We all know the power of Photoshop, you'll regularly see the results of its use on magazine covers and in advertising campaigns. But it's much more than just a tool for touching up and beautifying images, it's also a powerful piece of software for creating artwork and manipulating photographs to bend them to the artists will.

We've tracked down a number of brilliant Photoshop artists and image manipulators from around the world to show you just how impressive the results can be. Will you believe your eyes?

Alex BelkoThe key

This photo, called "The key" is a digital self-portrait by Photoshop artist Alex Belko. It was selected for the commended category of the Sony World Photography Awards

There's an incredible amount of detail here and we wonder both what the artist was thinking when he created this work and whether he can see into our soul.

Sergey DibtsevThe last step

Another image shortlisted by the Sony World Photography Awards, "The last step" by Sergey Dibtsev is an insight into misery and loss. A woman in peril, a heart-broken man in deep contemplation and a helicopter searching the land below for something yet unknown.

Dark and moving, the photo before us tells a tale of woe and misery and yet does so with incredible beauty and detail.

Milad SafabakhshComatose Red

"Comatose red" by Iranian Photoshop artist Milad Safabakhsh reached the commended category of the Sony World Photography Awards. This image is said to represent what it feels like to be in a coma with a tunnel of light calling you back to the world.

A solitary, down-trodden man holds a steady gaze at the light before him, but seems unable to move towards it, stuck deep within the grip of his unconsciousness.

Felicia Hodoroabă-SimionMagrittean Immersion

This photo by Felicia Hodoroabă-Simion is part of a series of photo-montages where characters immerse themselves into the surrounding landscapes, by reflecting the view around them. Here the artist wants us to contemplate the way we perceive reality, the impact we have upon it and the influence it has on us.

Another fantastic piece recognised as such by the Sony World Photography Awards who selected it for their enhanced category.

Yong Lin TanFish park

Yong Lin Tan snapped this photo from the balcony of his flat during a particularly miserable downpour. He then struck upon the idea of manipulating the photo to speak to the surreal feeling of being trapped in a concrete jungle while searching for the freedom we all truly desire.

Fish park was shortlisted under the enhanced category of the Sony World Photography Awards.

Martin SeraphinSubsidies

A photographic commentary on society, tax and subsidies, this image by German artist Martin Seraphin is essentially a reflection of modern capitalism and the misery that accompanies it. "Subsidies" made it to the commended category of this year's Sony World Photography Awards.

Agan HarahapSuper heroes through history

Photoshop artist Agan Harahap has created a wonderful series of images re-imagining historic events by injecting superheroes into iconic photos. Here, Batman replaces the Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, seen addressing the troops before D-Day in 1944.

Other photographs in the series include images of Superman helping to liberate artwork stolen by the Nazis, Darth Vadar attending the Yalta conference and more.

Staudinger + FrankeThe tiny toaster people

Staudinger + Franke is a famous photography studio based in Vienna who by day work in the advertising industry delivering clever and amazing photographic works for their clients.

Such work includes the likes of this dissected toaster which apparently shows tiny men beavering away on delivering a delicious toasty morsel to their owner.

Aydın BüyüktaşFlatland

Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş produced this image as part of a series of photographs called "Flatland" which seemingly show landscapes folding impossibly up on themselves.

The images are created using a lot of patience, Google Earth for scouting locations and careful drone flying to capture the original photo which is later manipulated. The result is a number of surprisingly mesmerising images that bend the mind as much as the land.

Bara PrasilovaEvolve

Czechoslovakian photographer and Photoshop artist Bara Prasilova, created a series of images for the Hasselbad Masters book volume 4 under the title "Evolve". In this series, manipulated photographs of ladies with long hair are intended to represent the ties between human relationships and the threads of fear, emotion and worry we feel as people.

Charlie DavoliThe emancipation of dissonance

Photo manipulator Charlie Davoli creates collages and montages from edits of photographs he took with his iPhone. The result is a series of surreal works that bend the imagination and allow us to question our reality.  

Chris HuetBig heads

This image is a collaboration between French photographer Jean-Yves Lemoigne and Photoshop artist Christopher Huet. This is an example of several photographs created for an advertising campaign that achieved several industry awards and garnered much praise.

Dmitry RogozhkinThe marshes of time

Russian artist Dmitry Rogozhkin, clearly has some talent when it comes to image manipulation. He has many magnificent works but this photo is possibly one of our favourites. A queue of women descend into the depths of marshes before them.

A simple and philosophical image about the passing of time as a girl turns into a woman and transitions into an old lady reaching out for father time.

Erik AlmasThe flying Whale

In this surreal photo, a Whale floats inexplicably across the sky tugging a tiny airship and a woman in a red dress on a journey above the clouds. Where they're going, we're left to wonder. Artist Erik Almas regularly uses his impressive talents to create works like this, where the impossible is made both possible and believable.

Erik JohanssonFull moon replacement service

The full moon replacement service is out in full force ensuring that only the very best moons are on display for our late-night snaps.

Erik Johansson has a gifted eye for nature and a talent for believable image manipulation. Various works of his feature beautiful shots of landscapes but blended with the unbelievable. He's also happy to show the effort that goes into his work with behind the scenes videos on his website.

James PopseyThe Wales to London Underground

Rolling Welsh countryside interrupted by the unexpected lines of an underground entrance. With this photo, James Popsys imagines a wonderful world where the London Underground was hundreds of miles long. Rush hour has never looked so idyllic.

Jati Putra PratamaEdge of the World

Jati Putra Pratama, an Indonesian artist and graphic designer, takes photos of the world we live in and twists the laws of gravity and the angles of nature to present us with a new reality. Here, the edges of two worlds stand just a short distance apart or perhaps a sink hole has appeared in the middle of the ocean.

Kirby JennerThe piggy-backing model

Much like the Stock Photobomber we've featured previously, Kirby Jenner gets his kicks from injecting himself into other people's photographs. More specifically, Kirby uses Photoshop to put himself into Instagram photos posted by Kendall Jenner, one of the biggest celebrities on Instagram

"Kirby" is of course, just a fictitious name for the equally fictitious character appearing in these photos, but we can't help but admire the craftsmanship and hilarity of these images.

Martin de PasqualeHeavy is the head that wears the crown

Martin de Pasquale is a Buenos Aires-based Photoshop artist with an eye for the surreal. His style mostly revolves around taking bland and otherwise non-descript photos of himself, then injecting unusual sights, colours and shapes into the imagery.

Here Martin can be seen dragging his own head close behind him.

Max AsabinTwo worlds become one

Max Asabin, is an unusual specimen in the world of Photoshop manipulators. Not because of what he does or how he does it, nor the end result, but because he shows his workings to demonstrate how he creates the imagery.

Here we can see how two images are combined into one and transforming an otherwise basic portrait into something out of a fairy-tale.

Mitch BoyerMan's giant best friend

Mitch Boyer took his love for his pet pooch and turned it into something scarily surreal. In a series of photographs, Mitch transforms his dachshund Vivian into a much bigger beast – a six-foot tall version of herself that dominates his photos.

The concept soon turned into something bigger when Mitch struck upon the idea of turning the photos into a children's book to help kids be more comfortable with the thought of moving home. And so, "Vivian the dog moves to the big city" was born.

Natalie ShauThe ladies of gothic pop surrealism

Lithuanian artist, Natalie Shau uses a combination of digital painting, 3D programming and portrait photography to create dark and surreal images of women. Her distinctive images often mix historic styles with modern elements to create visual that resemble something described as "gothic pop surrealism". 

Robert JahnsThe world's craziest rollercoaster

Robert Jahns is another one of those modern image manipulators who just uses photos taken on his phone to create surreal, intriguing, and mesmerising imagery.

With the use of a variety of apps and photographs snapped on his iPhone, this artist certainly has a flair for creating breath-taking and vertigo-inducing photos like this impossibly tall rollercoaster.

Robert Rickhoff'sOut of place

What if things were out of place? That's the theme to almost all of Robert Rickhoff's work. Unexpected items appearing in places you'd never expect to see them in all sorts of hilarious, confusing and downright dangerous ways.

With an expert hand, this German Photoshop master makes us question whether what we're seeing could really be true. It can't be, but it looks so convincing. Though we do feel he missed a trick with his image by not setting the speed limit to 88mph.

Stanislav OdyagailoThe surreal life

Ukranian digital artist Stanislav Odyagailo not only takes incredible photographs, but he's also a dab hand with Photoshop. Like a few others on this list, he's a big fan of taking normal photos and turning them into mesmerising and surreal images.

Here we see a tree growing out of the back of the subject's head.