Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Monk in the Caves

Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Monk in the Caves
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Press Ctrl/Cmd+T (or Edit -> Free Transform) and resize the mountains to make them smaller.
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Here is what you should be aiming for:
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Now place the mountains between the Cave layer and the Sky/Clouds group.
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Select the layer mask of the mountains layer (the one we created before) and keep painting it with black. This time we’re aiming to hide the base of the mountains. Try to give the impression that the clouds are covering some parts of the mountain (set the opacity around 15% when painting these areas).
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Rename the mountains layer to “Mountains”(really original huh).
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And here is the result of adding the mountains to our scene:
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Step 7: Few adjustments

Before we continue, let’s do some adjustments to our workspace. First, select the monk layer and the two layers above it and make a new group with them.
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Then open the Sky/Clouds group and drag the Mountains layer inside it. Make sure that it is the top layer inside the group.
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Now rename this group to Sky/Clouds/Mountains so we don’t get lost later.
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There’s a weird spot close to our cave where the clouds are really white, let’s fix that now. Double click the Cloud 2 layer to make changes to that smart object.
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Now select the Clone Stamp Tool (Shortcut S) and follow the instructions on the image below: · To clone parts of an image hold Alt/Opt and left click in the area you want to use · To paste the areas you cloned into new areas simply let go of Alt/Opt and left click in the new area
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Here is the result:
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And here is what our image should be looking like without that weird bright cloud in the corner:
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Last but not least, rename the group we created in the beginning of this step to Monk.
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Step 8: Adding the planet

Go to File -> Place and select the planet stock.
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Now select the Eliptical Marquee Tool (Shortcut M) and create a perfect circle in the planet that it’s on the front. To create a perfect circle simply hold Shift while creating the ellipse.
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Then create a new layer mask in this layer to hide everything else but the planet.
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Hit Ctrl/Cmd+T (or Edit->Free Transform) to resize and replace the planet in our image.
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Now double click the planet layer (double click somewhere around the name of the layer). Add a Inner Glow style to this layer, with the following settings:
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Here is the result in our planet:
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And this is how your layers panel should be looking like:
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Step 9: Adding some ropes

In this step we’re going to add the ropes that will surround our planet in the shape of a 3D cube. Before we start adding the ropes, we need to add the shape of a 3D cube so we can work around it. Open the 3D cube psd file in photoshop, and select the “spine highlights” group. With this group selected, hit Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Opt+Shift+E to create a new layer in the file with all the previous layers merged. This is what your layers panel should be looking like:
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Now hit Ctrl/Cmd+A to select everything, and then Ctrl/Cmd+C to copy the cube. Go back to our project, and hit Ctrl/Cmd+V to paste the cube that we just copied. You can close the cube psd if you want to, we’re not going to use that anymore.
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Make sure the cube layer is right below the layer of the planet.

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28 comments on “Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Monk in the Caves”

  1. Please re uploaded PSD file because when i click on download showing 404 error, this is best work for me i want check how did you do this

  2. Thanks for this great tutorial. One of the best I found so far. But I do have a question, since one step doesn't work out like it should. I have finished the cave and put the layers in a Group Folder as the tutorial says. The next step would be the cave lighting layer. But when I try to create it, Photoshop won't let me add a clipping mask. For some reason it won't do that above a group folder. To help myself I merged all cave layers into one, that way it works, but of course I can't change any details now, which is a bit annoying. I would be glad if you or someone else could tell me what I've been doing wrong. I use Photoshop CS4.

  3. Great tutorial. I loved it, and my end result turned out really well. I learned a tonne about layer masks so thank you :D

  4. Thank you for your tutoring.I am very appreciate your time.

    Wish you and your family have wonderful weekend.

  5. Terrific tutorials, as ALWAYS!

    And trust me, a lot of users see your tutorials, even if they don't leave feedback.

    Thanks, as always!

  6. On the part where you pick random parts from the island, you should have placed the layer inside the main PSD & use layer masks. Duplicate layer, paint in layer mask, repeat.

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