Learn how to create this stunningly surreal image of a pair of cutlery in theater-like room with red velvet curtains. This artwork was inspired by the works of Salvador Dali. This tutorial will show you how to create a hardwood floor, blue-sky backdrop, and more.

Preview of Final Results


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Step 1: Create a New Photoshop Image File

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 3000px
  • Height: 3000px
  • Resolution: 300pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2: Create the Wooden Floor

In this step, we will be creating the wooden floor of our artwork. To start, let’s open “Old Wood Texture” by kovik. Once open, activate the Move tool by pressing V on your keyboard and then left-click on the wood texture while dragging it to our 3000×3000 pixel canvas.

Once that has been done, position it on the canvas as shown below:


Step 3

Next, we would need to resize the wood texture to properly play its part. First, activate the Transform tool by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + T, once this has been done, you’ll notice a series of squares surrounding the wood texture – that is the Transform tool.

Now, let’s resize the wood texture by following the instructions shown on the image below:


The result:


Step 4

Next, we will need to give the proper perspective for the floor. To do that, we would need the help of the Transform tool once again. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then right click on the canvas to bring up the contextual menu. It should look like this:


Now, once activated, click on Perspective.


Let’s now fix the wood texture’s perspective!


Step 5

Next, we will now enhance the shadows on the wood texture. First let’s create a new layer above the wood texture by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N. Once done, a box as shown below would appear:


Step 6

Now that we’ve also given this new layer a name, let us activate the Brush tool by pressing B. Before you proceed, make sure that the Brushes to be used are the default PS brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below:


Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:

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25 responses to “Create a Romantic Cutlery Artwork Inspired by Salvador Dali”

  1. Ai Avatar

    the cutlery’s link is error . please fix !! :(

  2. Steve Hill Avatar
    Steve Hill

    Thanks for the tutorial. I followed your guidelines closely, and although I had to substitute images for the floor and cutlery (the original images were no longer available), I was able to replicate your original fairly well. I am using the completed image for an assignment in a college class. Thanks so much

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  5. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Wow expertinspiration I like all!?

  6. Andrew Avatar

    please fix the psd link

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Link seems to be working for us. Here’s the direct link: https://www.photoshoptutorials.ws/downloads/psd/Theater%20of%20Life.zip

  7. José Avatar

    Thank u Mike excellent tutorial

  8. LEONARDO Avatar

    (>^o^)> I AM COMMENT <(^o^<)

  9. tiziana Avatar

    Awesome work and tutorial, Michael! Congrats!
    Let me add a correction: at step 36 the gradient map regulation level must be added with the LUMINOSTY blend mode…you must have forgotten to write it down :)

  10. greg evans Avatar
    greg evans

    change blend mode on Gradient Map (step 35) plox .

  11. greg evans Avatar
    greg evans

    what the hell happened at Step 35 ??? :-/

  12. hell Avatar

    very very nice!!

  13. Gani Avatar

    Awesome tutorial….. Really helpful for a beginner like me :-)….

  14. Mal Avatar

    Been looking at your tutorials and portfolio … thanks a lot for sharing. Beautiful stuff. I really appreciate it.

  15. Mike Avatar

    Great tutorial; thank you!
    FYI: The “Download the PSD” link points to the ‘Big Fish’ PSD rather than the file for this tutorial.

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Thanks Mike! PSD link has been fixed

  16. zolo Avatar

    Very nice!

  17. Mathilde Avatar

    Really nice tuto, helpful, well explained. thx

  18. Harte Avatar

    Thanks a lot for the nice tut – good job!!!

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  20. Meg Graves Avatar
    Meg Graves

    This was very well done. Teaches a lot of things nicely. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  22. kentostudios.com Avatar

    love romance and love your way to work
    nice step by step work!

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