The PM Team
We're a Team of artists from across the globe, united by our LOVE for Photo Manipulation art ❤️
We're so grateful to be custodians of photomanipulation.com. Here we strive to highlight and celebrate the artform of PHOTO MANIPULATION. We create FREE Video Tutorials on YouTube, produce Photoshop Video Training Bundles, create Stock Assets for other artists to use, and remain active as commercial freelancers.
We love this game, and want to share our passion for Photo Manipulation by inspiring and educating other artists.
Thanks for stopping by ❤️
Dean Samed | FOUNDER / CEO
A veteran of Photo Manipulation Dean started freelancing over 20 years ago, designing flyers, CDs, posters, and records for Urban Dance promoters and artists.
When the E-Reader boom kicked off he transitioned over to Book Cover Design + Illustration, and spent the majority of his career illustrating covers for some of the biggest names in Horror.
Notable commissions include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Vince Flynn, Graham Masterton, and the SNAFU short stories series, adapted to Netflix' Love Death and Robots.
Dean loves Dark Digital Art, MMA, and HEAVY Drum n Bass rave music! He owns and loves three small dogs: Pappins (Pug), Scoobie (Chihuahua), and FizzGigs (Chihuahua) ❤️
CONTACT: Dean Samed Website
Abbey Esparza | LEAD INSTRUCTOR
My name is Abbey Esparza. I grew up in the rural Midwest, near the City of Chicago, Illinois, and now reside in the City of San Antonio, Texas.
My initial love for the dark and surreal came from horror movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and other gore-filled yet creative, 80's slasher movies.
Nowadays, however, I prefer something a bit more subtle. I love dark atmosphere, contrasting themes, and details that provoke the sensation of real-life texture. I love to play in all types of genres, creating a maze of surreal creative visions. So, I am always open to hearing all kinds of project ideas!
CONTACT: Abbey Esparza Website
Clinton Lofthouse | LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Clinton Lofthouse is a creative director, photographer, and creative art worker who resides in the north of England.
He's been solving visual problems for businesses, brands, and agencies for the past 8 years, including Apple, Liam Payne, Nike, Adobe, Crypt TV, Warwick Castle, and York Dungeon.
Working within the Advertising and Entertainment sectors, Clinton has evolved a style that can demand a customer's eye whilst making sure the client's message is delivered with accuracy.
CONTACT: Clinton Lofthouse Website
Redouane Naouri | LEAD INSTRUCTOR
My name is Redouane Naouri, I live in Algeria, the state of Djelfa, I am 24 y/o.
I grew up watching fantasy movies and playing only fantasy RPG games, which built my interest and love for fantasy worlds and have a lot in my imagination that I want to share with the world, I love making photo manipulation and concept art.
My goal is to become one the planet's leading Matte Paint / Concept Artists.
CONTACT: Redouane Naouri ArtStation
Christian Bentulan | YOUTUBE CONTRIBUTOR
Hailing from the Philippines Christian is one of the most prolific book cover artists on planet earth, having worked with hundreds of authors and publishers in the Fantasy and Urban Fantasy niches.
A digital overpaint specialist, Christian is known for his ability to transform 'bog-standard' stock assets into fully realised / deliciously vibrant works of art. Over the years he's worked with countless best-sellers and A-List authors.
Even though Christian's skills are in very high demand, he remains a truly humble, devoted family man.
CONTACT: Christian Bentulan Website
Matt Seff Barnes | FEATURES EDITOR
I'm a self-taught freelance Book Cover Designer / Illustrator.
My artistic inspiration comes from many sources, including retro horror poster paintings and designs.
Most of my original work commences with existing photographic material, in some cases taking standard stock photography and extensively manipulating the images, layer by layer, to distort or twist it into something dark, intriguing and challenging. I am however equally comfortable and adept at working with other styles and genres.
I've worked with some great names in the publishing industry inc: Jonathan Janz, Sean Costello and Festa Verlag Publishing.
CONTACT: Matt Seff Barnes Website
Laurie Barboza | COMMUNITY MANAGER
More info coming soon! ❤️
Mark Reid | COMMUNITY MANAGER
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