Photo Manipulation

Create a Surreal Scene with a Cool Snail that Flies

Learn how to create a surreal mother nature photo manipulation. This tutorial will show you how to create a completely surreal scene by combining stock photos and blending them seamlessly. You’ll also learn how to fix and enhance the lighting of your images.


Totally in this tutorial we are not blending 4 and 5 images we are going to use more then 12 and we will learn how to merge them to make them look like one image.These techniques are vary useful while doing any matte painting and postproduction.


Preview of Final Results

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Create a Surreal Scene with a Cool Snail that Flies


Tutorial Resources


Step 1: Create a New Image File

Create a new file with a width of 3000 px and a height of 3500 px at 300 dpi (Dots per Inch). Background Contents should be White.

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Step 2: Create the Sky

First off, let’s open the cloud stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the cloud and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Sky 1”.

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “Sky 1” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now go to Image > Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast.Do all these settings below :

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now, let’s open the stormy sunset stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the stormy sunset and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Sky 2”.

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Now that you’re done, activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%

Now, let’s Erase:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 3: Enhance the Color of our sky.

In this step, we will be retouching our image. Let’s start by creating a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

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When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:

  • Cyan: -30
  • Green: 20
  • Yellow: -14

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now create a Color Balance adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: -25

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Now create a Curves adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Now once again create a Brightness/Contrast layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

  • Brightness: -15

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The result should be similar to this:

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