How to Create a Surreal House Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal House Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal House Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Make another Curves adjustment layer  and increase the light for the contour and some parts of the model. The selected areas show where to paint on the layer mask.

Step 18

Add a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones and Highlights settings:

Step 19

Open the house image and use the Move Tool to drag the house into our main canvas. Place it onto the model body.

The top of the highest tower  is hidden. To fix it, add a mask to this layer and use a hard black brush to remove this part and the middle to reveal the model face, arms and dress.

Step 20

Come back to the original house image and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the top tower and place it onto the top of the house. Use Ctrl+T to resize it to be smaller than the original one. Set this layer below the first one.

Step 21

Make a group for the house layers and add a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the color of the house.

Step 22

Create another Color Balance adjustment layer to add some light warm tone to the roof of the towers on the left (from the viewer). On this layer mask, paint on the rest to remove the warm effect on these areas.

Step 23

Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate the color of the light on the windows. 

Step 24

Make a Curves adjustment layer to darken the house. On this layer mask, paint on the contour of the house and any details you feel too dark. 

Step 25

Make another Curves adjustment layer to bring more light to the house's contour. Paint on the rest to keep its shadow and contrast.

Step 26

On each of the house layers, make a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray.

Activate the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) and use the Burn Tool with Midtones Range, Exposure about 15%, the Dodge Tool with Highlights Range, Exposure about 40-50% to paint more light and details for the house. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode.

Step 27

Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a small brush with the color #b49355 to paint on the contour of the top towers. Change this layer mode to Color Dodge 100% and use a layer mask to remove the unwanted light parts.

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