Create a Surreal Snail with a Grassy Shell in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Snail with a Grassy Shell in Photoshop
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Step 10

Open the meadow image. Use the Retangular Marquee Tool (M) to select a grass part then place it over the snail shell, use the Free Transform Tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) to tweak it a little:

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Add a mask to this layer and use a black brush to erase the grass following the shape of the shell. To make the edge of the grass, I used a hard brush and the size about 3-4 px to trim (it's better if you use a tablet pen):

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Step 11

I used Color Balance to change the grass color:

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Step 12

I used Curves to darken the grassy shell:

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On this Curves layer mask I used a soft black brush to erase the upper of the grass to keep it brighter than the lower (it's illuminated by the light):

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Step 13

I created a new layer with the same settings like in the step 9. Use the Dodge and Burn Tool to define the light and shade of the grassy shell:

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Step 14

Isolate the child from the background and place her onto the top of the grassy shell:

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To change the form of her dress to fit the shell , go to Edit > Puppet Warp:

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Step 15

Add a mask to the child layer and use a hard black brush with a smaiil size (2-3 px) to blend the dress bottom with the grass:

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Make the child shadow as done with the snail:

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Step 16

I used an adjustment layer to reduce the child saturation:

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Step 17

I used Color Balance for the child layer and on its layer mask use a soft black brush to reduce the little green effect on the skin:

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Step 18

I used Curves to darken the child and on its layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the face and dress parts:

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Step 19

I made a new layer with the same settings like the step 9 and 12. Use the Burn Tool to darken the dress bottom more:

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Step 20

Cut out the flowers from the images indicated in the resources list and arrange them around the grassy shell, duplicate, use Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform them if needed:

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Place these layers under the child one.

Step 21

Take a flower from the flowers 1 image and place it behind the model, make its size much bigger than the other flowers:

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To correct the pose of this flower, use the Puppet Warp and drag the petals down to make the two sides of the flower more proportional and the stem more straight:

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Step 22

I made a new layer with Clipping Mask) for this big flower and used the Burn Tool to give more details to the petals:

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Step 23

Select all the flower layers and press Cmd/Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change this group mode from Pass Through to Normal 100%. Make a new layer at the bottom of this group and use a soft black brush, the opacity about 40% to paint the shadow for some of the flowers:

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Step 24

Create the shadow for all other flowers as done with the child and snail:

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Step 25

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer on the top of the flower layers (within this group) to change their color:

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Step 26

I used Curves to darken the flowers:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to clear the effect on the flowers parts which are darker than the rest already:

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12 comments on “Create a Surreal Snail with a Grassy Shell in Photoshop”

  1. Photoshop is the toll where things can create how the mind actually want. this tutorial is really awesome, and images are very helpful to do practice to make it. Very detail and very creative really helpful for me. Really thanks man

  2. I love this! What a cool fantasy design you put together. I think any young child would love to get lost just staring into it.

  3. NICE! i REALLY WANT TO LEARN A LOT ON Adobe Photoshop... looking forward that this page may help me to improve my photoshop experience especially in photo editing..

  4. Thank you very much! I love these tutorials with a poetic look! Do you have any others of the same kind?

    Excuse me if there are any mistakes. I'm French-speaking.

  5. This tutorial is fantastic, Jenny! I am doing this today. Need an escape, anyway, so, why not delve into a fantasy? Thank you so much for your tuts!!
    Su

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