Learn how to create an retro styled image inspired by Surrealism. You will learn how to combine stock photos, Photoshop brushes, and textures to create a scene of a couple jumping to each other from two very high cliffs. You’ll also learn how to blend texture and adjust the colors to give it the old photo look.

Preview of Final Results


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Step 1 – Create a New Photoshop Image File

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

  • Width: 3000px
  • Height: 3000px
  • Resolution: 300pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2 – Create the Hills

In this step, we will be creating the hills where the couple jumped to reach each other. To start, let’s open “Preikestolen 2” by zenpixel. Once the stock image is open, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (press L on your keyboard). We will use this to select the hill.


Now that it is activated, follow the instructions below on how to select the hill on stock image.


The selection area has now been created so activate the Move tool (V) and left-click the area that has been selected and drag that to our 3000×3000 canvas. Once you’ve done that, position it in the canvas as shown below:


Next, rename this layer to “Right Hill”. To rename a layer, simply double-click on the words: “layer 1” (that is the hill we had just moved) to prompt a text box to appear. Once that appears, you may now rename the layer.


Step 3

Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize that hill as shown on the image below:


The result of that should be similar to this:


Step 4

Next, activate the Blur tool (R) because we would need to blur the edges of the hill to make it blend well with the other images.


Once activated, input the following settings for the Blur Tool (R):

  • Brush size: 175px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Strength: 40%

Blur the highlighted region shown on the image below:


The result:


Step 5

Once that’s done, click on the “Right Hill” layer and then duplicate it (Ctrl/Cmd + J). Once duplicated, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click on the canvas to bring up its contextual menu. Once the menu is active click on “Flip Horizontal” to make the duplicated layer face left; See image below:


After clicking “Flip Horizontal”, your canvas should be similar to this:

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6 responses to “How to Create a Conceptual Image of a Couple Jumping from High Cliffs in Photoshop”

  1. Bruce Avatar

    Good tutorial! Thank you!

  2. Milana Avatar

    Thanks a lot! Your tutorial is very useful and so precise, unlike many others. Very good guidance.

  3. J.C. Avatar

    Too much ‘grunge’ for my liking but , nice idea and thanx anyway.

  4. ron kennedy Avatar
    ron kennedy

    After completing one of your tutorials, i am reminded of the quotation below.

    There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
    Salvador Dali

  5. Elliot Avatar

    Awesome tutorial, Thanks heaps! Keep it up :)

  6. oldal Avatar

    a very good tutorial i learnt a lot thank-you

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