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So you want to learn how to dive into the ever popular digital art style known as photomanipulation. Why wouldnít you? Itís quick, itís simple, itís popular, and it doesnít take much effort on a piece to get those +favs you long for. Some people think photomanipulation involves conceptual ideas, technical skill, originality, and an eye for composition. But the truth is, the more thought you put into a piece the less +favs you'll get so just ignore those ideas.

Just get rid of that brain of yours because you won't need it. There is no conceptualism in photomanipulation. Now that weíve got that taken care of, you're ready to create art. Nothing in your photomanipulation needs to mean anything, you don't need to improve your skills, you don't need to experiment, you donít even have to work hard on a piece, you just stick with this guide and your art will be the coolest thing in town and get all the +favs and popularity you ever wanted.

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-Fantasty photomanipulations: Itís the genre for you to make quick, thoughtless, fast art that will get you +favs in no time. The key to fantasy photomanipulations is simply exploring any of these numerous, awe inspiring, unique, creative ideas...

Girl on a dock, girl in a forest, girl with a horse, girl in a church, girl on a balcony, girl about to go up stairs, girl on stairs, girl in an ocean, girl on beach next to ocean, girl in castle, girl in front of a castle, girl with blood, girl standing somewhere, girl on swing, girl looking pretty, girl with wings, girl in a forest, girl with wings, girl with wings, girl with wings, girl on a dock, girl on some stairs, girl ummmm... looking girly, girl with wings, girl with a fox, girl floating in cathedral, girl on a balcony, girl looking girly, girl standing somewhere, girl in ocean, girl standing somewhere, girl stabbing herself with sporks, girl gone insane... oh wait, sorry the last two were just me.

-Dark photomanipulations: This is another genre that all the angsty kids of today will relate to. This is how to do it... you take a face of a girl, apply dodge tool to her face until she's stark white, and then add a tear brush. Because when teens cry, their tears are black and their face is usually radiating a glowing white.

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-Take some stock of a girl, and give her elf ears and white hair. Now that Lord of the Rings is out, itís the cool and trendy thing to do. Because before it, elves were just Santa's helpers, but now they're chicks with pointy ears. You can also do a self-portrait in this style. I bet you can just hear the sounds now of those +favs clicks, with your new extra sexy elongated ears.

-Just take any girl stock, white her out with dodge tool to the point of no return, and just tone the shadows (the only thing left in the photo) with a color.

-Try alot of self portrait photomanipulations. If you're hot, then you'll be fine, just add a texture to a picture of yourself. Submit alot of these pieces often (at least once a week) and you'll be sure to attract all the guys who can drool over you and the girls with low self esteem who want to look like you.

-If youíre not hot, turn emo goth and take picture with your semi-attractive goth girlfriend/boyfriend, hanging out or looking at eachother. Itís just so romantic, and you'll be sure to attract all the girls/guys who can drool over you/your companion and the girls with low self esteem who want that relationship. Donít forget to add a texture or a heart somewhere.

-Go to Nainieís page and +devwatch her. Every time she uploads a new piece, make one similar to it, upload it, and pretend your idea was original.

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-The "Crayola Colorblind Color SchemeĒ: Pick out your favorite Crayola colors from when you were in grade school... you know hot pink, pretty purples, and don't forget that sky blue. Now, use one of those as your color scheme for each piece. Who could say its horrid looking when they're blinded by that bright pink work of art?


-Basics: To make your generic photomanipulations, quick and effortless, you need a collection of good generic brushes to put in every single piece you create. Here is a good list of ALL you'll need; Hair, moon, star/sparkle, wing, tear, and bird brushes. Information about these brushes is listed below.

-Windy hair is just really important to express the deepening emotions of that girl standing by the ocean/forest/whatever. With your new hair brushes you simply give the girl a lot of windy fake looking hair and don't need to consider the fact that nothing else in the picture is being affected by this "wind." Remember, all that a good fantasy girl needs is a nice dress, a little angst, and some windy hair.

-The more stars in the piece, the more +favs you get. They can be used to cover any deviation piece. It doesnít have to be just in the sky anymore, they can be everywhere. Sparkle is a must and without it your blinding deviation just wonít be complete.

-Wings. Just add wings. Why? Because it represents absolutely nothing anymore but looks really cool.

-If there is a sky in the picture you have to add birds, you just have to, not to mention a huge moon brush that takes up half the sky.

How to find it:
-Once you see the most popular fantasy artist upload a new work of art, go find the stock they used (the links are right in their description).
-Go to, get an account, do a search, sort by most downloads (descending) and type in things like ocean, forest, and winter then pick the most popular stock everyoneís seen before.

How to use it:
-If you find a really great stock, I mean a just a really good quality, unique, awesome photo stock... just change the colors, add a texture, and submit it. Nobody pays attention to amount of manipulation between stock and photomanipulation anymore. People wonít be able to differentiate a great photo from a quick photomanipulation anyway and theyíll just quickly +fav your work. No worries.

Really, you donít need to be creative or technically advanced to get those +favs and attention you deserve. Just follow my guide and if anyone questions your amazingness, originality, or skills just call them a fool. Youíre too busy getting +favs to listen to criticism. Photomanipulation is just a great style of art to get into because everyone can relate to that girl on the edge of the dock with wings, white face, elf ears, expensive dress, and tear streaming down her face. Itís just so precious.
The Guide to Photomanipiulation: Steps to Creating Thoughtless Art You'll Be Applauded For


Perhaps I'll add more later....


And before you ask... yes, I am in fact doing this because I think I'm high and mighy, I want attention, I'm just really envious of these artist's popularity/talent/originality, and because I care so much. So feel free to take this too seriously.
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DeyMi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hahahah! very funny! this deserves a :+fav:
Hell-Bent-Wings Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Interface Designer
you're pretty damn cool XD
november511 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
hey i agree with u .. but u know what i feel .. im new to photo manip .. i like doing it and since im a beginner and this website is about encouraging art folks like u with more experience should actually give us comments and suggestions instead of visiting the same old good artists page and faving them .. we need some encouragement and some tips from u guys .. that would work so much better than sarcasm .. :)
x-Aeris Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Ha!! This is AMAZING!!!!!!
Pfft, I'm still laughing five minutes after reading x)
I bow down to your incredible satirical skills.
liannn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
This is one of the best pieces of satire I've seen for a long time =D

Still laughing my head off XD

[not literally 8D]
lifeisamaze Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Hahahaha. Very good and very true. A definite fav!
Quna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
Yay! It's cool, awsome etc.:D Some here were complaining that it's unoriginal, but I wouldn't say so. And every word here is true, I should know - I've tried out some of those things myself:giggle:
Anyway, nice one!:clap:
BratMax Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
This is wonderful. It's very true. While I enjoy some of the aforementioned manipulations, they don't make it into my favorites. They make good eye-candy, but only for the first 1,000 a day. After that it's like a whopping case of deja vu.
Toxiic-Raiinbow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Photographer
This is too true -.-
I've seen too many MS Paint '';photo manipulations'' it's not funny.
Toxiic-Raiinbow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Photographer
Silly emoticons.
Meant to say "Photo manipulations"
SneakyTomato Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
This is pretty accurate....I don't understand the trend of people dressing women in long flowing dresses...Forget creativity. But where you say, forget all planning, you're for the most correct, in the sense that everything in photomanipulation depends on the correct stock, so you can't plan beforehand on what you'll find.
SpeedBuzzer Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, great work! SATIRE IS FUN!

Even if I were (someday) to do a photomanipulation like that, I would still find this FUNNY AS HELL. :D

I don't take myself seriously. Ever.
killrb323 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008   Photographer
That has to be the longest rant I've ever read. Spot on though, although I may have missed it, I didn't see anything about making sure the girl looks as cut out of carboard as possible.

Faved, Lol.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Oh, I can rant much more than this. :) Thanks for the +fav, I'm glad the rant said something.
Kiss-The-Mask Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
I think it is a great satire. Unfortunatly, i am one of the people who fav them. But i think you did a great job on it! And much of it is true.
Thank you for voicing your opinions! it's great!
perception-obscure Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
phyrinx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Artist


*reads comments*
Who would get offended? It's fucking satire.

And it's hilarious.
madamme-rouge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh my Lord you are a genious !
:P You got my atention
Semety Featured By Owner May 4, 2006  Hobbyist Writer

I try to be original...

but I think I fav some of the ones you're complaining about :(
Moonstar1134 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
all i have to say is...MEOW!!! lol ok im dumb... Or drunk... or just dumb cause i dont drink...
mirrorkills Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EmeralddeLeeuw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: that was harsh but in many cases so very very true :|
KittyD Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: Nice tuturial. It hit home. :D
ILIKESURREAL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2005
NaIniE Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL... =p
It's a acid satire, but maybe true ...Helas. I notice it.

Go to Nainieís page and +devwatch her. Every time she uploads a new piece, make one similar to it, upload it, and pretend your idea was original.

mmmm right.

Where I am in this .... ? Away in my world, I think...
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katia-n Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2005   Digital Artist
I would like to say just : LOOOL ! :D :D
Divine-Mania Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Funny to the extreme. I literally burst laughing (okay not literally, but that's the way I like to describe it.) :)
gregoriousone Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005   Digital Artist
wait a gosh darn minute.
you mean people here, on da
(home of lots of cat pictures and skinny anime boys, anime girls with big boob, more cat pictures, and trendy vector art)
dont get satire. I find that so hard to believe what with all the open-minded creative people in this community of serious artists.
will wonders never cease.

great piece. great satire. it pushed buttons, and in my opinion satire should do that.
I can also empathize with the frustration that helped nuture this piece.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2005
Thanks for the comment :)
HermioneStar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005  Student General Artist
XD That's really funny! Girl with..everything! XP Oh yeah, and I cry out black tears. XD :+fav:
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005
Don't we all? I'm still looking for the right carpet cleaner to get the black stains out of my carpet.
dramastace Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
This would be funnier if it was original. :thumbsdown:
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
There's another Photomanpulator's Guide? I'd like to read that.
dramastace Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
It's unoriginal because it's more n00b-bashing. Frankly, I'm sick of all these people that think they are so high and mighty just because they have more experience. It gets boring and it gets repetive and it gets stupid. I haven't been watching you all that long, but from what I've seen, I did expect better of you.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
Though the introduction very much is aimed at, "so you want to get into photomanipulation" I used the examples of popular, +fav pieces of current working artists' works as the meat of the manipulation. I'm saying... this is what the popular people do, so why don't you do it too. Or, maybe you're not popular, well this is what the people with pageviews do, you should try it too.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
Who said I was bashing on noobs? If I wanted to bash n00bs I would of had a tutorial on how to make in photomanipulation in 60 seconds with Photoshop filters.

I've seen plenty of people who aren't just newcomers to photomanipulation, and have been on DA a LONG time, and still only post to recieve pageviews. They have no consideration for criticism, or improving their work, they want to recieve popularity. And they're rude to you if you even attempt to tell them the truth that they're work isn't original, or it's not conveying a good degree in manipulation. This is satire, it's using sarcasm and wit to expose something that is wrong in reality, not to convey a god like status for one's self. And it's one of the strongest ways to convey a point, because it's showing how ridiculous things in reality are.

And the reality is, people, people who've been posting here for a LONG time and continue to, are getting lazy. Do I think I'm the god of photomanipulation? Hell no. I have too much to learn. But I'm smart enough to realize there's something wrong on DA when hundreds of people +fav a piece that is a white face with a black tear. It's sad, and I would expect better of you to not critisize me for having more of a "that's awesome" attitude towards them. Should I just post on their works with a "that's GREAT!" like everyone else does? No, I'm going to expose what's under the god-like image they have of their work and themselves. Too many great artists go unnoticed here while the repeated junk is posted time and again (and applauded), and not just by the newcomers to Photoshop. It's time to expose it.
itsgonze Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
I'm relatively new at photomanipulation yet I have to agree with you--I do see a lot of the same things here on DA. I had fresh ideas before I joined, then I caught myself getting subconsciously influenced by a lot of stuff on here. I don't want that to happen.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
I did go through a really DA influence phase for awhile--doing many of the typical things (none of which are in my gallery anymore). But after awhile I started to seperate myself from it and realize what was my style and what kind of artist I am.
SpeedBuzzer Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Well said!
dramastace Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005
It's exposed. Most people know the difference between a work that has some heart in it and a work put out for pageviews. If they don't, then they wouldn't be reading your editorial or whatever it is anyways. Besides, who cares if they're the ones getting popular for meaningless work? Like I said before about people being high and mighty, who says it's your responsibilty to "expose" it? Let them have their time feeling special and move on.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005
If it's so exposed then why do people continue to take part in that "creative" style. If people knew the difference between a work for pageviews and a work of heart, then they wouldn't +fav it or continue to do these "creative" ideas.

I'm just pointing out the hilarity of the disfunctions of the people on DA. And it's not my responsibility, it's just fun. And yea, believe me I'm just SO envious of them, because internet popularity is really important to me...

dramastace Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
You know what, I'm really over this. I gave my opinion, you don't agree with me, we'll end it there.
PossessedSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Hhahaa, okay sure.
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