Learn How To Create a Dreamy Surreal Scene – Photoshop Tutorial

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Learn How To Create a Dreamy Surreal Scene - Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create an conceptual surreal photo manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advance tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, the Eraser tool and several adjustment layers. We will learn how to create light and darkness to make the background look seamless. We are going to learn how to use textures and give life to our image, and we are going to learn how to create a moody, dreamy tone using a few adjustment layers and lighting effects.

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Step 1

Create a new file with a width of 4500 px and a height of 4500 px at 300 dpi (Dots per Inch). Background Contents should be White.

create a new file with background

Step 2

Let’s start with our background so starts with a sky.

Now,let’s open the desolate storm in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the desolate storm image and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “sky“.

desolate storm in Photoshop

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 3

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd +T), then while the “sky” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

sky layer is selected and then resize

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 4

Now Crate new color balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette . .

color balance adjustment layer

Fill values see as below :

Fill values see as below

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now Crate new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette :

Curves adjustment layer

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

Curves box opens

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 5

First off, let’s open the Clevedon Pier – sxc.hu stock in Photoshop. We will be using the Clevedon Pier from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.:

Clevedon Pier from this stock image

Click the Clevedon Pier and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Clevedon Pier and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Clevedon Pier“..

image and drag the image

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 6

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd +T), then while the “Clevedon Pier” layer is selected and then re-size it as shown below:

Transform Tool for Clevedon Pier Image

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 7

First off, let’s open the Thorold’s White-Lipped Deer stock in Photoshop. We will be using the deer from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas:

Thorold's White-Lipped Deer stock in Photoshop

Click the Thorold’s White-Lipped Deer and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Deer and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Deer“:

selection around the Deer

Now activate transform tool and then make a right click and choose flip horizontal

The result should be similar to this:

click and choose flip horizontal

Now create new Hue / Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Deer layer and Hue / Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue / Saturation box opens, input the following:

Deer layer and Hue  Saturation

Now create new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Deer layer and Curves) to make a mask.

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

Deer layer and Curves

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 8

Activate a new layer and name it “Shadow“. Now activate pen tool (P) and draw some shapes under deer and fill it with black color

shapes under deer

Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

When the Gaussian blur box opens, input the following:

Gaussian blur box opens

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now,let’s open the Steampunk goggles in Photoshop. We will be using the Goggles from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Steampunk goggles and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Goggles”.

Steampunk goggles in Photoshop

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd +T), then while the “goggles” layer is selected and then re-size it as shown below:

transform goggles

Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

Brush tool

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 9

First off, let’s open Old top hat set in Photoshop. We will be using the Hat from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Old top hat set in Photoshop

Click the Old top hat set and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Hat and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Hat“.

Old top hat set selection

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create new Hue / Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Hat layer and Hue / Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

Hat layer and Hue Saturation

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 10

First off, let’s open the Suitcase 5 stock in Photoshop. We will be using the Suitcase from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Suitcase 5 stock in Photoshop

Click the Suitcase 5 and press P to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Suitcase and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Suitcase“.

Suitcase5 selection

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Suitcase layer and Curves) to make a mask.

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

Hat layer is selected

Now create new Hue / Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Suitcase layer and Hue / Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

Suitcase layer and HueSaturation

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 11

Now activate a new layer and name it “suitcase shadow“. Activate pen tool (P) and Draw shadows under the suitcase and fill it with black layer.

suitcase shadow

Now go to Gaussian Blur and When the Gaussian blur box opens, input the following:

Gaussian blur box opens for shadow

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 12

First off, let’s open Victorian Street Lamp 3 in Photoshop. We will be using the Lamp from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Victorian Street Lamp 3 in Photoshop

Click the Victorian Street Lamp 3 and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Lamp and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Lamp“.

Victorian Street Lamp3 Selection

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

mask from the bottom of layers palette

Now create new Hue / Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lamp layer and Hue / Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue / Saturation box opens, input the following:

Lamp layer and Hue Saturation

Now create new Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lamp layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:

Lamp layer and Brightness Contrast

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 13

First off, let’s open Retro TV stock in Photoshop. We will be using the Retro TV from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Retro TV stock in Photoshop

Click the Retro TV and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Retro TV and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Retro TV“.

Retro TV stock Selection

Retro TV layer placed on Lamp layer top as we showing in below image:

Retro TV layer placed on Lamp layer top

Now create new Hue / Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Retro TV layer and Hue / Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

Retro TV layer and Hue Saturation

Now create new Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Retro TV layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:

Retro TV layer and Brightness Contrast

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 14

Now,let’s open the Dark Blue eyes in Photoshop. We will be using the eyes from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Dark Blue eyes and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “eyes“.

Dark Blue eyes in Photoshop

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create new Hue / Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Eyes layer and Hue / Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

Eyes layer and Hue Saturation

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 15

Now lets make lamps shadow so activate a new layer and mane it “lamps shadow“.

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

  • Brush size: 100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

lamps shadow

Now go to Gaussian Blur:

lamps shadow gaussian blur

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 16

Now let’s adjust image environment.

Now create a Solid color adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill / Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Solid color adjustment layer

When the Solid color box opens, input the following:

Solid color input the following

Change layer blend mode to “Exclusion” and opacity to “30%”.

blend mode to Exclusion

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create a Solid color adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill / Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Solid color adjustment layer - fill adjustment

When the Solid color box opens, input the following:

Color Picker

Change layer blend mode to “Soft light” and opacity to “50%”.

blend mode to Soft light

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create a Gradient map adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill / Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Gradient map adjustment layer

When the Gradient map box opens, input the following:

Gradient map box opens

Change layer blend mode to “Luminosity“.

blend mode to Luminosity

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create a Color Balance adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill / Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Create New Fill  Adjustment layer

When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

Color Balance box opens and input

Now create a Photo Filter adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Photo Filter adjustment layer

When the Photo Filter box opens, input the following:

Photo Filter box opens

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill / Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Adjustment layer button shown on the layer

When the Hue / Saturation box opens, input the following:

Input the following Hue Saturation

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now create a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill / Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

Brightness Contrast adjustment layer

When the Brightness / Contrast box opens, input the following:

Brightness Contrast box opens

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now Create a new layer and name it “Vignette”.Fill it with White color “#ffffff”.

Vignette white photo

Now go to Filters > Distrot > Lens Correction:

Lens Correction

When the Lens Correction box opens, input the following:

Lens Correction box opens

The result should be similar to this:

The result should be similar to this:

Now change the layer mode to “Multiply” and the opacity to 100%:

layer mode to Multiply

Final Result of Dreamy Surreal Scene Tutorial

Final Result of Dreamy Surreal Scene Tutorial

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