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Create a Surreal Snail with a Grassy Shell in Photoshop


Step 27

I used another Curves adjustment layer to brighten some of the flowers. On this layer mask erase the parts which are hidden from the light and the big flower:

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Step 28

Open the grass pack. Take some different blades and clumpings to add to the foreground:


Apply a Gaussian Blur of 4 px to all the grass layers:


Step 29

Make a group for the grass ones as done with the flowers. Create a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the grasses and on its layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the grasses bottom (at the edges):


Step 30

Open the light texture pack. I chose “starry 4” image and placed it over the working document and changed the mode to Screen 100%:



Add a mask to this layer and reduce the light intensity on the snail and child:


Step 31

I used Hue/Saturation to change the light color:



Step 32

I used Levels to increase the highlight and on its layer mask erased the big flower as I didn’t want it to be too bright and lost the details:

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Step 33

Open the butterflies image. Choose different butterflies and arrange them on the snail head, at the edge and above the child where she is looking up at.


Step 34

I used Curves to brighten the butterfly in the middle as I found it darker than the others:


Step 35

Make a group for the butterflies. Use Hue/Saturation for their color change:


Step 36

I used Curves to brighten the butterflies:


Step 37

Place the bokeh texture over the image and change the mode to Screen 100%:


Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to reduce the bokeh effect:


Apply a Gaussian Blur of 8 px:

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Step 38

It’s time for coloring the scene. Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer on the top:


Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:


Step 39

I used Color Balance to add some yellow to the scene:



Step 40

I used Curves to brighten the whole picture:


On this layer mask use a soft black brush to reduce the lightness on the snail and the big flower:


Final Results


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Tutorial by Jenny Le

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– Jenny

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