How to Create a Surreal Deer Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Deer Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Add a new layer and use the same brush to paint on the middle of the ground to add some light there. Alter this layer mode to Soft Light 100%.

Step 16

Isolate the deer and place him in the middle of the ground. Convert this layer to a Smart Object.
Add a mask to this layer and use a small hard black brush to hide some unwanted details around the deer's contour.

Step 17

Go to Edit > Puppet Warp and use the pins to change the pose of the deer, especially the horns to make them higher. 

Step 18

Make a new layer above the deer layer and set it as Clipping Mask. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:
Activate the Dodge and Burn Tool (O) with Midtones Range, Exposure about 10-15% to refine some details on the deer. You can see how I did it with Normal mode and the result with Overlay mode.

Step 19

Create a new layer (set as Clipping Mask) and use the Clone Tool with the opacity about 50% to reduce the visibility of a part on the deer's back.

Step 20

Create a new layer and use a small brush with the color #623726 to paint some small furs to fill in the dark part on the bottom of the deer's body.

Step 21

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the same color and the opacity about 22% to paint more fur on the lower part of the deer's body to reduce the contrast there.

Step 22

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones values:

Step 23

Add a Curves adjustment layer  and reduce the lightness. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the contour of the deer to reveal the light there.

Step 24

Create another Curves adjustment layer to reduce the contrast on the deer. On this layer mask, paint on the deer's contour to keep the light there.
Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #0196ec to make the deer's color fit the background.

Step 25

Add a new layer and use a small brush with the color #94e0e3 to paint bright furs on the front of the deer. 

Step 26

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #96d5c6 to increase the light on the deer. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100%.

Step 27

Add a new layer below the deer's one and make shadow for the deer as done with the trees. I've lowered the shadow's layer to 40%.

Step 28

Place the underwater image onto the horns and change this layer mode to Hard Light 100%
Add a mask to this layer and use a hard black brush to erase the part outside the horns.

Step 29

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and change the Midtones settings:

Step 30

Create a Curves adjustment layer to darken the left of the underwater part. Paint on the rest to keep its contrast.
Add another Curves adjustment layer to brighten the middle of the underwater part. The selected areas show where to paint on the layer mask.

Step 31

Open the sea image and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select a part in the middle of the sea to add to the top of the horns. Use Ctrl+T to make this part thinner and add a mask to this layer. Use a hard black brush to remove the part outside the horns.

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3 comments on “How to Create a Surreal Deer Photo Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop”

  1. I don't understand step 23 and 24 about the Curve layer, it darken the whole picture. I try to clipping mask step 23 but I don't know how to do step 24, it make the whole picture dark with curve

    1. If it makes the whole image darker, it means it's not being clipped to a layer. The curve adjustment layer should be positioned above the deer. You can download the PSD to check the layer positions.

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