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 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

    You’ve made a very nice and comprehensive collection of WordPress Themes. I appreciate it. Really great art work with typography. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

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    Maidul Islam

    You’ve made a very nice and comprehensive collection of WordPress Themes. I appreciate it.

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    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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