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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Step 48

The snake has different colors than our scene. Let’s correct that by adding a clipped Curves Adjustment Layer and using the settings shown below.
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Step 49

Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Clip this layer to the snake layer (alt-click between the two layers) and with a round soft brush at 10% paint some basic shading on the snake (highlights on the top of the snake and shadows on the sides).
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Step 50

Create a new layer below the snake and paint some shadow.
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Step 51

Now let’s add some overall lighting to our scene. Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With the round soft brush at 10% opacity paint with white and black in the areas indicated below.
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Step 52

Create another new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Paint with white on the areas indicated below to add some specular highlights to our characters.
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Step 53

It’s time for the final effects. Create a new layer from all the visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt +E) and convert it into a smart object. Add an Unsharp mask effect (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask) to the smart object with the settings shown below to sharpen our scene.
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Step 54

Add another Unsharp mask effect (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask ) with the settings shown below not to sharpen the image but to increase the contrast.
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Step 55

Finally add a Gaussian Blur effect to the smart object (Filter > Blur >Gaussian Blur) and change the blending mode of this filter to blending mode (click on the little arrows sign indicated below to open the blending options).
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Final Results

Download the PSD

Floating Tree.zip | 136 MB

Tutorial by Johan Sandu

profileThank you for following this tutorial! I hope you learned something useful today and also had a bit of fun. - Johan Sandu
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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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