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In this tutorial I’ll how you how to create a dark and surreal photo manipulation called “Volcano Spirit”.
We’ll combine several stock photos to create a surreal head carrying a volcano with hot lava flowing from the eye.
Here’s a look at some of the advanced techniques covered in this tutorial:
As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:
Here’s a close up look out the outcome:
Create a new document with 1300×800 px and fill with any colors you like. As you may see, I like to start with white. Now make a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and hit G to active Gradient Tool. I choose Radial Gradient with settings below:
Drag a line from top to bottom and we get the result:
Open sky stock. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to make a selection on sky part as the image below shows:
Use Move Tool (V) to drag this selection into our canvas, place it at the top center:
I convert this layer to Smart Object (right click this layer, choose this action) then go to Edit-Transform-Warp and bend it:
Click the second button at the bottom of Layer Pallete to add layer mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to remove the hard edges of the sky:
Change the mode to Soft Light 100%:
Create some new adjustment layers to change the color of our picture. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Photo Filter:
This is the result:
Open ‘sea stock’ from the resources for this tutorial. Copy a part of this image and paste into the bottom of our main document, convert to smart Object and use Cmd/Ctrl+T to resize and stretch it :
Change the mode to Overlay 100% and blend the sea part with layer mask:
I make a new layer and use Smudge Tool with Strength about 50% and paint over the sea part from left to right to soften the details on it:
Extract ‘mountain 1′ and place it at the right corner of the sea part:
Change the mode to Overlay 70% and use a layer mask to blend the bottom with the sea:
I want to reduce the saturation of this mountain so I make an adjustment layer with a Clipping Mask. Go to Layer, New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:
Isolate mountain 2 and position it at the left edge of the sea and change the mode to Soft Light 50%:
I want to make the sea look redder so I create a new layer and change my brush color to #c80204. Use this brush to paint over the sea and change the mode to Color 70%:
I make a new layer and continue with this brush on the right edge of the sea. I put the mode to Color 100%:
Make a new layer on the top. Choose Radial Gradient with default colors (black and white):
Change the mode to Soft Light 100% and use layer mask to reduce dark contrast (lower opacity of brush to 30-40%) at the bottom edge of the picture. You can see result with layer mask:
Result on picture:
Open woman stock (you can use your own picture). Take only the head and place it at the middle section of our main picture, transform if needed to get the a straight look:
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