Learn how to create this artistic photo manipulation where you will learn how to blend images together and edit them using non-destructive techniques. You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.

Preview of Final Results

Surreal Scene Full of Life Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1: Create a new Photoshop file

Open up a new file in Photoshop using these settings

  • Width: 2500px
  • Height: 1700px
  • Resolution: 300px/in
  • Color Mode: RGB Color – 8 bit

Step 2: Add the background image and clean it

Let’s start with the background image. Download the ocean stock and open it. Press Ctrl/Command + A to select all the images. Then copy (Ctrl/Command+C) and paste (Ctrl/Command+V) into our project.


As you can see, the stock image is way too large, so we’re going to have to resize it. To do that, we’re going to use the Free Transform Tool, remember it well because we’re going to use it for the rest of this tutorial. Go to Edit > Free Transform (or press Ctrl/Command + T).


Now press Ctrl/Command + 0 to see the whole selected area, and while holding Shift, click and drag the bottom right corner of the sky image until it matches the width of our canvas.


Once the widths are the same, place the image in the canvas using the image below as reference:


So far your image should look like this:


Now that the image is in place, we’re going to get rid of those logos. Select the Quick Selection Tool (or press W) and make a rough selection around the bottom logo.


Now let Photoshop do the hard work for you, press Shift + F5, select Content-Aware and click OK.


To erase the upper logo we’re going to use the Clone Stamp Tool. Select it (or press S) and click anywhere in the canvas with the right mouse button to change the settings of the brush. The brush size should be 500px and the hardness 0%.


Now use the Clone Stamp Tool to clone the area in the right (Alt/Option+click) into the logo (click and drag) like shown in the image below:


Your image should now look similar to this one:


Now we’re going to add a vignette and some lens correction to the background. Go to Filter > Lens Correction, click in the Custom tab, set the Amount to -25, Remove Distortion to +25 and Horizontal Perspective to -10.


Your image should now look like this:


Step 3: Changing the background colors

In this tutorial we’re going to add all the adjustment layers non-destructively by clicking in the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” like shown in the image below:

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32 responses to “How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop”

  1. lucy Avatar

    oh,I know it.

  2. lucy Avatar

    I like it very much.But how can i entire to see it.

  3.  Avatar

    thank! so much for that creation

  4.  Avatar

    Such a beautiful artwork!!

  5.  Avatar

    great tutorial thank you

  6. sunny khan Avatar
    sunny khan

    this tutorial was awesome thanks

  7. Thrilled Avatar

    Really great tutorial. Very well explained step by step.

  8. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

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    Maidul Islam

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  10.  Avatar

    Outstanding tutorial!Clear instructions and awesome picture instructions. Very nice, thank you a bunch.

  11. Guest Avatar

    Beautiful image. Congratulations to the technical and thanks for the tutorial:)

  12. Noels Avatar

    Loved it!! Thankyou, I learnt such a lot :)

  13. bephot Avatar

    thanks! learn a lot of useful shortcut and tips here

  14. katrina enright Avatar
    katrina enright

    I cant get my roots and elephants feet to lok right i need help

  15.  Avatar

    this looks awesome and easy

  16. josts1234 Avatar

    when I go to the exposure everything turns black. What do I do?

    1. kenzmobile Avatar

      its -0.25 not -25. i did the same thing

  17. Ali Guest Avatar
    Ali Guest

    I can not thank you enough, the amount of things I’ve learnt in two hours is incredible, would usually take me a week of watching and reading tutorials, but nope, you’ve used many techniques that made my life easier! Thank you is not enough!

  18. HoHe Avatar

    Great tutorial!But the mountain photo is missing :/Some extra help…

    1. SalahKabbani Avatar

      just do what i did , 
      download the attached PSD from up there and take the mountain photo from there :D

    2. HoHe Avatar

      @SalahKabbani Thank you for your response :)But how can I take it from the mountain layer

    3. HoHe Avatar

      @SalahKabbani OK! Got it!I decided to replace the mountain photo with a desert one ^_^Thanks anyway :)

  19. landon912 Avatar

    awsome tut

  20. SalahKabbani Avatar

    Thank you so much for this tutorial really great photo and great explanation love it. 
    but i have a problem with the mountain photo , the link of this photo doesn’t work , can you please upload it again or give me another photo that could be good for the tutorial ?

    1. SalahKabbani Avatar

      Never mind i took it from the downloadable project :)

  21. Ayaron Avatar

    I like it. 
    Thank you for your awesome tutorial.

  22. MahmoudAbdulkarim Avatar

    Very nice Job!
    Thanks a lot dear ^^.

  23. JohnnySteel1 Avatar

    Hi Guilherme, From the start of your tutorial you say to go to lens correction and distort the image to + 25,00, it distorts the image considerably !, is that right, ?, by the way it is a great tutorial,
    regards and respect johnny

    1. JohnnySteel1 Avatar

      Its ok, all i did was after the lens correction was used the free transform tool and adjusted the image to cover my canvas again lol, My bad..

  24. Taha Avatar

    Can I use CS3 for this creative tutorail.

  25. Taha Avatar

    Can I use CS3 for this creative tutorail.

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