Photo manipulation is one of the most creative art forms to come out of the digital age. Here we showcase ten masters of this technique and 48 examples of their stunning artwork, blending real photos with synthetic elements for a surreal result.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Psdtuts in December of 2008.
1. Karol Kolodzinski
Karol Kolodzinski is a freelance graphic designer who specializes in new media design. His style has earned him some big name clients such as Coca Cola, Ikea, and more. Sound impressive? What if I told you he was only a 20 year old college student in Poland?
2. Jonathan Foerster
Jonathan has been into art from an early age. As a child, he mimicked has father's actions at the drawing table. Today he is, among other things, a traditional artist, digital artist, and active online gamer. He's 25 and currently lives in Indiana.
3. Craig Shields
Talk about one talented graphic artist. Craig is not only a master of photo manipulation, but he also has the ability to master a variety of styles. While many artists tend to follow a particular style, Craig's portfolio is filled with a variety of work from photo manipulation to digital illustration.
4. Justin Maller
Justin is a 25 year old graphic designer who currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. Aside from his personal work, he is also the creative director at depthCORE where he helps do a little bit of everything. You have probably seen some of his work floating around a number of the graphic design blogs.
5. Chris Haines
Here is another amazing digital artist of a very young age. At 19 Chris can probably man-handle Photoshop and Cinema better than most of us. He is no stranger to the online art community. Since the age of 13 he has been making rounds from one online art community to another, finding inspiration and learning new skills along the way.
6. Cristiano Siqueira
Cristiano is a freelancer from Brazil who took the typical route to freelancing by going to college for communication design and then spent a few years in the corporate world. He worked as a graphic design and packaging designer before he went into illustration full-time for himself.
7. Alberto Seveso
If you have spent any time browsing graphic design blogs looking for design inspiration, you have undoubtedly seen some of Alberto's work. Much of his work has created a number of trends in the design community. His portfolio is one the shouldn't be missed.
8. Jerico Santander
I have been a fan of Jerico's portfolio on Behance for a while now. His work is creative, bright, and just plain fun. Jerico is another one of those top photo manipulation artists whose work is constantly floating around the design community websites. Most notably, you may have seen his work on Desktopography. If you want to know what a good photo manipulation portfolio looks like, this is it.
9. Eduardo Rodrigues
Eduardo Rodrigues is a 20 year old artist from Barcelos, Portugal. He is interested in all things design, but tends to focus on digital art and photo manipulation. He is extremely active in the online art communities of Deviant Art and Behance. To connect with him, check out his portfolio link above.
10. David Waters
David Waters is currently studying graphic design at the university of Idaho. While he loves computer art, he is learning about more traditional methods of art and how to use theme in his creative process. David is constantly on the look out for other creatives to work with and learn from so that he can push his design skill to their full potential.