3 Fun Photo Manipulation Ideas and How to Execute Them

posted by Chris Valentine

Want to make your photos more fun? Check out these fun and funky photo manipulation ideas to turn your photos into digital works of art.

There are over 500 million active users on Instagram daily.

With that kind of competition, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd — especially if your photo-editing skills are lacking. Instead of throwing up the white flag and settling for mediocracy, step up your photo-editing game.

Want to make your photos more fun? Keep reading to discover fun and funky photo manipulation ideas to turn your photos into digital works of art.

1. Selective-Color Edit

A selective-color edit can make a powerful image if done in the correct way. This edit makes the whole photo appear black and white, except for one focal point which remains in color. This helps draw the eye into the subject of the photo and provides a unique edit.

To start, you’ll want to duplicate the image layers in your editing program. Then, using the saturation tool, you’ll desaturate the background image of all colors.

Select the layer that remains unedited and navigate to the Color Range tool. From there, use the eyedropper tool to select the color tones that you want to remain. Keep in mind, that while your subject may appear all one tone, there are likely several tones of the same color due to highlights and shadows.

Once you select your tones and hit okay, you’ll want to inverse your selection. Then, press Delete and all the color aspects of the photo except your subject will be removed.

2. Mirror, Mirror

Using a simple mirror effect is an easy way to make a dramatic edit on your photo.

The easiest way to do this is to find a mirror images online tool. Upload your image and click the Flip option until the photo is facing the direction you desire. Then, save the newly edited photo.

To make this edit fun, consider how you can place the same image mirroring itself for an interesting effect. One of the photo manipulation examples includes you dramatically posing with your hands reaching out in front of your body. Then, after mirroring the image once, you can put the two images into one canvas facing each other.

Keep in mind, that you can also use the mirror tool to change the orientation of the photo.

3. Double Exposure

Double exposures used to be a drastic mistake in film days but now it’s a fun photo alteration.

To achieve this look, first, place two different images on top of each other in your editing program. Then, set the top photo’s Blend mode to Screen. Finally, reduce the opacity setting to a percentage where you can clearly see both photos.

Some of the best examples of this include using a landscape as your background image with a portrait as your opaque image.

Try These Photo Manipulation Ideas

Using these photo manipulation ideas, you can transform your simple, boring photos into works of art.

Try out a few of these manipulations on some of your more popular images. You can focus your page on using one manipulation on all your photos or trying out a new manipulation with each post. The most important thing is that you’re posting quality-content consistently.

Looking for help to do realistic edits on your photographs? If so, head to the Tech section of this site for all the best tips and tricks.

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