In this photoshop tutorial we will create scenic surreal photo manipulation. Follow through this tutorial to learn important steps on how to apply texture, set mood to the scene and blend images. Resources needed: Cloud brushes LINK Ball LINK Texture 1 LINK Texture 2 LINK Child LINK    

By Dek Wid, on March 14, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

Step 11

Add another texture to the scene. Set this texture to soft light blending at 40% opacity:


Step 12

In this step we will add more object to the scene. I used the same object was that the craft previously created and used in my other tutorial here http://cienel.net/photoshop-tutorials/create-futuristic-city-landscape-in-photoshop/3. This step is similar as the former steps 5-7 on how to add the ball objects.


Step 13

Now we will proceed to create ladders to the scene. This is how I made it: open a new document with size of 1000 x 1000 pxl. On the document, paint two poles of the ladder. Use light gray for the color of the pole. Use a hard round brush with size of 3 pxl to paint them. Finally, finish the ladder by painting the stairs.


Step 14

Give some highlight to the ladder by applying dodge and burn tool. Set the tool to midtones at 30-40% exposure:


Step 15

Finally, add the ladder to the main document. Scale its size and position it where needed. Duplicate the ladder and flip it horizontally. Move the duplicate layer to the position where the top of the duplicate and main ladder meets each other. Then mask the lower part of the duplicate layer. Set this layer to 5% opacity:


Step 16

Now open the child image and extract the image from its background. I used pen tool to do this purpose.


Step 17

Add the extracted image to the scene. Scale its size and position it on the top of the ladder as she was sitting there. Next, with the child layer still selected, go to layer > new adjustment layer > hue/saturation. Make sure to create this adjustment layer a clipping mask.


Step 18

Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) above the adjustment layer with a clipping mask. Take the brush tool and choose a very soft round brush set to 10% opacity. On this new layer, paint soft white color to some areas on the child to define the highlight (marked in red in the screenshot).


Step 19

Finally, we will adjustment layers to the scene. Go to layer > new adjustment layers > photo filter.


Step 20

Proceed to add more adjustment layer: curves. Set this layer to normal blending at 60-70% opacity.