A common desire among those who ask, what can I do with Photoshop, is to develop skills to be great at photo manipulations. Usually a Photo Manipulation (Photo-Manip) is often categorized as taking an original photograph and removing a major part, and adding a custom element. This element often time is a different major part of another image, however it can simply be a render, or re-colorizing the focal change.
Hints for Beginners
Start by learning the power of the ‘Stamp Tool.’ This tool is simple, and extremely powerful. When you wonder how someone simply made a part of an image disappear however made the background continue in that empty space, chances are they used the Clone Stamp tool. Select the tool, now hold the ‘alt’ key and your cursor will change to a sight. Click on the exact part of the image you would like to copy from. Now let go of the ‘alt’ key. Now click and ‘clone’ a different part of the image, with the part of the image you sighted. It will merely copy that portion of the picture over. Simple!
Now if you leave the sight in the same spot, it will be obvious you simply copied a part of the image. The trick is to constantly change the sight around the area you are cloning. We frequently move in a circular motion around the object we are drying to blend away, so that the cloning is even among all sides. However grab some parts on the opposite side of the image as well with the same color scheme as to mix it up.
With practice we guarantee you will be cloning out bunny ears your friends gave you last band camp. Mess around with it, and have fun with it. Photo Manipulation is merely experience with the correct tools. Now you know one of the basic and most utilized tool, run with it.
Here is an example of a photo manipulation we had done of a background from The Dark Knight. We loved the movie however couldn’t resist photo manipulating the Joker. Enjoy.