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How to Create a Surreal Head Stack in Photoshop

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Step 27

Make the cloud layer invisible. Select background layer, and then use Rectangular Marquee tool to create selection as shown in the image below.

Press Ctrl+J to copy selected area into a new layer, which is later will be our reference to match the cloud and background layer color’s.

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Step 28

The next step is to get all the colors to match, so go to Image> Adjustment> Match Color. In the Source box, select the PSD file that you’re working in. In the Layer box, select the “layer 1” (the new layer we get in Step 27) as the reference layer. You can use Image Option sliders to fine-tune the color correction. Click OK to confirm Color Match.

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Step 29

Add a layer mask to cloud layer, use Gradient tool to blend the cloud with the background.

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Step 30

Click on the layer cloud’s thumbnail to deactivate the layer mask. Blur the cloud image a little by using Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur.

Layer 1 is no longer needed, delete it if you want to.

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Step 31

Select all layers between the cloud and full head layer (hold Shift to select multiple layers), then press Ctrl+G to group them. Right click on the group to make a copy of it.

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Step 32

Using free transform command, adjust the size and position of group stack2 as shown in the screenshot below.

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Step 33

Hide the stack 2 group. Open up the stack 1 group and then click the rim cut layer. Create a selection inside the hole using Magic Wand tool (uncheck Sample All layers option!).

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Step 34

Go back to the stack 2 group and make it visible again. Click add layer mask button to change selection into a layer mask for the stack 2 group. You can see the result of this step in the image below.

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Step 35

Continue masking until the upper part of head is visible again. Use white Brush tool with 100% opacity to do this step.

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Step 36

Create a new ‘shadow’ layer inside stack 2 group. Using low opacity soft Brush tool (color is set to black), draw some shadows in the marked area.

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Step 37

Make a copy of stack 1 group once more, place it on top of other groups. As usual, transform its size and position as shown in the image screenshot.

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Step 38

Hide the stack 3 group. Open up the stack 2 group and then click the rim cut layer. Create a selection inside the hole using Magic Wand tool once again.

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Step 39

Go back to the stack 3 group and make it visible again. Click add layer mask button to change selection into a layer mask for the stack 3 group. You can see the result of this step in the image below.

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Step 40

Continue masking until the upper part of head is visible again. Use white Brush tool with 100% opacity to do this step.

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Step 41

Create a new layer inside stack 3 group. Using low opacity soft Brush tool (color is set to black), draw some shadows in the marked area.

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Step 42

Select the full head layer, and then make it visible. Transform its size and position as shown in the image screenshot below.

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Step 43

Open up the stack 3 group and then click the rim cut layer. Create a selection inside the hole using Magic Wand tool.

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