Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop

Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop
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To use this tool and select the sky, simply point and drag the mouse from one point to another. See image below:
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When you're done, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected part of the image to the canvas. Before positioning make sure that this layer is on top of the "road" and Color Balance layer. Position it as shown on the image below:
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Finally, rename this layer to "sky".

Step 4: Create the Background

In this step, we're going to create light and darken some areas – to make it short we're going to make our background seamless, like it was just one photo. First, let's select the "road" layer and then activate the Burn tool by pressing O on your keyboard. Why did we activate the Burn tool? - Because this tool "burns" or darkens areas in an image.
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First, let's select the "road" layer and then activate the Burn tool by pressing O on your keyboard. Why did we activate the Burn tool? - Because this tool "burns" or darkens areas in an image. Now, once it is activated, input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 15%
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Now, let's start "burning" the "road" layer.
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The result:
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Next, let's create some light! Activate the Brush tool (B) and then make sure that the brushes are the default brushes. To make them the default brushes, simply right-click on the canvas while the Brush tool is activated and then click on the drop-down button to show the contextual menu. Once open – click on "Reset brushes".
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Once that's done, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and once a box appears, input "Light 1" on the Name box. See image below:
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Once that's done, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and once a box appears, input "Light 1" on the Name box. See image below:After that, input the following for the Brush tool (B):
  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
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To change the color of the brush, simply follow the instructions below:
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Now, after all that is done, let's now create the light:
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Next, let's create another layer and name it "Light 2". And once that's done, input the following settings:

  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
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After that, let's create another layer and name it "Light 3". Use the following settings:
  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 8%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
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The result:
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Next, let's create another layer and name it "Light 4". Use the following settings for it:
  • Brush size: 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Flow: 100%
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The result:
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Next, we're going to darken some parts of the images. To start, let's create a new layer – name it "Darken 1" and then input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 2000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Note: #: 000000 – this is color black.
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The result should be similar to the following:
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Next, let's create another layer and this time name it – "Darken 2". Once done, input the following for the brushes:
  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
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The result:
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Create another layer again and name it – "Darken 3". Input the following brush settings:

  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
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The result:
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Lastly, let's create another layer – name this layer: "Darken 4".
  • Brush size: 2000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
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The result:
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Now that we're finally done, let's group these layers. To do that, select all the layers that you've created and then press Ctrl/Cmd + G. You'd notice that a folder will be created; to see the layers, simply click on the drop-down button. Rename this Group to "Background".

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5 comments on “Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop”

    1. It is. We have a lot of tutorials that are still good but just need a bit of update/fixes with the resource links :)

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