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40 Examples of Incredible Photo Manipulation

Inspiration, Resources | Jun 10, 2009

Photo manipulation is an ever evolving collaboration between photography and graphic design.

Combining certain elements to create a unique image, that can convince even the most experienced set of eyes, requires a very creative set of skills.

Because the manipulation of a photo gives a realistic view of an unreal picture, you should have an open mind when gathering ideas on how to get creative with your images.

Photo manipulations are a great source for inspiration, generally because designers are able to express their creativity through various aspects of design.

Several of the following images contain illustrative elements, while others display a more realistic approach.

So here are 40 of the most incredible examples of photo manipulation.

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Which ones are your favorites? Please feel free to post links to other examples in the comments’ area below…

 

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  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    ahaha foot face is amazing and the head for sale. :)

  • http://www.thisiswilson.com Michael Wilson

    Most are pretty great – but some are sub par at best, most of the first few – it gets better down the way though. Big fan of the Perrier one, fantastic work.

    • Mike Meyers

      Wow you must be cool.

    • Eric

      Pretty funny! You critique the work, yet you can’t even get the brand name of the water correct!

  • http://ashishlohorung.com.np Ashish Lohorung Rai

    I liked the road being pulled……great collection…

  • http://www.vmalni.com Buzzlair Voufincci

    awesome! i like the girl with the umbrellas.

  • http://www.pubdomains.com Pubdomains

    I would like to rate them in the following order –
    #1 Panther – Big cat has come up really well in this picture manipulation
    #2 Cig with ashed city also is an excellent snap and a very well conceived idea.
    #3 Lost in the maze of roads !!! Just Amazing…

    Regds,
    Veena

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com orphicpixel

    jeez! i want to have my own collection of these one, how many days will i do for a 5 images? i love this collections

  • Atef AlShehri

    I like it ..

    This is in Saudi Arabia ..

    http://jjasso.deviantart.com/art/CIGAR-CITY-45079575

  • http://blog.fazai38.com Fazai38

    Beautiful.. fantasy yet so real.

  • http://www.embed-design.com/ Oliver

    Wow these looks just great. Awesome selection

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Adam

    I used to do a bit of photo-manipulation before getting a full time job, it’s amazing what effects you can achieve. I gotta say though none of mine were as good as those above, outstanding quality. That twisted road one is phenominal.

  • http://www.crystalvisions.nl Marc

    I’d be curious to see the original pictures to see what they started out with. Very impressive indeed.

  • http://www.csswebsites.nl/ CSS Websites

    Most of them are really great!

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at erk

    very good work

  • http://renespics.funpic.de RenesPics

    WoW! Just WoW..Amzing Photo Manipulations. Great Collection I like i =)

  • http://mesotheliomacancernewsinformation.blogspot.com/ Elena

    Nice creativity. Really superb. I am very much excited :)

  • http://www.sicanstudios.com Alex C.

    Some great manipulations there! Awesome work!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards!

  • matt

    the pics didnt work for me??

    • Danny Boy

      Matt are you serious, this stuff is way cool.

  • http://www.davidhellmann.com David Hellmann

    really great stuff!

  • http://blog.karolzielinski.com Karol Zielinski

    Incredible photos! I’m really impressed!

  • http://www.imajalah.com appleKrowak

    soooooo amaziiiiiinnnnnggg… i loooovvveeeee themmmm

  • Marta

    I`ve got three favourites: the woman in club (Perrier), the pulled road and the lost roads but I think, most are really great!

  • http://www.colormysky.com ColorMySky

    Images are erroring for me on IE7.

  • http://freelancercrowd.com/tutorials/clients-to-be-aware-of.html Crowd

    Great works

  • http://www.binnewies-partner.com Christian

    I love the one with the streets, realy amazing…

  • http://www.distrasdesigns.com Mike Distras

    Not many things genuinly make me impressed, but some of these are absolutly amazing.

    Agree with one of the other coments though, some are below par, but still good!

  • http://lenss.nl Lana
  • http://lenss.nl Lana
  • http://www.asponesgroup.com Nelson Campos

    Perfeitos!

  • http://AskKristi.com Kristi Sayles

    I liked the headless guy-now, how could he see to choose? lol

  • http://route66today.blogspot.com Russ

    Very impressive photos. I’d like to learn more about the techniques and software used. A tutorial would be nice, as would some comments on the techniques/inspirations for various photos.

  • gilles

    page does not load on my ms ie 7.0.5730.11 FR on xp sp1
    (none of the 40 images are shown)

    load ok on firefox
    load ok on opera

  • http://www.koda-creative.co.uk Jaso

    Panther head is amazing. I wonder how people think of the ideas for some of those in the first place. Surreal.

  • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

    @gilles, @ColorMySky, @Matt: all problems with the images should be corrected by now. Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience.

  • http://pasaro.110mb.com/granada/granada.html Paul

    Heads for sale is the best one.

  • Jason Miller

    I love the one with the mashed up road and also the one with the sheet road being pulled but all these images are really amazing and makes me want to attempt my own photo manipluations.

  • http://www.searchantigua.com Ken Shipley

    the 5th photo is amazing i might use that on my site if anyone is interested in following me @searchantigua

  • Nina

    awesome! the supermarket/head one isn’t that diffucult though… but the road mash one is fantastic! :)

  • http://www.terryreeves.com Terry Reeves

    Some people are talented beyond belief.

  • http://www.brushthis.com Liora

    That leopard is especially interesting. I see it was made with a photo, paintshop pro and plugin filters. It has very intricate 3D effects, a very powerful image.

  • Marika
  • Andra

    My fav is the one showing the African child, with the dehydrated skin. For me, it is very suggestive in showing the drought and its effects in Africa.
    Congrats to the artists!

  • http://www.psprint.com/stickers-labels Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    It’s a very enjoyable list. Warped imagination, inspired madness, pure genius – no matter how you try to describe these creations, one thing is certain. They are fantastic! Just makes us aware how much we love conformity. Anything out of the ordinary strikes us with a magnitude that’s really surprising.

  • http://www.b3ckstage.com B3ckstage

    Awesome blog !

  • http://www.psdvault.com James Qu

    Absolutely amazing works!!! Great collection, thank you Walter! Now I have some new inspiration for my next project!

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Incredible! Amazing! I don’t have words… Fantastic, fabulous!!!!!!! ;)

  • http://www.madeiraholidays.net madeira

    hard to see how some use photography at all – seems GFX only – but they still look stunning

  • http://www.deerawan.com deerawan

    awesome and beautiful…the road is my favourite…gr8

  • http://javacikiz.blogspot.com/ javacikiz

    Perfect!!

  • http://www.e11world.com e11world

    I wonder what types of plugins/filters they used to get these effects. I don’t think it’s just standard photoshop/corel or whatever they used. Really nice work!

  • Billiam
  • http://review-center.net/ bodyweightloss

    what a wonderful collection of plugins………

  • http://metalonic.com Silas

    Wow stunning

  • http://www.myspace.com/khanyisilemayekiso KHANYI

    damn amazing stuffs…the man on the stick and the road lost nice stuufffsssss…what SPECIAL PLUGINS ARE THESE????

  • http://www.coolershaker.com Cool pictures

    Wow, these blew me away…awesome collection. Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.bombchell.com Bombchell in Atlanta

    so much great work.

  • Carlos MV

    just wow

  • MacDX1

    It’s just Perfect!!!~~~

  • Donnellbastard

    Too bad digital manipulation isn’t real photography and shouldn’t even be called as such. Real talent comes from shooting real scenarios, real people, real objects. These people have a great imagination, and a great talent, but it just shouldn’t be called photography. Ansel Adams is a real photographer, not these artists…

    • joel

      it is still an art form.this requires talent not in the way you cherish but still talent..dont be so biased..

  • http://www.jmorcoinc.com/projects.html Jdanceproject

    Wow! freaky cool!!

  • http://fiddler.over-blog.de Daniel

    I totally love the first one! Very nice collection again – there’s nothing like a cool WDD-list at the end of a hard day ;)

  • http://www.agemcja-mojito.pl mojitopl

    a great place to get inspirations and understand how much I suck! ;)

  • http://designstudentdiary.wordpress.com Ioanis

    The first one is fantastic. All round great list!

  • sokutchi

    very cool i enjoy it >>

  • http://www.dell.com ChrisBatDell

    Absolutely beautiful work… truly inspiring =)

    Chris Byrd
    Dell Digital Life Evangelist
    Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBatDell

  • Marcus

    Wow!

  • http://www.consumedconsumer.org Consumed Consumer

    two are with cigarettes, and more than two with “mineral” water.. you can tell where the big marketing budgets are :)

  • GW

    I especially like one of the fellow pulling the road behind him. I don’t know that I’d call these photo manipulations; some look like they were painted using an illustration program.

  • craig

    I was wondering if you could purchase a print of one of these. I would definitely pay some money to get a poster version of 2 or 3 if it cost $20-$30 per copy.

  • http://www.svruhestestvenoto.com val mykov

    Don Quixote; walking “tree-man”; foot face… especially – The Choice of a Head (creativetempest/3210475627/) – are amazing…
    And many, many others also…

  • http://www.happybruno.com Bruno

    Wow. Every one of these manipulated pictures look fantastic. Very inspirational.

  • http://www.eburhan.com eburhan

    amazing !!!

  • wesh

    Here’s the original of the exploding girl (Hayden Panettiere)
    http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/gotmilk/29461/images/29461-hi-Hayden.jpg

  • Glyn

    All fantastic shots. Love the tangled road.

  • ami

    i really like the one with the guy dragging the road! very cool

  • FRANK ACOSTA

    EXCELLENT….EXCELLENT…..

  • Marty

    Love the one of the man and the dead tree!

  • gaby

    I like the disco ball melting!!

  • http://album.eddiemak.com eddie

    you are just brilliant!!!

  • http://jatmikajati.blogspot.com/ jatmika

    nice job

  • Aykut

    Great!

  • david

    GEESHHH… Im so sick of going to comments and see people screaming about the pics being photoshopped… like you guys know. These are real pics and all you posers screaming about pixels… get a life… I have seen some of these in real life.

    heheheheheee… sorry. I just had to.

  • http://whoseowncountry.blogspot.com/ scorpiogenius

    Some of them are freaky…eerie..loved the umbrellas and the girl…

  • http://www.tazman.ro/ TazMan

    cool :)

  • etaichil

    Cool….. its so amazing!

  • http://usefuldocs.atponweb.com/2009/03/effective-gooooogling.html Jagadish

    Pictures are awesome…. I couldn’t stop showering praises on the one who designed these.

  • http://sacredspace.atponweb.com/2009/06/gayatri-mantra.html Priya

    Simply Superb …

  • Alter Ego

    So great!

  • http://internet-creatives.com Andrea

    Absolutely incredible work. Who has that type of imagination to even conceive of some of those ideas?

    The picture of the girls in a nightclub, melting, is amazing. Really conjures up the concept of a really ‘hot’ night!

  • Sandesh Shinde

    ohh….wowwwwwwwwwww….. awesome work really unbelivable…… excellent keep it up

  • Efe

    Amazing stuff. …..aaaaaaaaargh…when am I gonna get this good?

  • http://modernvacuum.com Scott

    Awesome pictures. It takes some real time and dedication to come up with these amazing manipulations!

  • http://animatrick.com Animatrick

    some of them are really breathtaking .

  • http://www.businessabcpages.com Online Directory

    Wow! amazing stuff. Very inspirational.

  • Ashutosh (India)

    well well well mind blowing work! What an Idea sir G !

  • http://robinferianto.com robb

    rainbow smoke is gotta be the best.
    great pics all of them.

  • Nahia

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG VERY NICEE, I love it!

  • Sheila

    Wow! all are amazing! I like the one searching for the head. :)

  • Rakesh

    Hi!

    All works are awesome. I really like those effects and m also keen to create effects like that. So, pls help me to create thease type of effects or guide me how can i able to create that kind of effects.

    once again. Great work.

    Waiting for your quick reply.

    Thanks and Regards
    Rakesh

  • http://www.bendayan.se Pierre

    Cool post!
    This is my contribution to the list:
    http://www.bendayan.se/2009/08/21/en-riktig-usb-thumbdrive/

    cheers!

  • shahenda

    amazing………)

  • http://www.ediedson.com Mônica

    Very creative artist!

  • Erin

    Great technical mastery, it takes an awful lot of skill to pull most of these images off, and for that I can say bravo. On the other hand I thought a lot of these images were trite and lacked conceptual originality. How many times have I seen flame girl, or water girl? The image world is saturated by these, and I for one would like to see something else. A few were good and showed some interesting and unique ideas like the night club image and the road pulling, but overall they lacked ingenuity.

  • http://vijayjoshi.org Vijay Joshi

    simply awesome. I liked the guy pulling the road and man searching for head.

  • http://www.acunaphotography.com David Acuna

    The Leopard in color is AMAZING!!!

  • pesho

    amazing collection thanks

  • Jacob Radja

    i thought these were all very well put together the way u combined some of this stuff was completely seamless i loved every one of them in fact if u dont mind id like to use sum as wall papers

  • http://blog.roo13.de individualisa

    Wow, amazing pictures… I wish I would be as good in Photoshop as these people are…

  • efemeris
  • http://www.alejandroperazzo.com/ Alvaro Hernandorena

    OMG incredible, the road one is great.

  • http://www.fotostudio-kowalski.de Martin

    Just GREAT!

  • http://www.triond.com/users/missy1549 Melissa

    wow, those were awesome!!! i loved the cat pic the most tho!

    how about this pic~ http://kimixmiyako-chan.deviantart.com/art/Final-Strike-142452259
    my friend made…XD

  • http://www.aydesign.net web tasarım

    would like to rate them in the following order –
    #1 Panther – Big cat has come up really well in this picture manipulation
    #2 Cig with ashed city also is an excellent snap and a very well conceived idea.
    #3 Lost in the maze of roads !!! Just Amazing…

  • http://azizuanaziz.blogspot.com Azizuan Aziz

    that colorful smoke is totally amazing

  • http://www.moinid.com Web Ideas

    Beautifl compilation of photos

  • http://www.computerandgadgets.com Gadgets

    Wow these are some impressive artistic interpretations. Some of these are off the charts. I wish my photoshop skills were up to this level.

  • duarte andrade

    loved it! i liked particularly of the one where the roads get into a knot (sorry about my english: i`m portuguese). the work shown is quite inspirational and beautiful. i can`t acess the technical merits, but the visual feeling and the ideas portrayed in these pictures make me feel to privileged to see them. Thank you for sharing your work and allowing me to live a moment of beauty!

  • http://www.ivyblue.net Ivy Blue

    See Jeffery Scott’s Work.

    Mindbending Manipulations: http://factory1019.com/

  • an_unquiet_mind

    gorgeous, what a great collection…
    if you enjoyed them too then you might like these….

    http://www.chrismcfall.com/albumart.html

  • http://tayomismo.com Sikat ang Pinoy

    wow.. it’s really amazing. where can i find tutorials for this?

  • http://diggtheweb.blogspot.com/2009/12/find-fastest-dnsdomain-name-server-near.html kxhitiz

    Great , love it.

  • http://www.lucygrafham.com Lucy Grafham

    Talent! How can you pick a favourite? Each one makes me green with envy. Would have loved to be on the creative team of any of these.

    Stumbled Upon. Added to Favourites. Fabulous x

  • Stuart

    How did you go about creating the Panther one? it is amazing!

  • http://www.myspace.com/_rachaelpage_ Rachael

    Love the ladie in the woods, very classic fairytale id love a pic like that in my portfolio, also the melting, comic and road

    great work

  • Pieter

    All brilliant!!

    Some people have such wonderful imaginations and obviously a lot of skill and patience. Most inspiring. My congratulations to all the artists.

  • a person

    holy crap, this is freaking amazing!

  • michelle

    Looking for a photo manipulation artist to edit wedding photos.

    • http://www.presetsheaven.com Pierre

      Hi Michelle.
      I’m the founder of presetsheaven.com
      Contact me on my site if you’re still interested.

      Best regards,
      Pierre

  • http://justsearchmynameonfacebook John Greg Amores

    Hi i’m John Amores from Australia

    I like the photo were the hammer was turn like into pieces when it hit the glass. lol :)

  • http://www.bloggs74.com/ Cathy

    oh….thats really fantastic

  • http://www.hybridlava.com/ Ferguson

    very nice photo manipulation…genius stuff

  • apple

    OMg these are amazing :P

  • http://www.litmusonline.com/logo-design.aspx logo design portfolio

    Really, it’s called creativity. If someone wants to know the mean of creativity, show this page. He definitely get the real mean of creativity.
    Thanks for sharing it here.

  • http://g33kpr0n2.com chris

    Wow… some clearly more interesting than others, but each one still balls-tastic in it’s own right! =o

  • http://webbyarts.com Mohanraj
  • http://www.wearingrainbows.com/mens-waistcoats-ties-c-2659.html Billy

    these are fantastic, great work!

  • http://ram1990ec[email protected] Ramavtar

    really awesome pics
    you’ve done very fantastic manipulation

  • http://www.kivancakdeniz.com Kıvanç Akdeniz

    tree-man is really awesome!

  • http://www.clippingimages.com Shamima Sultana

    excellent work…
    really great to see these work

  • Ganiesh Hegde

    Just Outstanding…………….

  • http://www.grafikrim.com/katalog_brosur_tasarimi.html katalog tasarim

    I think not break the glass of the most beautiful .. very realistic .. I love .. Thanks ..

  • http://www.psyched.be/wordpress Darkened Soul

    All of it, nice work, liked the post alot. better than most of the stuff we see next to the road on them giant billboards… crap everywhere ;)

  • http://reflexivethougths.wordpress.com/ katchja

    I love the Dali inspired photo manipulation! when art meets cool designers…

  • ega

    realy good ilove picture….May I know how to make???pleaseee

  • Dan

    Alex Mercer in the 2 pic?

  • anahita

    i love photo manipulation and please help me for work in style

  • http://photos.jmleclercq.com jmleclercq

    Amazing collection !

  • rohith

    too good.all r excellent.great creativity

  • http://www.hanzray.com Hanz Ray

    Amazing Inspirations!

  • http://www.fightstance.com/ reyven

    Epic manipulations! WoW! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.claucebrianphotography.com/ fine art photography in Miami

    Maximum time my fillings, it is horrible … impossible …. and so on

  • Cher

    I am inspired by the beautiful images you have posted! They’re truly amazing! I would like to add this one if I may! ; ) http://www.flickr.com/photos/intocreating/3777018994/#/photos/intocreating/3777018994/lightbox/

  • http://www.asmussenfoto.dk fotograf asmussen

    I really love the one from mariano villalba. The one with the wooden horse. But all of the pictures are FANTASTIC!

  • EmeraldJazz

    These are amazing. What softwares are you using? I have been wanting to create my character and scenes from my stories with photo manipulation, but so far, I have not found a good tool, or am too uneducated to use the ones I have found. Wish I was as good as you. Great work, and awesome imagination.

  • http://www.burhanbasaran.com burhan

    Great photos

  • http://www.better-digital-photo-tips.com/ Bruce

    Fascinating collection. There is a lot of great imagination and talent being displayed here.

    Keep them coming

  • http://www.photomalaya.com Neezhom Photomalaya

    Thanks for the inspiration! great colllection :)

  • http://klingpost.com Anila Arshad

    Wow its so beautiful and amazing images of manipulation…….Nice work

  • Elvie

    wow! amazing mind… i love to learn how…

  • dean

    beautiful and amazing images of manipulation…….Nice work