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.

Step 34

Open the file “Crow”. Copy/paste the crow in our scene and place it in the air near the floating island.

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.

Step 36

Double click this layer to open the Blending Options window and add a Drop Shadow effect.

Step 37

Duplicate the Debris layer (Ctrl + J) and move it up until it is just below the island.

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.

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.

Step 40

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.

Step 41

Create another clipped Curves Adjustment Layer and drag the curve down to darken. Clip this layer to the baby layer as shown below.

Step 42

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.

Step 43

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.

Step 44

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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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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