How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

Your image should look like this now:


To finish this step create a new group with the helicopter and the light beam layer. Name the new group Helicopter.


Step 23: Add the root legs to our elephant

Open the root image and use the Quick Selection Tool (W) to make a rough selection of the tree roots.


Copy and paste the root into our scene and add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer (non-destructively). Check the image below for the input values.

Remember to clip the adjust to the root only.


Resize the root and place it in one of the right legs of the elephant.


Now we're going to duplicate the root and the Color Balance Adjustment three times. Select them and drag into the 'Create a new layer' button.


You should have something like this now:


Now select each of the new roots you created and place them into the other legs of the elephant. You can resize them if you want to, but there's no need to rotate them.

You don't need to select the Color Balance Adjustment when you change the position of the root because the adjustment is attached to the root, so it will follow the root automatically.


We have to make sure that the root layers attached to the right legs of the elephant are actually on the top of the layer stack, so change the layer stack if you have to.

This time you have to drag the root and the Color Balance Adjustment with it.


Your scene should look like this now:


Let's work with the root of the right front leg first. Create a layer mask in the root layer and paint it with black following the instructions in the image below:


The result should be something like this:


Now go to the left front leg of the elephant. Create a layer mask to the root layer and paint the areas that you don't want with black (see image below):


The front legs should look like this now:


The legs on the left side of the elephant are a little bit darker than the other ones, so we're going to add a new layer above the root layer of the left front leg of the elephant and paint some shadows in it.

If you created the new layer while the root layer was selected, it should already be clipped, but make sure that the new layer you just created only applies to the root layer below it.

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

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

  3. 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!

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

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

  4. 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 ?

  5. 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. 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..

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