Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop

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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Set the layers blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. Now use Dodge Tool (soft brush) and paint on this layer. For the brush settings, I used an exposure of around 20-50%.
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This is the layer set to Normal
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Step 15 - More lights

In this step I will add a lot of lights layers. I like to work on multiple layers because it's easier to make changes in the future. After every layer I will show Before & After, so you will see process of changing. As always paint with soft brush with an opacity around 20-50%. For the first layer, set the blending mode to Soft Light and opacity to 100%. The brush color is #d8cbb8.
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For the second layer, set the blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. The brush color I used is white (#ffffff).
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For the third layer, set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. The brush color I used is #fffefd.
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The last layer in this step will be a shadow layer. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. I used a brush color of #71645a.
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Step 16 - More lights

In this step, I will continue adding lights. Set your layers blending mode to Color Dodge and opacity to 100%. The brush color I used is #92877f.
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Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 15%. Use the brush color #fffbd3.
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Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Set your brush color to black (#000000).
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Step 17 - More lights

In this step I will continue adding lights. Set the layer blending mode to Pin Light and opacity to 60%. The brush color I used is #d8cbb8.
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Set the layers blending mode to Screen and opacity to 100%. For the brush color, use #92877f.
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Set the layers blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. For the brush color, use #9e9e9e.
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Step 18 - More roots and rocks

In this step, I just made copies from the roots which I already had. Then, I built a few new ones (Folder ROOTS_FINAL). I also added a few floating stones (Folder: ROCK_SMALL). I used the Lasso tool (L) to make a cutout of them (ROCKS / ROCKS_01.psd).
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Open the file ROOT_TOP - Folder ROOT / ROOT_TOP.psd. Use the Lasso Tool (L) to create a cutout of it.
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Step 19 - Adding shadows and highlights on dancer

In this step, I will add some highlights to the dancer and shadows to the roots. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layers blending mode to Color Burn and opacity to 45%. Use a soft brush and paint it with the color #39362f. You'll have to apply a shadow layer to the Dancer layer. To do this, press and hold Ctrl/Cmd and point your cursor above the red line. You will see an icon - click on it. Do this operation with all the layers shown in this step.
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Make a copy of the SHADOW layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J) and move it to the arm.
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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now go to Edit > Fill. Set the contents to 50% Gray then click OK. For this layer, set the blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. Use the Dodge tool with a soft brush and paint on this layer. For the brush settings, I used an exposure between 20-50%.
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This is the layer set to Normal.
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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Use soft brush and paint with white (#ffffff)

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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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