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Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop

Step 5 – Roots

I’ll start now add roots, but first, I’ll explain how I created them. As you can see on the picture I prepared different shapes, they were cut out of the pictures of rocks. I did it with Lasso Tool (L). You can use any photo with interesting shapes like mountains, tree bark, rocks etc.

  • Under you see screen of the ROCKS.psd
  • Folder ROCKS / ROCKS.psd

I did not use them all, but maybe you will. To make them easier to find inside PSD I gave them the numbers.

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Now I will explain how I transformed them. I will use Liquify (Filter/Liquify). I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools. On the next screen I showed in steps how I used this tool, as you can see it is really easy!

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FEW EXAMPLES

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Step 6 – Adding roots

Now I will start build roots.

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More roots!

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More roots!

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Part in the red circle I want to put under the arm. I added a layer mask on root layer, then I selected Dancer layer. There are two ways to make such a selection:

  1. Right click on Dancer layer and chose Select Pixels
  2. OR Press Ctrl + click Dancer layer

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Now go to root layer select Layer Mask then use Brush Tool (B) and paint with black #000000 part which you don’t want.

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Now I will show which photo I used for roots marked in red.

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The transformation was made of course with Liquify. Quick steps:

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At this point all roots are in two folders

  1. ROOTS_01
  2. ROCKS_BACKGROUND

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Step 7 – How to make image darker

This is good time make image darker, and of course add first lights. Between groups CLOUDS and ROCKS_BACKGROUND I created a new group called LIGHT (Layer > New > Group). Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the blending mode to Color Burn and opacity to 100%. For the first layer I will use Gradient Tool (G) filled with black color #000000

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Paint with black (#000000), use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layer blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with white #ffffff, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.

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Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with  #d8d2cc, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.

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At this point I have to say few words about colors, to be honest you can use only black and white, with diferent opacity, but I’m always try to experiment and this is why I used those strange colors. Also different colors will give you different strenght of light. Just give it a try please! OK let’s see what we have right now, I don’t like left part of the image, I mean there is not enough clouds, let’s add some.

  • CLOUD 5513
  • Folder CLOUDS / IMG_5513
  • Set the blending mode to Overlay Opacity 100%

Press (Ctrl+U) and set Saturation to -100

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Add new layer and fill with black color #000000. Set the blending mode to Soft Light and opacity 70%. Add layer mask, and use the Gradient Tool (G) on it. Set the gradient color black to white.

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Step 8

At this point I want to make entire background darker. For this I will use Curves (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves).

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Step 9

The dancer is still too dark so I will use Shadow/Highlights tool (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights) to make him brighter.  As you remember Dancer layer is a Smart Object right now, so you will be able change lights and shadows if it will be necessary.

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