Photo ManipulationPhotoshop TutorialsUpdated

Create This Incredible Surreal Photo Manipulation of a Dancer in Photoshop

Step 10

In this step, I will work on the lower part of the image, I will make it darken. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layers blending mode Linear Light and opacity 100%. Now use Gradient Tool (G). Use a transparent gradient on the bottom part of the image (Gradient color # 998f8a).

image060

image061

image062

Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now paint bottom part of the image with soft brush, brush opacity around 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.

image063

image064

Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the layer blending mode to Color Burn and Opacity to 41%. Select the Gradient Tool (G) then add a transparent gradient on the bottom part of the image. The gradient color I used is #838597.

image065

image066

image067

Add a black to white gradient map (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map).Set the blending mode to Normal and opacity to 35%.

image068

image069

Double click on this layer.

image070

Press and hold Alt then move half of the slider to the right.

image071

As you can see after this operation, the highlights are revealed. Open the PSD file and check how it works!

image072

Step 11 – Adding bricks

In this step, I’ll add another ground picture. Also, I will add few floating bricks (BRICKS / MAIN_BRICK.psd)

image073

BRICKS / IMG_5717 – I used Lasso Tool (L) to cut them.

image074

Add MAIN_BRICK layer.

image075

Add a few floating bricks.

image076

Now I will change the shadows and highlights for the MAIN_BRICK and 02_BRICK layers. Right-click on your layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object. Now we’re ready to add some Shadows/Highlights (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights). Here are the settings for the 02_BRICK layer.

image077

Settings for MAIN_BRICK layer:

image078

To be honest, you should just play with sliders – don’t follow me directly!

image079

Add shadows under the brick; just paint with a soft brush with the color  #28242d. Set the layers blendign mode to Overlay and opacity to 80%.

image080

image081

Now I will make Dancer leg a little brighter. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Use soft brush and paint with the color #ede5db. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 20%.

image082

image083

Step 12 – Darkening image (continuation)

In this step, I will add a few adjustment layers which will help make the image look really dark. The first layer will be a Selective Color adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color). Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.

image084

In the colors drop down menu, select black. Set the Yellow setting to -7%.

image085

image086

Next, we’re going to add a Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels). Set the blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.

image087

image088

image089

Next, we’re going to add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness / Contrast). Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. Here are the settings:

image090

image091

Step 13 – Adding roots

I decided to add more roots. The added roots are in folders ROOTS_02 and ROOTS.

image092

Step 14 – Adding lights

Time to add lights! I will start with the very easy and useful technique. Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Now go to Edit > Fill, set the contents to 50% Gray, then click OK.

image093

Set the layers blending mode to Overlay and opacity to 100%. Now use Dodge Tool (soft brush) and paint on this layer. For the brush settings, I used an exposure of around 20-50%.

image094

image095

This is the layer set to Normal

image096

image097

Step 15 – More lights

In this step I will add a lot of lights layers. I like to work on multiple layers because it’s easier to make changes in the future. After every layer I will show Before & After, so you will see process of changing. As always paint with soft brush with an opacity around 20-50%. For the first layer, set the blending mode to Soft Light and opacity to 100%. The brush color is #d8cbb8.

image098

image099

For the second layer, set the blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. The brush color I used is white (#ffffff).

image100

image101

For the third layer, set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. The brush color I used is #fffefd.

image102

image103

The last layer in this step will be a shadow layer. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%. I used a brush color of #71645a.

image104

image105

Related posts
Photo ManipulationPhotoshop TutorialsUpdated

Create an Emotional Abstract Photo Manipulation of a Rose

Photo ManipulationUpdated

Create a Sunset Landscape Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Photo ManipulationPhotoshop TutorialsUpdated

Create a Chilling Abstract Using Photos and Textures

Photoshop TutorialsText EffectsUpdated

Create an Ice Cream Text Effect in Photoshop

26 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join Our V.I.P. Mailing List!

Subscribe and get the latest Photoshop tutorials, tips, and more via email. As a way of saying thanks, you'll also receive a free copy of Lomocam Photoshop Actions ($7 retail value).