How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop
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Step 6: Add the old man picture to our hanging picture

Open the old man stock, press Ctrl/Command + A to select it all and copy and paste it into our project.
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Now we have to resize it. Hold Shift + Alt/Option and use the Free Transform Tool to make the old man picture fits the picture frame. Position it on top of the picture frame. After that, make sure that the picture frame layer is on top of the old man layer.
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Now we're going to resize the old man picture even more using the Free Transform Tool. Make sure that the top and the bottom of the old man layer touch the inside borders of the picture frame layer.
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The last thing we need to do is flip this layer horizontally. To do that, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
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Your image should look like this now:
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Step 7: Add the ropes holding our picture

Open the rope stock in Photoshop and select it by pressing Ctrl/Command and clicking in the thumbnail of the layer. After that, copy and paste it into our project.
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The rope is really long so we're going to have to resize it. Like we did before, use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Command+T), and press Ctrl/Command+0 if you don't see the whole rope. After that, resize it to a smaller size.
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Now position the rope on the left side of our image and place the rope layer behind the picture frame layer and the old man layer.
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Duplicate the rope layer by selecting it and pressing Ctrl/Command+J. After that, move your new rope layer to the right.
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And now that you're done with the ropes your image should look like this.
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Step 8: Add the pigeon sitting on the picture

Open the pigeon stock and select it with the Quick Selection Tool (use those tips I showed before to make the selection better).
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Copy and paste it into our project and, as usual, resize it using the Free Transform Tool(Ctrl/Command+T).
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Place the pigeon above the picture frame and make sure that its layer is above all the others.
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Now we're going to add the shadow of the pigeon on the picture frame. Create a new layer by clicking in the 'Create a new layer' button (you can also press Ctrl/Command+Alt/Option+Shift+N to create a new layer). Then, rename it to 'Shadow' and place it behind the pigeon layer.
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Now paint the shadow of the pigeon using the images below as reference:
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Now your image should look something like this:
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Step 9: Add the smoke coming out of the picture

Let's add the smoke to our project now. Open the smoke stock in Photoshop and before we copy and paste it, we're going to desaturate it. Press Ctrl/Command+Shift+U to desaturate it and then copy all the image into our project.
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Now resize the smoke using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Command+T) and place it near our picture (see image below for reference).
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Now change the blend mode of this layer to Screen and you're done! Remember that we're trying to make it look like the smoke is coming out of the man's mouth, so if yours doesn't look like it, you can move it around (even resize it if you want) until you're satisfied with the result.
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With the smoke added, your image should look like this now:
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Now we're going to group all those things we just added into a new group. Select all of the layers we just created, press Ctrl/Command+G and rename the group to Picture.

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29 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 ?
    thanks

  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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