Photo manipulation is one of the digital arts that merge photography and computer graphics. While photography prefers to keep photos unedited, photo manipulation aims to deliver a message or idea by merging photos and applying computer graphic effects to the artwork.
Some designers and artists confuse photo manipulation with digital painting. Unlike digital painting that paints the artwork, photo manipulation uses different resources such as photographs, 3D, and illustrations to visualize the ideas.
Frequently updated softwares, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, help artists and designers to create photo manipulation artwork much faster and easier than before. The new tools and features are becoming more and more accurate, which helps you to create more realistic artwork.
Before you start your artwork, you need to think about the idea that you would like to visualize. The best method to do this is to draw your thoughts on a piece of paper.
Then, you can start collecting resources. For example, you can start taking photos that will be used in the photo manipulation artwork, or buy stock photos from websites, such as istockphoto.com or shutterstock.com. You can also get inspired by other artists’ artwork such as the following creative examples.