Create City Up Side Down Surreal Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating a city up side down surreal photo manipulation in Photoshop. We will construct a surreal landscape first, then combine it with city & space stock images to form the final effect. Have a try!

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This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

NOTE: THE PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL IS DONE IN PHOTOSHOP CC – THEREFORE SOME SCREENSHOT MAY HAVE SLIGHTING DIFFERENT LAYOUT AS IN THE EARLIER VERSION. SOME BRUSHES ARE EXCLUSIVE TO PHOTOSHOP CS6.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Landscape

Rock

Wizard

Space 1

Space 2

City

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440 * 810 px with black background. Load the landscape stock image into Photoshop, copy and paste this image onto our canvas:

Use a big soft eraser, remove the following area off the landscape image layer:

We can turn the colour of the landscape from green to red. So apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this landscape layer:

Hue/Saturation

Curves

and here is the effect you will have:

Step 2

Load the rock image into Photoshop and select the tip of the rock. We will use this to form a cliff.

Copy and paste your selection to our document, apply the free transform tool to distort this layer until it has a shape of a cliff:

 

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this cliff layer to turn its colour to red:

Color Balance

Levels

Paint some cloud over the cliff as shown below:

Step 3

Load the wizard stock image into Photoshop. Copy and paste it to the following position:

Apply the following image adjustment layers to the wizard layer:

Color Balance

Curves

and this is the effect so far:

Step 4

Load the “space 1” image into Photoshop, paste it over to our document as shown below:

Use a big soft eraser to fade the following area shown below:

Load “space 2” image into Photoshop, copy and paste the blackhole onto the centre of the image, as shown below:

Change the layer blend mode of this blackhole layer to “Overlay”:

Then, duplicate this blackhole layer twice, and this is effect you will have:

You can add a few more blackholes around the canvas, as shown below:

Step 5

Load the city stock image into Photoshop, copy & paste the selection to our document, place it into the following position:

Flip this city layer vertically with the free transform tool:

Use a big soft eraser, remove the edge of the city and try to form it into a triangle shape:

Apply the following image adjustments as clipping masks to this layer:

Hue/Saturation

Levels

We can copy a portion of the city layer and paste it to the tip of the triangle shape:

And this is the effect so far:

Step 6

We’re almost done! For final touches, I further added some cloud painting to the following area:

Apply the following selective color adjustment layer for the “White” colour:

This will turn the cloud into purple, further enhance the surreal look of the image:

And this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. If you have any questions for this tutorial, please let me a comment below and I will try my best to answer it.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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