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 be similar to this one now:


Back in our window layer (in my case it's layer 16), double click it to open the Layer Style options.


Now we're going to add a Drop Shadow, an Outer Glow and an Inner Glow to our image. Check the images below for reference.


We're finished with the window, your image should be similar to this one:


Now group (Ctrl/Command+G) the window frame and background into a new group called Window.


Step 15: Add the ladder

Open the ladder image and use the Pen Tool (P) to select it. Make a big path around the whole ladder, and then start making paths between the steps and other details.


After you made all the paths, right click in the ladder and click in Make Selection like we did earlier in this tutorial. Leave the Feather Radius at 0px and click OK. Then copy and paste it into our scene. After that, use the Free Transform Tool to resize the ladder and place it in the back of the turtle like shown in the image below:


Now create a new group called Ladder and place this layer inside.


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.


Now copy and paste the girl into our project, and use the Free Transform Tool to resize her and place her in the ladder.


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:


Right now your image should look similar to this:


To finish this step, add the girl to a new group called 'Left Girl'.


Step 17: Add the Elephant on the turtle

Open the elephant stock and make a selection around it using the Pen Tool(P).


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:


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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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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