Being great at the art of photo manipulation requires massive amounts of creativity, patience, planning and skills.

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with talented artists who’ve shared their surrealist photo manipulation tricks and techniques with us by way of tutorials.

If you’re interested in getting into this genre of digital art and design, this roundup of 10 photo manipulation tutorials from our archives will be a great starting point.

Have fun with these!

Make a TRON-Inspired Photo Manipulation in PhotoshopMake a TRON-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial goes over surreal photo manipulation techniques inspired by the movie, TRON.

Create a Superhero Movie Inspired Photo ManipulationCreate a Superhero Movie Inspired Photo Manipulation

Sebastiano Guerriero shares his photo manipulation techniques in his tutorial that goes through the process of creating a superhero he’s named "Super-Kid".

Create a Surreal Desert Scene in PhotoshopCreate a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop

Learn how to make a surreal scene using stock photos and Ionut Ciursa’s clever photo manipulation tricks.

Create a Realistic Space Landscape Photo ManipulationCreate a Realistic Space Landscape Photo Manipulation

Imagine a world where outer space can be seen from the ground. This surrealist Photoshop tutorial will show you how to make that imagination come true.

How to Create a Dark and Mysterious TV-Head SceneHow to Create a Dark and Mysterious TV-Head Scene

This dark scene is composed using stock photos and photo manipulation techniques in Photoshop.

Grunge Stone Woman Photo Manipulation in PhotoshopGrunge Stone Woman Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to use a stock photo and a stone texture, along with Photoshop’s layer styles, adjustment layers, etc. to create a unique scene.

Make a Surreal 3D Outdoor Room Scene in PhotoshopMake a Surreal 3D Outdoor Room Scene in Photoshop

The final product of this tutorial is a scene that makes it appear as though a person has painted an outdoor landscape as the wall of a room.

Create a Centaur Photo Manipulation in PhotoshopCreate a Centaur Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, two stock photos are photo-manipulated to create a mythical centaur.

Create a Fantasy "Night & Day" Composition in PhotoshopCreate a Fantasy "Night & Day" Composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine stock images and use the Brush tool to create a fantasy photo manipulation scene in Photoshop.

Create a Dark Melancholic Photo Manipulation SceneCreate a Dark Melancholic Photo Manipulation Scene

Graphic designer Michael Vincent Manalo is known for his characteristically dark and eerie photo manipulation scenes. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll get an inside look at his trademark techniques.

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