How to Create This Stunningly Surreal Artwork of a Secret Temple Above the Sky

How to Create This Stunningly Surreal Artwork of a Secret Temple Above the Sky
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Step 11

Add the photos "stone3" to document. then Use Pen Tool (P) to make selections.
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Step 12

After we selection the image, then right click choose make selection and click Ok. it will make only stone areas that selected part as like shown image below.
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Step 13

Then Add a layer mask to this image by clicking on the icon mask in the Layers panel.
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Step 14

If you done, it will as like shown image below.
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Step 15

Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T or Edit > Free Transform) to resize the layer and put like shown in the image below.
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Step 16

Add the photos "stone1" to document. Then repeat the previous step to selection the image.
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Step 17

Now, repeat the previous step. add the all stones stock and selections all of them. then use transform tool to transfrom and put like as image below
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Step 18

Use Move tool (V) to put each stone like as shown image below.
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Step 19

If necessary, we can duplicate (Ctrl/cmd+G) the stone layer so we get the image as we want.
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Step 20

After we've finished set the stone, we can create a new group with all of stone photos. we could also select them and use the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+G. Name this new group "Cliff".
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Step 21

Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation), set the parameters like as shown image below.
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Step 22

Create a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels), set the parameters like as shown image below.
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Step 23

Select Levels adjustment layer and hue/saturation adjustment layers then right click choose Create Clipping Mask. It will make the effect only apply into group folder "stone"
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Step 24

Add the photos "tree1". Go to File > Place and select the photos.
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Step 25

Use the Pen tool (P) to selection the image, and mask it (repeat step 11). then use transform tool (Ctrl/cmd+T) right click choose flip horizontal to reflect the image.
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Step 26

with selected the layer mask, Use Brush tool (B) then set the brush to soft, size to 175 pixels. Paint over the bottom part of tree like as shown in the image below.
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Step 27

Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation), set the parameters like as shown image below.
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Step 28

Create a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels), set the parameters like as shown image below.
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Step 29

Select Levels adjustment layer and hue/saturation adjustment layers then right click choose Create Clipping Mask. It will make the effect only apply into tree layer.
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Add more a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels), set the parameters like as shown image below.
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With selected the layer mask, Use Brush tool (B) then set the brush to soft, size to 300 pixels. Paint over the left part of tree like as shown in the image below.
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Step 32

If done, the right part of the tree will darker than left.
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Step 33

Add the photos "tree2". Go to File > Place and select the photos.
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Step 34

Use the Pen tool (P) to selection the image, and mask it (repeat step 11). then use transform tool (Ctrl/cmd+T) to put the image like as shown image below. then repeat step 27+28 to create adjustment layer so we get the same effect with "tree1".

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14 comments on “How to Create This Stunningly Surreal Artwork of a Secret Temple Above the Sky”

  1. Awesome tutorial! I'm going to print the final result, frame it and gift it to a friend ^^

    I couldn't help but notice there are many grammatical errors and such. If you want, I could rewrite your tutorial with correct grammar and syntax and make it "cleaner".

    1. Forgot the tutorials are only bought and posted on the site.

      I am sure the people behind the site can proof read tutorial and correct it themselves, so please do so. Or at least let me do it, it really is a pity a good tutorial to be hindered by a language barrier.

  2. Great tutorial. Your website is main learning source for me. We search the web every week and compile some really good tutorials out there for our readers. So, we have feature it

  3. This is a really neat tutorial. The puppet warp on the vines is very clever but I would make it wrap around the tree. The boat and tower have too much contrast and objects that are far away should have some haze to it. Pretend that you are on a mountain and looking far away..... everything fades away in the haze if they are far enough.

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