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20 Top Photo Manipulation Tutorials

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Photoshop is certainly the best photo editing application on the market. It allows us to create just about anything our minds can dream up. While it can be a lot of fun to dream up new ideas, executing those ideas can be quite challenging. In this article, we have listed 20 top photo manipulation tutorials to teach you how to perfect your artwork.

Create a Powerful Human Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create a powerful, and emotional human disintegration effect in Photoshop.

Paint With Fire

In this tutorial, Neville D'Souza will show you how to take a simple model shot and transform it into a spitting, crackling beacon of fire.

Create a Surreal "Parting of the Sea" Photo Manipulation

Water, by its very nature is difficult to convincingly incorporate into a composition. In this tutorial, you will discover how to combine advanced masking techniques, blending modes, adjustment layers and clever use of filters to part the sea and create a surreal photo manipulation.

Create a Fantasy City Using Architectural Photographs

Because matte painting often involves combining several photos to achieve an end-result, matte paintings can be great practice for anyone who wants to learn how to create photo manipulations. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a fantasy city that is built on a rock structure, similar to Minas Tirith from "The Lord of the Rings." In the process, you will learn several techniques to help you incorporate architectural photos into your artwork.

Create Polygon Graphics

In this tutorial, Adam Smith will explain how to apply polygon shapes to your artwork using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Create a Robotic Motorcycle God Using Motorcycle Photography

Sometimes all you need to create a stunning piece of Photoshop art is a camera, some Photoshop know how, and some creativity. In this tutorial, we will create a robotic motorcycle god using photos that we took of motorcycle parts.

Create a Soil Cake for Pie Charts and Infographics

Infographics are an efficient and fun way to present data. You may notice, however, that infographics are often flat vector illustrations. What if you wanted to create something a bit more photo realistic? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a soil cake using photographic elements for use in pie charts.

How to Replace a Woman’s Lipstick With Artwork Using Creative Retouching Techniques

Creative retouching techniques are often used to enhance the photography that is being used for a particular project. In this tutorial, Stefka Pavlova will show you how to replace a woman’s lipstick with artwork using some creative and effective photo retouching techniques.

How to Make a Car Advertisement Poster Design

In this tutorial by Wojciech Magierski, you will learn how to create an advertisement using several photo manipulation techniques.

Create a Horror Movie-Themed Photo Composition in Photoshop

Creating a horror movie-themed photo composition in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. Choosing the right photos is an important step in the process, but it is also important to blend those photos together in a realistic and believable way. In this tutorial we will show you how to do this using the appropriate light balance, use of midtones, depth of field, blending, and more.

Create a Dark, Conceptual Photo Manipulation With Stock Photography

In this tutorial we will be teaching how to integrate elements from different sources to create a realistic photo manipulation with dark and conceptual elements. You will learn some lighting and blending techniques as well as some interesting post-production tips.

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 this tutorial, you will learn how to Create a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop.

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. Pretty cool!

Create an Emotional, Molten, Shattered Statue in Photoshop

Photo composites often require several Photoshop tools and techniques to achieve a desired effect. In this tutorial we will combine several photos to create a statue from a photo of a model. We will then explain how modify the statue to create cracks, and molten rock using layer masks, adjustments, and several blending and painting techniques.

Create a Snowy Landscape From Desert Photography in Photoshop

Photoshop is a great tool because it allows us to be creative and produce imagery that would be impossible to create otherwise. In this tutorial we will create a snowy landscape from desert photography and photos of sand.

Nike Hair in Photoshop

In this tutorial, Abduzeedo will explain how to create a Nike advertisement using hair in Photoshop.

Create a Surreal, Politically-Charged Photo Manipulation

Photoshop is a fantastic tool to help you create all types of artwork. By combining the right photographs, you can say just about anything you want without saying a word. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a politically charged photo manipulation using quite a few stock photographs.

Create a Post Apocalyptic Panoramic Matte Painting

This tutorial is part of a two-part tutorial demonstrating how to create a post-apocalyptic photo manipulation. In Part 1, we showed how to shoot and assemble the base panorama. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to turn the image we created in Part 1 into a snowy post-apocalyptic matte painting.

Create an Intricate Mythological Statue Photomanipulation Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop photo manipulation tutorial, Joe Moore will explain how to take a stock image of a person and turn them into a statue using various texture mapping methods, and then how to place this statue into an incredible scene.

Combine a Crocodile with a Car to Create an Exotic Crocomobile

In this tutorial, Loredana Papp will show you how to merge animals and objects together in Photoshop to create a crocodile car.

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