25 Photoshop Surreal & Fantasy Photo Manipulation Tutorials

Surreal & fantasy art is in general bizarre or dreamlike art. Surrealist artists tend to come up with really unique, weird and creative ideas which makes them really popular. In this post we have gathered 25 Photoshop Surreal & Fantasy Photo Manipulation Tutorials.

How to Create a Dark Surreal Illustration in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a dark surreal illustration using a few techniques and a handful of images. In the end, we will apply stylish color settings and give the illustration that extra polish it needs to give it that finished look.


Raven Queen Photo Manipulation Tutorial

In this new digital photo manipulation we’ll create a fantasy character that represents a beautiful woman who lives in a hidden castle among ravens.


Create a Fantasy Girlbird Illustration in Photoshop

What is more fun than mixing people with animals? The results can often be cute, funny, or even a bit disturbing. In today’s tutorial, I will demonstrate how to create a fantasy bird girl illustration using digital painting and photo manipulation techniques.


How to Create a Fantasy Banana Ship in Photoshop

One of the best things about Photoshop is that it allows us to create some pretty amazing images from some of the most surprising objects. Today, we will create a fantasy flying ship from a photo of a banana.


Using HDR Toning in Photoshop to Create a Fantasy Forest Scene

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.


Create a Fantasy Miniature World in Photoshop

In this tutorial we’ll demonstrate how to create a miniature world using some interesting techniques.


Create a Fantasy “Night & Day” Composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to put together some images and how to make use of some Photoshop brushes to design a fantastic fantasy photomanipulation in Photoshop. We will create a scene with a girl floating in front of a building and some vines that connect the girl to the gargoyles of the building.


Create Surreal Photo Manipulation with A Man Without Face

In this tutorial we will learn how to create selection, adjusting color, and adding depth to image.


Design A Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene in Photoshop. We will take several real world objects and seamlessly blend them together to form this artwork. We will also use a number of Photoshop brushes to spice up the effect.


Create a Surreal Sci-Fi Movie Poster with Photoshop CS5

Posters play a vital role in marketing and publicizing a movie or an event. In this Photoshop graphic design tutorial, we will be designing a science fiction (sci-fi) inspired movie poster while exploring–and taking advantage of–a few new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 that will not only save us time, but will also give us awesomely stunning results.


Create a Surreal Turtle Image

This tutorial shows the creation of one of my images. It shows how I adjust lighting and colours in my images to create this surrealistic turtle. Hopefully, you’ll be able to transfer these methods to your own work.


How to Create a Fantasy Landscape Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a fantasy landscape using some simple and easy techniques. Everyone with basic Photoshop skills can succeed to recreate this simple image using the most important thing in this kind of photo manipulation – the right stock.


Create a Lost Fantasy Micro World with Powerful Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop

Today we will take a break from the ordinary stuff and go into a fantasy world. Learn how to build up your own micro society using many different pictures and some cool photo manipulation techniques.


The creation of “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”

In this tutorial I will show you how I created “A Life Of Aquatic Sounds”. We will realize it using a variety of blending mode tricks, photo filters and other useful Photoshop techniques. At the end of this process we will have a beautiful photo manipulation, realized in a short time and a very easily way.


How to Create an Inspiring Light Bulb Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’d like to show you an easy and quick way on how to blend glass and apply lighting effects and color adjustments to get the exact picture you want.


How to Create a Dark and Mysterious TV-Head Scene

For this Photoshop tutorial, I will be showing you how to make a dark and mysterious scene with the subject having a TV for a head. You will see how to seamlessly replace a person’s head with another object—in this case, a television—and how to create a stormy sky using brush strokes. We’ll also deal with creating realistic lights and shadows as well as how to retouch subjects who are against a light source.


Trap Your Friends in a Jar Using Photoshop

Have you ever had a friend who was so great that you wanted to put them in a jar and save them for later? Ok, that might not be possible and may be a bit creepy but in Photoshop you can do anything right? In this tutorial we will learn how to take photos of your friends and place them into jars. This tutorial is a lot of fun and is something that you can do with practically any digital camera and Photoshop. Let’s get started!


Create a Surreal Out of Bounds Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will combine several images of water, animals, and people to create a surreal out of bounds photo manipulation in Photoshop. Let’s get started!


Undress a Giraffe in Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to know what a Giraffe looks like without its spots? If so, this tutorial is for you, you pervert! Today, we will demonstrate how to undress a giraffe by removing its spots. We will then show how to turn its spots into an outfit that will be draped over an ironing board. Pretty cool! Let’s get started!


How to Create a Chilling Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how I created a fantasy photo manipulation called “You Can Not Frost The Time” with using several Photoshop tools such as Color Range, different blending modes, and more. Let’s get started!


Fantastic Tree

Surreal photo manipulation tutorial.


Making of Urban

The objective of this mattepainting was above all to improve my skills. I did not have an precise idea of what would give the final image. I wanted simply to carry out a urban landscape and to integrate natural elements into it.


Make incredible surreal images

Create slick digital artworks and hone your use of colour and shape, with these brilliant tips from Photoshop guru Vincent Fraser.


Making a Surreal Manipulation in Photoshop

This is not going to be a difficult tutorial, we are going to work mainly with adjustment layers.


Surrealistic Room Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial, we will be creating a surrealistic room with realistic water as its floor, real clouds as its wallpaper with a clock on the wall and a boat on the water floor. We will learn a lot of technical aspects like visualizing and creating a perspective using the ruler and the transform tools especially the distort tool, creating realistic waves using the brush tool and two wave brush sets, using brush textures and apply it to the walls to make them realistic.


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