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In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn in easy and simple steps how to create a surreal environment. We’ll cover techniques such as blending elements together with non-destructive techniques, using blur to create distance between the objects, and much more.
Preview of Final Results
Note: A long time has past since this tutorial was first written. Because of this, some of the free images below may not be available anymore. Please use the Alternative link instead.
- Model – TwilitesMuse
- Image Base – Cat-in-the-stock (Alternative)
- Mountains in the background – Lyfiar
- Mountain in the right - Castock
- Mountain in the left - Burtn
- River - Faestock
- Sky - Austriaangloalliance
- Tower - Divsm-stock
- Castle - Lilystox
Step 1 – New File
Open a new file, with 1311px of Width and 100px of Height
Step 2 – Gradient Background
Before you add any image, create a gradient to be the base of the image.
Step 3 - Place
To place a image go to the menu File in the option Place.
Step 4 - River
Resize the image of the river like this:
Step 5 – Less Opacity
Reduce the layer opacity to 80% and add a layer mask
Step 6 - Hiding
In the layer mask paint with a black brush to hide parts of the image in this case are the clouds the one’s you need to hide. Select the layer mask in the layer thumbs and with a black brush with 50% of opacity paint over the clouds.
Like you did before Place the other image of the mountains and resize it. Pick ONE of the corners and press shift to change the the resolution of the image without distortions.
Step 8 – Changing color
Double click in the image thumb, then you will see this window, press ok.
You can also duplicate the layer to have the original.
Then press Ctrl + U and press the option colorize, and just reduce the saturation to 12. Now save the image Ctrl + S, now the color will change in your mountains.
Step 9 – Layer mask
Once again add a layer mask and with a soft round black brush paint to make the mountains look like they are part of the image. Reduce the opacity of the layer to 70% so you can see the background.
Step 10 - Layers
Change layer’s order, move the one with the river and set it over the one with the mountains like this:
Step 11 - Details
Now do the same with other details of the image like the castle, Place the image, then resize it and with a layer mask hide the undesired parts of the image, also you can use help from the Magic Wand tool or another selection tool of your choice.
In the image above you can see that using the Magic Wand tool the blue parts of the image are selected.
Pass the black brush over the selected area and the result will be this one:
After that change the size of the image.
Step 12 – layer opacity
Change the castle layer to 25% of opacity and hide some other parts
Step 13 – Tower
Repeat the process you made before with the tower. The opacity of the layer is 30%
Step 14 - Mountains
To add some more mountains to the image place a new layer.
Step 15 – Layer mask
You only need the big mountain, so select it with layer mask like before.
Step 16 - Size
Press Ctrl+T to change the size of the mountain to fit the image. Also you can use the black brush to fix some details
Why no images from steps 1 to 7 and steps 23 to end?
Images seem to show up fine on my end
Nice one bro...was the picture taken via a phone?
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I did in the past some of your tutorials here: http://annewipf.deviantart.com/gallery/46678452/Done-from-tutorials
But we can't see the tutorials on photoshop-tutorials anymore. :(
I tried to contact them, but it doesn't operate. :(
Please, do you know if we have to pay something, of everything else we can do? I loved to do the tutorials I found here and I often give the link to photoshop-tutorials to beginners, so it is quite ennoying. Thank you.
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Help Me... :(
Help Me Im So Confuse... :(
Beautiful, creative and acutely enjoy able!
Why can not I find the source files?
Please help to find them.
Thanks so much for a great tutorial. There were some aspects I had to guess, and I believe one of the mountain images had to be flipped before it could be used, but for a newbie in photo-manipulation, this was fantastic.
What am I doing wrong?! I am doing everything step by step but when I add the 2nd picture and try to meld it into to the background it doesn't work. It still looks like I would've glued another photo on top of the other one even though I've done everything on the tutorial. Yep they share the same color however the 2nd pictures outlines are still visible (the square lines) I am terrible with explaining :D
Amazing... thank you.
Hey, awesome tutorial!!
I'm not that good with photoshop, I only got it for two months :)
But this is still worth a try, will be fun I guess :)
Very awesome tutorial. This is just amazing, way beyond my skill level, but it has certainly opened up my eyes to what can be done with Photoshop. Thanks,
Step 10? I'm totally confused there. Any help?
Wow! Thank you for sharing.
I want to get reflection of images anglewise (from different point of source of light).
there are repeated photos in the tutorial... :( find some of the steps interesting but wrong photo makes the tutorial somewhat bad... :( although the concept is awesome... but the flow is altered... i rate it 3.5 out of 5... but the steps deserve 5 out of 5... :)
Where to get the picture in step 4 river? I've been looking at the user Faestock and can not find or rather, does not exist.
Thank you very much.
Why are no Pictures on the third side.
No pictures from step 23 to end ?
Thanks! We don't know what happened but the images have been fixed :)
wtf happened between step 20 and 21
That's a great title for a thriller