Photo Manipulation

Photo Manipulation

Would you like to make creative photo manipulation? If yes, then this tutorial special for you!

Ok, to begin you need to find a few photos to make composition by using it. First of all find the photo of the eye. Use Google Images or different stock photo resources. Also you can use my photo. Open this file and duplicate the layer with Ctrl+J, then desaturate upper layer with Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (or use Ctrl+Shift+U):

Photo Manipulation 01

Ok, go on. Get the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select eyeball area as on my picture:

Photo Manipulation 02

Press Delete to clear selected area and remove selection with Ctrl+D. Eyeball area becomes color again.

Photo Manipulation 03

Time to add the texture to the skin. Now, find another one picture of the Earth map or use mine. Open this picture and copy it to our main canvas and reduce it a little bit. Change layer mode for this layer to Soft Light.

Photo Manipulation 04

Apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast with next presets:

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Now you should have something like this one below:

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After that make contrast correction. Now, using the Dodge Tool with moderate settings (Soft brush: 65 px, Range: Midtones, Exposure: 50%) do a little bit of dodge-work.

Photo Manipulation 07

Ok, now we need to make clear eyeball area again. Select the previous layer (Ctrl+left click the Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette) and press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection, after that press Delete to clear image in selection.

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Deselect this fragment with Ctrl+D. Then apply the Sharpen Tool (Mode: Normal, Strength: 50%) and a soft round brush about 500 px to the map layer to make it sharp.

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Move to the next step. Find a new one picture of fish in water; also feel free to use mine. Open this picture and copy it onto the main canvas. Then select water bubbles using the Polygonal Lasso Tool and cut this selected fragment to the new layer with Ctrl+Shift+J.

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Hide the layer with picture of fish (click on the eye, which indicates layer visibility), we will use it later. Now set the layer mode to Multiply for layer with water bubbles. After that move it to the eye area as on my picture below:

Photo Manipulation 11

Get the Sharpen Tool and make this layer sharp.

Photo Manipulation 03

Ok, after that select the Eraser Tool and make clear all outside eyeball area. See the result below:

Photo Manipulation 13

Go back to the hidden layer with fish and make it visible again. Select the Magic Wand Tool and divide fish from white background.

Photo Manipulation 14

Then press Delete to clear image in selected area and remove the selection with Ctrl+D. Use Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T) to reduce fish as on picture below:

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Duplicate this layer two more times and reduce it in the same way.

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That’s it for now. You are done! Here is what I got:

Photo Manipulation 17

Feel free to experiment with various photos and you will get the excellent result!


17 thoughts on “Photo Manipulation

  1. ejstan says:

    Thanks for the tuts…AWESOME

  2. mkymp says:

    hi, i need help at the part when you copy the map to the eye image.. could u please define all the steps like how u copy it and how the 2 images become one?

    1. denver says:

      i also have the same problem.. i got lost on that step since there are no specific steps to follow.. please give details on different steps for super beginners like me.. tnx..

  3. laurie says:

    hi mkymp,
    Clic here to see how to do it:

  4. robinbird says:

    I tried it!
    easy to make!

  5. mkymp says:

    thanks for the help, i have done it and it looks great!!

  6. adhan says:

    wow nice, i will try it :)

  7. apinkcherry says:

    hi, could you help me with the part where you make the eyeball clear again. i tried ctrl+shift+I but it doesn’t invert the selection..

  8. laurie says:

    Hi apinkcherry,
    Try an other key on your keyboard or go in Select > Inverse
    This way it’s should work better ! 😉

  9. latina09 says:

    now that was awesome thank u every much

  10. nsdesigns says:

    Ok, now we need to make clear eyeball area again. Select the previous layer (Ctrl+left click the Layer Thumbnail in the Layers Palette) and press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection, after that press Delete to clear image in selection.
    Can someone tell me how to accomplish this step on MAC?

  11. dan_the_man says:

    I don’t know how to do when you have to do the eyeball clear again on a Mac ?? can someone help me please.

    otherwise a very cool and helpfull tutorial :d

  12. imjake9 says:


    On a Mac, the Delete key equivalent is Backspace.

  13. Tabi says:

    I have a similar problem regarding crt+shft+I .
    Just to make sure I have the correct layer selected…
    Layer 1 copy ( second layer/Blk&Wht version)

    When it eventually does invert, (inverts whole picture).
    I cannot do the next step- Delete to clear the image selection.
    I’m using CS2, on a Laptop.

    Thanks! :)

  14. free card sharing says:

    please help me On a Mac, the Delete key equivalent is Backspace.

  15. Mina says:

    I’m trying to drag the map picture to the eye picture, and an error keeps popping up saying “could not complete your request because the layer is locked.” I’m using Photoshop CS5

  16. AlysasCupcakerie says:

    Great tutorial! I’m just having a little trouble with how the layer looks. Even after doing the brightness/contrast the map layer just looks like it’s on top of the skin, and not really part of it (sort of like it’s drawn on) like yours looks. I”m using Photoshop CS4. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks 😀

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