Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Violin Player in a Grassy Landscape

Learn how to create this surreal photo manipulation of a violin player in a grassy field. This tutorial will show you how to combine images together to create your own landscape and apply lighting effects.

Preview of Final Results

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Violin Player in a Grassy Landscape Photoshop Tutorial


Tutorial Resources


Step 1: Create a New Image File

Create a new 3500×3500 pixels document (File > New).

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Step 2: Create the Background

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

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Click the calm field and press M to rectangular marquee tool and make a selection around the sky. Now activate move tool (v) Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “sky”.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 3

Activate transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform) then scale the mage as shown below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 4

Open the Sunny Field image in Photoshop. We’ll be using the grass field from this image.

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Use the Rectangular or Ellipse marquee too to create a selection like shown in the image below. Copy and paste the selected area into our main document. Rename the new layer to “Ground”.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 5

Use the Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform) to scale the image like shown below.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 6

Select the Eraser tool the input the following settings:

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

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Erase the area shown in the image below.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 7

Now create new Color/Balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette.

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Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (sky layer and Color/Balance) to make a mask.

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When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 8

Go back to “Ground” layer

Now create new Color Balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (ground layer and Color Balance) to make a mask.

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When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 9

Now create new Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Ground layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

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

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Now activate Erase tool (E) with these settings Now let’s erase :

  • 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 10

Now create new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (ground layer and Curves) to make a mask.

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When the Curves box opens, input the following:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 11

Now activate Erase tool (E) with these settings Now let’s erase :

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

Pick Black (#fbf7ca) as color for forground color.

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Activate brush tool then right click on the canvas while the Brush tool (B) is active and then pick this brush:

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The result should be similar to this:

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