© Jirka Väätäinen

Both retouching and photography are by me unless otherwise noted. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Eliminating flaws and highlighting certaing parts to accentuate the idea of ideal beauty, while trying to maintain the original likeness

An example of extreme photo manipulation to give a perfect ‘out of this world look’:

Making the image clearer and giving it a certail feel by adding effects:

Changing the image all together and creating something new

Using parts of images to create something totally different


132 Responses to “Retouching and Photo Manipulation Portfolio”

  1. Doris Says:

    I’ve seen photo manipulation, but your ability to recreate/create different images is impeccable! If only you were closer, I would love to meet you and look at more of your work; probably even watch you work for hours on end! Please never stop (:

  2. snookie2brie Says:

    do/would you do tutorials? your work is really amazing and i am learning graphic design as well. i hope to be as good as you one day soon.

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you are inspired by my work. But the thing is that my way of working is anything but straight-forward, so I can’t really see myself doing an easy to follow tutorial. But who knows, maybe that is something I can think about in the future :)

  3. Mia Says:

    hi, your work is really amazing. can i make a request? can you do more disney characters? :) thank you and more power!

  4. Allison Says:

    This is incredible and even better you’re a student! I found your page from geekologie.com and you’re Disney characters are by far the best I’ve seen in likeness! You have a gift. If you’re taking any more requests, I would love for you to create Cinderella.

  5. Yassmin Eldouh Says:

    You are absolutely amazing! Your talent is inspiring. I found your blog on Tumblr. Please do more animated princesses! I would love a Rapunzel and Anastasia:)

  6. abriel Says:

    you’re creations are sooo amazing. especially on the photo manipulation.


  7. Fantastic work! Really looking forward to seeing more.

  8. Shannon Says:

    Came across your blog and *wow* – fantastic! What amazing work :D

  9. Heather Says:

    Amazing work. Please please make Snow White! You could make a ton of money making “princesses” out of real women.

  10. Alexis Says:

    your an amazing artist! the disney princesses are wonderful! keep it up! :)

  11. Josie Says:

    You are fantastic at what you do. I am very inspired by your work!! Keep doing what you’re doing. I cant wait to see more!

  12. david Says:

    simply amazing work, keep it up

  13. Heidi Says:

    I love your work and the Disney Princess Project is amazing. I just wanted to let you know that Ariel looks just like my daughter in the face and it startled me when I first saw it. lol. Keep up the good work!

  14. Cesar ramirez Says:

    great job!! keep on it

  15. patt Says:

    your works are amazzzzzzzzzzzing!!! how did you do that? how i wish i have your creativity. ;D

  16. Emma Says:

    You are very gifted artist. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creations to the world!

    Suggestion: After the princess, could you do the men/princes too? Pretty please? Couldn’t very well leave these women without their happily ever afters. Just something to think about…:-)

    Thank you for your time and talent.
    Much appreciated.

  17. isabella Says:

    i think that you should do a picture of snow white and Cinderella to under the photo manipulation

  18. Olivia Says:

    I love your pictures :) They are amazing. Keep up the good work

  19. Name witheld Says:

    Princess Tiana from princess and the frog

  20. Ella Ocampo Says:

    you’re so amazing… and i would really want to learn from you…
    all your works are so amazing..

    really thanks for the hard work… god bless.. :)

  21. Taylor Marie Says:

    Hey um how did you do the Ariel (Little Mermaid) photo? Is that like 2 different people or something?

  22. Lisabarrie Says:

    Psdtuts pays for tutorials! Please do a princess one!


  23. Love the Disney series! Great job, keep it up.

  24. sheryl Says:

    Wow, incredible!!! …I can’t even fathom how you’ve done some of the pictures


  25. You are extremely talented! Have you ever thought about doing tutorials on some of the tricks you use for photo manipulation? I know I’d love to see that!

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you! Surely that has crossed my mind. But the thing is, that my way of working is not straight forward, so I don’t think I would come up with a very effective tutorial that people could actually follow… if that makes sense :)

  26. Lianne Says:

    Love your work. I am totally in love with your Disney Princess work. However, I can see celebrity influences in it. For example: Jasmine looks like Kim Kardashian and Tiana looks like Brandy! Cinderella looks like Rene Zelwiger(spelling?) and Snow White looks like Anne Hathaway. Did you get the inspiration from these celebrities or is it mere coincidence.?

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you. I was somewhat inspired by Kim K for Jasmine, but with the rest of the celebrities you mentioned it just coincidence :)

      • Lianne Says:

        What about Rapunzel? She looks like amanda seyfried.

      • jirkavinse Says:

        Yes, she was one of the people I was originally inspired by.

      • ejaym Says:

        Wow, Lianne, sorry, just had to comment here. You fail on the Disney matching. Brandy, no. Rene Zelwiger?? Really? Definitely not attractive. Anne Hathaway is hot,but as Snow White?? You’re trippin. Amanda Seyfried is plain, Rapunzel is pretty and cute; pretty cute. You might as well suggest Ellen Degengres, lol. I suggest you read something other than People Magazine ;)

        As to Jirka, great job on the Disney interpretations.

  27. enchantma Says:

    Wow, your work is extremely impressive! I would love if you created a step-by-step demonstration of how you create your photo-manipulations, most especially the Disney images. I imagine that would be very interesting and enlightening to see the process more in depth. A tutorial would be super!
    Please keep up the great work!

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you :) But the thing is that my way of working is anything but straight-forward, and the process is never the same really… So I don’t think I could get that across successfully!


  28. First let me start off by saying Wow, your photo manipulations looks extremely real and I probably would have never known they were edited to that extent. Secondly, Im glad you answer almost every question/comment people have. Thats rare in a person that runs a website. And lastly, I was wondering if you could tell me what program you use to edit and if you could create any little tutorials on how to do some things?

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you very much! I use Adobe Photoshop for these. But unfortunately I am not planning to do tutorials, just because I don’t think my way of working is straight-forward enough, and I don’t think it would translate that easily…

  29. Heather Says:

    I love looking at your work!

  30. Elyse Says:

    I think that it would be really interesting if you listed, or even pictured the actual people you were inspired by for the disney pictures. That would be amazing.

    • jirkavinse Says:

      I am not always as heavily inspired by a particular person and I usually work with tons of different pictures to achieve my vision. But surely I will keep this in mind if I feel that the original inspiration plays a vital role!

  31. ilovecats Says:

    i found the link for the disney princesses and I love the esmeralda interpretation as well as jasmine. very nice work. any plans on doing lilo or nani? (I’m a huge lilo & stitch fan). Thanks.

  32. amberlim1 Says:

    How did you made that statue into a woman? Do you need their photograph for it? Or you can immediately change it in Photoshop?

  33. Larry Says:

    Interesting. Unfortunately, I think it will just be a matter of time before the corporate worlds of advertising and publishing both completely jump on the photo manipulation bandwagon. (Hey, why pay for an air-brushed model when you can just digitally “create” one that you don’t need to pay royalties to? After all, it’s not a real person.)
    Ultimately, all ‘career models’ will go the way of the dinosaur, and we will be left with this synthetic ideal of what defines true ‘beauty’…something unattainable, even for the most attractive people.
    Gee, imagine Playboy being faker than it already is…

  34. Larry Says:

    Also, for all the folks repeatedly requesting a tutorial on your technique…Why don’t you just create a 60-second video clip that details each digital step in high-speed stop motion? It’ll finally show these knuckleheads that the process is completely unique in each project, and maybe shut ‘em up once-and-for- all.
    Just a thought.
    Good luck in school.
    I’m sure global advertising agencies are already counting the minutes till you graduate,…so they can start a bidding war for your talents.

  35. Tanya Says:

    Amazing!!!
    My favorite are the Disney Princesses, but all of your work in photo manipulation is incredible!


  36. everything you did WOW-ed me ! :)))
    can make a request, i really want too see what cinderella would look like in her blue gown and if you like, also the prince :) hehehe

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you! Of course you are free to make a request, but unfortunately I wont have time to make alternative versions. Also, I think I will just stick with the Disney females to keep this project concise :)

  37. Jazmine Says:

    I am literally in love with your photo manipulations! The disney ones stood out to me the most because I of course grew up around Disney characters, I was star-struck when I saw your beautiful character remakes on Yahoo! I am dying to see what you do with the leading men from our Disney cartoons such as my favorites Hercules and Aladdin, and also others of course. I really appreciate your talent and would really enjoy seeing more of your photo manipulations.

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thanks :) But I doubt I will be doing the men though

      • Penelope Says:

        When I get the means, I would love to supplement those kinds of projects. A photo book of your art would be wildly popular across the board, and all these people could finally see their princes. I’m not 100% sure, but you might have to give money to Disney should something like that ever be published… unless Disney was the company who paid for the book. Just be careful what you sign. It would be sad to see creativity like yours squashed by a big company. :)

  38. Izza Says:

    Your work is just remarkable. I’m so impressed!!! Congratulations on such a wonderful talent and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. :)

  39. Maeva Says:

    ouah….how can you do that ?! It’s so incredible ! I would like improve pictures like you….

    (sorry for my language, I’m french and not very good in english…)

  40. Brookie Says:

    do you think that you could possibly draw me somthing?

  41. Heather Says:

    Do you think there’s any chance you’ll do a creation of Kida from Atlantis? I’m loving your work!

  42. Silvia Says:

    You are simply amazing!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  43. Sarah B. Says:

    How exactly do you make the Disney pictures? They’re so breathtakingly lifelike. Is it all done on photoshop? What steps do you take and such? I’m interested in trying it out myself, you have intrigued me so much with your lovely work(:

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you :) It’s a combination of various digital techniques in Photoshop; photo compositing, manipulation and digital painting. I don’t really have particular steps I take, I just work towards my vision the best way I can. Sorry I can’t really help, but my way of working is just not straight-forward enough for me to give a walkthrough

  44. Michelle Says:

    Three words : You’re amazing !

  45. Esther Says:

    Hi! I find ur works really amazing. :)
    Are you on Facebook or Twitter? I wanna see ur works more often. I don’t use wordpress, so I thought I could see updates on your creations in other social networking sites. Thank you and keep up the good work. :D

  46. Huy Says:

    Your work is inspirational. I got here through an article about your “Real Life Disney Characters” images. Amazing!

  47. emily powers Says:

    <3 eva & her virgins love your work!!!

  48. willaine Says:

    Your so amazing :) I really love your works :))

  49. Anjel Says:

    This is so wonderful! You are very talented and I would love to see your work in person! That would be an honor.

  50. Alex Says:

    I am in love with your work! … specially the Disney princesses, im a child at heart :)

  51. Yulia Hadi Says:

    Wow … very impressive and you are very talented. I wish you could share on how to do photo retouching :).

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Thank you! My ways of working are really not straight forward, and I haven’t really had formal training in retouching, so I don’t think my techniques would be easily relatable. I would suggest that you search the internet (possibly youtube) for some tutorials. There are plenty out there :)

  52. Yulia Hadi Says:

    I did. I found some 101 Photoshop tutorial :). I found it’s very useful for a beginner like me.

    Anyway, keep the good work. I enjoy seeing the images created by your magic hand :)

  53. eli Says:

    Yes u realy have the touch . I hardely wait to see your next work ! Sodon’t let us wait to much ..lol

  54. Fi Gi Says:

    This may sounds silly but… i came to see your disney interpretations for the novelty of it, because it sounded like such a fun idea; but when I saw them, something happened to me. I got this heaviness in my chest, and I just couldn’t stop staring. I stared at each one until the screen appeared to be in 3D, and the subject appeared to move. There is something truly special about art that affects all your energies; that makes you feel, rather than react. You bring that same power to your photography.

    Thank you for sharing your gift.

  55. pazya Says:

    it’s awesome…..><

  56. Viva Says:

    I am your fan masterpice from Indonesia, Keep creating.


  57. Are there any tutorials you could recommend for the kind of manipulation you do? I am especially curious to know how you are able to change hairstyles or thicken hair (like the girl in the wheat field). I am a beginner, a real baby, when it comes to this stuff. I only began my work last May (2011). Please take a look at it if you want (junesnow.tumblr.com).. The first images are the newest. I would definitely love to know more about the hair (that has been a real issue of mine for a while, among other things), and where the best (free) places are to learn. I cannot afford professional training, I am self-taught. Thank you so much!

    • jirkavinse Says:

      I am self-taught as well, and I have never really used tutorials when it comes to photo manipulation, so I might not be of much help… I would suggest that you look around YouTube, since there are plenty of tutorials out there! Good luck :)


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  59. reigndeleon Says:

    i’m so amazed by your impeccable and astonishing works btw im reign from philippines..

  60. Lindsey Sturman Says:

    Wow!!

  61. Rina Says:

    Amazing work!!! Hope you can do on Maleficent:)

  62. kim Says:

    interesting and very enjoyable.

  63. Debangana Banerjee Says:

    Hey!! Your work is just out of the world and I was really inspired by it!! I have a paper presentation and thought you would be the best person to answer my query! I just wanted to know if your Disney princesses photo manipulation artwork can be classified as “Magic Realism” artwork? If you could please help! Thanks!

  64. -tamz- Says:

    woww, amazing photo manipulation.. :D

  65. shanza Says:

    i really like this… good job…

  66. Angela Says:

    Jessica Rabbit would be a good one.

  67. Setiawan Says:

    nice pictures & retouching!! would you please tell what kind of softwares that you use to edit the photos?! thanks

  68. Nida Abbasi Says:

    very nice work

  69. Clair Blake Says:

    I hope this isn’t asking a lot but could you do what you did with the princesses to all the Disney prince?please: D


  70. I really love all of your realistic Disney characters! I was wondering if you were going to do anymore, if you could do Princess Eilonwy from the Black Cauldron. She is technically a Disney princess, and needs more credit.


  71. You should do Eilonwy from the Black Cauldron. She’s so underused as a Disney princess.


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