In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a surreal piece featuring a woman carrying a house. First, we’ll add a lake image and then the model. Later, we’ll import the house and add the dead branches. After that, we’ll decorate the house with a crow and falling leaves. We’ll use several adjustment layers to enhance the final effect.

Preview of The Final Result

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new 2674×2000 pxdocument in Photoshop and fill it with white. Open the lake image and drag it into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V). Resize it to fit the size of the document using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T).

Step 2

We aim to make the trees on the background softer and less visible. Activate the Lasso Tool (L)to select the trees’ area and set the feather radius to 80. Hit Ctrl+Jto duplicate this selection into a new layer and convert this layer to a Smart Object.

Step 3

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blurand set the radius to 12 pxto make the trees hazier.

Step 4

On this layer, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curvesand set it as Clipping Mask. Change the lightness and color of this part a bit.

Step 5

Create a Color Balanceadjustment layer on top of the layers and change the Midtonessettings:

Step 6

Cut out the model from the original background and duplicate the extracted model on a new layer. I’ve made a Color Fill layer between the background and the extracted one.

Step 7

Go to Filter > Liquifyand use the Forward Warp Tool (W) to pull the bottom of the dress up to fit the ground’s perspective of the main document.

Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layerspanel to add a mask to this layer. Use a hard round brush with black color to remove some unwanted details of the dress, hair and foot.

Step 8

Open the foot image and take the right foot to add to the left foot of the existing model and flip it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal). Use Ctrl+T to rotate the foot a bit .

Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to blend the foot with the existing leg.

Step 9

Create a Hue/Saturationadjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to desaturate the foot a little.

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4 responses to “How to Create a Surreal House Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop”

  1. mi Avatar

    Great tutorail

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    Do you have a video

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