100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials In Photoshop

What is the best way to learn Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop? Simple, you find a good and detailed tutorial and you recreate it! Well, I suppose you know the basics of Adobe Photoshop so you can just skip the easy part of learning how the tools works and go straight down to the basic and intermediate level of photo manipulation tutorials.

To be able to grasp the knowledge in Photo Manipulation, one must experience some important aspects in Photo Manipulation such as playing with the colors, compositions and combining different graphic elements with extensive use of layer masks. Some Photo Manipulation tutorials covers those things and will help you earn useful knowledge for your future projects.

I never believe that mastering Adobe Photoshop and Photo Manipulation requires talents. I do believe that anyone can pull an excellent job in photo manipulation as long as he’s eager to learn and determine what is his goals.

Tutorials on photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop are not hard to find, in fact, it can be easily found scattered all over the internet. If you’re intereseted learning Adobe Photoshop photo manipulations, you can start on our list. In my today’s blog, I’ve gathered some of my favorite free tutorials in photo manipulation.

Photoshop Tutorial: Paint A Multilayered Surreal Portrait

Photoshop tutorial: Paint a multilayered surreal portrait - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

The stunning work that forms the basis for this tutorial was created by Rob Shields for a new exhibition called Episodes, put together by Designers Against Child Slavery. It features works that each capture one of three phases, titled Coercion, Enslavement and Restoration, in the life of a sex-trafficking victim.

Here Rob takes us through how he composited The Rose, his contribution to the Restoration phase, using a mixture of photographic and painted elements. He also explains how you can achieve more organic portraiture when you’re working digitally.

The tutorial covers digital painting techniques and gives some advice on colour and composition, as well as different effects that will help to integrate your physical work into the digital world. To work through it you will need a graphics tablet as well as pencil and paper – but don’t worry if drawing isn’t one of your stronger skills. The drawing needed in this kind of project is pretty simple and achieving realism is not a priority.
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How To Create This Freezing Cold Portrait Photo Manipulation In Photoshop

How to create this freezing cold portrait photo manipulation in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create this freezing cold manipulation with Photoshop! You’ll learn how to work with difference ice and crystal photos and complete the look with a cold blue photo effect.
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Create A Mixed Media Style Design In Photoshop

Create a mixed media style design in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create this creative mixed-media composition in Photoshop! You will learn how to combine different graphic elements with extensive use of layer masks. This is a great tutorial for designers who want to experiment with a more modern approach to digital collages.
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Photoshop Tutorial: Create Dynamic Art Using Glows And Lighting Effects

Photoshop tutorial: Create dynamic art using glows and lighting effects - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial, New York-based illustrator Kervin Brisseaux shares his techniques to create a super-powered athlete within an atmosphere that draws on the traditions of sci-fi art, as well as religious iconography such as stained glass windows.

Some of the key techniques we will be using include adjustment layers, blending modes, and even Illustrator to create some key elements (though it’s possible to follow this without using Illustrator). Feel free to be experimental with your colour values and hues to amplify the overall mood and depth of the piece.

Kervin has kindly provided both an Illustrator file of radial lines and a layered version of the final artwork. This is for your reference only and shouldn’t be used in any other way. You can find these in this tutorial’s project files on our website.
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Photoshop Tutorial: Give A Portrait A Cosmic Makeover

Photoshop tutorial: Give a portrait a cosmic makeover - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Digital artists are often asked to turn a photo of a model into a dynamic illustration, adding depth and meaning.

Here Karim Fakhoury transforms a simple fashion shot into an eye-catching work that captures power and beauty. The result would suit a wide range of purposes – from an ad campaign to a poster to the cover of your favourite creative magazine.

In creating this type of artwork, you will use a mixture of gradients, lens flares and adjustment layers in a subtle but effective way, enhancing and styling the photography without detracting from the composition and lighting.
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Abstract Photo Manipulation In Photoshop CS 6

Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS 6 - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

It’s amazing to see that such amazing images are most of the times done by simple techniques. This tutorial will show you how to achieve similar effect using Photoshop with Masks and Layer Effects. It’s an intermediate tutorial but I am sure you will have so much fun doing as we did.
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Bite Me – A Vampire Tutorial

Bite Me - A Vampire Tutorial - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

For this particular theme I have only two requirements for the source: high resolution and at least somewhat open mouth (tongue is an added bonus :P). So today we are going to turn lovely Jessica Biel into a bloodsucker, like so:
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Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial

Burning Wishes – Abstract Photoshop Tutorial - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Abstract artworks like the one you will see on this tutorial are my favorite but I have to admit that it’s a bit more difficult to come up with original ideas and concepts although once created, the tutorials are not that to reproduce by you if you have some experience so I hope you will have fun with this one. Enjoy.
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Create An Electrifying Music Poster With Geometrical Elelments In Photoshop CS 5 Extended

Create an electrifying music poster with geometrical elelments in Photoshop CS 5 Extended - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create abstract 3D shapes, stunning star flares, and more! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a high-res poster in detailed steps from start to finish. You’ll need Photoshop CS5 Extended to follow this tutorial.
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Fly High – Light Effects Tutorial + Video

Fly High – Light Effects Tutorial + Video - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a beautiful abstract artwork using light effects, a few fractal images, a custom brush and some cool post editing techniques. Enjoy.
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Photoshop Tutorial: New Tricks For Vector Portraits

Photoshop tutorial: New tricks for vector portraits - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial, Spanish artist Daniel Caballero explains how he creates his vector artworks from photo references in Photoshop. He details how he combines elements from different sources, and adds in graphic elements to create a detailed illustration, including tattoos, clothing, shadows and lighting.
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Create An Action Packed Movie Poster In Photoshop

Create an Action Packed Movie Poster in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will explain how to create a character-centered movie poster using photo manipulation techniques. We will also explain how add text to give our poster a cinematic feel.
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Photoshop Tutorial: Advanced Compositing Techniques

Photoshop tutorial: Advanced compositing techniques - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

This photomontage by Serbian illustrator Becha was created for an haute couture fashion editorial called Silent Spring that appeared in her home country’s Faar magazine. It showcases the brightly coloured clothes and shoes of designer Ana Ljubinkovic, which are perfectly complemented by Vesna’s high-end photo-illustration style.
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Learn How To Design A Charming Collage Composition

Learn How to Design a Charming Collage Composition - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Today we’re going to learn how to create a super creative collage effect, using a range of photo manipulation, blending and compositional techniques. You’ll learn how to correctly extract your images, layer up various effects to create a sense of depth and detail, and create a cool sketchy hand-drawn effect for your photos.
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Create A Trendy Retro Photo Effect In 3 Easy Steps

Create a Trendy Retro Photo Effect in 3 Easy Steps - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Retro photo effects are all the rage! There’s plenty of apps to give your photos the vintage look in your iPhone, but what about your desktop images? Follow this super quick Photoshop tutorial to easily add a retro effect to your images in 3 simple steps, or just skip to the end and download the Action.
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Android Legacy :: Messenger II

Android Legacy :: Messenger II - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

“Since there was a decent demand for tutorials about my technique on the tron/cyborg painting I did a few month ago Android Legacy

Today I tried to cover the essential steps in a making-of and how-to on this blog. The suggested requirements are Photoshop from CS3/4/5 a Wacom tablet and it is an advantage if pen tool, brushes and layers are familiar to you, just in case you want to recreate the image. The workshop is for advanced users.”
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How To Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork Using Simple Techniques In Photoshop CS5

How to Create Abstract Cosmic Artwork using simple techniques in Photoshop CS5 - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Today, I’ll show you a few quick techniques for creating abstract cosmic artwork in Photoshop CS5 – it’s all about layering, using brushes and working with blending modes. Let’s get started!
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Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create Honey And Turn Everything Into Chocolate

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create Honey and Turn Everything into Chocolate - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’m going to describe the basics of how to easily turn everything you wish into chocolate with few steps. Moreover, I’ll explain how to create realistic dripping honey by your own.
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Manipulating Hair

Manipulating Hair - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

“What started as a quick tutorial turned out to be two page long. I hope you find this helpful. You don’t necessarily have to credit me if you use it (although it’s always nice) but I would love to see what you come up with using these techniques.

I’ve been getting a lot of comments about it not looking realistic. This isn’t a tutorial to show you how to paint realistic hair, it is just to show the techniques I use for hair in my photo-manipulations.”
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Create A Surreal Sceen In A Cool Snail That Flies

Create a surreal sceen in a cool snail that flies - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create a surreal mother nature photo manipulation. This tutorial will show you how to create a completely surreal scene by combining stock photos and blending them seamlessly. You’ll also learn how to fix and enhance the lighting of your images.
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How To Create A Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation In Photoshop CS5

How to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5 - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create a Colorful Abstract Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS5. We will apply some basic Photo Manipulation techniques such as layer blending and masking, we will also practice some drawing techniques with Pen Tool and Elilipse Tool.
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Photoshop Tutorial: Create An Emotional Post War Scene

Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Emotional Post War Scene - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create an emotional post war scene photo manipulation. We will combine some picture to be manipulated into something unique and create scene with the feel of post apocalyptic war.
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The Released: Create A Dark And Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Released: Create a Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulation - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial i’m going to show you how to do a dark and surreal photo manipulation called “Released”. You will learn how to manipulate stock photos in a proper way, adjust light and shadow correctly, make a good use of adjustment layers and blending modes and more!
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How To Create An Underwater Abstract Art In Photoshop

How to create an underwater abstract art in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Ever imagined how the underwater world could have a creative, abstract side to it? This tutorial will guide you step by step on how to bring colors and life to a simple piece of stock photo using photomanipulation techniques. You will learn how to turn pieces of photographs into your very own piece of art. The steps are simple and rather easy to follow, don’t be surprised at the technical simplicity behind this seemingly intricate piece.
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Create A Dynamic Portrait With Flashy Light Effects

Create a dynamic portrait with flashy light effects - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create your own futuristic portraits with swirling ribbons of light. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create light streaks and other high-tech elements that you can incorporate into your own photos!
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My All – Manipulation Tutorial

My All – Manipulation Tutorial - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to blend a beautiful lady inside of a kind of abstract background that we are going to create.
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Photo Manipulate An Ominous Poster Design

Photo Manipulate an Ominous Poster Design - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will be creating an old poster stuck to a street wall. This tutorial covers topics like:

  • Crisp extraction of hair from the original image, without loosing any details.
  • Creating an old destroyed building.
  • Effective use of Textures and Blending Modes.
  • Creating a 3D font using Blending Mode Properties.
  • and more interesting methods to create fine details.

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Create An Artistic Photo Manipulation Of A Girl In Red Field

Create an artistic photo manipulation of a girl in red field - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create this artistic photo manipulation using a combination of stock photos. This tutorial will show you techniques for combining images and create a grunge-style fire.
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How To Create A Fantasy Haven For Travelers In Photoshop

How to create a fantasy haven for travelers in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create a secret haven in the sky! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create this surreal scene where boats pick up travelers and fly them to a secret mountain passage in the sky. This tutorial will show you how to blend images seamlessly and work with lighting and shadows.
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Turn A Photo Into An Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop

Turn a Photo into an Engraved Illustration Using Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

I have a collection of old books that I’ve never read. I have them because I love the look of the engraved style illustrations found within the pages. There’s something about that look that is incredible. The cross hatched lines that go from thick to thin to make up the shadows and highlights. It’s a very distinctive style that has a vintage appeal.

I recently set out to see if I could mimic this look in Photoshop using a photograph. What I found was that with the help of Adobe Illustrator, the look can be achieved very easily. Lets take a look.
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Making Of ‘City’s Heart’

Making Of 'City's Heart' - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Hi everyone!

Before starting the tutorial I’d like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Fabio Barretta Zungrone, and I’m currently working as a matte painter for a video game company. As you might know, this means spending a lot of time tweaking and detailing the shot you’re working on. That’s exactly why, for my personal pieces, I like to stay a little looser. What I really chase is the mood, the design, and the overall feeling of the environment, without getting too lost in details.

I had the idea of this piece in my mind for a while. I’ve always been fascinated by those crazy Japanese refineries and, more in general, by the massive scale of high-tech structures in anime like Evangelion or Blame!. Keeping that in mind, I started…
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Hopeless – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial

Hopeless – Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Welcome to another photo manipulation tutorial. This time we will make a simple yet beautiful dramatic manipulation. You will see how to create shadows and how combining a couple of images and the right adjustments you can create a cool manipulation.
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Photo Manipulate A Surreal Sky Station Scene

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Sky Station Scene - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation called “The Sky Station”. We’ll go through different techniques of manipulating, retouching, masking, using brush, coloring and much more.
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Using HDR Toning In Photoshop To Create A Fantasy Forest Scene

Using HDR Toning in Photoshop to Create a Fantasy Forest Scene - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’m going to show you my process for utilizing the HDR Toning feature of Photoshop CS5 in combination with a few lighting effects to create a fantasy forest scene.
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How To Intensify Your Landscape Photos In Photoshop

How To Intensify Your Landscape Photos in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

The post-processing stage of photography is definitely the most fun and creative. It’s where you can really transform your otherwise bland and boring photos into really intense images that draw in the viewer. In this tutorial we’ll cover the process of editing your landscape photos in Photoshop to give an epic, almost fantasy style appearance with bright colours, high contrast and lots of fine detail.
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Fantasy Photoshop Tutorial To Create Awesome Effects

Fantasy photoshop tutorial to create awesome effects - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use stock photos, adjustment layers, and blending tricks to compose a dark fantasy photo manipulation in Photoshop.
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Create A Dream In A Bottle Photo Montage

Create A Dream in a Bottle Photo Montage  - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a Fantasy Bottle World Photo Manipulation in Photoshop CS5. You will learn how to create a beautiful collage of images to design a World in a Bottle photo montage.
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Make Your Photos More Intense In 12 Easy Steps

Make Your Photos More Intense in 12 Easy Steps - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

This is the final image that we’ll be creating. This tutorial aims to show how a few simple steps can add real intensity to your image.
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Create A Dark, Atmospheric Photo Manipulation

Create a Dark, Atmospheric Photo Manipulation - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create a Surreal dark photo manipulation! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create this surreal scene where a boy is going far from his toys. This tutorial will show you how to blend images seamlessly and work with lighting and shadows. From this tutorial we also learn some advance techniques of lighting and masking.
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Photoshop Tutorial: Apply Authentic-Looking Vintage Effects To Photos

Photoshop tutorial: Apply authentic-looking vintage effects to photos - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Is there something about the main image on the right that seems, well, not quite right?

It does indeed feature a major temporal paradox worthy of Dr Who: despite its 1950s feel, nestling at the centre of the photo is an iPhone. It sits snugly in one of a new series of iPhone cases by accessory maker Proporta, designed in collaboration with vintage clothing brand Lalita.

The Photoshop workflow to attain that antique look was devised by Proporta product designer Graham Boyd, who also shot the photo. The steps he outlines here will allow you to use subtle effects to create an effective image, he says – and smart use of a series of techniques and layers should deliver results quickly and reliably.

As Graham says, it adds a new dimension to digital photography.
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Simply For You – Manipulation Tutorial

Simply For You – Manipulation Tutorial - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Adjustment Layers will be used extensively in this tutorial. You will see how to use Fill layers as well as other adjustment layers to create ambient color and special effects.
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Design A Unique Wooden Face With Fiery Eye And Tear In Photoshop

Design a Unique Wooden Face with Fiery Eye and Tear in Photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design a Unique Wooden Face with Fiery Eye and Tear in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!

The idea of this manipulation comes from browsing some ancient stone statue image on the internet – I decided to make something similar in Photoshop.
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How To Create A Deus-Ex Inspired Photo Manipulation With Photoshop

How to create a deus-ex inspired photo manipulation with photoshop - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will be shown how to create a Deus EX inspired high-tech eyeball by using retouching techniques and creating a futuristic iris using Shape layers and Layer Styles.
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Transform A Female Into A Dark Elf Using Photoshop Drawing Techniques

Transform a Female into a Dark Elf Using Photoshop Drawing Techniques - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to make drawing-style picture in a fantasy style from one photo. This tutorial is not difficult but it is more suitable for people who have some experience in Photoshop drawing.
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How To Create A Surreal Photo Manipulation Of The Eiffel Tower

How to create a surreal photo manipulation of the Eiffel Tower - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop

Learn how to create this surreal photo manipulation of the Eiffel Tower. This tutorial will show you how to blend images together using masking and lighting techniques.
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Photo Manipulate A Magical Shoe House Scene

Photo Manipulate a Magical Shoe House Scene - 100 Stunning Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop
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