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In this Photoshop Tutorial I'll show you how to create a surreal head carrying a tree. You'll learn how to combine different stocks, blend them correctly, use layer mask, adjust color and more. Resources needed: Sky LINK Man LINK Tree LINK Flowers LINK Soil LINK House LINK Ladder LINK Hummingbird LINK Leaves LINK Leaves brushes LINK    

By pureromance88, on February 27, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

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Step 1

Create a new document with 1000x1000 px and fill it with white. Open sky stock. Take a part from this sky and drag it (V) into our white canvas, resize as shown below:

 

Step 2

I want to make a main light source  from top left so I make a new layer and hit G to active Gradien Tool. Choose Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white) then change the mode to Soft Light 100%:

 

Step 3

I use an adjustment layer to change color of sky a little. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

 

Step 4

Open man stock. Take only his body part (don't take the head) and place it at the middle area of our main picture:

 

Step 5

To change the contrast and color of man body, I use some adjustment layers with Clipping Mask. On man layer, go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:

 

Then I use soft black brush to paint over the left side of the man to remove bright effect there:

 

Hue/Saturation and Color Balance:

 

Step 6

Open soil stock. Copy a soil part (free to make your choice) and place it above the neck of the man:

 

Click the second button at the bottom of Layer Pallete to add layer mask to this layer. Reset brushes to default then choose Spatter 24 pixels brush:

 

Use this brush to remove hard edges and create a look of the soil spatting out of the man neck:

 

Step 7

Make a new layer (Clipping Mask) and use Clone Tool to fix some parts on the soil:

 

Step 8

I use a Hue/Saturation layer with Clipping Mask for the soil :

 

Step 9

Make a new layer (Clipping Mask), change the mode to Overlay 100% and fill with 50% gray:

 

Take Dodge and Burn with Midtones Range and Exposure about 20-25% to change brightness of the soil. I darken the right and brighten the left:

 

Step 10

I make a Levels layer (Clipping Mask) to brighten the soil a little, then use soft black brush to erase the right: