Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop

Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop
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Step 8

At this point I want to make entire background darker. For this I will use Curves (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves).
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Step 9

The dancer is still too dark so I will use Shadow/Highlights tool (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights) to make him brighter.  As you remember Dancer layer is a Smart Object right now, so you will be able change lights and shadows if it will be necessary.
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Step 10

In this step, I will work on the lower part of the image, I will make it darken. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layers blending mode Linear Light and opacity 100%. Now use Gradient Tool (G). Use a transparent gradient on the bottom part of the image (Gradient color # 998f8a).
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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now paint bottom part of the image with soft brush, brush opacity around 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.
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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layer blending mode to Color Burn and Opacity to 41%. Select the Gradient Tool (G) then add a transparent gradient on the bottom part of the image. The gradient color I used is #838597.
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Add a black to white gradient map (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map).Set the blending mode to Normal and opacity to 35%.
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Double click on this layer.
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Press and hold Alt then move half of the slider to the right.
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As you can see after this operation, the highlights are revealed. Open the PSD file and check how it works!
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Step 11 - Adding bricks

In this step, I'll add another ground picture. Also, I will add few floating bricks (BRICKS / MAIN_BRICK.psd)
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BRICKS / IMG_5717 - I used Lasso Tool (L) to cut them.
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Add MAIN_BRICK layer.
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Add a few floating bricks.
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Now I will change the shadows and highlights for the MAIN_BRICK and 02_BRICK layers. Right-click on your layer and choose "Convert to Smart Object. Now we're ready to add some Shadows/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights). Here are the settings for the 02_BRICK layer.
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Settings for MAIN_BRICK layer:
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To be honest, you should just play with sliders - don't follow me directly!
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Add shadows under the brick; just paint with a soft brush with the color  #28242d. Set the layers blendign mode to Overlay and opacity to 80%.
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Now I will make Dancer leg a little brighter. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Use soft brush and paint with the color #ede5db. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 20%.
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Step 12 - Darkening image (continuation)

In this step, I will add a few adjustment layers which will help make the image look really dark. The first layer will be a Selective Color adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color). Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.
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In the colors drop down menu, select black. Set the Yellow setting to -7%.
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Next, we're going to add a Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels). Set the blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.
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Next, we're going to add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness / Contrast). Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Here are the settings:
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Step 13 - Adding roots

I decided to add more roots. The added roots are in folders ROOTS_02 and ROOTS.
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Step 14 - Adding lights

Time to add lights! I will start with the very easy and useful technique. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now go to Edit > Fill, set the contents to 50% Gray, then click OK.

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26 comments on “Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop”

    1. It's in the "Tutorial Resources" zip file (BRICKS / MAIN_BRICK.psd)

  1. Why would you use a shutterstock copyrighted image that has to purchased? We cant use this dancers image at a deent size/resolution without purchasing it. Makes this tutorial kind of a fail :(

  2. All my eyes go to is that black shape on the right side of his right arm other then that this is a sweet tutorial thank you for sharing your mad skills

  3. awesome....... but have doubts... if you could provide a video tutorial it would be worth watching and learning....... :)

  4. Undoubtedly the tutorials you in handling fotografais are the best of the website would love to if I baber podeira copies some tutorials to put on my website sintando the source

  5. Panie Darku super robota. Jedyne 'ale' to latajace korzenie , cegly itp. Ogolnie bardzo fajnie i "czysto" wytlumaczone kroki. Jesli to mozliwe, w przyszlosci c hetnie skorzystam z Pana wiedzy. prosze o kontakt. pozdrawiam

  6. The overall picture looks good and you obviously spent much effort on it, thank you :). But some highlights and shadows of dancer, parts of ground, roots, and flying bricks are wrong :).

  7. This looks good but is so badly explained. You have steps that are lacking info and steps with unnecessary info. You don't need to tell us to "change the blending mode to normal and opacity to 100%" because that's done by default. Some instructions don't even say anything... It just says what image and blending mode but goes into no detail what was done. Good picture but sorry the tut is bad

    1. I think you are being too picky. Obviously this is not intended for beginners.

      But I agree with you on the excessive info. You don't need to tell people to set opacity to 100% when it's already 100% by default. It's annoying to read.

    2. And kudos to the author for offering to fix steps. Most people would get angry but you stayed cool

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