How to Create a Surreal Scene with an Invisible Man Inside a Mystic Cave

How to Create a Surreal Scene with an Invisible Man Inside a Mystic Cave

How to Create a Surreal Scene with an Invisible Man Inside a Mystic Cave

Don’t worry too much about little details over the hair because she will be really small in our final image

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Copy and paste her into our project.

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Now resize her using the Free Transform Tool (holding Shift) and place her on the right side of our image.

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Now that the girls are in place, let’s add their shadows in the cave. Create a new layer, name it Shadow and place it above the Cave group.

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Now grab a soft brush and start painting this layer with black following the image below:

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To give the shadows a more natural look, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur and set the radius to 7px.

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And here is the result:

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Let’s add some lighting to the girls. First, merge (Ctrl/Cmd+E) the girls and the torch into a new layer called Girls.

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Now create a new layer pressing Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+N and set the values below:

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Select the Dodge Tool (Shortcut: O), set the Range to Midtones, the Exposure to 50%, and start painting the Lighting layer.

  • Make it look like the sun is affecting the girls
  • Make the torch brighter
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Here is my lighting layer in normal blending mode for reference.

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And here is the result:

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To finish this step, select these three layers we just created and add them to a new group called Girls.

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Step 14: Add the invisible man

Let’s start the main part of our image. Open the tree stump stock and select it using the Quick Selection Tool.

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Copy and paste the stump into our project and place its layer between the ‘Plants and Bird’ and the ‘Background’ group.

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With the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) , hold the Shift key and resize the stump. Place it on the bottom of our image.

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Now open the invisible man and use the Quick Selection Tool to select only his body. We’ll come back for the hat later.

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Copy and paste it into our image. Make sure his layer is above the stump layer.

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Now use the Free Transform Tool (holding Shift) to make him smaller and place him above the stump.

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Go back to the invisible man image and use the Quick Selection Tool to select his hat this time (we don’t want the glasses).

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Copy and paste the hat into our project and use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) as usual to resize (holding Shift) and position it.

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