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    Main » 2012 » May » 20 » On My Road - Surreal Photo Manipulation


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    On My Road - Surreal Photo Manipulation

    In this tutorial I will show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation called "On My Road". We'll go through manipulating techniques, using brush, masking, blending, working with lighting.. and more.

    Resources:
    (Update 2014 for the link of starry sky, you can use my stock instead).
     
    1. Create a new document and fill it with white ( or any colors you like).  Open road stock. Cut out the road and field and move into our document, resize and place it as shown below:
     
    I add some adjustment layers to change road color. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:
     
     
    Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:
     
    2. Create a new layer and hit G to active Gradient Tool. Choose Linear Gradient with color #024c9e and #b2d7f7. Drag a line from top to bottom to get result like this:
     
     
    Add layer mask for this layer and use soft black brush with big size to clear the part covering the road:

     
    3. Open sky stock. Copy this part, place it into our canvas and resize to fit:
     
     
     
    Add layer mask and remove rough edges of this sky part:
     
     
    To change color of this sky to be fit the rest, I use and adjustment layer with Clipping Mask. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:
     
     
     
    4. Create a new layer on the top. Set foreground to white and use cloud brushes to paint on horizon. You can choose any brush you like and here is my result:
     
     
    I want to darken sky and cloud part so I make a new layer, use soft brush with color #658ab2 painting over it. Set the mode to Multiply 40%:
     
     
     
    5. Extract the man and position him on the road, resize him to be much smaller:
     
     
    Make a new layer under man one. Hold the Cmd/Ctrl and click man layer to load him selection.
     
     
     
    Fill this selection with black and then go to Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical. Move this shadow and transform it ( use Cmd/Ctrl+T) to get the look below:
     
     
    Lower opacity to 50%, apply Gassian Blur with 2 px ( Filter-Blur-Gassian Blur) and use layer mask to blur the top of shadow ( brush with opacity about 50%):
     
     
    6. I use a Curves layer with Clipping Mask to reduce brightness and change a bit of man color:
     
     
    Make a new layer (Clipping Mask) and use brush with color #b6c3c2. Paint over model back, head, shoulders and arms to reduce brightness there. Set the mode to Multiply 80%. 
     
     
    We'll add some light for man by Layer Style. Right click man layer, choose Blending Options:
     
     
     
    7. Drag starry sky stock into our main document and place it onto sky part:
     
     
    Change the mode to Screen 100% and use layer mask to remove stars on cloud part:
     
     
    8. Create some new layers and use space brushes, number 597 to paint some falling stars from the upper left of sky:
     
     
    9. Open planet stock pack. Choose the one you like and move into our picture. I transform and place it on the top center of sky and call it "planet 1":
     
     
    Change the mode to Screen 100% and use layer mask to erase outside part of this planet:
     
     
    Take some other planets and place them on two sides of sky and put the mode as Screen 100%:
     
     
    For the planets in the center and right side I add a Color Balance layer ( Clipping Mask): 
     
     
    For the planet on the left side I use a Hue/Saturation layer ( Clipping Mask):
     
     
     
    10. Create a new layer on the top and choose Radial Gradient with default color ( black and white):
     
     
    Change the mode to Soft Light 70% and use layer mask and soft black brush to remove the top part of sky:
     
     
    11. Make some adjustment layers on the top.
     
    Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Gradient Map:  
     
     
    Change the mode of this Gradient Map layer to Soft Light 100%.
     
    Color Balance
     
     
    Photo Filter   
     
     
    Layer-New Fill Layer-Solid Color:
     
     
    Change the mode of this fill layer to Color 10%. 
    This is result we have:
     
     
    12. Make a new layer and use soft brush with color #776e5d painting over road and field. Change the mode to Multiply 100%:
     
     
    New layer and I use soft white brush to paint on the top of the road which meets horizon. Put the mode as Soft Light 100%. Erase the part on the man with layer mask:
     
     
    New layer again, take soft brush with color #949696. Paint on two sides of sky to darken them. Set the mode as Multiply mode 100%:
     
     
    13. Create a new layer and use Gradient Tool to make light focus better:
     
     
    Change the mode to Soft Light 100% and add layer mask to remove or reduce contrast as shown below:
     
     
    I add a Levels layer to increase contrast a bit:
     
     
    Use brush on the mask of Levels layer to remove dark contrast on the road, field, two sides of sky and the bottom of the planet in the center:
     
     
    Final Result:
     

     

    Views: 64672 | Added by: Admin | Tags: Sky, Photo effect, planet, Photoshop tutorial, Road, photo manipulation surreal

    ABOUT ME: I'm Jenny and i live in Hanoi, Vietnam. If you like what i write or want to keep in touch with me, you can subscribe to My blog, email me or like My Facebook page to keep updates of my latest works.

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    1 Angela   (2012-05-20 11:45 PM)
    I love your creativity and follow you on Fcebook too. Your work is inspirational. smile Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    2 Admin   (2012-05-20 11:53 PM)
    Thanks very much Angela smile . I've always been happy to share what i know with the others as i've felt i've given back from people like you! Thanks for keeping me inspired smile wink .

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    3 Richard Klein   (2012-05-21 1:41 AM)
    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I know it takes hours to do this and I really appreciate the time you took to share your work. Your work is very, very creative and you have given me many ideas. Best wishes in the future!

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    5 Admin   (2012-05-21 10:11 PM)
    Thank you Richard smile . It's my pleasure to know you like my word. I'll try to keep my blog updated more often and i hope you will stick around wink .

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    4 Wid   (2012-05-21 4:37 AM)
    Great.....I like this kind of photomanipulation,.....this imaging is really classy..!

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    6 Admin   (2012-05-21 10:11 PM)
    biggrin thank you Dek tongue . Nice to see you on my blog biggrin

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    7 slimfrk   (2012-06-03 1:07 PM)
    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeesome girl ! <3 <3 <3 smile

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    10 Admin   (2012-06-10 2:44 PM)
    hehe thanks tongue biggrin wink

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    8 Rose   (2012-06-07 3:53 AM)
    Hi, the font you use for write this turorial is hard to read (why cursive?) remember simple fonts are better when you want people read what you wrote. cool

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    11 Admin   (2012-06-10 2:45 PM)
    thanks but i like that font and i find it easy to read. And no one ever complained about it biggrin

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    9 GutttHopleste   (2012-06-09 6:13 PM)
    Keeping a fresh blog is hard and really tiresome. You have pulled it off well though.

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    12 Admin   (2012-06-10 2:48 PM)
    It's been harder to keep my blog updated and i can't squeeze my time often. However i've tried my best to do it. Thanks for your time here wink .

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    13 Nabeel   (2012-06-24 5:50 PM)
    I like u'r creativity Jenny cool but i lost mine cry
    and i also don't know where to find these creative ideas in my mind,.,its so BLANK sad
    i'm dying to having these ideas but................

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    14 Admin   (2012-07-05 10:08 PM)
    dont worry Nabeel, there are a lot of inspiration around us. Just you're willing to find them. Or you can take a short break for your mind and come back with fulfilled one biggrin wink

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    15 Najieha   (2012-07-31 8:01 PM)
    Can i ask ? What cs you are using ? Cs4 or cs5 ?

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    17 Admin   (2012-09-27 10:33 PM)
    i was using CS2 but now CS5 smile

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    16 Shogun   (2012-09-24 4:34 AM)
    cool u rock gal,just started learning photoshop,and i have being in search of expert advice...could u share some..be nice to hear from you...cheers

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    18 Admin   (2012-09-27 10:34 PM)
    thanks, i'll try to write more tutorials next time wink

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    19 Bye   (2013-05-04 4:17 AM)
    this is hard >.<

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    20 guest   (2013-07-09 1:15 AM)
    Love it, except, you wouldn't be able to see the stars behind the planets... It kind of bugs me that the planets are transparent... smile

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    21 Admin   (2013-07-10 9:10 PM)
    yes you're right  biggrin , i should have removed the star there wink

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    22 Yusuf   (2013-10-22 1:37 PM)
    I'm like your manual tutorial

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    23 Vanessa28   (2013-12-03 1:54 AM)
    Hello wonderful Jenny who has become my fav graphics designer! Awesome work as usual and you are amazing happy I learn so much from you! I got one question. Can you do a tutorial about a realistic explosion or Vulcano eruption? If you got time and if you want to do that of course wink
    Oh did I tell you that you're awesome? biggrin

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    24 Admin   (2013-12-05 5:19 PM)
    haha thank you  for your compliment and suggestion. Sure i like your suggestion a lot and will do it when i have time smile wink . I'll let you know when i do it  wink

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    25 shinu   (2014-01-02 1:28 PM)
    superb........

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