Creating a Cool Break Dancer Photo Manipulation in Photoshop


Creating a freedom concept break dancer photo manipulation is something that almost all Photoshoppers want to do. When I started in Photoshop, I was no different so that’s why Designzzz is publishing this simple and cool photo manipulation.

Creating this kind of manipulation is not that hard and you can do it easily on your own photo, and you should try it. This kind of photo effect not just looks cool but they are very much commercial as well. Poster designs for DJs, Discos, Bands, Albums etc. love these kinds of designs.

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Final Result

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Let’s start by placing this background on solid black color with the opacity of 12.

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Then I selected the Brush tool for making the Glow behind the dancer. Single clicks of  Soft Brush of Multiple colors work like a charm. There are many more sophisticated methods for creating this effect, but this will do for now. The important thing is it works and it is the quickest way.

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Now we place our hero on the background we made for him.

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I Copied Dancer image two times and moved the 1st to 20 pixel to the right and moved the 2nd one to 20 pixels to the left. I set the Opacity to 20 afterward.

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I added some amazing brush strokes.

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Here is another brush stroke, I utilized some brush stroke Tips By Striking F5. Here I applied a single stroke and copied>pasted it, transformed and then erased the excessive parts.

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Another Brush stroke and now we are almost done.

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I placed the image in front of all the strokes. It’s looking good, Mr. Dancer!

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I selected the Pen Tool for making the additional curve for more details.

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I went to the Paths Panel > right clicked on the Path layer > Stroke Path and then selecedt Brush & clicked on OK.

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We got a nice curve and we gave it a groovy green color.

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I selected Brush tool and made a stroke of glowing Brush with the following color and values.

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I applied the brush stroke with the following color around the hand.

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3D Effect

I grabbed an image, cropped it and applied a little Motion Blur with the following values for making the effect. This image will pass through the body of the dancer.

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I put the image around the dancer and transformed it.

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Copy the same image on the other side without applying the motion blur.

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Add the shadow with the help of Brush Tool. After that apply the Guassian Blur, Filter>Blur>Guassian Blur under the jacket of the dancer for making it more realistic.

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Now comes the other image.

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You can see how I transformed it.

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I selected another image but I don’t need the whole image. I selected only the interesting part of the image for making the scene more… cool.

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I passed that part of image which I copied from the previous step.

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I made several copies of the of the cut-piece of the blue image, but changed the color of the several copies by applying Color Overlay.

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It’s done!

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Waseem Amjad is the chief Graphic Designer and official Photographer of When he is not writing tutorials or creating freebies, he can be found in streets capturing photographs.
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16 Comments on “Creating a Cool Break Dancer Photo Manipulation in Photoshop” Join The Discussion!
  1. Junaedy Ponda says:

    Really cool color :D thanks for sharing,,it’s so helpful :)

    1. waseem says:

      Thanks Mr. Ponda

      I also think colors are the highlight of this design. Good eyes you got :)

  2. K.S.Rajakumar says:

    Photo manipulation you have expressed very beautifully in stage by stage . It shows the total involvement and selection of material needed to the proper positioning. Excellent work no doubt the mind set,the creativity,the time consumed ,worth the end results Great Waseem Keep it up.


    1. waseem says:

      Thanks K.S. Rajakumar

      You always generously appreciate me, even when I’m not feeling that confident. Big thanks once again.

  3. Jeffmeister says:


    1. waseem says:

      @ Jeffmeister


  4. Leena says:

    simply Amazing.. i really appreciate your creativity… too good….

    1. waseem says:

      “I have nothing to declare except my creativity” – Waseem Wilde

      Thanks Leena!

  5. Ayush says:

    hello mr. waseem
    my name is ayush n ryt now m studying in 11th
    m not dat gr8 at studies as i only lyk photoshop n editing related stuff
    i’d lyk to tlk to u..cuz i wanna built my career in such line related to PS
    hope u tlk to me..
    pls contact me :D

    1. Tayyab says:

      Hello Ayush!

      I’m the Editor here. The first thing you need to do to learn Photoshop is study our Photoshop Crash Course eBook
      Another thing is that most of the quality IT education is only available in English, so you need to be able to understand it. You can learn it by direct method, such as watching English movies.

  6. Collins says:

    Hi Waseem,
    After going thru all your works, of a truth i am short of words but to truly tell you WELLDONE for GREAT jobs.
    I fell in love just instantly as I saw these works, keep up the good work.

  7. Aaron says:

    Hi My name is Aaron and i want to learn more effects, but also, where did you get the brush strokes?

    1. Tayyab says:

      we continuously keep publishing free brushes, you should just keep checking back :)

  8. Image Masking says:

    You’ve done really awesome job! very helpful tutorial it is, thanks a lot for sharing this nice post :)

    1. waseem says:

      thank you XD

  9. Meren Ar says:

    Hey Waseem , Great piece of work….!

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