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!
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:
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:
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:
and here is the effect you will have:
Load the rock image into Photoshop and select the tip of the rock. We will use this to form a cliff.
Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this cliff layer to turn its colour to red:
Paint some cloud over the cliff as shown below:
Load the wizard stock image into Photoshop. Copy and paste it to the following position:
and this is the effect so far:
Load the “space 1” image into Photoshop, paste it over to our document as shown below:
You can add a few more blackholes around the canvas, as shown below:
Load the city stock image into Photoshop, copy & paste the selection to our document, place it into the following position:
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:
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:
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!