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Clever Conceptual Photo Manipulations That Tell a Story

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Conceptual photo manipulations are all about depicting an idea, message, or story that a digital artist wants to convey to their viewers. In a conceptual photo manipulation the idea is the primary motive for the piece, not the materials, tools, or techniques that were used during its creation. These works are truly inspirational and tell a story through the characters, landscape, emotions, or through political or social commentary. In this collection you will find a mixed bag of clever conceptual photo manipulations, some of which include a bit of fantasy, surrealism, or humor.


Australia Post: Hug

E-mail and texting have made communication instantaneous and easy. But a hand-written letter has a personal touch to it. There is something about ink and paper that an email will simply never replace. This print advertisement for the Australia Post successfully conveys that message.


Liquid Fire

An excellent example depicting the metaphorical concept of liquid fire. It shows how fire would look if it was made of water.


Olympus: Eagle

This print advertisement by Olympus has a great concept and visual. It uses the frozen ice to symbolize that the action has been frozen in time by the camera.


Wakes You up With Every Bite

This amusing print advertisement cleverly uses Photoshop to convey its USP.


Falling Letters

Have you ever been so tired while reading that you felt the words are falling from the book? Here is a cool visual example of the same.


Creating My Own World

Creating My Own World in an impressive artistic concept. The ink represents the fluidity of imagination and creativity through which the artist creates fish, birds, butterflies and the world of his own. It has beautiful color, texture and a poetic touch.


Lens Coffee Mug

It's hard not to like this cool coffee mug. It is made from the lens of a camera that has been fashioned into a mug. I think the image is the Photoshopped prototype (of the initial concept) of Canon mugs.


The King

The King has an interesting and thought provoking concept drawing parallel between king and pawn. The artist philosophically states that when the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.


Skinbonsai

Skinbonsai is a well executed but creepy photo manipulation of bonsai created from body parts.


Help

Poor grapes are looking really scared! This fantastic photo manipulation is humorous and heartwarming at the same time. The attention to the detail is mindboggling and the concept is skillfully executed.


Go Your Own Road

Go Your Own Road has a great concept. It advises you to follow your heart.


International Handshake

It would be cool if you could shake hands with your friend in another country without a long journey or jetlag. International Handshake is an awesome example of an Out of Bounds photo manipulation concept.


Apple or Kiwifruit

This advertisement for Polident Denture Care uses fruit as an object of focus. It shows fruits like apple, pear, sugarcane each with unexpectedly soft interiors. Here it refers to the softness of kiwi fruit when you bite an apple wearing their dentures.


Love is a Learning Process

Human emotions are complex. Love is the best/worst feeling to ever have, it can be so diverse at times that you can never be sure that you know all. Though I wonder if you could learn all about love or intricacies of human feelings from books. Simplicity, colors and subject of this photo manipulation is eye-catching.


Eat Me!

What would you call them? Eggheads? And are you ready to eat them! It has the wonderful humorous concept. The expression on each of the face and eyes can surely make you laugh.


Choose Your Face

Choose Your Face has a novel concept and the attention to the details is beyond words, it almost looks real.


Toyo Tires: Octopus

This print advertisement for Toyo tires cleverly uses octopus to go with their slogan "Griping Performance".


Perception

Sometimes you might have the wrong perception about yourself and that might stress you out. This is a great example that shows how you can use perfectly ordinary objects to make a powerful message.


Wild Horses

A fascinating photo manipulation where the woman's flowing hairs are shown as horses. The peace and calmness on woman's face and the running wild horses on the other hand symbolizes the constant thought process going on in our mind. Although outwardly we might seem to be calm and relaxed. A very original idea..


Listen

An unusual concept showing hands morphed into a mouth and ear. It depicts that everyone wants an ear to voice their opinion.


Lion show

Lion Show is a print advertisement for Zoo Safari. It has an outstanding concept backed by wonderfully executed visuals to match its slogan "blend in".


Don't Get Drawn In

An excellent photo manipulation of an artist hand drawing himself.


Spiritual Milk

This is an amazing idea personifying the milk into spirit.


Strength in Every Pour

A similar concept as the one shown above but with the positive message. In this print advertisement the milk is personified to symbolize that it helps to support your heart and body.


Verbal Abuse

This powerful Public Interest advertisement campaign successfully illustrates how verbal abuse can be just as horrific as physical violence. It raises awareness of issue of vicious domestic verbal abuse.


Love Story

This is really a sad love story. It is amazing how you can tell a story with just one object. The old and faded effect gives it an interesting feel. The idea of using fruit to make something that seems so simple and yet universally recognizable is very clever.


Cigar City

A delightful and detailed imagination of city built from a cigarette’s ashes.


Life is Heavy

Another witty and brilliant piece of conceptual photo manipulation. It says something so philosophical in such a minimal and simple way.


Time Goes By

Time Goes By has creative concept of depicting fleeting time.


Reduce the Effects of A Disaster

A public interest advertisement by FEMA for Disaster Management and taking timely actions to reduce the effects of disaster. The concept is very clear and the brick typography is exceptional.


The Monster In The Mirror

The Monster In The Mirror symbolizes the hidden fear within us. The beautiful girl and the pastel colors makes the artwork more attractive.


How does This Make Your Tongue Feel?

This is how a tongue would look if it had a life of it's own. A creepy and funny concept that can make you chuckle.


The Insight Story

An excellent campaign for the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung with visuals depicting political figures and characters. The general idea is that the newspaper digs down through the layers to bring the news and the image accurately brings forth the concept.


Elements - Fire

An amazing Photoshop work showing woman dressed in fire and solidified lava. The concept is beautifully executed with great attention to details like the clouds, the lava, the debris etc. The color scheme and the firey glow which reflects on the model's body makes it an outstanding piece of work.


The Poisoned Smoke

A great piece depicting the harmful health effects of smoking cigarettes and tobacco. It is simple and powerful which makes the message very clear.


Surgeon Changes

An amazing poster illustrating plastic surgery and botox that goes behind a beautiful model's face.


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