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In this Photoshop Tutorial I'll show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation called "Flooded". We'll go through combining different stocks together, masking, using brush, blending, creating underwater and rain effect and more. Resources needed:  Girl  LINK Room  LINK Clock   LINK Umbrella  LINK Fish 1  LINK Fish 2  LINK Chair  LINK Book   LINK Candle   LINK Cup   LINK Smoke brushes  LINK Sea  LINK Water brushes  LINK Drop splash brushes  LINK Bubble brushes  LINK    

By pureromance88, on September 12, 2012, under Photoshop Tutorials

Final Result Preview

 

Step 1

Open room stock. We don't need a whole room and only take a part of it. Use Crop Tool (C) to take a part as shown below:

Duplicate this background part and go to Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur:

 

Add layer mask for this layer and use soft black brush with size about 300-400 px (it depends on the size of your picture) to clear blur effect on top and middle section (only leave the bottom one):

 

This step is to create some depth for picture.

 

Step 2

Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Sift+N). Use soft white brush to paint on the top right as I aim to set the light source come from infront and the right. Set the mode as Soft Light 50%:

 

Step 3

Open girl stock. Extract her (don't take the balloon) and place into our document. I locate her a little awry to the right:

 

Step 4

Create a new layer above girl one with Clipping Mask. I use soft white brush to brighten the right side of model. Change the mode to Soft Light 100%:

 

Step 5

Make a new layer (Clipping Mask) and use Blur Tool (R) with Strength about 50% to soften some parts on model back (Remember to check Sample All Layers on property bar):

 

Step 6

I use an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to reduce saturation of the girl. Of course, the best choice is Hue/Saturation. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

 

 

Step 7

Open fish 1 stock. You can use another stock if you can't download this photo from Photoxpress. Cut the fish out, resize it to be much smaller and position it on the right edge of our picture:

 

I add a Hue/Saturation layer (Clipping Mask) to change color of the fish 1:

 

Step 8

Extract the fish 2 and set  it in a lower position than fish 1:

 

I use two adjustment layers (Clipping Mask) to change color and brightness of fish 2.

Hue/Saturation:

 

Curves:

 

Step 9

Open umbrella stock. As it has transparent background you just need to use Move Tool (M) to drag it into our main canvas, resize and transform (Cmd/Ctrl+T) as the image below shows:

 

Place this layer under fish ones. Call it "umbrella 1". 

Duplicate umbrella twice, downsize them and position above the fishes:

 

Rename them "umbrella 2", "umbrella 3".

 

Step 10

Make all umbrella layers selected. Press Cmd/Ctrl+G to make group for them then change the mode of them from Pass Through (default mode group) to Normal 100%. 

On umbrella 3 layer, go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

 

Because the mode of this group changed to Normal 100% (no Pass Through) so this Hue/Saturation layer only affects the layers inside this group (umbrellas).