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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Now create a new group called Ladder and place this layer inside.
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Step 16: Add the girl climbing the ladder

Open the Girl 2 stock image and select her with the Quick Selection Tool(W). Don't worry too much about her hair, we'll fix that later.
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Now copy and paste the girl into our project, and use the Free Transform Tool to resize her and place her in the ladder.
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We're going to change her hair like we did with the other girl. Select the Smudge Tool with a brush size of 1px and 90% Strength, and start to click and drag her hair around following the image below:
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Right now your image should look similar to this:
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To finish this step, add the girl to a new group called 'Left Girl'.
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Step 17: Add the Elephant on the turtle

Open the elephant stock and make a selection around it using the Pen Tool(P).
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Then right click the elephant and click in Make Selection. Leave the Feather Radius at 0px and click OK. Now copy and paste the elephant into our scene. Resize the elephant using the Free Transform Tool, and you should have something like this:
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Now let's use the Puppet Warp Tool to make it look like the elephant is grabbing one of the balloons. With the elephant layer selected, go to Edit > Puppet Warp.
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Take a look at the image below and add some anchor points in the elephant. To add an anchor point you just have to click somewhere in the mesh.
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After you added those seven anchor points, click in the one you added in the elephant's trunk and drag it to the balloon.
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Open the balloons group again. Create a layer mask in the elephant layer, hold Ctrl/Command and click in the thumbnail of the balloon that the elephant is grabbing.
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Now paint with black the elephant's trunk (check the image below for reference). You can use any kind of brush you want as long as you completely erase that area.
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Now your image should look like this:
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Now create a new layer (like we did before), name it Shadow and place it below the Elephant layer.
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If you deselected the balloon layer, select it again by opening the balloons group, holding Ctrl/Command and clicking in the thumbnail of the balloon that the elephant is grabbing. After that, paint the shadow of the elephant's trunk in the balloon like in the image below:
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Now we're going to add a Gaussian blur to make the shadow more realistic. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 5px.
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Your image should look like this now:
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To finish this step, as usual, add the elephant and its shadow to a new group called Elephant.
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Step 18: Add the horse holding the ladder

Open the horse stock and select it using the Quick Selection Tool(W).
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Copy and paste the horse into our image, resize it using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Command+T) and place it next to the ladder.
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Now add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer (non-destructively, as usual) and see the image below for the input values. Remember to clip the adjustment to the horse layer, because that's the only thing we want the effect to be applied to.
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Add a Level Adjustment Layer non-destructively, and push the middle arrow a little bit to the right (0,95). Clip this adjustment to our horse layer as well.
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Your horse should now look like this:

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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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