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Photoshop Manipulation tutorial by tamaraR Photoshop Manipulation tutorial by tamaraR
A step-by-step tutorial on how I manipulate. I don't always work the same way but I mention several
techniques that I use more often in my work. Photomanipulation is a lot about experimenting and seeing what works.

Please use this tutorial as practice or a guideline. Don't copy my work and call it your own. Be creative!

Finished work


I wrote an article with more information on photomanipulation and techniques here:
Photomanipulation walkthroughStep 1: Idea (message, composition) You decided that you want to make a photomanipulation. But what to make? There are so many photomanipulations already out there and mostly with the same theme. So you decide you don't just want to stick a pretty girl onto a beautiful background. No you want to be original and have your manipulation portray a message everyone can relate to. Think of things that are important to you, that lay close to your heart. They can be emotions (love, hate, sadness, anger) or experiences, hobbies (art, sports etc), things you are struggling with. Or they can be global themes like (beauty, money, economy, eating disorders, war, relationships etc.) Of course if you choose to portray something as love there are many ways to do so. Do you want it to be a surreal depiction of love, or dark, fantasy, sci-fi, conceptual, humourous... your choice will of course decide the whole 'feel' of the image. So choose wisely as they say. Now that you have your theme y

I haven't mentioned this in the tutorial because I haven't used it but the group folder found at the bottom of the layer menu is another handy tool. It let's you create folders in which you can place layers so you can move them all at once.

Stock used:
Deer [link]
Forest [link]

Brushes used [link]
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorial is very helpful!! :) (Smile) 
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Digital Artist
:iconthankyouveryplz: Glad I could be of help. :D
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Huggle! Hug 
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XxTheAvengerXxX Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
This is AWESOME! <3
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014   Digital Artist
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XxTheAvengerXxX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
You're very welcome! :D
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WonHitWonder Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!  Only thing I can really think of here is that it's a little tough to read the text that's sandwiched between the images. That's pretty much it though, keep up the good work :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the feedback. :D
Do you mean the smaller text underneath the series of pictures at the top half? Or do you mean where I inserted an screenshot of my settings?
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WonHitWonder Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The text in the top half, where there's just one line of text squished between the pictures
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Teddy-Cube Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
this really awesome tutor tamara :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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dolphinswing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
i really happy n thanks for sharing ... keep share
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013   Digital Artist
I will. Thanks :aww:
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x-Pixel-Pusher-x Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing. :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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x-Pixel-Pusher-x Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   General Artist
Your very welcome my friend. :)
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ilovemyhusky Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
TY so much for the fantastic tut.
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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WinterNyx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Very nice and detailed. Thank you for making this :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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RonaldEM Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Nice. so to practice!!
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   General Artist
Awesome tutorial! :love: 
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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Damagekid19 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
pretty cool
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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Manink Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Really useful, thank you so much :icondancingcatplz:
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, incredibly clear and informative!
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconblinkthanksplz: dear. :iconpinkballoonplz:
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honeycat007 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
usually I'm not a big fan of photomanip, but this is an exception. Wonderful art and a good thorough explanation!
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconthankyouveryplz: for the incredible compliment. I really appreciate it. :heart:
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honeycat007 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
no problem!
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Linstock Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
This is great. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise.
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you for sharing this!It is great!:thanks::huggle:
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconblinkthanksplz: dear. :hug:
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Isalline Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much for the share my Dear, your tutorial is very informative and very interesting ! :hug:
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconthankyouflowerplz: dear. :hug:
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peroni68 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! :heart:
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel, weet maar nooit wanneer dit van pas kan komen! :heart:
Er staan in ieder geval dingen in die ik nog niet wist.
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Graag gedaan. :D
Je kan veel van die trucjes ook gebruiken voor digital painting. :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja, ik heb al een hele tijd een manip in mijn hoofd, maar het komt er telkens maar niet van,
als het dan eindelijk een keer gaat gebeuren is het fijn als ik de kleuren een beetje kan aanpassen van de verschillende onderdelen. ;)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Ja idd. Maar jij kan toch al goed manipuleren? Je katje met vleugeltjes zag er te gek uit. :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Je weet nooit alle trucjes, er zijn er te veel :iconyesyesyesplz:
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LEON-ANGELA Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wonderful .. Really a fictional
I suffer from this problem a lot .. Perfected the work and influences, but I'm not creator of choice and coordination
Thank you very much .. Really wonderful idea
Good day
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconthankyouflowerplz: for your wonderful and sweet comment. :hug:
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LEON-ANGELA Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
your very welcome sweet :huggle:
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nala-2009 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
amazing tutorial
it's really help me out
big thanks :hug:
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