Totally in this tutorial we are not blending 4 and 5 images we are going to use more then 12 and we will learn how to merge them to make them look like one image.These techniques are vary useful while doing any matte painting and postproduction.

Preview of Final Results

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Create a Surreal Scene with a Cool Snail that Flies


Tutorial Resources


Step 1: Create a New Image File

Create a new file with a width of 3000 px and a height of 3500 px at 300 dpi (Dots per Inch). Background Contents should be White.

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Step 2: Create the Sky

First off, let’s open the cloud stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the cloud and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Sky 1″.

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “Sky 1” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now go to Image > Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast.Do all these settings below :

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now, let’s open the stormy sunset stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the stormy sunset and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Sky 2″.

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Now that you’re done, activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%
Now, let’s Erase:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 3: Enhance the Color of our sky.

In this step, we will be retouching our image. Let’s start by creating a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

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When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:
  • Cyan: -30
  • Green: 20
  • Yellow: -14

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now create a Color Balance adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window: When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: -25

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Now create a Curves adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now once again create a Brightness/Contrast layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window: When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:
  • Brightness: -15

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 4: Fix snail in canvas

First off, let’s open the Wots up world stock in Photoshop. We will be using the snail from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the Wots up world and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the snail and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Snail”.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “Snail” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now time to give some retouch to the snail.Activate burn tool and use it on the snail as shown below:
  • Brush size: 300px
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 25

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 5: Fix Girl in canvas

First off, let’s open the “Sorrow 15″ stock in Photoshop. We will be using the girl from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the “Sorrow 15″ and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the girl and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “girl”.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) while the “Girl” layer is selected and Right click on girl image and Flip Horizontal : The result should be similar to this:

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Once again activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) while the “girl” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now create a Hue/Saturation layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window: When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following: Saturation: -25

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Now , after Hue/Saturation adjustment we can see ,it has take place on the whole canvas but we want’s it only on our girl image.So,let press (Alt+ left click)in between of both layer’s which are Girl layer and Hue/Saturation layer to make a mask over girl layer.See as below:

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Now create a Curves layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window When the Curves box opens, input the following: and once again do that masking

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The result should be similar to this:

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Let’s do some retouching with girl.Press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around girl’s dress and then press (ctrl+j) to make a duplicate copy of dress.Name it “Dress”.

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Now create new color balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Dress layer and color balance) to make a mask.

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Now create new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Dress layer and Hue/Saturation) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 6: Add some Moss to snail shell

First off, let’s open the “Moss on concrete” stock in Photoshop. We will be using the Moss from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

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Now open Color range.For that go to Select > Color range. Put these values as below:

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Invert the selection for that press (ctrl+shift+i) and move it to main canvas.

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Place the “Moss” stock below of “girl” stock.See as below:

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Now activate Erase tool (E) with these settings Now let’s erase :
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%

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Now let’s erase :

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Change the layer mode to “Overlay”. The result should be similar to this:

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Now create new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Dress layer and Hue/Saturation) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 7: Add rocks in shell

First off, let’s open the “rocks 2″ stock in Photoshop. We will be using the rock from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the “rocks 2″ and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the rock and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “rock 1″.

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Scale it small and place over “moss” layer.

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Now Add layer mask to the “rock1″ and activate brush tool (b) with these settings:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%

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Now paint:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now create new curve adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (rock1 layer and Curve) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Once again, let’s open the “rocks 2″ stock in Photoshop. We will be using the rock from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the “rocks 2″ and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the rock and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “rock 2″.

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Scale it small and place over “moss” layer.

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Now Add layer mask to the “rock2″ and activate brush tool (b) with these settings:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%

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Now paint:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now create new curve adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (rock2 layer and Curve) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Once again, let’s open the “stones” stock in Photoshop. We will be using the stone from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas. Click the “stones” and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the stone and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “rock 3″.

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Scale it small and place over “moss” layer.

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Now Add layer mask to the “rock3″ and activate brush tool (b) with these settings:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%

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Now paint:

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Now create new curve adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (rock3 layer and Curve) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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