How to Create a Traditional Painting-Like Surreal Image using Photoshop

How to Create a Traditional Painting-Like Surreal Image using Photoshop

How to Create a Traditional Painting-Like Surreal Image using Photoshop
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Now, activate the Brush tool (B) but before we proceed on setting the right settings, make sure that your brushes are the default brushes.

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To make sure that you're using that, simply 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 the brushes are the default ones, input the following:

  • Brush size: 250px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Note: #: 000000 is the Brush's color. To set that, simply follow the instructions below:

The #: 000000 is the color of the Brush tool (B), so this means it is colored black. To set the brush color, follow the instructions below:

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When you're ready apply black paint through the "Darken" layer as shown on the image below:

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Now, let's make the phone booth look more realistic by adding a shadow. Start by selecting the "phone booth" layer and duplicate it (Ctrl/Cmd + J) and then activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and the right click on the canvas and then click on Flip Vertical. When you're done, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again and right click on the canvas and then click on Distort and then just follow the instructions below:

Drag the encircled squares to the direction of the cyan arrows:

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Now, let's convert this distorted phone booth to a shadow! Click on this duplicated layer and go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and input the following:

  • Brightness/Contrast:
  • Brightness: -100
  • Contrast: -100
  • Use Legacy: Check

Change the opacity of the duplicated phone booth's layer to 95%.

The result should be like this:

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Now that we're done, group all the layers and name the group - "Phone Booth".


Step 6: Add the Woman with an Old Trunk

In this step, we will be adding the woman who in our image is trying to get a ride from the flying boats. To start, open "Old trunk17" by sd_stock, once open activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and create a selection area around the woman. See image below:

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Activate the Move tool (V) and drag the woman to our canvas. Once on the canvas, rename this layer to "woman". Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click the canvas and then click on Flip Horizontal. After that, resize the woman as shown on the image below:

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