Photographs can be easily manipulated using the ever-powerful Adobe Photoshop in order to create stunning visually creative works of art. Using Photoshop photo manipulation, you can create the most complicated to the most minimalist ideas. For example, using a combination of techniques, you can easily create a fantasy-themed posters, an alien invasion scene or other photo effects that you only see in the movies.
In this list, we gather 20 of what we think are the most superior Photoshop photo manipulation tutorials released last year, 2010. These are all new and you may not have seen some of these tutorials yet. By going through these tutorials, we hope that you will be able to understand the key factors of certain photo manipulation techniques so you can apply them in your digital artworks.
01-Creating a Futuristic Workspace for a Beautiful Girl from 10Steps.sg
This tutorial will show how to define brush presets, using smart objects and also other simple techniques to create a futuristic workspace of a cute-looking business woman.
02-Create a Mysterious, Dark Horror Scene with Crack Brushset in Photoshop from PSD Vault
This tutorial shows you the process of creating this Mysterious, Dark Horror Scene with Crack Brush set in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky.
03-Create an Incredible Story Coming Alive Fantasy Photo Manipulation by Creative Fan
A great technique for creating motion, mood and action in an artwork is to give the sense of a story coming to life. Although used frequently in film and books, this technique also can be applied to digital art, by using an object such as a book, painting, photograph or drawing as the focal point, and then having the composition seem to spring to life from it.In this fantasy photo manipulation tutorial, you will learn how to start with just a few stock images and quickly build up an incredible story-based artwork. You’ll see how to manipulate images, add effects and build an amazing artwork in this Photoshop photo manipulation tutorial.
04-Create a Nature Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop from PSDtuts
This tutorial demonstrates how to combine several images to create a nature inspired photo manipulation like the preview image below:
05-Photoshop Marvel: Transforming the Image of a Girl into a Milk Figure by PSDeluxe
Creating a milk figure can be a great idea for an innovative milk ad campaign. The given Photoshop tutorial would brief you about the techniques to transform any image into a milk figure. All that you need to make this milk image are some photo manipulation tools, like transformation tool, burn tool, layer mask, and few stock images.
06-Create Beauty Woman Effect in Photoshop by PSDeluxe
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to add light effects to your photo and create cool photo effect from your usual image. This photo manipulation technique mainly works with layers, blending modes and brushes. Textures and stock images are also used to complete the tutorial.
07-Create a Harry Potter Style Text Effect in Photoshop by 10Steps.sg
Here’s how to create the typical Harry Potter text effect. This tutorial will show how to use bevel effect and lens blur to create depth to your artwork.
08-Na’vi Avatar Photo Manipulation by Solar Shine
This Photoshop photo manipulation tutorial shows you all the steps you need to transform yourself into a Na’vi (based on the characters in James Cameron’s movie “Avatar”). The tutorial was created using Adobe Photoshop CS2. However, you can use any version of Photoshop as the tutorial made used of some basic Photoshop tools only.
09-Create an Amazing Abstract Heart Surreal Photoshop Tutorial by Creative Fan
In this surreal Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn the entire workflow from start to finish of creating an incredible surreal abstract artwork. Starting with just a single photograph, you’ll learn how to apply adjustments to bring it into an easily workable color scheme, as well as then using the pen tool to create amazing surreal shapes. Then, you’ll learn how to finish it off with a few other effects and another stock photo, for an incredible surreal artwork.
10-Create a Greek Sculpture Using Stock Photography and Photoshop by PSDtuts
This photo manipulation tutorial will teach you how to create a Greek sculpture using several stock images. Specificall, it will tell you how to add blood, cracks, and other elements to give it texture and depth.
11 -Create a Vibrant and Eye-Catching Drink Composition using Photoshop by Creative Fan
This tutorial lets you create fun effects using liquids in Photoshop like those product ads that make use of liquids. So this time, you will learn how to create a Sobe fruit drink advertisement using some simple water stock images and a lot of easy to use techniques that will yield high quality results.
12-Design the Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Poster by Wegrahics.net
Movie posters and films are great sources of inspiration for graphic designers. With the success of Tron Legacy and its awesome light effects, we have seen several tutorials on how to realize these effects in Photoshop. Today I decided to reproduce the logo of one of my favorite film series: Pirates of the Caribbean. We are going to see the 4th chapter to the cinema, so let’s celebrate captain Jack Sparrow and his friends with this cool photo manipulation!
13-Create a Refreshing Beer Themed Poster Design in Photoshop by Colorburned
When you create a print advertisement, it’s important that all the elements of your composition are geared towards selling a product and promoting a brand. This photo manipulation tutorial demonstrates how to create a refreshing beer-themed poster design in Photoshop.
14-Money Style Illustration in Photoshop by Abduzeedo
Inspired by the Hollywood movie, “Wall Street Money Never Sleeps”, this tutorial will show you a nice technique to create a simple money style illustration using a regular photo. Although it is not as perfect as the money illustrations we see in the dollar bill for example, but this is just a quick tip.
15-Turning Photos into Oil Paintings by Photoshop Star
Here is an interesting tutorial on how to turn photos into oil painting using just Photoshop.
16-Add Your Face to Movie Poster
There are lots of tutorials out there that will teach you how replace a face with your own face on a picture.but this photo manipulation tutorial will teach you how to do this step by step so that you can put your face seamlessly on a movie poster. The process is also explained in detail so the outcome will make you look like a real star!
17-Create a Glowing Retro LCD Effect in Photoshop by Pixel tango
Smashing tutorial that teaches you how to create a very unique and retro-looking LCD effect. This effect can be applied to regular photos and leaves plenty of room for your own imagination.
18-Create a Futuristic Portrait Poster in Photoshop by Pixel Tango
Super sweet tutorial that explains in detail how to create a futuristic looking portrait poster. Learn how to combine a good set of techniques to create a crisp piece of art ready to be printed!
19-Create a Street Fighter Inspired Composition in Photoshop by PSDTuts
Creating light effects is often a pretty easy process. Giving those light effects life and making them resemble real-life objects can require a bit more skill, time, and patience. This tutorial shows you how to create a grungy, Street Fighter inspired composition that includes light, photo, and text effects.
20-Turn a Flawless Blonde Beauty Into a Sword-Wielding Fantasy Action Hero by PSDtuts
This photo manipulation tutorial lets you turn a flawless blonde beauty into a sword-wielding survival huntress. To do this, you are going to make her skin sweaty and dirty, her dress stained and torn with blood stains to the sword. You also need to manipulate her hair and create a post-apocalyptic background full of smoke and fire effects.