The world is rapidly changing. So maybe you also want to change it up a bit? I invite you to dive into the world of amazing and surreal photo manipulation “Inception”. This work shows a piece of the digital world. Possible future world. You will learn how to create an abstract composition, interesting techniques and effects, working with a variety of instruments and much more! This tutorial will help you improve your skills and open your creative vision!

At the beginning of this work is all quite simple, work with color, and places of the model. The model must be added at the beginning, because it is the central object. Adding a city and imposing on it effects. In part with cubes you will need a little patience, because you will do a lot to transform them. In the final steps we will add effects and a little paint. You need attentiveness, diligence and good humor as possible, any version of Photoshop. I created this picture in Adobe Photoshop 2014.

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Open Photoshop. Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high, resolution 200 Pixels/Inch. I named the document “Inception”.


Step 2

Create a new layer (Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + N or use icon on Layers panel).


Step 3

Fill this layer orange color #ffa92e. To do this, select Background color to #ffa92e and press Cmd/Ctrl + Del (you can use Paint Bucket Tool (G) or what is convenient for you).


Step 4

Again create a new layer (Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + N or use icon on Layers panel). Use Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and select the area in the bottom of the workspace (from 15.95 cm and down to the bottom). Change Background color to white (X) and fill selection (Cmd/Ctrl + Del). To deselect press Cmd/Ctrl + D.


Step 5

Add a model. Go to File > Place (Place Embedded…) and in your folder with the downloaded resources, select the file “punch_in_the_ground_by_comicreference-d3lp69x”.


Step 6

Use the Quick Selection Tool (W) on toolbar to select a Model. Be careful, because some parts on sneakers cannot be selected.

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15 responses to “Create an Illusory World with Abstract Composition in Photoshop”

  1. kalex Avatar

    you have done greatly well. welldone

    please accept my request

  2.  Avatar

    u didnt finish the tutorial, i would be happy if u finsh up the tutorial

  3. someone Avatar

    soo many broken images, can u fix it, thanks for making this tutorial bytheway

    1. A. Honey Avatar
      A. Honey

      Hello! Thanks for your concern. It is already fixed now.

  4.  Avatar

    many images are broken. can you fix it.

    1. A. Honey Avatar
      A. Honey

      Thanks for the awareness. It’s now fixed.

  5. ARUN Avatar


    1. Maria Semelevich Avatar
      Maria Semelevich

      Thank you very much for your comment, but you can see at least one light source here? I have not. This digital world. This picture does not assumes the presence of light, but if you want you can add it to your liking.

  6. Michael Avatar

    I can’t get the sneaker to be part of the selection for Step 6 when using the ‘Quick Selection” tool, it always cuts a big piece off :I

    This is an interesting tutorial though it would be great if i could get it done :)

    1. Michael Avatar

      Never mind if got this :<

    2. Maria Semelevich Avatar
      Maria Semelevich

      Hi Michael! This happens if you use a large “Spacing” value. On the Tools settings, next to the Tools mode, there is an icon with the size and kind of brush. Click on it and reduce “Spacing” value to 1%. As an alternative method, you can use a Pen Tool (P), make path and selection from it (right click > Make Selection > Feather Radius – 0px) and add a layer mask (icon on bottom of Layer panel or go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection) to the layer to remove background. If you have any more questions, feel free to write me and I will answer to you.

  7. vignesh Avatar


  8. John Avatar

    As far as technology, how is it that you can use CS6 on Windows 8? I always have graphics issues.

    1. Maria Semelevich Avatar
      Maria Semelevich

      Hi John! It’s simple, I use Adobe Photoshop СС 2014 on Windows 8.1. If you have any questions in repeating my tutorial, be sure to write to me and I will help you. I tried to write a tutorial available for CS and CC versions.

  9. Alyna Avatar

    There is no other artists for the tutorials?
    Jenny Le, Santosh Rao tutorials like theirs could be great for the site.

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