Photomanips for Beginners, Part II

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If you haven't done so already, now would be the time to read Photomanips for Beginners, Part 1 as it covers everything before you open the programme of your choice including where to get photos. In this part, I'll be giving you some tutorials and links to news articles that should be helpful to get you started on a more practical level.

How do I start? - One Step at a Time

I know it's tempting to just skip the blah-blah and dive into the tutorials - but please bear with me, reading through this will explain my tutorial choices and ultimately it will help you get started more smoothly

All programmes used for photomanipulation should be capable of using layers - here are two tutorials that explain the basic layout of Photoshop and the way layers work in that programme: Getting to know Photoshop & Photoshop Tutorial Layers. Even if you're using a different programme, I suggest you take a look at it and then look at what you use. I'm sure you'll find plenty of similarities that you can make use of which btw goes for most tutorials out there: if you can't find one that deals with your programme, try to find any tutorial that pertains to your "task at hand" and adapt what you've learned. Of course, in the beginning, it may all be way too confusing, but it'll get easier with time, I promise.

Once you've chosen a programme to do your photomanips in, the best way to get going is to simply start experimenting. Don't try to create a masterpiece or even "just" a complete manip the first time you open *insert programme of choice here*! It will only serve to frustrate you because you'll be running from one virtual wall into the next. Instead, try to find your way around the programme. Start without using actual photos, just doodle around and find out which button does what and which tools may correspond to something you may already know from other art fields (like drawing, taking pictures etc). For example, most programmes will have a brush tool that mimmics real life brushes (especially combined with a tablet). When you get bored, open a photo and play with that. Then open a second one use drag and drop to put it "onto" the first photo and see what else you can do now... etc.

TIP: Every programme usually comes with a help file that you can access either by hitting the F1 button (you'd be surprised how often this works!) or through the programme's top menu. If you get stuck on something, try to find out the name of the tool you're trying to use (by hovering over the button) and use that as a keyword for the help file's search engine. You'd be surprised how much you can actually learn from doing this! Usually, it tells you what you were looking for and 5 other things that can come in handy, too.

Once you feel bored by "just looking around", it's time to make that last step toward your first real manip: find some stock photos that you would like to combine and give it a try!

Here are some tutorials that may help to familiarize yourself with the programme and with doing actual photomanipulations:

Note that you'll soon find that there's a million and one way of doing things in *insert-programme-of-choice* - the challenge is to find the way that suits you best and gets you the results you were looking for. There is NO right or wrong, just "better for this situation".
Also, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me (preferrably via comment here so others can see it as well), however please keep in mind that I use Photoshop and have never even opened any of the other programmes, so I can not help you with those!

Most of these are for Photoshop because it's the programme most widely used and thus most tutorials deal with it - if you know any more (on or off dA) that are for Gimp or PSP or any other programme please let me know!

:bulletpurple: PHOTOSHOP: :bulletpurple:

Abstract Wallpaper Tutorial by LongyZ Guide to PS Brushes by nokari Curves and Adjustment Layers by kuschelirmel-stock :thumb118336079: :thumb74495404: Adding Borders in Photoshop by kuschelirmel-stock Your Signature to Brush Movie by BarryKiddPhotography Planet City Video Tutorial by KatiBear Quick Tutorial: vintage style by Whimsical-Dreams Tutorial_Make Folder Icon Fast by petercui Tech Shapes and Accessories by kuschelirmel-stock 'Memories' Walkthrough by kuschelirmel-stock Beginners - 01 Half Sepia Tone by Resonating-Rhythms :thumb144476085: Manip Tips + Tricks: Pen Tool by kuschelirmel-stock ManipT+T Layer Masks Explained by kuschelirmel-stock Flood it -Tutorial- by kuschelirmel-stock Advanced Light + Shadow by archetype-stock The Lighting Tutorial - Part 1 by kuschelirmel-stock :thumb133893419: :thumb71772221: Photomanipulation Tutorial by Cocodrillo Easy Tutorial by MikezIre-Stock ABC to Manipulation - part 1 by Eilorendil
The last thumb is part 1 of 10! Be sure to check out the rest, too!

More PHOTOSHOP tutorials:
~ deviantArt Photomanip Tutorials / Application Reference Tutorials ~
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:bulletpurple: GIMP: :bulletpurple:

Make a GIMP Brush by surfing-ant
Vintage look in Gimp by CrazyMurdock1 Recoloring Eyes for Gimp by droz928 Cutting With Gimp by Razoress GIMP Tutorial: Know Your Tools by Xadrea Stamp Tutorial by SparkLum Suspense - Tutorial by Silaynne

More GIMP tutorials:
~ deviantArt Photomanipulation Tutorials / Application Reference Tutorials ~
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:bulletpurple: PAINT SHOP PRO (PSP): :bulletpurple:

PSP6:  Change Hair Colour by backtothelight
Movie Poster Skin PSP8 by TammySue Tutorial. by scarexxbear Horse in Water Tutorial by suntanna Basic Photo Manip Guide: Part1 by HideTheDetails Create a sky with stars by azurylipfe TUT: making fog by greenleaf-imagery

More PAINT SHOP PRO tutorials:
~ deviantArt Photomanip Tutorials / Application Reference Tutorials ~
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:bulletpurple: GROUPS on dA that are related to TUTORIALS: :bulletpurple:

:iconphotoshop-tutorials: :iconphotoshopelements: :iconmasterphotoshop: :icontutorialsclub: :icondivine-tutorials:

If you know of more useful sites for tutorials or other tutorial-oriented groups on dA please do tell me so I can add them :heart:

More Articles and Links

Know your Basics - Colour Theory (the manip way)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.
The Technical Part
Thankfully, there's tons of reading material about colour theory. Starting with the wikipedia article on the subject (which seems rather dry and boring to be honest) and ranging to tutorials written by deviants for their fellow artists. Those are the ones I'd like to recommend to you to get started in colour theory:

Still too dry and technical?
Okay, let me put it this way: the use of colours in your artwork can determine its mood and atmosphere. If you do it well, it can draw in the viewer and make them see what you want them to see by putting emphasis on certain parts. Colour theory gives you a way to know in
Photomanips for BeginnersWhat is a photomanipulation?
Photomanipulations are images that have been composed of two or more photographic elements to create something new.
This is what the gallery description states. But what does it mean?
It means that a photomanipulation is based on photographs.
Not sketches scanned in (like line art for example) or screenshots from a video game. However, if you scan a photograph or for example dried flowers, it would be considered a photograph; while a photograph taken of line art still remains a sketch and is not consiered a photograph. Video game screenshots are copyrighted images btw and as such cannot be used at all.
It means that you need to use more than one photograph.
Retouching work as well as work that uses brushes or texture overlays only to "spice up" a photo that was taken by yourself(!) should be submitted to Photography > Darkroom, while work that uses stock images (i.e. images that you did not take yourself) should be

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BeehiveStudio's avatar
Hey darling, this info is gonna come out in the December special of #dArtzine as an article, you'll get full credits as the writer, I'll be sending you a note soon to ask you for a higher resolution of some of your images, so I can design the article, is that alright?

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sure thing :blowkiss: just tell me which ones and how big you need them :love:
Lou-in-Canada's avatar
o my gosh.. I did it!! Downloaded GIMP. eeeeee how exciting! Look what i did? [link]
Thisn't quite a manipulation yet.. but now at least its a start! :lmao:
:iconveryexcitedplz: :iconveryexcitedplz: :iconveryexcitedplz:
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now that is good news! great to see you like it :heart:
Ablackwind's avatar
Thank you so much for these wonderful and extremely helpful tutorials. Merry Christmas! :heart: :cuddle:
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you're most welcome, I hope they help :aww:

Merry Christmas to you too!
kuschelirmel's avatar
:aww: to you as well - merry christmas :heart:
damilepidus's avatar
You are the goddess of helpful, not to many of the best manip artist share like you do, thanks so much :santa:
kuschelirmel's avatar
you're most welcome :hug:
damilepidus's avatar
:hug: Now if only I could incorporate your tuts and lessons into my manips LOL
kuschelirmel's avatar
it'll come with time :hug:
hannahharry's avatar
Thank you so much for all of this, must have taken you ages

Thanks again!
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it took longer than I thought ^^;

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