Create a Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
Here is the same stock on 'Lighten' blending option.

Step 6 - More clouds and haze

Now, we use the aforementioned clouds around the right inverted mountain. You could also use cloud brushes. We then use the soft brush of a large size on low opacity to paint the darker areas with white color, on a new layer, so that the darker areas (most prominently, the inverted mountain on left) are more grayish and hazy.

Step 7 - Making the main rock

Now that the background is taken care of, we move onto the main focal of the artwork, the guy tied to the rock. Notice that the image is in grayscale. See step 3 to know how to turn it to greyscale. Draw out the shape of the rock as you want it as the base layer, I named it ‘Stone Layer’. We use clipping masks on all the further layers on the ‘stone layer’. First would be the stone texture from ‘The Wall’ stock. We use burn tool to create shadow in the marked region.

Step 8 - Darkening Main rock

Now, go to Image -> Adjustments -> Curves and use the following settings to darken the left side a bit.

Step 9 - Adding fabric folds

Now to create the fabric folds, we use various portions of the aforementioned drapery stocks. Position the stocks as shown in the pictorial representation and use the ‘Multiply’ 'Blending Option' on the torn cloth stock. The right side is not important at the moment so erase all unwanted parts on the left while leaving the right side as it is.
Now, use the shimery drape stocks on the left side on 'Normal' blending option. Next, we can use the torn cloth stocks on multiply to create a more rugged look to the fabric folds and give it more details.

Step 10 - Seperating right side of Main rock

Now we put a different texture stock on the right side, shown by the white, and darken it a bit using 'Curves' or 'Levels' blending option.

Step 11 - Adjusting drapery

Select the white drapery stock shown below and turn it to grayscale. Press Ctrl+I to invert the image and the result is shown below, marked 2. Use the ‘Curves’ adjustment layer with the settings shown in 3 to darken the cloth and get the result similar to the one shown below, marked 4.

Step 12 - Adding drapery on Main rock

Flip the resultant image of step 11 horizontally. Put this image on the right side, with ‘Darken’ 'Blending Option', positioned as shown below. Also, use another drapery stock shown below and position it as shown. Use burn tool to darken the portion shown below.

Step 13 - Cutting out the face

Now, open the face stock image. Use the 'Quick Selection' tool to select out the face from the background.
Press Alt + Ctrl + R or go to Select -> Refine Edge.Use the following settings to mask out the face better. Use the Refine Radius tool on the boundaries of the face to select out more details.
Lastly, erase out all the unnecessary details using the Eraser tool.

Step 14 - Cutting out the body

Using similar technique as used in step 13, select out the body/abdomen from the stock image.
Use the 'Curves' adjustment layer with the shown settings to increase the contrast a bit.

Step 15 - Compositing the Body on Main rock

Put the combined image of the guy onto the Stone. Position it as shown by turning it through ~19 degrees, with the abdomen in the middle of the right face of rock and the face coming out on the right side enough. Erase the side areas which are not required.

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4 comments on “Create a Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. This tutorial sucks so much... You forgot to link half the stock photos used, one of the links is broken. You forgott a lot of steps, I jumped adding some stuff because I thought you would explain it later but you didn't.

    Your tutorial is bad
    and you should feel bad

  2. Although not much explanation, I really did get a lot off inspiration and ideas here. Especially the part with the rock and the dude with the drapes, just excellent!!

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