imported elements. Also the color of your elements and dynamic lightning are important things to make the scene more “believable” (not too realistic in this case).
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. We will learn how to blend images perfectly, make an underwater image look realistic through the use of applying brushes in different colors, the eraser tool to soften the edges and the clone stamp tool. We will also learn how to retouch the image to further beautify the image and how to soften the contrast and make the image look dreamy.
Piece of the Artic Pie Chart Photo Manipulation
Manipulate Smoke to Create Hyper-Real Images
Learn to apply the Warp Tool effectively and a few other tricks to make smoke look like a skull. This technique has a variety of outcomes and works well with water, clouds and a whole bunch of other stuff. This is probably more for intermediate users, as I guide you through the process well, but not every Warp Grid point handle move.
Fantastic Disintegration Effect inspired by Watchmen in Photoshop
In this tutorial I 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.
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.
Create a Vibrant Conceptual Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
In this tutorial we will create a unique digital art piece that easily can be used for high-quality printing purposes. There is water, balloons, fish, vegetation, a gloomy passage and a fashion nerd
Self-initiated abstract art
In this tutorial I’ll 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.
Solo – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial
In this tutorial I 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. I will also show you how to create realistic shadows using the brush tool. I’m using the same techniques mentioned in my Secrets of Manipulation series.
Creating a Nature Inspired Digital Piece in Photoshop
Nature is everything that was not created by man. Living things and life are in the context of philosophical or ideological way of thinking. But man acts as a part of nature and designers. Nature is set in relation to human existence. This tutorial will teach you how I created the digital piece “Man as a Nature Designer.” I will show you how easy it is to manipulate images into appearing real and unique.
Creating a Spy Fly Photo Manipulation
Welcome to a new Photoshop based tutorial. This time I’ll try to describe the main steps in creating a dead robot fly. Before we get started, I would like to thank Hortensiu Milstein (Personal Portfolio) for the great collaboration. We decided to make this tutorial a year ago, but the lack of time postponed the realization of this tut. This piece was actually created for a contest and off course the first prize was the result. The concept of this illustration was to take a picture and be creative, use parts of that image and create something unique
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.
Create amazing water-drenched photomontages
Perhaps because of the overtones of freshness and vitality, water-based effects are always in demand. In this tutorial, Nik Ainley provides step-by-step guidance on how to make a stunning, dynamic effect that recreates the look of a figure dissolving in water, with some clever use of Photoshop and some found images.
Although the finished image appears hi-tech, it is just a very clever photomontage constructed from just two images, using relatively simple Photoshop techniques – the secret is in knowing which tool to use when, and putting the time into making sure it’s precisely executed.
Fairy night. Beanstalk
Designing a war movie poster
In this tutorial I will show you guys some simple but efficient techniques that will help you make great movie posters.
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.
Creating a sexy mechanical pinup in Photoshop
Photoshop is great tool for combining several images into a scene that can’t always be created in real life, like an android. In this tutorial I will teach you how to manipulate body parts, create depth from missing pieces and also how to integrate gears and engines to make an sexy mechanical pinup.
Create an Intricate Mythological Statue Photomanipulation Photoshop Tutorial
In this Photoshop photomanipulation tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a stock image of a person, turn them into a statue using various texture mapping methods, and then how to superimpose this statue into an incredible scene. You’ll see how to handle various stock images of various colors and lighting, as well as how to work with a variety of photomanipulation techniques.
Create a Never Ending Staircase Illusion
In this short tutorial I will show how to create a never ending staircase illusion with PhotoShop… textured with wood, stone, grass or what ever you choose.
Unusual Christmas Card
How to Combine Digital Painting and Photo Manipulation to Create a Platform Environment
In this tutorial, you will learn how to combine digital painting and photo manipulation to create polished fantasy art. The process of combining digital painting and photo manipulation is a great mix. It truly allows you conquer the world with beautiful illustrations.
Making of the Imaginary Paint Dancers
I came across the amazing set of Paint Tossing freebies from Media Militia the other day and thought that I must create some artwork with them. So I visited my favorite Mjranum’s stock gallery again and done up this tutorial. Hope you will like it.
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.
How to Create a Fantasy Mother Nature Scene
This tutorial is about creating a fantasy scene called “Mother Nature.” We will use well chosen images, brushes and most off all our imagination in combination with Photoshop techniques to create an outstanding image.
Create a Stunning 3D Liquid Explosion Artwork
This tutorial covers many advanced techniques, but not to fear, as Joe will walk you through step-by-step how to create it. You’ll learn rendering, depth of field, dispersion, photomanipulation, and how to add the tiny details that all combine for a brilliant artwork. So, let’s get started!
Create frozen liquid effects
Create a Face Shattering Effect
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.
Na’vi Avatar Photo Manipulation
This is a Photoshop tutorial showing you all the steps you need to take in order to photo-manipulate yourself into a Na’vi (based on the characters in James Cameron’s movie “Avatar”). I used Photoshop CS2 in order to create this, but newer and older versions should do the same, as I used basic Photoshop tools only. I hope you will find this helpful.
Create a Wallpaper for Blog Action Day
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
Undress a Giraffe in Photoshop
Have you ever wanted to know what a Giraffe looks like without its spots? If so, this tutorial is for you, you pervert! Today, we will demonstrate how to undress a giraffe by removing its spots. We will then show how to turn its spots into an outfit that will be draped over an ironing board.
Create An Urban Tiger Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial we will examine the methods behind creating an image that contains a window to another world within it, as we smash a hole in urban life to reveal the jungle waiting in the wings. We’ll look at several basic techniques that are the cornerstones of creating any mixed media composition, including simple transformations, creating clipping paths and layer masking.
Army Squirrel Photo Manipulation
Learn how to give a squirrel a helmet and grenade launcher in Photoshop. This tutorial will also introduce you to the puppet warp tool in Photoshop CS5.
How To Create a Photo Manipulation with Your Own Photos and Textures
In this tutorial I will give you some tips on how to take your own photos for the photo manipulation. You will learn, how to blend pictures, apply textures, create your own brushes etc.
How to turn Tom Cruise into an alien
Paint with fire
In this tutorial, we’re going to take a simple model shot and transform it into a spitting, crackling beacon of fire.
Hulk Eyes Effect – Photoshop Tutorial
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.
Gunshot Through a Glass
How to Create a Flaming Photo Manipulation
Skating in clouds. Magic scene
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.
Lost Treasure – Manipulation Tutorial
In this tutorial, Malgorzata will show you how she made this fantasy manipulation in Photoshop. You will learn a cool technique to create veils and a simple dress using brushes. You will also learn how to paint hair and other manipulation tricks.
How To Create a Futuristic Sci-Fi Scene
In this tutorial, I 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 Deathly Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial I will show you how to combine photos with simple 3D elements to get realistic looking picture. I will also show you different ways how to set lights and shadows and how to adjust colors and apply texture to unify the overall look.
How To Create a Post Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a post apocalyptic manipulation using adjustment layers, vector masks, and some special effects.
Luxury retro car poster with paint splashing effect
Design a spectral photo-manipulation
Today I gonna 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.
Create Beautiful Abstract Female Art in Photoshop
Sometimes, all it takes to create a stunning piece of art is a stock photo, a bit of creativity, a great idea, and some time. Today, I will demonstrate how to create a piece of art that I created titled, “Beauty of Gold.”
How to make an AVATAR Na’vi
Alien Photo Manipulation
Turn a woman into an alien by combining two photos. This tutorial will teach you several photo manipulation techniques for creating scary photo manipulations.
How to Create a Cute Green Apple Photo Manipulation
Here is a quick tutorial where you can achieve to Create a Cute Green Apple by manipulating some photos. Throughout this tutorial, you will learn how to adjust an image to blend in a subject, and applying some basic Layers effect.
Create an Abstract Sea on Land Illusion
How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces
Applying texture to a flat surface, or flatly applying a texture across a whole image (as a means to age it or degrade it) is simple stuff. Realistically applying a texture to an uneven surface is much more hands-on (more so than simply overlaying a texture and changing the Blending mode).
Design a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop
In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a surreal time-themed photomanipulation using Photoshop.
Create a Floating Island Scene Similar to James Cameron’s Avatar
In this photo manipulation tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic composition of a sunset in a world with floating islands! We will cover professional-level Photoshop tricks such as adding accurate shadows and highlights, various blending techniques such as giving the image a soft focus effect and altering luminosity and shadows of the scene, adding haziness, and much more
Blend a Planet Transparently into a Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial I will show you how to use different blending modes to blend flying hairs easily and to make semi-transparent planet. I’ll also show you different techniques of adjustment to get the most realistic results in your photo manipulations
Making of a Sexy Humanoid
Create a Magic School Photo Manipulation
In this tutorial we will be covering some very interesting topics on Matte Painting and Photo Manipulation such as planning a concept, pre-visualizing, and using images as references. This tutorial not only shows some techniques but also helps in improving logical thinking while creating a fantasy scene.
How To Create A Beautiful Indian Sunset Scenery
Create Surreal Human Face with Flame Hair and Disintegration Effect in Photoshop
In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create Surreal Human Face with Flame Hair and Disintegration Effect in Photoshop. Along the way, there will be some basic retouch skills applied, as well as applying textures and creating your own Photoshop brush from stock image.
How to Mold Paint Splatter to a Face in Photoshop
In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take splattered paint Photoshop brushes and apply them to the contours of a model’s face. This is a relatively simple technique, which yields excellent artistic results.
Make a TRON-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
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. Great lighting techniques and atmospheric effects will also be demonstrated in this tutorial.
Combine Photo Elements to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation
This Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to use a variety of color, lighting, and cut and paste techniques to create a surreal photo manipulation. Combine your creativity with these Photoshop techniques to create your own photo manipulation artworks.
Dry World – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial
Before you start reading this tutorial let me show you the final result that I got. Take a look at the preview image below. I will try to make a detailed explanation of how to achieve the same result or at least something similar.
How to create an energy sci-fi scene in Photoshop
Today we will use Photoshop to combine 3D renders with stock images and light effects. The creative process is not so easy to be turned into a tutorial, so I won’t go into details. This is an unconventional Photoshop tutorial because it is focused more on the process rather then the technique.
Creating a Cloudy Dream Scene in Photoshop
Sometimes real life can be boring so artists extend their imaginations and designs to extreme limits through dream scenes, fictional world, or surrealistic images. Today we’ll be creating a cloudy dream scene using Photoshop’s different tools and techniques.
Ghost Love Story – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial
Continuing with the manipulation lessons, in this tutorial Amalia will show you how she made a really beautiful and emotional artwork. You will learn how to create light effects using photoshop brushes and how to add color to your artworks.
The creation of The Choice, a dramatic and fantasy photo-manipulation
Today I’m going to explain professional photo-manipulation techniques to create a surreal and dramatic scene in Photoshop. We will start building up a vivid background, then we will focus the work on the characters and the meaning of the composition.
Create a Greek Sculpture Using Stock Photography and Photoshop
In today’s tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create a Greek sculpture using several stock images. We will then discuss how to add blood, cracks, and other elements to give it texture and depth.
Create a Dark and Rainy Crime Scene in Photoshop
We can all imagine what a dark and rainy crime scene looks like. We have all scene them in television and movies. Today, we will learn how to use different tools and techniques to create a scene of our own in Photoshop.
Create a Surreal Turtle Image
This tutorial shows the creation of one of my images. It shows how I adjust lighting and colours in my images to create this surrealistic turtle. Hopefully, you’ll be able to transfer these methods to your own work.
Making a Book of Magical Playground Scene
This tutorial will show how to create a fantasy book scene. We will be using various advanced Photoshop techniques to make the composition as realistic as possible.
Breathtaking Underwater Apartment Photo Manipulation
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create this magical underwater room. This tutorial covers techniques such as blending images, color correction, adding photo effects.
Creation of Get Digitised
How to create Fantacy Woman in Amazing Photo Manipulation
Create a Falling Fantasy Photomanipulation using Painting Techniques
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a falling fantasy photomanipulation using stock images and some digital painting techniques. You’ll learn how to extract, preserve and recreate flowing hair, and you’ll learn how to manipulate twirling vines.
Create a Out of Bounds Surreal Photo manipulation in Photoshop
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. We will learn a lot of technical aspects like visualizing and creating a perspective using the ruler and the transform tools especially the distort tool, creating realistic waves using the brush tool and two wave brush sets, using brush textures and apply it to the walls to make them realistic. Then we would be creating shadows using the brush tool and the burn tool. Finally we would make the boat look like it really is running and producing waves in its wake.