Photo Manipulation

How to Create a Surreal Scene Full of Life in Photoshop

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And here it is, finally, our final image:

Final Results

Tutorial by Guilherme Pejon

profileThanks for following this tutorial! I know it was a really long tutorial but I hope you’ve learned a thing or two here (even if it was just some shortcuts). Also, this is the first tutorial I ever made so I hope you were able to follow along. Give your opinions in the comments below and expect more tutorials soon. Have Fun!.

– Guilherme Pejon

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  • Old Man – fairiegoodmother-stock
  • Rope – fanna1119-stock
  • Pigeon – moniquet-stock
  • Girl 1 – cherrybomb-81-stock
  • Smoke – isostock-stock
  • Balloon 1 – stock.xchng
  • Balloon 2 – stock.xchng
  • Balloon 3 – stock.xchng
  • Ribbons – draginchic-stock
  • Hand – jay-b-rich-stock
  • Window – trisa-sxy-stock
  • Premade Background – elenadudina-stock
  • Ladder – stock.xchng
  • Horse – real1992-stock
  • Girl 2 – iardacil-stock
  • Elephant – stock.xchng
  • Mountain – forsakewolf-stock
  • Helicopter – justicestock-stock
  • Light Brushes – Obsidian Dawn
  • Roots – stock.xchng
  • Skyline – melliah-stock

  • Step 1: Create a new Photoshop file

    Open up a new file in Photoshop using these settings

    • Width: 2500px
    • Height: 1700px
    • Resolution: 300px/in
    • Color Mode: RGB Color – 8 bit

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    Step 2: Add the background image and clean it

    Let’s start with the background image. Download the ocean stock and open it. Press Ctrl/Command + A to select all the image. Then copy (Ctrl/Command+C) and paste (Ctrl/Command+V) into our project.

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    As you can see, the stock image is way too large, so we’re going to have to resize it. To do that, we’re going to use the Free Transform Tool, remember it well because we’re going to use it for the rest of this tutorial. Go to Edit > Free Transform (or press Ctrl/Command + T).

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    Now press Ctrl/Command + 0 to see the whole selected area, and while holding Shift, click and drag the bottom right corner of the sky image until it matches the width of our canvas.

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    Once the widths are the same, place the image in the canvas using the image below as reference:

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    So far your image should look like this:

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    Now that the image is in place, we’re going to get rid of those logos. Select the Quick Selection Tool (or press W) and make a rough selection around the bottom logo.

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    Now let Photoshop do the hard work for you, press Shift + F5, select Content-Aware and click OK.

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    To erase the upper logo we’re going to use the Clone Stamp Tool. Select it (or press S) and click anywhere in the canvas with the right mouse button to change the settings of the brush. The brush size should be 500px and the hardness 0%.

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    Now use the Clone Stamp Tool to clone the area in the right (Alt/Option+click) into the logo (click and drag) like shown in the image below:

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    Your image should now look similar to this one:

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    Now we’re going to add a vignette and some lens correction to the background. Go to Filter > Lens Correction, click in the Custom tab, set the Amount to -25, Remove Distortion to +25 and Horizontal Perspective to -10.

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    Your image should now look like this:

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    Step 3: Changing the background colors

    In this tutorial we’re going to add all the adjustment layers non-destructively by clicking in the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” like shown in the image below:

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    Using this technique, add a Curves Adjustment Layer going to ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ > Curves and change the RGB line based on the image below.

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    We don’t want the sky to be brighter, only the ocean, so we’re going to change the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Click on the layer mask of the Curves adjustment layer, select a soft brush and paint the sky with black to hide the adjustment layer in that area. Some quick tips:

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