Step 20

Create another layer and also clip it to the island layer. Change the blending mode to Overlay. Let’s paint some basic shading on the rim of the island. Paint with white on the left side and black and the right side with a brush at 20% Opacity.

Step 21

Open the “Grass” file again and copy paste in our document. Position this layer so that the grass will be positioned on the surface of the island. Add a layer mask and use black to hide everything except the grass that will cover the island.

Step 22

Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below to increase the green hue. Clip this layer to the grass layer that is covering the island surface.

Step 23

Create a new layer and use the chalk brush to paint some hard shadows just beneath the grass as shown below.

Step 24

Let’s make a hole in our floating island. Create a new layer and paint a black semicircle as shown below.

Step 25

On a new layer paint some thin white lines on the hole margins. Group the two layers (shift-click on both and click Ctrl +G) and name the layer “Hole”.

Step 26

Duplicate the hole group (Ctrl +J) and move the new hole on the ground.

Step 27

Open the file “Meerkat” and use the Pen Toolto make a path around the meerkat. Press Ctrl + Enter to transform the path into a selection. Copy and paste the meerkat in our scene and place him as shown below.

Step 28

Add a layer mask to the meerkat layer and hide most of his body (by painting with black in the layer mask over the areas you want hidden) as shown below to give the illusion that he is inside the hole.

Step 29

Make a new layer and paint some subtle shadow (with the round soft brush tool) on the grass where the meerkat is.

Step 30

Open the file “Stairs”. Make a selection of the stairs with the Pen Tool and copy/paste the stairs in our scene. Place the stair as shown below.

Step 31

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt +N) and with the round soft brush paint some shadow below the stairs.

Step 32

Open the file “Tree”. Copy/paste the tree in our scene and place it on the island. On a new layer below the tree layer paint some shadow.

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17 responses to “How to Create This Eerie Floating Island Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. Colin Avatar

    Wonderful tutorial, thank you so much for sharing it

  2. Samanta Avatar

    Its a very useful tutorial for all. Thank you

  3. Welvin, Da Great Avatar
    Welvin, Da Great

    bro, this looks like ass!

  4. Ana Sousa Avatar
    Ana Sousa

    The concept is nice, but the shadows are totally wrong. The illuminated side of the tree is on the opposite side of the light source, i.e. the sun, which is located on the left side. The shadows are placed as if the light is coming from the back, instead of the left side. Look at the tree, meerkat and baby shadow. The farmer’s shadow is correct and all the elements shadows should follow the same direction. Also, they should have placed some roots in the bottom of the tree to give the artwork more realism and the hole in the ground should have grass in its edge.

  5. Ana Sousa Avatar
    Ana Sousa

    It would look more realistic if it was used a grass brush around the edge of the hole and the island. The edge is too sharp.

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    The hole in the ground and the island could look more realistic if it was used a grass brush around the edge to make not to look so sharp.

  7. Collins Mark Avatar
    Collins Mark

    That is Great, Thank you very much. But please I will like to download it if is possible.

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  10. Angelika Avatar

    This is a very good tutorial. I worked with it to make a birthday card for my mother in law – she will get a helper in her garden from us. But I am a little sad because the page with the download zip can not be find. But thank you for sharing this tutorial anyway

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Sorry about that – link has been fixed.

  11. Alexandru Gladciuc Avatar
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  12. Darshan Gajara Avatar
    Darshan Gajara

    Great tutorial, Johan.

  13. RevDude Dan Holoman Avatar
    RevDude Dan Holoman

    Larry, this is a great page to pick up some PS pointers!

    1. Larry Lear Avatar
      Larry Lear

      Thanks for thinking of me, your a swell guy… many thanks!!!

  14. Iftekhar Avatar

    hi thank u ,i like to know all about it please send to me ,how i can learn it ?nice to me

  15. KħâLệḓ Ẽł JââFâriy Avatar
    KħâLệḓ Ẽł JââFâriy

    عمل جميل

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