Having started @manipulation.clan 3 and half months ago, we have had countless requests for Photoshop tutorials. Understandably our followers would like to know how to create the marvellous images that we post. That is the main reason for this post, to give our following an insight into the creation of photo manipulation and digital art that we feature. Below we have compiled the best Photoshop tutorials of 2016, specifically for photo manipulation and image effects.

All the Photoshop tutorials that we have featured are free of charge! The aim was to give our following something that is easily accessible and easy to follow. We felt that specifically using free tutorials was the best way to do so.

Are you new to Photoshop?

Before we start, it’s worth mentioning that some of these Photoshop tutorials assume a basic level of Photoshop knowledge. If you are new to Photoshop then checkout these basic tutorials that will bring you up to speed and help you learn the essentials.

Create Warrior Drawing Dark Energy From Surrounding Elements Scene In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process I took to create this Warrior Drawing Dark Energy from Surrounding Elements Scene in Photoshop.

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Create “Drift In Space” Digital Art In Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this “Drift in Space” Digital Art in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky. Have a try!

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How To Create a Surreal Hollow Face Portrait in Photoshop

In today’s tutorial we’re going to play around in Adobe Photoshop and have fun creating a faceless man with a window to his soooouuuul! We’ll use some simple photo manipulation techniques to digitally cut away the face and tidy up the edges, then we’ll place a vibrant cosmic space image inside the head and finish it all off with some refinements, lighting effects and a complementary quote to produce a surreal piece of artwork.

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How to Create a Trippy Head Tunnel Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will explore how to create the trippy head tunnel effect.

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How to Create a Landscape Matte Painting in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to create visual development concepts for animation using matte-painting techniques.

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How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation featuring a man with a tree head.

First, we’ll create a background with field and sky and then add the model and do some retouching on him. Later we’ll add the tree, cloud and lightning and blend them with the rest using adjustment layers, masking and brushes. After that, we’ll paint the rain and raindrops as well as combining the leaves into the scene. We’ll use several adjustment layers to enhance the final effect.

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How to Create a Misty Landscape Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a misty landscape with rocks, an arch bridge, flying birds, castles, and a medieval woman. You’ll learn how to combine simple images into a cohesive scene, play with the depth and atmosphere, adjust the colors, and more.

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How to Create an Apocalypse-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

Today I’ll teach you how to create your very own Apocalypse, using photo manipulation and digital painting techniques.

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How to Create a Wolverine Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a Wolverine photo manipulation. We’ll go through a variety of photo manipulation techniques including blending, retouching, lots of painting, adjusting color, creating lighting effects, and more.

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How to Create a Dark Lady Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a dark photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, featuring a creepy lady with a foggy forest, a dark gate, flying bats and an eerie atmosphere.

First we’ll add the forest and gate and darken them to define a night background. We’ll add the model later after doing some retouch and match her with the rest using adjustment layers, masking and then with the Dodge and Burn Tool. We’ll decorate the dark night with some bats, smoke and random particles. After that we’ll change the color, contrast and light of the whole scene and do some makeup on the model to complete the tutorial.

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How to Create a Winter Landscape Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a winter landscape using a variety of photo-manipulation techniques. You’ll learn how to combine different stock images together into a cohesive scene using adjustment layers, masking and brushes. You’ll also learn how to paint the snow, make the sunlight, create lighting effects, take care of the details and more.

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How to Turn a Landscape Photograph Into an Isometric Icon in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a 3D isometric map made from combinations of a few landscape photos. No 3D software is used in this project—we are going to use only Adobe Photoshop. The end result can be used as an icon or as part of an infographic.

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Ambient Light & Beams of light in Photoshop CC

In this video I will show you how to make a cinematic ambient light effect in Photoshop by creating beams/rays of light

Creating this kind light beams is very easy and they can really enhance your images because they create depth and a better ambient light. Combine it with some basic color grading and you can create a truly interesting look.

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Skull Island – Photoshop CC Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a mysterious skull island in Photoshop.
We will use a lot of layers and layer masks in order to combine the stock images needed to create this weird skull island in Photoshop.I will show you how to create light effects and how to convert a skull into a rocky underwater island. I used Photoshop CC but you can achieve the same result with any CS version of Photoshop. For this tutorial we will also use the PixelSquid plugin in order to add realistic 3D objects on our manipulation.

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Professional Widow – Manipulation Tutorial

Time for your photo manipulation dose. This is a bit more concentrated so it’s for more experienced consumers. Ok, enough joking. 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. Enjoy.

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Creative Manipulation Tutorial – Full Moon

In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to make a creative manipulation in Photoshop using just two simple stock images

This is an easy tutorial and we will only use some layer masks, a few adjustment layers and some light effects. At the end we will use the Camera RAW filter to give the image a creative and punchy look.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial we’ll create an Alice Through the Looking Glass inspired photo manipulation in Photoshop. I will try to recreate one of the official movie posters.

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Childhood End The Last Days On Earth Photoshop Tutorial

This sci fi photo manipulation is inspired by the apocalyptic moment when life as we know it will come to an end, followed by the disintegration of planet Earth.

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How to Create a Fantasy Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy pathway scene. First we’ll build the background from grassy ground and a forest. Later we’ll add the tree, gate, small forest and pathway. After that we’ll add the child and grass, and we’ll make the basic light and color. Finally we’ll add the light texture and make some lighting effects.

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Create a Striking Photo Manipulation of a Face Distorted in Space

In this tutorial we’ll create an awesome photo manipulation of a guy’s face being distorted in space and time. We’ll use lots of native Photoshop filters and some external textures. Both newbies and advanced Photoshop users will learn some useful things and tricks from this tutorial. Let’s begin!

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Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop

Learn how to create a surreal scene of waterfall mountains in Photoshop. In this tutorial I’ll show how you can merge different stock images to accomplish a surreal and fantastic scene of waterfall mountains. You’ll learn how you can create amazing lights effects, blending mountains stocks into a cohesive scene, enhancing light effects and creating a magnificent natural environment of waterfalls. I’ll also give you some quick tip for blending mountains stocks.

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Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Man Watching a Magical Sky

In this tutorial we’re going to create a surreal photo manipulation of a man watching what looks to be a magical portal to another world. This will take you through all the process with explanation at every step.

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Create an Underwater Dreamscape in Photoshop

Learn how to emotional photo manipulation of an underwater dreamscape with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a fantasy underwater scene, place a girl in the dreamscape, then complete it with some bubbles. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photo manipulations.

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How to Create a Human Portrait of a Dog in Photoshop

Today I will be taking you though some of the processes behind simulating studio lighting on images taken outside of a controlled environment. We’ll be focusing on lighting for the most part and how to get some natural highlights and shadows.

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Create An Emotional Photo Manipulation Of A Sad Angel In Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your winged angel with ordinary stock images, do some retouch and enchantment on the angel with shadows and lighting, then complete it with rain and subtle rays of light . Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better photo manipulations.

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How to Create This Eerie Floating Island Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create an eerie floating island photo manipulation by using your vast imagination and the mighty power of Photoshop. I will introduce you to  some simple editing techniques, smart objects and adjustment layers.

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Creative Ink Drop Effect In Photoshop

In today’s episode you will learn how to create a fun ink drop effect in Photoshop. We’ll be working with free downloadable brushes, adjustment layers, 3D music notes, blending options and more. This tutorial is a little longer than 1o minutes, but it’s filled with a few tips and tricks throughout!

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Beautiful Underwater Scene in Photoshop

Create a beautiful underwater scene in Photoshop. We’ll be working with a few stocks, such as an underwater image, model, tree branches and bubbles. We’re going to be working with adjustment layers to achieve unique vintage color styles and of course a few textures to make it look more real. There’s many extra things you can add to this project, such as starfish, sunken ship ect. Have fun with this tutorial.

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Radio Active Ghost Scene – Photo Manipulation

In today’s Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create an eerie radio active ghost scene using an image from the nuclear disaster in Pripyat. We will be working with free stocks, adjustment layers, gradients. We will be adding costume shadowing, lighting, lens flares and much more. This tutorial is fairly easy. It can be completed with a beginner level. I hope you enjoy.

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Dispersion Effect: The Sun Catcher

Learn how to create a fantasy dispersion effect in Photoshop. In this episode we will be using free downloadable stock images so you can follow along. Some of the tools we will be using will be masks, adjustment layers, particle brushes that I have created just for viewers to follow along with and also we’ll be creating a non destructive lens flare. You can really customize this effect with your own touch, such as adding lens flares, light leaks or anything you prefer.

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Believe: Manipulation – Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a surreal fantasy scene using a forest background, model image, butterflies and rain Photoshop brushes for free. We’ll be using plenty of adjustment layers to match color and exposure, adding objects such as butterflies and will be working with smart objects.

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How to Create Dark Spiderman Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a dark Spiderman photo manipulation in Photoshop. We’ll first create a dark, ghastly and stormy background for our hero Spidey. After that we’ll add our hero to main scene and then we’ll blend him using blending techniques. After that, we’ll add rain effect and finalize the whole scene using adjustment layer.

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Photoshop tutorial: Master Photoshop layer effects

In this tutorial, James White shows how to add a bold, pop culture retro flair to a striking model shot kindly provided by ThinkStock.com.

You’ll learn to hone your skills with the Layers panel and useful tips in applying masking, Blending Modes and Hue/Saturation. You’ll also learn how layers react with one another when overlayed in certain ways, and how selective colour can be added to enhance the overall design.

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How to Create a Moody Scene Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create a moody scene photo manipulation in Photoshop. We’ll begin using a misty pathway image and then we’ll add forest. We’ll make the scene misty and will achieve a moody mood using adjustment layer. After that we’ll make the scene more mysterious by adding bench to scene. At the end we’ll finalize the whole scene and finish it up by creating a vignette effect.

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Dramatic Sunset Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a dramatic sunset scene in Photoshop. We’ll first a create a basic scene using single landscape stock and then we’ll create a sunset atmosphere. After that we’ll add models to scene and then we’ll blend them by creating shadows and refining the light and shade on the model. At the end we’ll finish it up by creating golden sunset scene and using adjustment layers.

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Create an Eerie Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create an eerie photo manipulation in Photoshop. We’ll first convert an ordinary forest into the dark forest and we’ll also create light effect. After adding forest, we’ll continue placing model to scene and we’ll blend her using adjustment layers. Finally, we’ll make the scene more eerie, misty and mysterious by painting mist and making the scene dark using adjustment layers.

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The Shooter Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create a shooter photo manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to achieve dramatic rainy, lightning and awesome black/white effect in Photoshop. You’ll also learn how to keep the original shadows of an image, create reflective or soaked effect for street and for shooter using filters.

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Create a Fantasy Deer Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create an adorable deer photo manipulation in Photoshop. We’ll first create a forest scene for deer using forest stock. Then we’ll add other elements such deer, woods and tree, and blend them using range of photo manipulation techniques. At the end we’ll create a light source and, finalize the whole using adjustment layers.

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Photoshop Tutorial : Create a Beautiful Sunset Landscape in Photoshop

In today’s Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a beautiful landscape matte painting in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to achieve vibrant and relaxing scene of sunset using basic and advanced photo manipulation techniques. During this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to work with layer mask, lighting effects and taking care of minor details.

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How to Create a Matte Painting Landscape of Misty Mountains in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a matte painting landscape of misty mountains. You’ll learn how to blend multiple mountain stocks into a cohesive scene, and creating misty and hazy atmosphere. You’ll also learn how to create a afar view, creating lights from afar, adding depth to scene and making the scene realistic and natural.

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Make a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we’ll create a trendy double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop with the help of Blending Modes and Clipping Masks in a few steps.

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Create a Sci-Fi Landscape Scene with Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create a sci-fi landscape scene with stars and planets.

You’ll learn how to blend different images together, make a planet and create lighting effects.

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Create a Deer Abstraction with Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a deer abstraction with Photoshop. You’ll’ learn how to combine abstract elements, work with textures and create lighting effect.

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Let us know how you get on

We are always looking for art to post on our @manipulation.clan feed. So let us know how you get on in the comments section and we will consider your creation for a feature.

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