This is an overview of the Photomanipulation / Photoshop Tutorials available in my Gallery. Some are a little old (still using PS7), but the principles are still valid (even though some of the really old ones may seem outdated aesthetically). Generally, the further down in each list, the newer the tutorials.
At the bottom, you will also find a list of possible future tutorials, a collection of ideas. If you have something I could add to this list, do feel free to comment and let me know!
Photoshop / Photomanipulation Tutorials Overview
Note that some tutorials would fit in more than one category, but I chose not to repeat them!
If you are new to Photoshop / Photomanipulation, this is where you can start to get "into the groove".
- Getting to Know Photoshop: A tutorial for beginners to help get their bearings in Adobe Photoshop
- Pinboard Tutorial: this was my very first tutorial There's a lot of in depth explanation in there that should be great for beginners to get their bearings in PS.
- Golden Text with Layer Styles: Sleek golden text simply with layer styles - if layer styles are done right, they are a great tool!
These are tutorials that deal with different aspects of photomanipulation giving you a set of techniques you can use in your manips no matter what kind of manip you want to do (dark, realistic, abstract, textured, etc).
Basics: Cutting / Extracting / Masking / Selections / Blending
- Layer Masks Explained: Oh the power of the layer mask! No more erasing and having to start over in case of mistakes! This is one of the most essential things to know when you want to create manips!
- Blending Images: How to blend several images together and how to make sure they fit in the first place.
- Quick Selections in Photoshop: Shows how to use the Magic Wand and Quick Selection Tools in Photoshop - some basics plus some tips & tricks. Video Tutorial.
- Manip Tips & Tricks: Pen Tool: Clean cuts is the specialty of using the pen tool. It's not as hard as it may look in the beginning.
- Manip Tips & Tricks: Hair: A quick way to get dark hair on light backgrounds isolated.
- Manip Tips & Tricks: Blending & Stitching: Photoshop has some great features (especially in the newer versions) that will help you blend images and stitch them together, but as with most automated things, they have their limits. I'm going to show you a few automated features, such as "Align Images", "Blend Images", "Photomerge" and "Content Aware Fill" as well as ways to do those things manually and how to fix their shortcomings, such as spots that are off, using the Patch and Clone Stamp Tools for example.
- Manip Tips & Tricks: Cutting Techniques: Layer Masks with gradients for smooth transitions; Lasso Tool for fast cutting; The Easy Ways: Magic Wand Quick Mask Refine Edge / Refine Mask; Pen Tool for precise cuts; Layer Masks with brushes, filters, etc when it has to be fluffy
- Depth of Field Photomanipulation Parts ONE and TWO: You have probably all seen it done without knowing the technical term for it: that "blurry background / blurry foreground thing" that can help you get some depth into your manip. The technical term - Depth of Field - describes the part of a photograph that is in focus while the camera renders everything outside the DoF as blurry. In this tutorial, I am trying to teach you how the effect comes about in classic photography (without going into too much detail - the photographers present are asked to excuse this), what you need to look out for in terms of pitfalls and how to use Photoshop tools to simulate the effect.
Basics: Image Corrections / Digital Darkroom Techniques
- Correcting Lense Distortions: When a very wide angle lense is used, there often are distortions in the resulting image like bending lines. This shows you how to fix this as well as other distortons that can occur.
- Curves and Adjustment Layers: Video tutorial showing how to use the Curves feature as well as how to add adjustment layers. This is mostly about colour adjustments and contrast.
Basics: Stock Choice
- Stock Tutorial: shoot - process - use: Explains the "dos and don'ts" of stock photography for deviantArt stock and offers some practical advice for stock photographers while at the same time offering a way for manippers to find "good quality stock".
Basics: Colour / Lighting / Atmosphere / Blending
- Setting a Mood parts ONE & TWO: A video tutorial from 2008 showing how to add atmosphere to an image. Not quite up to my methods any more, but the principles I use are still the same.
- Layer Masks & Colour Gradients: Is all about using masks and gradients to set a mood in your image, plus some added texture work on top.
- The Lighting Tutorial parts ONE & TWO: Part 1 deals with the basics, like what should your manip look like before you start, which stock is the most suitable and which questions you should answer before you even start. It shows you how you can add the bigger shadows using gradients and how you can adjust an object's colour to better fit with its environment in a very quick-and-easy way. Part 2 covers overall lighting and colourizing before showing a different method of setting highlights and shadows than "just painting them in" thus giving you a starting point so you don't have to paint in everything from scratch. Also, it touches on how to get those "really glowy" highlights.
Basics: Textures / Brushes
This is the "How do I do this" section of my tutorials. These tutorials are not about using a specific tool, but rather on how to achieve a specific effect or look.
- Colour Isolation: How to isolate a specific colour in a photo and then turn the rest black and white. Old (2005) but useful.
- Tech Shapes & Accessories: At the time this tutorial was made (2005), there was a heavy use of scan lines, hexagons and other "tech shapes" in wallpapers and signatures. This tutorial gives some insight into what you can do with photoshop shapes and patterns.
- Crack & Peel: Adding a cracked texture to make skin seem cracked and peeling off - perfect for zombies!
- Flood It: Learn how to flood some ancient ruins step-by-step as seen in "Flooded". Also take a look at how people have flooded their own ruins / landscapes / basements / etc here: Flood it Collection.
- Manip Tips & Tricks: Over-Painting Hair: Though this is no longer the result I would be satisfied with, my basic technique for hair retouching is still the same.
- Manip Tips & Tricks: Creating Fire: I've been asked how I create believable fire as seen in my image On Fire, so here are some pointers and my method of adding flames. Also take a look at what others have done here: Creating Fire Collection.
A walkthrough is not a tutorial as such, because its purpose is to show how a specific piece was made without teaching every step. This also means that the deviations they deal with are not meant to be recreated one-on-one.
- Mercury Walkthrough: even though it's from 2006, "Mercury" is still one of my faves and this is the walkthrough for it. Teaches something about blending and textures mostly.
- Walthrough "Perspective" parts ONE - TWO - THREE: explains the steps to one of my earlier images "A Change of Perspective" in great detail. It's a rather abstract piece using photorealistic elements and textures to create a surreal feel.
- Memories Walkthrough: the deviation this one belongs to is no longer online, but even though it's a little outdated aesthetically, it may still help you get that blended look that is stil / was popular for wallpapers.
- Frozen Valley Guide: A recap of how I did "Frozen Valley". It's mainly about combining the elements and finding the right colours.
- Walkthrough The Cathedral: explains how one of my favourite images "The Cathedral" came about, focusing on some of the steps in more detail and thus providing some practical tips as well as an insight into how I work.
- Red Riding Hood Walkthrough parts ONE & TWO: Very thorough walkthrough on "Red Riding Hood". Includes Starting the manip & a trick on cutting out stock; blending and setting an atmosphere; adding an object after you've already started blending the rest; correcting the skin - Adjusting the background to fit the light; adjusting the composition; making her glow in the backlight; adding a second light source to the basket
- The Call Walkthrough: This one is a glimpse into the creation of "The Call". It gives some insights into stock choice as well as lighting corrections.
- Dark Wings, Dark Words Evolution: Shows the though process behind "Dark Wings, Dark Words". It's primary focus is to show that I often change my mind when I see that something doesn't fit the way I thought it would when I chose the stock.
Web Design / Layout / Image Formats / Animation (GIFs)
At the moment, some of these are pretty old and could definitely use a remake.
- Weblayout: Slicing: Slicing is when you cut up a complete design in order to be able to code it properly. Please note that at the time of writing this, I was using PS7 for which all web-layout related things were done in ImageReady - in newer Photoshop versions, the two programmes were combined into Photoshop.
- Save for Web - JPG / PNG / GIF: Is mainly about the different image types and when to choose which. Please note that at the time of writing this, I was using PS7 for which all web-layout related things were done in ImageReady - in newer Photoshop versions, the two programmes were combined into Photoshop.
- Animation: Teaches how to create animated GIFs. Please note that at the time of writing this, I was using PS7 for which all web-layout related things were done in ImageReady - in newer Photoshop versions, the two programmes were combined into Photoshop.
- Borders for Everyone: A guide on how to add different kinds of borders to images.
- Adding Borders in Photoshop: A video tutorial explaining how to add borders - a little more extensive than the written guide above.
- Stock Pack Template Tutorial: explains how to create a cover for a stock pack showing off multiple images in one plus some additional information.
Tutorials that didn't fit into the categories above.
- Photoshop English - German: A translation of the commands from english to German. Probably a bit outdated, but better than nothing.
- Circles and Actions: Actions are replayable sequences of steps: you record what you are doing and on the push of a button, Photoshop plays those steps back. In this tutorial, I use the random generation of concentric circles (which can be used as a design element) to show how to record your own action.
- Basic Vexel Tutorial: A tutorial made in 2006 on how to create a simple vexel (cross between a vector and a pixel image) from an existing photo.
Photomanipulation Articles from my Art Account
I also have some articles I want to share with you even though they were published at `kuschelirmel instead of here:
- Photomanips for Beginners: An article about what photomanipulation is and what you need to try it - and on the ever so important issue of "where do I get pictures to play with?"
- Of Copyright & Premades Is an article that strives to explain what copyright means, who it protects and that simply putting work into something will not make using something without permission okay.
- Know Your Basics: Colour Theory: Most of us have heard about Colour Theory - be it in school or on dA or as a term thrown about by someone somewhere. But what exactly is it? And how do you use it? This is what this article is striving to explain especially in regards to photomanipulation.
- Know your Basics: Composition: The Rule of Thirds is another one of those expressions that you have probably heard before somewhere but aren't quite sure what it means. This article strives to shed some light on this rule as well as on how to use lines and shapes in your compositions to lead the viewer's eye to the important bits. There are some compositional rules and pointers that no artist should go without knowing!
- Know your Basics: Perspective: Perspective comes in different forms, the most obvious & basic of which is the use of the word in relation to the appearance of relative orientation in a three dimensional space. At first, it may seem irrelevant to photomanipulators, (because, hey, the photographs already are perspectively sound,) but putting more than one photograph in context requires that you learn to see what makes sense and what doesn't.
- Know Your Basics: Textures: There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create / photograph texture as well as how to use them on a technical level, but the question of why and when to use textures is rarely touched. This article wants to fill that gap and therefore looks at texures from a slightly different perspective.
Collection of Tutorial ideas
I recently made a journal about why/how I sometimes hit a brick wall trying to think of a topic for a new tutorial. You can read it here. The list below is partially derived from that, partially from my own ideas. Nothing here is fixed, so just because it's on the list doesn't mean it's going to happen, but if it's not on the list... well, you get the idea. So if you have some more suggestions, do feel free to comment!
- Just remember: I do my photomanips with photoshop, so that is what I can teach, nothing else. Also note that doing a complete walkthrough of one of my manips is very difficult for me, so if you want to know how I did something, please be specific so I know what to concentrate on
- For a sample of my art, please visit kuschelirmel
- Depth of Field aka. "that blur effect" (currently working on this)
- Overview of techniques to get more depth into a photomanipulation
- Realistic blood
- Night photo effects
- Atmosphere in backgrounds (for example if you want to use just a plain forest bg, how to get it to look more gloomy, cheerful or even whimsical)
- Painting Tear Drops as seen in fav.me/d6hzeuy
- Skin and Make-Up
- How to Create the Smoke Effect seen in fav.me/d5gxqfr (ie: aside from the brush how do you make the smoke glow on edges?)
- Making something glow (lanterns for example)
- Displacement Maps
- How to make something like this? wnison.deviantart.com/art/Spri…
- Changing (hair) colours
- Blending different things into skin (wood, water, roots,...)
- Puppet Warp
- Realistic underwater scenes
Thank you to all the suggesters so far:
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