Create this surreal photo manipulation of a woman sleeping on clouds above a house. This Photoshop tutorial will show you basic photo manipulation techniques such as combining photos, blending, and making color correction.

Preview of Final Results

World Under the Sky

Tutorial Resources

Step 1: Create a New Photoshop File

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  1. Preset: Custom
  2. Width: 3000px
  3. Height: 3000px
  4. Resolution: 300pixels/inch
  5. Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  6. Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2: Add the foreground and improve its lighting

In this Step, we will be creating the land on which the mysterious house will be standing. Import the stock image – “Stock Field” by digital amphetamine to the canvas by clicking on File > Place and find it from the directory you’ve saved it into. Using the Place command is a non-destructive technique which will place the image as a Smart Object, and once the layer is a smart object you may transform it as many times as you like without any loss in quality.


Next, let’s darken the foreground. First, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then we will create a Clipping Mask on the new layer to allow a non-destructive way to darken the foreground. To create a Clipping Mask, simply right-click on the newly created layer and then click on “Create Clipping Mask” once it opens.

Note: The new layer should be above the field layer.


Now, activate the Brush tool (B) but before you proceed, make sure that the Brushes to be used are the default PS brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below: Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below: Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu. Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 800px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

The Color Picker box opens once you click the Foreground Color box.


Now, paint over the area shown below:


Brush on it several times until it results to something like what is shown below:


Once done, select all the layers and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. This will avoid clutter and confusion in later Steps. Rename this group to “Land”. To rename a layer, simply double-click on the words “layer 1” for example and a text box will appear, you may rename it then.

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19 responses to “How to Create a World Under the Sky using Photoshop”

  1. Rj raju Avatar
    Rj raju

    It is very helpful tutorial and great idea for this tutorial….many many thanks a lot

  2. Optical Overlays Avatar
    Optical Overlays

    Awesome! :)

  3. Rama Vinaya Avatar
    Rama Vinaya


    1. Optical Overlays Avatar
      Optical Overlays

      Yup Indeed

  4. Ayaan Avatar

    outstanding fantastic Fab work amazing

  5. Ayaan Avatar

    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

  6. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Awesome! Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kevin Alemán Avatar
    Kevin Alemán

    Good image, but the instructions could be better.

  8. Mara Avatar

    Thank you, this was good practice, Though I did change some things, such as the shadow beneath the clouds. I made it more of a slow fade together of the house and cloud pictures, looked more cloudlike.

  9. James Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial

  10. Meinert Avatar

    This is nice but I agree with what the others said

  11. K.B.GUPTA Avatar

    I can`t understand. It is very tough

  12. ALCI JIMENEZ Avatar

    espectacular la imagen las tima que eltutorial no sea hablado

  13. Morgan Avatar

    I can’t understand

    1.  Avatar

      so was i

  14. v7 Avatar

    thank you

  15. Anonymous Avatar

    “Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T), take note we don’t have to convert this image to a Smart Object since we only have to resize it once.”

    WTF? Nothing is more wrong than that

    1. Martorelli Avatar

      I understand that from the authors point of view but the larger issue here is that he doesn’t understand the concept of non-destructing editing. The tutorial is constantly copying and pasting when it should have been imported as smart obj and stenciled with a layer mask. He knows how to use it but purposefully teaches destructing editing. Thus, leading myself to believe that the authors does not grasp the concept of non-destructing editing.

  16. Clark Avatar

    I really hate this tutorial. You start by explaining “non-destructive editing” and then everything is destructive from the 2nd page on.

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