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
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Step 15: Add the pedestal

Open the pedestal stock and use the Quick Selection Tool to extract it. Then copy and paste it into our project.
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Resize the pedestal with the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) while holding the Shift key. Then place the pedestal layer between the ‘Invisible Man’ and the ‘Plants and Bird’ groups.
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Create a new layer pressing the button in the Layers panel or using the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N. Name this new layer Shadow and place it below the pedestal layer.
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Select a soft brush (Shortcut: B) with the black color and start painting shadows like this:
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Then add a Gaussian Blur by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 11px.
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Here is the result:
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To finish this step, group these two layers into a new group called Pedestal. We’ll return to this group later.
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Step 16: Add the planet

Open our last stock, the planet, and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Shortcut: M) to make a round selection on the planet in the left.
  • Hold Shift to make a perfect circle
  • While making the selection, press and hold the Space Bar to move the selection around
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Copy and paste the planet into our project (place this layer below the ‘Plants and Bird’ group. Use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) to make it smaller and place it above the pedestal.
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Double click the planet layer to add some layer style.
  • To change the Contour don’t click in the thumbnail, click in the arrow on the right
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The Gradient Editor:
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Back to the Layer Style:
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Here’s the result on the planet:
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Create a new layer pressing the button in the Layers panel or using the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N. Name this new layer ‘Planet Light’ and place it below the planet layer.
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Load the Light Beam brushes again and select this one:
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Select a light yellow (#ffff62) and click once behind the planet. Remember to adjust the size of the brush before you paint.
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Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 13px.
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Here is the result:
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To finish this step, group these two layers into a new group called Planet.
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Step 17: Adding the light chains

Create a new layer pressing the button in the Layers panel or using the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N. Name this new layer ‘Chain’ and place it above the Planet group.
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Grab the Pen Tool (Shortcut: P) and make the path shown below:
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Then go back to the Brush Tool (Shortcut: B) and open the Brush Presets (you can go to Window > Brush Presets if you can’t see it). Set 12px for the brush size and select the highlighted brush. Make sure the opacity of your brush is at 100%
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Select a light blue for the color (#a0edee) and hit A to select the Path/Direct Selection Tool. Then right click the path we made and select Stroke Path.
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Check Simulate Pressure and click OK.
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Here is the result:
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You can accept the path now (just click the check button on the upper toolbar). This will make the path go away. Now duplicate this layer two times (Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd+J) and use the Move Tool (Shortcut: V) to place them like this: If you’re not happy with the results you can use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) to stretch them a little bit
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Double click the Chain layer and add an Outter Glow with these settings:
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Now right click the Chain layer and click in ‘Copy Layer Style’.

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