Photo Manipulation Tutorial: Creating ‘Vision of the Lens’ Wallpaper

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We are using premium stock images from Shutterstock. That means you’ll have to shop if you need the supreme quality images, of course they provide images on pretty affordable prices. You can also use some alternatives from other free image providers on the net. But leave all this for later, right now let me show you the tutorial.

 Final Result

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Ground Work

I opened the background image, then I duplicated the background layer, you can do this by striking CTRL+J. Now chage the new layer’s blend mode to SOFT LIGHT.

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Grab a grass ball and place it on the background. Once it is set, it is time for our hero of the tutorial, the lens. I placed the lens right on top of grass ball, but resized the lens just enough to reveal a little bit of the grass.

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Now I duplicated the grass ball, placed the duplicated layer on top of everything else, then switched the layer style to Overlay, and don’t forget to set opacity to 75%.

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Result (so far): Photo Manipulation Tutorial

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The People

I grabbed this image of a crowd. Then, using Magic Wand Tool, I extracted a some people I liked.

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I selected a boy and put on top of this lens. You’ll have to scale the image (magic word is CTRL+T).

Tip: Scale it with at least 300% zoom level, otherwise you won’t get the best result. 

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Here’s another boy, and a couple that I thought would look good on this design.

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Green Stuff

A camera does not only do portrait photography, they do a lot of nature photography/wildlife photography as well. So I’m adding some greenry, for that I selected an image of trees.

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Time for scaling once again. This time, with the trees.

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I placed many trees here. If you notice, some trees are behind the people. To create this realistic touch, you’ll have to arrange layers properly. It took me about 15 minutes and a mug of coffee to do this. I think it’ll also take the same time on your side.

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Didn’t I mention wildlife photography? So here are the animals. Let’s start with dears… I mean deers.

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Same transformation stuff begins once again.

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Wanna hear a PJ?

Q: Whats black and white and red all over?
A: A sun-burned zebra!

I grabbed a Zebra image and placed it on our graphic.

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I rotated it, scaled it and placed according to my needs.

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And we need a few birds as well, don’t we. I’m using a stock photo of sparrows.

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I places sparrows in different amounts here and there, I also duplicated the zebra on the other side. Here’s me adding all this stuff.

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Result: This is what we have made so far. This is a complete graphic / wallpaper / photo manipulation.

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Making it a Poster/Flyer

To convert the image manipulation into a poster, all we have to do is add the content. For example, here I’m making it look like it is the poster of a photography contest.
Type whatever you like and whichever font you like. I typed in black color, then I duplicated the text layer. In the duplicated layer, I changed the text color to white, then I moved the layer a little to left and a little to top. The black text below will start to look like a shadow now. (Refer to next screenshot for the final result).

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I repeated the same step, but this time I kept white in the background and black in front.

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  1. shamim November 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Superb graphic design tutorials and thanks for share….

    1. waseem November 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      You’re welcome Shamim
      You always encourage me 🙂

  2. Johan November 17, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Waseem! you’ve outdone urself buddy. u were always a good designer but man u have really brushed up ur writing.

    1. waseem November 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      hey thanks a lot….. wait a min! are you trying to tell me I didn’t write good earlier??? Really?

      Just kidding buddy, your comments are very helpful. And thanks for notifying, I’ll be focusing on my writing as well from now on.

  3. DUSAN November 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm


    1. Tayyab November 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

      grazie un sacco Dusan
      sei commenti sono più prezioso per noi.

  4. saiket December 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Many many thanks for nice sharing..

  5. ululf01 February 12, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Looks awesome, Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    1. waseem February 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

      You’re most welcome Uluf. And welcome to Designzzz. I’m seeing you here for the first time 🙂

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