How to Create an Oddly-shaped Surreal House

How to Create an Oddly-shaped Surreal House
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Step 3: Create the Dock

In this step, we will add the huge body of water as well as the dock. To start, let's open "floating dock" by archistock. Once open, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and create a selection area around the dock.
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Once you've created the selection area, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas. Put this new layer above the merged sky layer. Name this new layer to "dock". Position the layer as shown on the image below:
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Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then resize the dock as shown below:
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The result:
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Step 4: Create the Sea

In this step, we will be adding the sea. To start, let's open "Waterscape Stock 1" by Colourize Stock. Next, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and create a selection area for the sea. See image below:
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Next, activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to our canvas. Put this layer below the "dock" layer so that the dock layer would still be seen. Now, name this layer to "sea". Position this layer on the region as shown on the image below:
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Now, let's brighten the horizon of our image. To start, let's create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and when the box opens, input "brighten horizon" on the name field. Next, activate the Brush tool (B) but before we start, make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that's not what you see, then follow the instructions below:
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Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:
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Then click on "Reset Brushes" from the contextual menu.
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Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):
  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Note: The #: ffffff is the color of the brush. To change it to that, simply do the following:
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Once the Color Picker box opens, input the following on the # box:
  • #: ffffff
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Now, let's start painting:
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The result: "step2w Next, let's the foreground; to start let's create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and input "darken foreground" on the name field. Put this layer above all the layers that we've created. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 1400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
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Now, let's paint:
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The result:
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Step 5: Create the Stone House and its Reflection

In this step, we will be adding the mysterious stone house which will be found at the edge of the dock. To start, let's open "Piedra Parada" by cdiniro. Once it is open, activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) and create a selection area around the giant stone. See image below:
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Now, once that is done, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected area (our rock) and drag it all the way to our canvas. Position above all the layers that we've created. Rename this layer now to "giant stone". Once renamed, position the giant stone as shown on the image below:
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Next, we will darken the stone to blend it with the images. To start, let's create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and on the name field, input: "darken stone". Create a clipping mask for this layer so that the paint will just go to the "giant stone layer".

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4 comments on “How to Create an Oddly-shaped Surreal House”

  1. This was really great and really well explained, but for anyone attempting to do this, to give your door and windows a less "fake" look give it a Gaussian blur with a 2 pixel radius. :D

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