Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop

Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop
Position the cliff on the region shown below:
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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T); we would need to resize this image. Resize it as shown below:
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After that, activate the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) once again and create a selection area as shown below:
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Next, press Ctrl/Cmd + J on your keyboard to duplicate the selected layer - once that's done, just deleted the original "Cliff" layer. The result should be like this:
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Step 8: Create the Mysterious Man

Now, let's create the man. Open "Suit Stock 2" by rhyfelwr stock and activate the Polygonal Lasso tool (L). Use the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) to remove him from his background. See image below:
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Once you've created a selection area over the man, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected man to our canvas. Once on the layer, rename this layer to "Man" and position this layer below the "cliff" layer. See image below: Next, let's create "man's" shadow. First, create a new layer and name it "Shadow 1". Put this layer below the man's layer and then activate the Brush tool (B) and then input the following brush settings:
  • Brush size: 80px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Now, let's paint!
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The result should be similar to the following:
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Once you're done, select all the layers - window, swing, cliff, man and create a group. Name this group, "objects".

Step 9: Create the textures

Now, let's begin adding paper and metal textures to give our image a surreal feel. To start, let's open "Metal texture 15" by wojtar stock. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it on to our canvas and place it on top of all the layers that we created.
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Next, transform this texture as shown below:
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Now that it covers the whole image, let's change its Blending mode to Multiply and Opacity to 40%. See image below on how to change these two:
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After changing the Blending Mode and Opacity, the texture would give the image this effect:
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Next, let's open "Paper Texture 1" by Wojtar Stock. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it on to our canvas and place it on top of all the layers that we created. Transform it so it would cover the whole image (like what we did with the metal texture). Next, change its Blending Mode to Soft Light, Opacity: 40%. The result should be similar to the image below:
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Step 10: Retouch the image

Now it is time we retouched our image to give it a more surreal feel. To start, let's create a Solid Color adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button located on the Layer Window.

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After clicking on the Solid Color adjustment layer, the Color Picker box would appear. Once it appears, input the following:
  • #: 00041b
After that, change the Blending mode to Exclusion and the Opacity to 40%.
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Next, let's create another Solid Color adjustment layer; input the following:
  • # 3b2f25
  • Blending mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 40%
Next, create a Color Balance adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button.
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Once the Color Balance menu opens, input the following:
  • Color Balance: 0, 0, -7
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
Next, let's create a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button.
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After that, let's create a Gradient Map adjustment layer, still from the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button.
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Once the Gradient Map menu opens, choose the following gradient:
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Now, you would see that your image is in Black and White.

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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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