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

Place the pigeon above the picture frame and make sure that its layer is above all the others.


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.


Now paint the shadow of the pigeon using the images below as reference:


Now your image should look something like this:


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 images into our project.


Now resize the smoke using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Command+T) and place it near our picture (see image below for reference).


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.


With the smoke added, your image should look like this now:


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.


Step 10: Add the "balloons girl"

Open the Girl 1 stock and select her using the Quick Selection Tool (W) or, if you prefer, the Pen Tool (P).


Now copy and paste the girl into our project and resize her using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Command+T). After that, mirror the girl by going to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and place her on the top of the turtle's head.


Now let's add her shadow in the turtle's head. Create a new layer by clicking on 'Create a new layer' or by pressing Ctrl/Command+Alt/Option+Shift+N.

Rename the new layer to Shadow and place it behind the girl's layer.


Now use a hard brush to paint the shadow of the girl, use the image below as reference:

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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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