In this Photoshop Manipulation Tutorial I will create a cold surreal scene using free downloadable stocks and brushes. We’ll be combing different images together, such as clouds, ground, model and birds. We’ll also be using masks, filters and more, for some of the final steps I’ll hop into the camera raw settings and do some color toning to really make the final image vibrant and clean. We hope you found this tutorial useful. If you enjoyed, please don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube!
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Stock download links in the description. Lets start! Head down and create a new adjustment layer. Select Levels. Clip to layer below. Shadow Input: 24 Midtone Level: 1.10 Then hit close. I'm going to add clouds. Select your Move Tool. (V) Then drag and drop onto our main project. CTRL + T to select the sky. CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. Hold SHIFT while resizing. Make sure to leave some room for blending. I'm going to bring down the opacity a tad. Bring back up the opacity. Then hit Enter to accept changes. Zoom in using your Zoom Tool. (Z) I'm going to rename this layer to Sky. Head down and select Mask. Make sure your foreground color is set to black. Your Brush Tool is selected. (B) Use a brush with soft edges. (Better to blend with) Carefully start blending in the clouds. Take your time. :) When done. Head down and create a new adjustment layer. Select Levels. Clip to layer below. Shadow Level: 41 Midtone Level : 0.80 Then hit close. I'm going to add some mountains to the background. Select your Quick Selection Tool. (W) Take your time and select the mountains. Hold ALT to subtract from selection. When you're done, select your Move Tool. (V) Then drag and drop onto our main project. Position the mountains in the background as shown. CTRL + T to select the mountains. Then resize as you'd like. Hit Enter when you're done. I'm going to rename this layer to Mountains. Head down and select mask. Make sure your foreground is set to black. Your Brush Tool is selected. Start masking out areas of the mountains. This will make it look as if it's behind the clouds. Bring down the opacity of the brush if needed. Head down and create a new adjustment layer. Then select Hue/Saturation. Clip to layer below. Bring down the Saturation to -100 Lightness - 10 Then close. Select our top layer. I'm finally going to cut out the model. You can cut out the model using the Quick Selection Tool or Pen Tool. I will use the Pen Tool. (P) To select the Pen Tool. Take your time and start selecting the model. I will speed this part up since it's very time consuming. Once your selection is made. Right Click - Make Selection. Feather Radius: 1 Pixel. Then hit OK. Head up to Select - Select and Mask. Select a view. I will choose black and white. Make sure Refine Radius Brush is selected. Carefully select around the model's hair. CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. Output to: New Layer With Layer Mask. Then hit OK. Using your Move Tool. Drag and drop onto our main project. Positon the model as needed. CTRL + T to select the model. Resize the model as needed. When you're done. Hit Enter. Head down and create a new layer. Rename this layer to model highlights. Change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. ALT + Click between the two layers to create a clipping mask. Make sure your foreground color is set to white. Your Brush Tool is selected. I'm going to brighten up the mode's face and other really dark areas. Create a new layer. Place it below the model layer. Rename this layer to Model Shadow 1. Make sure your foreground color is set to black. Select the Brush Tool. (B) Lets start adding the first shadow. This first shadow should be darker than the second shadow. CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. Create a new layer for the second shadow. Use a larger brush and start adding the shadow. Be sure to take your time. Change the Blending Mode - Soft Light. If you need to delete some of the shadow. Select the Eraser Tool. (E) Select the Model Layer. Hold ALT + while creating a new layer. Lets rename this new layer to Highlights. Clip to layer below. Change the Mode to Soft Light. Fill layer with 50% gray. Then hit OK. Zoom in using your Zoom Tool. (Z) Head over and select the Dodge Tool. Range: Highlights & Exposure 30%. Lets start adding highlights. Keep in mind where the light is coming from. Fill layer with 50% gray. Then hit OK. Take your time with this part. I will speed this part up, since it's very time consuming. CTRL + Z to undo. CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. Next, select the Model layer, Make sure it's the mask. I'm going to slightly mask out an area. Zoom in using your Zoom Tool. (Z) Select your Brush Tool. (B) Lets bring down the brush opacity to about 50%. Carefully start masking out the area like so. CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. Lets duplicate the model layer. Select it - CTRL + J. Right click on mask - Apply Layer Mask. Hide the bottom model layer. I'm going to fix the model's hair. Zoom in using your Zoom Tool. (Z) Lets head over and select the Smudge Tool. Select a hair brush. Link in description. Strength: 70%. Take your time. CTRL + Z to undo. Try not to overdue this part. Sometimes if overdone it will look very dull. CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. I'm going to add a crow to our image. Use your Move Tool drag and drop onto our project. CTRL + T to select the bird. I'm going to resize it as needed. Hit Enter when you're done. Create a new layer below the bird. Start adding a small shadow. CTRL + 0 - Zoom back out. Select our top layer - Create a new adjustment layer - Gradient Map. You can download my free gradient pack. Link below. I'm going to select a greenish - yellow gradient. Then hit OK. Drop the opacity to about 20%. Next, head down to the bottom. Select our background. Hold CTRL + SHIFT select our Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Duplicate the selected layers. CTRL + J. Then CTRL + G to group selected layers. Right click on the new group - Merge Group. Rename this new layer to Merged group or something. Lets head up to Filter - Blur Gallery - Tilt Shift. I want to blur the background a bit, but not too much. I'm going to turn up the blur so I can see it more. Position the blur as shown. I'm going to set the blur to about 10. Hit OK when you're done. Before & After. Select our top layer - Gradient Map. CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E - Merge all visible layers on new layer. Rename this to Merged Layers. Lets head up to Filter - Camera Raw Filter. Select the Detail tab. I want to sharpen up the image & get rid of some noise. Sharpen amount: 10 & Noise Reduction - Luminance 10. Select the Split Toning Tab. I want my image to have a cold blue look. Highlights - Hue 189 - Saturation 30 Shadows - Hue 216 - Saturation 13 Then hit OK. Create a new layer - Rename it to particles. White selected as your foreground color and your brush tool selected. Download link for brushes in the description. Add the snow/particles as needed. Bring down the opacity so it's not too overwhelming. Final step! Select Merged Layers. Head up to Filter - Sharpen - Sharpen More. I hope you enjoyed this Photoshop tutorial!
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