How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Man with Head of Lamp

How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Man with Head of Lamp

How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Man with Head of Lamp

Step 23

Open the birds 1 image and isolate the birds  using the Magic Wand Tool (W).  Place them on the top left of the main canvas. Set this layer below the arch's layer. 

Step 24

Cut out the bird 2 from the original image and add him to the left of the man, on the arch's surface. Flip him horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) and use Ctrl+T to resize him to be much smaller. 

Step 25

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and decrease the Saturation values to -38:

Step 26

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones values:

Step 27

Add a Curves adjustment layer and increase the lightness to make the bird brighter to fit the light of the scene.

Step 28

Create a new layer, change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray.  Use the Dodge Tool to paint more light for some small details on the bird body and tail.

Step 29

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of the layers and pick the colors of the dark blue, #011016 and #58c9f8

Step 30

Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and choose the color #6f95b0.

Step 31

Create a Curves adjustment layer to darken the whole scene. On the layer mask, use a soft black brush to reveal the light on the middle section, and the area around the man.

Step 32

Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a soft brush with the color #2c1702 to paint light on the lamp. Change this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100%.

Make another layer and use a soft brush with the color #f8b369 to paint more light for the lamp. Alter this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 33

On another layer, use a soft brush with the color #9f5a10 to paint glowing light for the lamp. Alter this layer mode to Screen 100%. 

Create a new layer, use the color #f8c48a to paint inside the lamp to strengthen the highlight within. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 34

Make a new layer, use a soft brush with the color #2c1702 to paint the light reflection along the branches, man's back and bird. Alter this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100%.

Add a new layer, use the color #f8b369 to make the light's effect on the areas mentioned above more vibrant. Change this layer mode to Color 100%. 

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