Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop

Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop
Create a Mysterious and Eerie Surreal Image in Photoshop

Now, we're going to cut the swing from its ropes. To do that, simply follow the instructions shown below:


The result:


Step 7: Create the Scene inside the Window

Now that we've created the window and the rope, let's now take a peek on what's inside this window! First, let's remove the white part of this window. We can do that by selecting it using the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and pressing Delete. See image below:


Next, let's create the scene! Open Cliff type 2_2 by the Strawberry Tree. Once open, simply move the image to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and then after moving it, rename it to "Cliff". Take note that you should put this layer below the swing and the window.

Position the cliff on the region shown below:


Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T); we would need to resize this image. Resize it as shown below:


After that, activate the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) once again and create a selection area as shown below:


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:


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:


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!


The result should be similar to the following:


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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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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