Monday, April 4, 2011

Photo Manipulation

Would you like to make creative photo manipulation? If yes, then this tutorial special for you!

Ok, to begin you need to find a few photos to make composition by using it. First of all find the photo of the eye. Use Google Images or different stock photo resources. Also you can use my photo. Open this file and duplicate the layer with Ctrl+J, then desaturate upper layer with Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (or use Ctrl+Shift+U):
Photo Manipulation 01
Ok, go on. Get the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select eyeball area as on my picture:
Photo Manipulation 02
Press Delete to clear selected area and remove selection with Ctrl+D. Eyeball area becomes color again.
Photo Manipulation 03
Time to add the texture to the skin. Now, find another one picture of the Earth map or use mine. Open this picture and copy it to our main canvas and reduce it a little bit. Change layer mode for this layer to Soft Light.
Photo Manipulation 04
Apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast with next presets:
Photo Manipulation 05
Now you should have something like this one below:
Photo Manipulation 06
After that make contrast correction. Now, using the Dodge Tool with moderate settings (Soft brush: 65 px, Range: Midtones, Exposure: 50%) do a little bit of dodge-work.
Photo Manipulation 07
Ok, now we need to make clear eyeball area again. Select the previous layer (Ctrl+left click the Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette) and press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection, after that press Delete to clear image in selection.
Photo Manipulation 08
Deselect this fragment with Ctrl+D. Then apply the Sharpen Tool (Mode: Normal, Strength: 50%) and a soft round brush about 500 px to the map layer to make it sharp.
Photo Manipulation 09
Move to the next step. Find a new one picture of fish in water; also feel free to use mine. Open this picture and copy it onto the main canvas. Then select water bubbles using the Polygonal Lasso Tool and cut this selected fragment to the new layer with Ctrl+Shift+J.
Photo Manipulation 10
Hide the layer with picture of fish (click on the eye, which indicates layer visibility), we will use it later. Now set the layer mode to Multiply for layer with water bubbles. After that move it to the eye area as on my picture below:
Photo Manipulation 11
Get the Sharpen Tool and make this layer sharp.
Photo Manipulation 03
Ok, after that select the Eraser Tool and make clear all outside eyeball area. See the result below:
Photo Manipulation 13
Go back to the hidden layer with fish and make it visible again. Select the Magic Wand Tool and divide fish from white background.
Photo Manipulation 14
Then press Delete to clear image in selected area and remove the selection with Ctrl+D. Use Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to reduce fish as on picture below:
Photo Manipulation 15
Duplicate this layer two more times and reduce it in the same way.
Photo Manipulation 16
That̢۪s it for now. You are done! Here is what I got:
Photo Manipulation 17
Feel free to experiment with various photos and you will get the excellent result!



  1. Wow beatiful pictures and nice work. :D

  2. It is a nice creature. I like this guide. We can improve our knowledge of photo shop to follow the above exercise.

  3. nice share it is very helpful for all designer

  4. Wonderful blog.Thank you.........


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