Spectacular Photo Manipulation Tutorials & Artworks

When it comes to mastering image editing, and particularly Photoshop, photo manipulation techniques are the first things that spring to our mind. In this post, we will focus on both instructive and thorough tutorials, as well as on inspiring artworks that left us in full wonder.

Creative Photo Manipulation Tutorials

Let’s start with a few stunning photo manipulation tutorials that can teach you a great range of Photoshop features, tricks, and editing techniques. While most of them require intermediate editing skills and photo manipulation software knowledge, they are explanatory enough for our those of you less experienced.

CREATE A NIGHT FAIRY TALE OF A MYSTERIOUS GIRL IN PHOTOSHOP

photo manipulation tutorial 1

Image Source: www.photoshoptutorials.ws

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a fairy-like image by working with colors, lighting, and layer masks. The author of this material used ten resources to get the final result. There are 53 steps to follow so it will take quite some time and patience to bear with the photo manipulation process. We think it is totally worth it! Enjoy!

CREATE AN AQUATIC PHOTO MANIPULATION OF A GIANT TORTOISE 

 

Aquatic Giant Turtle Photo Manipulation

Photo Manipulation © Bunty Pundir

The second tutorial we wish to talk about is based on 14 resources (underwater and sky photos, turtle image, etc.). We recommend you to use stock images. There are 68 steps carefully explained so that you get a similar result.

The techniques displayed involve working with layer masks, adjusting brightness and contrast, as well as playing with blending effects.

CREATE A FIRING MEDIEVAL SCENE WITH DISINTEGRATION EFFECT IN PHOTOSHOP

Firing Medieval Scene in Photoshop © www.photoshoptutorials.ws

Firing Medieval Scene – Image Source: www.photoshoptutorials.ws

This detailed tutorial is really on fire! By using only four resources, you will learn how to combine images, work with the disintegration and lighting effects, use debrish brushes, and create that medieval atmosphere. You will need at least Photoshop CS3 to follow the 26 steps of this material and achieve those amazing results.

HOW TO CREATE A COMPASSIONATE PLANET EARTH ARTWORK IN PHOTOSHOP

Planet Earth Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Planet Earth Artwork – Source: www.photoshoptutorials.ws

The fourth Photoshop photo manipulation tutorial mentioned in our list will teach you how to create a beautiful and colorful representation of Mother Earth. As the author of this material states in its introduction, the image is about leaving in complete harmony with nature and life around us.

Technically, what you will learn in 46 steps is:

  • apply filters to layers without lowering the quality of the image.
  • work with Layers and Curves.
  • use the gradient tool.
  • adjust opacity and tones.
  • work with brushes.
  • combine images.
  • change blending modes.

MAKE A SURREAL 3D OUTDOOR ROOM SCENE IN PHOTOSHOP

3D outdoor room scene in photoshop - photo manipulation

Photo Manipulation of a Room Scene © Michael Vincent Manalo

It is time to upgrade the complexity of the photo manipulations we bring into view. The example featured above is a realistic composition of a surreal scene. Or, is it a surreal composition of a realistic scene? Well, that is the effect that Michael Vincent Manalo, the author of this tutorial, wanted to add to his artwork: a realistic image with a surreal twist.

The material covers advanced photo manipulation software tricks like correcting perspective, adding highlights and working with shadows, altering luminosity and  diverse other blending techniques.

To achieve similar expert effects you need 6 stock images and enough time and dedication to complete the 25 steps of this tutorial. Unleash your imagination and have fun editing!

Next, we wish to present a few inspiring photo manipulation ideas. There are so many talented artists we’ve come across while doing research for this post that it would be a shame not to bring into view at least a few of their artworks. Here are three gifted designers, photographers, and retouchers, along with their breathtaking photo manipulation examples.

Impressive Digital Artists & Their Creations

Erik Johansson’s Brilliant Photo Manipulations

Erik Johansson is one of the Photoshop wizards we’ve discovered online. What first strikes the viewer is the realistic dimension the Swedish photographer adds to his surreal sceneries.

One of the artist’s creations widely featured across the web is Cut & Fold. The post-processing phase of his image took no less than 15 hours. That is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Cut & Fold Photo Manipulation by Erik Johansson

Cut & Fold © Erik Johansson

Let’s take a look at some of the latest photo manipulations posted on his website.

FREE BREAKERS: Move on, move away (2015)

Free Breakers by Erik Johansson

Free Breakers © Erik Johansson

ENDLESS REFLECTIONS: No reflections, no regrets. Endless void (2015).

Photo manipulation by Erik Johansson

Endless Reflections © Erik Johansson

Below is a short behind the scenes video of one of Erik’s latest artworks entitled Soundscapes.

Discover more of Erik’s artwork by accessing his official website: erickjohanssonphoto.com.

Amandine van Ray’s Surreal Creations

Amandine Van Ray aka Irene Zaka Miraccoon is an Estonian-born digital artist, creator of fantastic, dream-like images. Her photo manipulations transports the viewer in mysterious, surreal setting.  Here are just a few such examples:

THE HEAVENLY SHEPHERDESS (February 2015)

Photo Manipulation by Amandine van Ray

The Heavenly Shepherdess © Amandine van Ray

WAITING FOR A NEW PLAYER

Photo Manipulation bt Amandine van Ray aka Miraccoon

Waiting for the New Player © Amandine van Ray

THE FORGOTTEN SONGS

The Forgotten Songs - Photo Manipulation by Amandine van Ray

The Forgotten Songs © Amandine van Ray

Check out more of Miraccoon’s digital art on Pinterest, DevianArt or 500px.

Christophe Gilbert’s Amazing Elemental Photo Manipulations

The Belgian photographer Christophe Gilbert is the author of a few impressive liquid-based photo manipulations. As a master of advertising photography and a self-proclaimed “detail-maniac freak”, he believes that small details and the ability to re-invent oneself make the difference in his job.

Let’s take a closer look to some of his artworks.

photo manipulation arttwork by Christophe Gilbert

Photo Manipulation © Christophe Gilbert

photo manipulation by Christophe Gilbert

Photo Manipulation © Christophe Gilbert

Amazing photo manipulation by Christophe Gilbert

Photo Manipulation © Christophe Gilbert

This last artwork reminds us of Yves Klein’s deep blue hue and performance art.

Wish to discover more of Christophe’s artwork? Make sure you check out his website and portfolio.

For further information, tips and ideas, please access our guide on picture editing.

We hope you enjoyed reading our post. Is there any photo manipulation idea or artwork that grabbed your attention? If you have other smart and imaginative examples to share with our readers, just drop us a line in the comment section below. Cheers! 

Note: all images featured in this post belong to the above-mentioned authors and are protected by intellectual property rights.

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