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20 Incredible Photo Manipulation Examples

Photo Manipulation is, in my opinion, among one of the most fascinating photography techniques out there. Photo Manipulation is the process of editing a photograph in such an extreme way that it takes on an entirely different look. Photo Manipulation goes beyond mere enhancements or corrections. Often using PhotoShop or other photo editing software and combining various elements from several photographs and other resources, Photo Manipulation blends reality with illusion to create something truly remarkable.

Check out 20 incredible Photo Manipulation examples below for inspiration in your own work. All images can be found at Imagekind.com.

Desperation by Josh Sommers

No One Wanted To Be Sued by M Fortune



Dizzy crowd by Martine Roch

Limits by Stephanie Bennett

Corsairs from Sirocco by Bartlomiej Jurkowski



Anatomy by Lisa KC

Hope Springs Eternal by PhotoDream .

Everything inside never comes out right. by Karen Biggs

Untitled by Sarolta Bán

The Whisper by Neil Carey

squid,seashell and crab by Pawel Wewiorski

One With the Earth by Day Seriani

DREAMING AGAIN by METROFADER

Storm by Lydia Marano

the loss of innocence by Ana Fagarazzi

My dream is to fly by Amalia Iuliana

The Last Angel by WanderingSoul

Day 144 - Little darling, it feels like years since by Miriness Photography

I am not a perfect man by O O

Little Fae by Tara Naomi Boliek

See more Photo Manipulation artwork at Imagekind.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/3616993194/ Mike

    Nice pics maybe check out this lass, she dose the same sort of thing and some of her work is inspirational.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/3616993194/

  • http://boomersurvive-thrive.typepad.com Rita

    Some of these are weird. Some are great.

  • http://andromeda.qc.ca sherry

    Mike, you made me smile because I kept expecting to see something from Rosie or from her boyfriend Aaron in this article. They’re both wonderful but Rosie is particularly talented at manipulating photos.

  • Katie

    I would love to see some tutorials on this. Or can anyone recommend some good books for a bit of light reading?

  • http://www.wakasmir.com Wakas Mir

    Amazing pictures :) Loved them..

  • anna B

    I think it was a good choice not to include them. Not so much the guy, but the girl stole a few shots. A bit hard to promote “manipulation” without the photo part .

  • skipc

    It’s Photoshop [no inner cap ] goes to credibility.

  • Karl

    Agree with Mike & Sherry – I love Rosie & Aaron’s photomanipulation! Cannot recommend Rosie’s Flickr enough.

  • http://www.thedwick.com trcull

    Most of these are truly amazing, thank you for sharing. I’ve always had a pretty dim view of manipulations that go this far, but this set has opened my eyes at least a crack.

  • http://www.flickr.com/natek313 natek313

    Nice pictures.

    My favorite is the one of the broken light bulb.

  • Mike

    one bandwagon I’m not getting on – STUPID – for most of the pictures.

  • http://www.ericsbinaryworld.com Eric Mesa

    They were very, very good. My FAVORITE was the one with the coats worshiping the hanger.

  • Aleeya

    I’m with Katie. Any books or tutorials recommended would be fantastic.

  • http://www.imagekind.com Nate Jelovich

    Mike, thanks for pointing me to Rosie, her work really is fantastic.

  • http://daddyoproductions.net Carrie

    Not everyone likes it…but art is emotive and generates emotion, that’s what makes it art. And let me tell you, it is no easy task doing this stuff and making it look like this! I love them all….

  • Rick

    I just love these. Even the Obama one.

    I got into a long discussion with another forum about digital art and photography. This is photo based digital art and would belong on any photo site.

    Wonderful examples

  • http://www.imagekind.com Nate Jelovich

    Thanks Rick! And everyone else for your thoughts and comments!

  • http://www.twitter.com/bwcphotoimaging BWC Photo Imaging

    These are amazing! Especially love the tonal ranges of the Karen Biggs photo and the Josh Sommers photo.

  • http://photos.rickscheibner.net Rick

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.shutteria.com Joel

    Nice, but some of them are rather disturbing.

  • http://i~netcommunications.com Eugene Lew

    I’ve seen a lot retouch works before, this is one of the best stuff i ever seen, great retouch manipulations works.
    thanks for sharing…:)

  • http://www.colleenfarrell.com Colleen

    Absolutely fantastic! Digital photo art is the wave of the future–love it! I recognized a few of the names, but others are new to me. Will check out Imagekind.

  • http://www.imagekind.com Nate Jelovich

    Great, thanks Colleen! If any of you ever have any questions about Imagekind, you can always drop me a line via twitter or just send me an email (nathan@imagekind.com). Also, facebook

  • http://fotowaton.blogspot.com/ fotowaton

    I like very much this fantastic works…thanks for this information.

  • john alabata

    I just dont have the patience to edit pics that would pass as acceptable, but i would like to give it a try anyway…

  • JKThomasser

    Dali personified, gone digital. Amazing work, whether or not they’re liked. People’s imagination awes me!

  • Derrick Robbins

    The Obama image, though i don’t agree with his politics, is extremely well constructed and gripping both compositionally and graphically.

  • Barb

    I am rather new to photography and find this technique very interesting! All of these are stunning! And a lot of patience to detail and processing! So surreal ..genius! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.imthinkingoutloud.com Lori

    Neat stuff! I do this type of work and really enjoy it. A great way to practice techniques with photoshop and photography, try new things, and of course remain sane in an otherwise insane world.

    ~Lori

  • http://www.silverhandphotography.net gina

    “Not everyone likes it…but art is emotive and generates emotion, that’s what makes it art.”
    I completely agree, Carrie. These images were inspiring and thought provoking. I am in awe of the creativity, the beauty and the balance between reality and the surreal. (You wouldn’t think it to look at me, but I am partial to the strange. I believe it is far closer to reality than most give it credit for.)

  • Joanna Fornby

    i like this girls manipulations http://xnattyx.deviantart.com/

  • http://www.jborela.blogspot.com jinky

    I love the pics. Great!

  • sahul

    I don’t quite like surreal pictures like above but Rosie Hardy’s pictures are exceptional and in a different plane.

  • http://www.mylasthope.multiply.com Geril Ventura

    this are awesome. really..really inspiring…

  • http://www.mylasthope.multiply.com Geril Ventura

    this are awesome…really, realy inspiring

  • http://www.yandephotography.com Wayan Suadnyana

    really great of work. Any body can show me how they do it?

  • http://www.baliraniwedding.com Wedding in Bali

    Thanks for the inspiration, but I don’t know make like that …..

  • Kelsey

    Rosie did not STEAL photos. she “copied” them and did not credit. It wasn’t like she was claiming something as her own… she borrowed an idea and people took it like she robbed a bank.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kokabella Terry-Anne

    Incredible! I thoroughly enjoyed these and was very inspired by them!

  • GMvhinz

    This photos are realy inspiring. But it would take a lot of effort editing this stuff to photo shop. “Patience is a virtue”….I am quite a newbie in the world of photography, but this surely give me a new perception on photography!!!

  • http://srag.deviantart.com mostafa

    thanks a lot for sharing this with us…
    some r really cliches but most of this r really unique and amazing!

  • http://www.imagekind.com Nate Jelovich

    For sure! Which ones do you think are cliche? How so? What does cliche mean in photo manipulation work?

  • Linda

    These are incredible.

  • http://w7q.net Andrei

    These are really nice examples of photo manipulation

  • http://www.nyinyimyanmar.co.cc Nyi Nyi Myanmar

    Thanks for the examples of photo manipulation. I will try them soon.
    You could reach me at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmboyz

  • Laura Higgins

    I was amazed at how well composed and thought out these photos are. I am from old school photography, but the amount of creative detail is wonderful.

  • bobby philips

    strange some are creepy.

  • http://www.nathanfrankephotography.com Nathan

    Used to be done on film, too. It was harder back then, but the results were no different. Man Ray is probably one of the most well-known photographers who did this. Jerry Uelsmann also did some pretty cool stuff with this, pre Photoshop.

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  • Nathan

    September 13, 2011 12:45 am

    Used to be done on film, too. It was harder back then, but the results were no different. Man Ray is probably one of the most well-known photographers who did this. Jerry Uelsmann also did some pretty cool stuff with this, pre Photoshop.

  • bobby philips

    November 18, 2009 03:28 am

    strange some are creepy.

  • Laura Higgins

    September 19, 2009 03:57 am

    I was amazed at how well composed and thought out these photos are. I am from old school photography, but the amount of creative detail is wonderful.

  • Nyi Nyi Myanmar

    August 3, 2009 01:52 pm

    Thanks for the examples of photo manipulation. I will try them soon.
    You could reach me at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmboyz

  • Andrei

    July 30, 2009 04:45 am

    These are really nice examples of photo manipulation

  • Linda

    July 25, 2009 11:09 pm

    These are incredible.

  • Nate Jelovich

    July 22, 2009 10:22 am

    For sure! Which ones do you think are cliche? How so? What does cliche mean in photo manipulation work?

  • mostafa

    July 22, 2009 07:38 am

    thanks a lot for sharing this with us...
    some r really cliches but most of this r really unique and amazing!

  • GMvhinz

    July 21, 2009 05:54 pm

    This photos are realy inspiring. But it would take a lot of effort editing this stuff to photo shop. "Patience is a virtue"....I am quite a newbie in the world of photography, but this surely give me a new perception on photography!!!

  • Terry-Anne

    July 19, 2009 03:55 am

    Incredible! I thoroughly enjoyed these and was very inspired by them!

  • Kelsey

    July 19, 2009 03:11 am

    Rosie did not STEAL photos. she "copied" them and did not credit. It wasn't like she was claiming something as her own... she borrowed an idea and people took it like she robbed a bank.

  • Wedding in Bali

    July 19, 2009 02:30 am

    Thanks for the inspiration, but I don't know make like that .....

  • Wayan Suadnyana

    July 18, 2009 09:48 pm

    really great of work. Any body can show me how they do it?

  • Geril Ventura

    July 18, 2009 09:33 pm

    this are awesome...really, realy inspiring

  • Geril Ventura

    July 18, 2009 09:31 pm

    this are awesome. really..really inspiring...

  • sahul

    July 18, 2009 01:26 am

    I don't quite like surreal pictures like above but Rosie Hardy's pictures are exceptional and in a different plane.

  • jinky

    July 17, 2009 09:44 am

    I love the pics. Great!

  • Joanna Fornby

    July 17, 2009 09:08 am

    i like this girls manipulations http://xnattyx.deviantart.com/

  • gina

    July 17, 2009 08:17 am

    "Not everyone likes it…but art is emotive and generates emotion, that’s what makes it art."
    I completely agree, Carrie. These images were inspiring and thought provoking. I am in awe of the creativity, the beauty and the balance between reality and the surreal. (You wouldn't think it to look at me, but I am partial to the strange. I believe it is far closer to reality than most give it credit for.)

  • Lori

    July 17, 2009 05:45 am

    Neat stuff! I do this type of work and really enjoy it. A great way to practice techniques with photoshop and photography, try new things, and of course remain sane in an otherwise insane world.

    ~Lori

  • Barb

    July 17, 2009 05:08 am

    I am rather new to photography and find this technique very interesting! All of these are stunning! And a lot of patience to detail and processing! So surreal ..genius! Thanks for sharing!

  • Derrick Robbins

    July 17, 2009 03:45 am

    The Obama image, though i don't agree with his politics, is extremely well constructed and gripping both compositionally and graphically.

  • JKThomasser

    July 17, 2009 03:30 am

    Dali personified, gone digital. Amazing work, whether or not they're liked. People's imagination awes me!

  • john alabata

    July 17, 2009 03:17 am

    I just dont have the patience to edit pics that would pass as acceptable, but i would like to give it a try anyway...

  • fotowaton

    July 17, 2009 03:11 am

    I like very much this fantastic works...thanks for this information.

  • Nate Jelovich

    July 17, 2009 02:35 am

    Great, thanks Colleen! If any of you ever have any questions about Imagekind, you can always drop me a line via twitter or just send me an email (nathan@imagekind.com). Also, facebook

  • Colleen

    July 17, 2009 02:01 am

    Absolutely fantastic! Digital photo art is the wave of the future--love it! I recognized a few of the names, but others are new to me. Will check out Imagekind.

  • Eugene Lew

    July 17, 2009 01:27 am

    I've seen a lot retouch works before, this is one of the best stuff i ever seen, great retouch manipulations works.
    thanks for sharing...:)

  • Joel

    July 16, 2009 10:20 pm

    Nice, but some of them are rather disturbing.

  • Rick

    July 15, 2009 02:28 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • BWC Photo Imaging

    July 15, 2009 07:46 am

    These are amazing! Especially love the tonal ranges of the Karen Biggs photo and the Josh Sommers photo.

  • Nate Jelovich

    July 15, 2009 07:38 am

    Thanks Rick! And everyone else for your thoughts and comments!

  • Rick

    July 15, 2009 07:31 am

    I just love these. Even the Obama one.

    I got into a long discussion with another forum about digital art and photography. This is photo based digital art and would belong on any photo site.

    Wonderful examples

  • Carrie

    July 15, 2009 01:52 am

    Not everyone likes it...but art is emotive and generates emotion, that's what makes it art. And let me tell you, it is no easy task doing this stuff and making it look like this! I love them all....

  • Nate Jelovich

    July 15, 2009 01:49 am

    Mike, thanks for pointing me to Rosie, her work really is fantastic.

  • Aleeya

    July 15, 2009 12:34 am

    I'm with Katie. Any books or tutorials recommended would be fantastic.

  • Eric Mesa

    July 15, 2009 12:25 am

    They were very, very good. My FAVORITE was the one with the coats worshiping the hanger.

  • Mike

    July 14, 2009 11:29 pm

    one bandwagon I'm not getting on - STUPID - for most of the pictures.

  • natek313

    July 14, 2009 11:00 pm

    Nice pictures.

    My favorite is the one of the broken light bulb.

  • trcull

    July 14, 2009 02:56 pm

    Most of these are truly amazing, thank you for sharing. I've always had a pretty dim view of manipulations that go this far, but this set has opened my eyes at least a crack.

  • Karl

    July 14, 2009 01:25 pm

    Agree with Mike & Sherry - I love Rosie & Aaron's photomanipulation! Cannot recommend Rosie's Flickr enough.

  • skipc

    July 14, 2009 11:46 am

    It's Photoshop [no inner cap ] goes to credibility.

  • anna B

    July 14, 2009 11:45 am

    I think it was a good choice not to include them. Not so much the guy, but the girl stole a few shots. A bit hard to promote "manipulation" without the photo part .

  • Wakas Mir

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am

    Amazing pictures :) Loved them..

  • Katie

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am

    I would love to see some tutorials on this. Or can anyone recommend some good books for a bit of light reading?

  • sherry

    July 14, 2009 10:44 am

    Mike, you made me smile because I kept expecting to see something from Rosie or from her boyfriend Aaron in this article. They're both wonderful but Rosie is particularly talented at manipulating photos.

  • Rita

    July 14, 2009 10:32 am

    Some of these are weird. Some are great.

  • Mike

    July 14, 2009 09:50 am

    Nice pics maybe check out this lass, she dose the same sort of thing and some of her work is inspirational.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/3616993194/

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