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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Add the photos "Ivy". Go to File > Place and select the photos.
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Go to Edit > Puppet Warp
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You will see like as shown image below.
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This will open the tool and allow us to manipulate and warp the object. Placing points systematically around the image, will create bending/warping points. Place them on your object in the best arrangement to create joints to bend as shown below.
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Dragging or rotating these points (Alt + Click and move over point) will warp the object in the desired direction. Using this we can drag the stem of the flower/leafs to come from the side, while still allowing the flower/leafs to stay upright.
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Dragging or rotating these points (Alt + Click and move over point) like as shown image below.
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Dragging or rotating these points (Alt + Click and move over point) like as shown image below After done press Enter to relase the transfrom.
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Create a new Vibrance adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance), set the parameters like as shown image below. And Create Clipping Mask.
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Step 43

Select all the layers we created so far by clicking in the first one, holding Shift, and then clicking on the last one. Then, drag all of them to that little folder in the layers panel, which will create a new group with all of them. You could also select them and use the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+G. Name this new group "Tree".
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Step 44

Add the photos "Crow". Go to File > Place and select the photos.
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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.
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Create a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels), set the parameters like as shown image below, and Create Clipping Mask.
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Step 47

Add the photos "Climber". Go to File > Place and select the photos. then use transform tool to rotate and put image like as shown
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Step 48

Create a new Vibrance adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance) and Create a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels), set the parameters like as shown image below. And Create Clipping Mask.
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Duplicate the climber layer, then use transfrom tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) right click choose Distrot and transform like as shown. Then change the blending option to soft light
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Add the photos "Temple". Go to File > Place and select the photos. then use transform tool to rotate and put image like as shown below.
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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 Create a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels), set the parameters like as shown image below, and Create Clipping Mask.
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Step 52

Add the photos "Ship". Go to File > Place and select the photos. then use transform tool to rotate and put image like as shown below.
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Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation), set the parameters like as shown image below, and Create Clipping Mask.
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Step 54

Now, take and duplicate "Stone3" layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J) the put the top of layers.

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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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