How to Create a Surreal Pirate House Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Pirate House Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
step16a
Mask unnecessary part of the image. We will use the brightest part of the cloud as the main cloud texture.
step16b
Set this cloud layer to normal blending at about 40% opacity.
step16c
Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the cloud layer. Flip it horizontally and place the duplicate on the left side behind the building.
step16d

Step 17

On this step, we will add more texture to the background. We will use the cosmos image for it. Open the image on the document. Place it above the cloud layer within the BG group.
step17a
Set this cosmos layer to soft light blending at about 87% opacity.
step17b
Then, give this layer surface blur filter by going to filter > blur > surface blur.
step17c
Type your instructions here.
step17d

Step 18

Now create two new adjustment layers above the BG folder. Go to layer > new adjustment layers > brightness/contrast and gradient map.
step18a
Select gradient map layer and give it a layer mask. With a very soft round brush (0% hardness) set at low opacity at 15%, mask some areas indicated in red highlight.
step18b
step18c

Step 19

Next, we should do color adjustments to the pirate house layer to match the background color. Open the pirate house group and select the layer. Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) with a clipping mask above the pirate house layer. On this layer, paint some soft shading with black on areas around the lower part of the building and some others.
step19a
Then, give this pirate house layer a new adjustment layer with a clipping mask. Go to layer > new adjustment layers > brightness/contrast.
step19b
Mask some parts around the building as indicated in red highlight. If we feel the value of the new adjustment layer is too much, we can lower the opacity of this layer a bit. With this value, set this layer to normal at about 87% opacity to have the result below:
step19c
step19d
Give more new adjustment layer: hue/saturation. Set this layer to normal at 100% opacity.
step19e
And another adjustment layer with a clipping mask: gradient map. Set this layer to soft light at about 40% opacity
step19f

Step 20

Proceed to create horizon line for the scene. Create again a new layer behind the pirate house folder. Take a very soft round brush with opacity of about 20%. On this new layer, paint orange (#fe9703) horizon. Set this layer to color dodge. To make the line more subtle, we can give it a bit Gaussian blur filter accordingly.
step20a
Again create a new layer above the horizon layer, on this layer paint subtle orange color to add more color to the scene. Duplicate the new layer and play around with blending mode to get best result. As illustrated in the screenshot, we use hard light and linier light for the blending mode with set to the values accordingly.
step20b
step20c

Step 21

Now create again a new layer below the horizon. On this new layer, paint soft yellow on the cloud. Set this layer to overlay at 100% opacity.
step21a

Step 22

On this step, we will add distant rock to the scene. Create again a new layer (remember press Shift+Ctrl+N). On this new layer paint a dark rock shape as below.
step22a
With combination use of dodge and burn tool, paint highlight and shading on the rock to define dimension to the rock so it does not look flat:
step22b
step22c
Give this layer a layer mask and mask the lower part of it. Set this layer’s blending to normal at about 40% opacity.
step22d
Finally, give this layer color adjustment with a clipping mask. Go again to layer > new adjustment layers > hue/saturation. Check Colorize.

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