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80+ Best Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

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In the art of designing, knowledge on photo manipulation and its corresponding technique is a major edge among other designers… Why? Because it gives you the advantage of creating world-class designs from a simple photo or image. By the simple act of manipulating an image, numerous possibilities such as styles, images and designs are opened for you to explore and influence.

Photo manipulation is the art of photo editing. It is another name of passion and creativity. Photo manipulation is not a cup of tea for the beginners. But it’s a passion for many designers out here including me. One should have lots of patience and creativity to turn a simple photo into an amazing visual art.

Some applications that exist in Photoshop is capable of producing various kinds of image effects, photo manipulation, image abstract design, 3D, and several other design features with a very satisfactory quality. There are many tutorials that help beginners to complete their passion. Here we have collected a bunch full of tutorials that will help you in learning the art of photo manipulation. Most of the tutorials are fresh while some are repeated.

If you think editing your photos to make them look stunning is difficult thing, then you must check out this post of 85+ Photo Manipulation tutorials. You can learn some amazing technique from these tutorials that you can apply next time you want to manipulate your photos.

How to Turn a Photo Into a Beautiful Painting in Photoshop

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Converting a photo into a painting takes more than just using Photoshop’s default tools. You need a variety of filters, brushes and design techniques to actually make it look realistic. Fortunately, it’s still an easy process, especially since we’ve spelled it all out for you in this tutorial.

How To Devastate London – Photo Manipulation

How To Devastate London – Photo Manipulation

In today’s tutorial, Matte Painting 101: Create a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop we will give New York City a break and will destroy London with a devastating tidal wave. 

Human- Panther Photo Manipulation

Human- Panther Photo Manipulation

Portrait Tutorial – Create a Greek Statue

Portrait Tutorial – Create a Greek Statue

In today’s tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create a Greek sculpture using several stock images.

Stunning Product Shot Using Professional Lighting Effects

Stunning Product Shot Using Professional Lighting Effects

Today I’m going to teach you how to create some truly awesome lighting effects.

Fantastic Tree

Fantastic Tree

Achieve Brilliant Lighting Effects In Photoshop

Achieve Brilliant Lighting Effects In Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the essential process of achieving brilliant lighting effects in Photoshop.  Using default brushes, blending options and a few stock images, you’ll learn step by step a variety of techniques that you can use in your own digital artworks to achieve professional results.

Making A Superhero Movie Teaser Poster

Making A Superhero Movie Teaser Poster

In this tutorial I will give you an example of how to create a movie teaser poster. It will show you how to draw a mask for your character using the pen tool , blend modes and textures.

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Playing With Custom Brushes To Create Magical Scenes

Playing With Custom Brushes To Create Magical Scenes

Photoshop brushes are tools often underestimated. Download the set, load it and click over your canvas: this is the typical use of them.

Create A Funky Urban-Inspired Scene In Photoshop

Create A Funky Urban-Inspired Scene In Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are going to create a colorful scene inspired by breakdancing and the urban lifestyle. We will be using some Photoshop brushes, photo-blending techniques, and advanced lighting techniques to achieve the final result.

Create A Surreal Out Of Bounds Photo Manipulation In Photoshop

Create A Surreal Out Of Bounds Photo Manipulation In Photoshop

In this tutorial we will combine several images of water, animals, and people to create a surreal out of bounds photo manipulation in Photoshop.

Create A Magic Crystal Ball

Create A Magic Crystal Ball

In this tutorial we will learn how to create some cool effects, really easy and simple to do it. We will create an Magic Crystal Ball on the hands.

How To Break An Egg In Photoshop

How To Break An Egg In Photoshop

Create this amazing broken egg illustration in Photoshop. This in-depth tutorial contains 50 steps to show you how to use shapes, gradients, selections, and more to create this artwork.

Egg Planet Fantastic Globe Photo Manipulation

Egg Planet Fantastic Globe Photo Manipulation

How To Create A Dark Emotional Photo Manipulation

How To Create A Dark Emotional Photo Manipulation

this tutorial, you will learn how to blend different images to make a dark atmospheric background, modify the dress of the model, apply makeup, paint hair,  blend different objects in the background, and more – all to create a moody illustration.

Glass Yellow Tomatoes

Glass Yellow Tomatoes

TV Aquarium Digital Drawing

TV Aquarium Digital Drawing

Fruit Bulb

Fruit Bulb

Create An Incredible Story Coming Alive Fantasy Photomanipulation

Create An Incredible Story Coming Alive Fantasy Photomanipulation

In this fantasy photomanipulation tutorial, you’ll learn how to start with just a few stock images and quickly build up an incredible story-based artwork.

The Creative Process Of Digital Art

The Creative Process Of Digital Art

 In this tutorial, author Valentin Petroff explains the creative process behind “”Summoning the Life” Digital Art in Photoshop.

Manipulate A Dancer Illustration In Photoshop

Manipulate A Dancer Illustration In Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see how to manipulate a single stock image in Photoshop to create a dance illustration.

Create A Mixed Media Piece Using Photoshop

Create A Mixed Media Piece Using Photoshop

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to take any drawing and turn it into a mixed media masterpiece using Photoshop. We will be combining some digital painting techniques with textures and light effects to achieve the desired result.

How to Make a Car Advertisement Poster Design

How to Make a Car Advertisement Poster Design

In this graphic design tutorial, we’ll cover the essential advertising workflow.  By following along with this Photoshop ad tutorial, you’ll see how to take just a simple stock image and build a pixel perfect artwork around it, while also communicating valuable information about the brand to viewers.

Create a Surreal, Politically-Charged Photo Manipulation

Create a Surreal, Politically-Charged Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a politically charged photo manipulation using quite a few stock photographs.

Elephant Sundai Manipulation

Elephant Sundai Manipulation

Design A Severed Arm In Photoshop

Design A Severed Arm In Photoshop

In this tutorial we will explain 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.

How To Create An Apple Zipped In an Orange

How To Create An Apple Zipped In an Orange

In this tutorial I will show you how to manipulate some photos of an apple and orange to make it look like the apple is wearing the orange as a mask.

Create a Fantasy Peacock Princess Composition

Create a Fantasy Peacock Princess Composition

In this Psd Premium tutorial, author Ryan Forshaw will demonstrate how turn a standard stock photo of a female model into a fantasy Indian princess.

Facing a New Day – Photoshop Manipulation

Facing a New Day – Photoshop Manipulation

 In this manipulation tutorial I will show you how to create a really nice sunrise scene. I will show you how to transform a day picture into a sunrise using some adjustment layers and gradient maps.

Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation

Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation

Learn how to use Photoshop to create this amazing photo manipulation using several clever techniques such as using the Liquify tool to bend twigs and branches. The most important part of this tutorial will show you how to use layer blending modes and the Shadow/Highlights adjustment to create an ethereal tone effect.

How to Create an Autumn Fairy Photo Manipulation

How to Create an Autumn Fairy Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a fantasy scene of an autumn fairy. This tutorial will show you how to create hair, makeup, and apply lighting effects in simple steps to help improve your photo manipulation skills and techniques.

Photoshop tutorial: Paint a multi-layered surreal portrait

Photoshop tutorial: Paint a multi-layered surreal portrait

The tutorial covers digital painting techniques and gives some advice on colour and composition, as well as different effects that will help to integrate your physical work into the digital world.

Photoshop tutorial: Advanced compositing techniques

Photoshop tutorial: Advanced compositing techniques

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to incorporate all these elements into one image and get a dreamy, surreal atmosphere inspired by nature.

Photoshop tutorial: Eroded fashion portraits

Photoshop tutorial: Eroded fashion portraits

The tutorial shows you how to use the Pen tool and colour selection tools to isolate key parts of the composition and then combine them.

Photoshop tutorial: Create a glowing superhero

Photoshop tutorial: Create a glowing superhero

Here Kervin Brisseaux shows how he turned a basic illustration into a retro-futuristic artwork in Photoshop.

Photoshop tutorial: Paint with fire

Photoshop tutorial: 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.

How to Create an Awesome Splashing Sneaker in Photoshop

How to Create an Awesome Splashing Sneaker in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will use some simple techniques to create a splashing sneakers effect. Lots of copy and paste commands along with some well chosen stock images will be our ingredients for this scene.

Create this Floating Superhero Scene

Create this Floating Superhero Scene

Create this awesome sci-fi photo manipulation in Photoshop! You will learn how to combine stock photos and apply sci-fi lighting effects to create this artwork. This tutorial is recommended for intermediate-expert Photoshop users.

Freestyle Human Portrait Manipulation in Photoshop

Freestyle Human Portrait Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Freestyle Human Portrait Manipulation in Photoshop with Brush Painting and Layer Masking.

How to Create a Red Riding Hood Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Red Riding Hood Artwork in Photoshop

Learn how to create this fantasy photo manipulation of Red Riding Hood. This tutorial will show you how to work with the Pen tool, create an illusion of depth, lighting, and more!

Kawaii! A Manga Tutorial

Kawaii! A Manga Tutorial

This is a tutorial on how I turned delightful Christina Ricci into an anime-style character for my entry Kawaii!

Photo Manipulate a Terrifying Halloween Demon in Photoshop

Photo Manipulate a Terrifying Halloween Demon in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a dark fantasy scene featuring a dark demon coming out from fire.

How to Create a Chilling Portrait Manipulation for Halloween

How to Create a Chilling Portrait Manipulation for Halloween

Learn how to add a deadly-look to a portrait photo. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to use a skull to give the face a creepy look, apply lighting effects, and more.

How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

Learn how to create this artistic photo manipulation where you will learn how to blend images together and edit them using non-destructive techniques.

Vampire Effect in Photoshop

Vampire Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial is a bit more advanced but the result is really awesome. I will show you how I turned a portrait into an evil vampire in Photoshop.

How to Create an Epic Portal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create an Epic Portal Scene in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, Jenny Le will show you how to create a surreal portal photo manipulation with a leaking light effect.

Create a Queen in the Dark Night Photo Manipulation

Create a Queen in the Dark Night Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial we are going to create an emotional fantasy scene featuring a queen hunted in dark mystic night.

Take My Soul Away – Photoshop Tutorial

Take My Soul Away – Photoshop Tutorial

In this new tutorial we’re going to learn how to extract an object from a white background,create a paint effect using some brushes and create a quick HDR effect in a few easy steps.

Learn How to Photo Manipulate the Colorful Portrait

Learn How to Photo Manipulate the Colorful Portrait

This tutorial will guide you on how to turn a plain portrait into a unique, colorful and complex piece of art.

Create a post apocalyptic scene in Photoshop

Create a post apocalyptic scene in Photoshop

In this manipulation tutorial I’ll show you how you can use a few stock images to create a post-apocalyptic scene in Photoshop using manipulation techniques to change the lighting of a scene.

Photo Manipulate a Mystical Warrior Scene

Photo Manipulate a Mystical Warrior Scene

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a conceptual surreal photo-manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advanced tools.

We Bring The Peace – Manipulation Tutorial

We Bring The Peace – Manipulation Tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to set the luminosity for the layers to create the perfect light effect,use some brushes, change the color balance and the curves for some nice result.

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork

Today, I’ll show you a few quick techniques for creating abstract cosmic artwork in Photoshop CS5 – it’s all about layering, using brushes and working with blending modes.

Combining Black & White and colors – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

Combining Black & White and colors – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an abstract artwork in Photoshop by combining black and white and colors.

Can We Survive? – Photoshop Tutorial

Can We Survive? – Photoshop Tutorial

This is a quite simple manipulation that we’ll create today.We’ll use a few stock images,some texture,some brushes and we’ll change some tones to create a dramatic feeling.

The Fallen Angel – Photoshop Tutorial

The Fallen Angel – Photoshop Tutorial

 It’s more about body retouching techniques than manipulation because I will show you how to smoothen skin, add hair, makeup and of course how to get to the result you see on the preview.

Make a surreal loneliness scene in Photoshop

Make a surreal loneliness scene in Photoshop

Sometimes a simple composition can be more effective when it comes to transmitting a concept. The composition is a key element in this kind of artworks. Knowing a few composition rules, even the simplest artwork can be an amazing one.

Use Photoshop CS6 to Create a Micro Machines Inspired Scene

Use Photoshop CS6 to Create a Micro Machines Inspired Scene

 In this tutorial we will utilize Photoshop’s new 3D capabilities as well as its new content aware features to create a Micro Machines inspired composition.

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork

How to Create a Beautiful Abstract Artwork

Today, I’m going to show you how use custom brushes and some cool post editing techniques in Photoshop CS5 to create a beautiful abstract artwork. Layered PSD file included.

Create a Mixed Media Style Design In Photoshop

Create a Mixed Media Style Design In Photoshop

 This is a great tutorial for designers who want to experiment with a more modern approach to digital collages.

Create a Dynamic Portrait with Flashy Light Effects

Create a Dynamic Portrait with Flashy Light Effects

This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create light streaks and other high-tech elements that you can incorporate into your own photos!

Create this Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation

Create this Amazing Fashion Photo Manipulation

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to integrate a model in dark environment and apply abstract lights effects over the scene. Basically we’re going to create some nice sparkly effects and connect them with a certain model, mixing up everything with a nice suitable background.

Create a Surreal Smoking Photo Manipulation

Create a Surreal Smoking Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation 

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Create the Emotional Photo Manipulation Firing Heart

Create the Emotional Photo Manipulation Firing Heart

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a photo manipulation with firing effect.

Create a Dramatic Building Explosion Scene

Create a Dramatic Building Explosion Scene

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a dramatic building explosion scene.

Song For A Raven – Photo Manipulation Tutorial

Song For A Raven – Photo Manipulation Tutorial

We are going to create an eerie manipulation today in Photoshop. So get ready to enter into a fairytale mood.In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use Gaussian Blur for backgrounds, apply textures for changing the tones,use the brushes and make your images sharpen without losing the quality of the image.

Create an Amazing Surreal-Style Tree-house in Photoshop

Create an Amazing Surreal-Style Tree-house in Photoshop

Create this beautiful treehouse artwork using a combination of photo manipulation and painting techniques. Find out how to easily draw a surreal-looking tree easily using the Brush tool, clouds from scratch, and more!

Photo Manipulate an Exotic Snake Charming Scene

Photo Manipulate an Exotic Snake Charming Scene

Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

Abstract artworks like the one you will see on this tutorial are my favorite but I have to admit that it’s a bit more difficult to come up with original ideas and concepts although once created, the tutorials are not that to reproduce by you if you have some experience so I hope you will have fun with this one.

Photo Manipulate a Magical Shoe House Scene

Photo Manipulate a Magical Shoe House Scene

Create a Surreal Floating Stone Structure Scene

Create a Surreal Floating Stone Structure Scene

Create a Mini Planet Using Photoshop’s 3D Capabilities

Create a Mini Planet Using Photoshop’s 3D Capabilities

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a mini planet using Photoshop’s 3D capabilities.

Professional Widow – ManipulationTutorial

Professional Widow – ManipulationTutorial

In this manipulation I will show you how to play with fire, how to smoothen skin using the Mixer Brush Tool and how to create realistic light effects. This is for the slightly more advanced manipulator.

Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Create a Studio Sports Portrait

Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Create a Studio Sports Portrait

In this tutorial he will demonstrate how to create a studio sports portrait using the same techniques that you may have seen on billboards and in magazines.

Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effect

Using Custom Photoshop Brushes to Create an Immersive Lighting Effect

In this this tutorial I’m going to walk you through a few steps on how to use custom Photoshop brushes along with a few vector elements to create this immersive lighting effect composition.

Create a Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation

Create a Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to compose magical scene from different stock images, how to create strong atmosphere and add interesting lights and shadows.

Simple Facial Manipulation

Simple Facial Manipulation

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Very Simple Facial Manipulation with Layer Mask and Custom Brushes in Photoshop.

Create an Elephant Sundae Using Photo Manipulation Techniques

Create an Elephant Sundae Using Photo Manipulation Techniques

Photoshop is great at seamlessly combing photos to create an entirely new scene. In this tutorial we will create an elephant sundae using several stock photos.

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Sky Station Scene

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Sky Station Scene

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation called “The Sky Station”.

Design a Scenic Out of Frame Photo Manipulation

Design a Scenic Out of Frame Photo Manipulation

Turn a Portrait Photo Into a Painting

Turn a Portrait Photo Into a Painting

In this tutorial we will turn a photo into a digital painting using several techniques to achieve a mixed media look.

Fly High – Light Effects Tutorial

Fly High – Light Effects Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a beautiful abstract artwork using light effects, a few fractal images, a custom brush and some cool post editing techniques.

Create a Floating Over-Grown

Create a Floating Over-Grown

In this tutorial we will combine several stock images to create a floating over-grown tree house in Photoshop.

How to Turn Humdrum Photos Into Cinematic Portraits

How to Turn Humdrum Photos Into Cinematic Portraits

There are a plethora of ways to treat a portrait, for a myriad of uses, but that is for another feature. Let’s tackle adding drama or a cinematic quality to a regular, humdrum portrait.

Design a Futuristic Abstract Portrait

Design a Futuristic Abstract Portrait

This tutorial will walk you through the steps of how to create your very own futuristic artistic portrait.

Create a Cybernetic Woman in Photoshop

Create a Cybernetic Woman in Photoshop

In this long and detailed tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a cybernetic woman using a photo of a model and a few stock images.

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