How to Create a Surreal Upside Down Landscape with Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Upside Down Landscape with Photoshop

Step 12

Add a mask to this layer and use a hard black brush to erase the hard edges and trim the contour of this part to make it look more natural.

Step 13

Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and change the Saturation values to -77.

Step 14

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones settings.

Step 15

Add a Curves adjustment layer to darken the soil's part.

Step 16

Make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #8e9294 to paint on the bottom of the soil. Change this layer mask to Color 100% and use a layer mask to reduce this effect on the top of the soil.

Step 17

Open the moon image and isolate it from the dark background . Move it to the underground and place it in the space between the trees.

Step 18

Double click the moon layer, choose Outer Glow.  Set the color of glow to #f8f6f0 to add some glowing light outside the moon.

Step 19

Make a Curves adjustment layer to increase the glowing light on the moon.

Step 20

Open the birds 1 image and isolate them from the white background using the Magic Wand Tool (W) or any tools you're familiar with. Take different birds to add to the moon area and to the area near the sun above. Change the size of the birds to make their position in the different distances from the viewer. This way is to make some depth of the whole scene.

Step 21

Select all of the bird layers and hit Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Change the group's mode to Normal 100% and create a Curves adjustment layer to increase the hazy light on the birds. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to reduce the effect on the birds near the moon.

Step 22

Open the birds 2 image and cut them out using the Magic Wand Tool. I've chosen the following ones to add to the middle and right of the underground, creating a flow of the flying birds from left to right and upwards. Resize them to be a bit bigger than the birds 1 as they're nearer the foreground than the birds 1 ones. 

Step 23

Make a group for these birds and change the group's mode to Normal 100%. Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and bring the Saturation values down to -55:

Step 24

Make a Curves adjustment layer to darken the birds. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to reduce the contrast on the ones below:

Step 25

Create another Curves adjustment layer to increase the hazy light on the birds, making them intergrated better with the background.

Step 26

Add a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #e4e4e4 to paint highlight on the wings of the bird on the right. I've used a layer mask to reduce the light a little.

Step 27

Cut out the birds 3 from the original background and take different birds to add to the space above the ground. I've chosen the following one but feel free to take your own. Vary their size to make them in the different distances but towards the sun. Set two tiny ones near the sun's area.  

Step 28

Add a mask to the bird layer nearest the foreground and use a hard black brush to remove the head of this bird.

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