How to Create This Eerie Floating Island Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create This Eerie Floating Island Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
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Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt +N) and with the round soft brush paint some shadow below the stairs.
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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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Step 33

Open the file "Deer". Use the Pen Tool to make a selection and copy/paste the deer in our scene. Place him near the tree on the island as shown below and on a new layer paint some shadow below the deer.
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Step 34

Open the file "Crow". Copy/paste the crow in our scene and place it in the air near the floating island.
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Step 35

Let’s create some debris on the bottom of the hole and falling from the island. Create a new layer and with a color sampled from the bottom of the hole (#b7391e) and with the standard chalk brush, make some small debris like shown below.
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Double click this layer to open the Blending Options window and add a Drop Shadow effect.
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Duplicate the Debris layer (Ctrl + J) and move it up until it is just below the island.
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Step 38

Open the file "Farmer". Use the Pen Tool to make a selection of the farmer and place him near the hole. Create a Curves Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below and clip it to the farmer to make him a bit darker and fit in our scene.
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Step 39

Create a new layer and paint some shadow below the farmer on the grass. Use the round soft brush tool at 20% Opacity.
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Open the file "Baby". Use the Pen Tool to make a selection of the baby and copy/paste him in our scene near the hole as shown below. Create a clipped (alt-click between the two layers) Curves Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below to color correct the baby layer.
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Create another clipped Curves Adjustment Layer and drag the curve down to darken. Clip this layer to the baby layer as shown below.
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Create a new layer and place below the baby layer in the layer palette. Use the round soft brush tool at 30% Opacity to paint some shadow near the baby.
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Open the file "Baby Carriage". Use the Pen Tool to make a selection of the carriage and copy/paste it into our scene near the baby – it will help us sell to the viewer the idea of how the baby got there in the first place. Paint some shadow on a new layer below the carriage in the layer palette.
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The background looks a little empty. Let’s add some farm elements. Open the file "Cow" and copy/paste the cow in our scene. Place the cow in the background as shown below and paint some subtle shadow on a new layer.
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Step 45

Let’s add some butterflies in our scene to make it look more idyllic. Open the file "Butterfly" and copy/paste it in our scene. Duplicate the butterfly a couple of times and resize the copies to make it look like there are more butterflies.
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Shift click on each of the butterflies and press Ctrl + G to put them in a group. Lower the opacity of the group to 55% to blend the butterflies with the environment and make their wings look translucent.
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Step 47

Open the file "Snake" and copy/paste in our scene. Place the snake near the stairs as shown below.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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