Design Surreal Composition Fallen Angel’s Dream Fly

This will give our image a nice tone. The next step is — select the sky layer and go to Curves again, create a small point at the bottom and drag the RGB channel’s curve down, to make the sky dramatically darker.

Yet we got a much better toned canvas but still it is very well visible that the image consists from 2 different pieces, even if these pieces match way better in color than before.

We will be using a very old trick to merge the horizon lines of both layers. Simply create a new layer and using a big, soft brush (we are working with Brush Tool, in case I didn’t make myself clear), chose a black color and paste over the horizon line including the sand area outside the fence.

After you have brushes over that area, set this layer to”Soft Light” and you will have a much darker illusion as the view gets farther…

Next, we want to create an extremely mild HDR effect for the wood, so what we will do is create a new layer above the rest of the files, but below the dark layer we brushed with black color. Please pay attention because the sequence is important. We will not be working with masked layers at all throughout this tutorial.

Once that layer is created, click on the little “black and white” icon at the end of your layers palettes, the one that allows you to create a new fill or layer adjustment. Select “Exposure” settings. You will have a new layer with exposure settings created:

Using the “white” droplet, drag the Gamma Correction up to 0.82. See how the wood looks now, as if it’s been exposed to moon light! isn’t it beautiful?

To accompany that bright path we have in the middle, create a new layer and using your Brush Tool, white color and very big soft brush (say, 300 pixels), create a spot in the middle.

This spot should be placed above all the other layers and with blending mode set to Overlay:

Next, take out your stock photo with flying balloons, and crop them out. Don’t worry if cropping isn’t perfect, because once you placed them on your canvas, we will resize them to much small size and any imperfections will be blurred naturally.

Once they are on the canvas, you will notice that they look terribly misplaced,  and they need something that will blen them in nicely. The easiest solution (and please bear in mind that our tutorial is targetted at beginners) is to add clouds, that will “cover” the balloons, easily blending them into the composition.

So, create a new layer and go to Filter >> Render >> Clouds. With your background color set to Black and your foreground set to White (this is important!) — create clouds..

158 Responses

  1. Pepekun says:

    Very nice the tutorial.

  2. Tom Ross says:

    Nice tutorial! I really like your attention to lighting and vanishing points.

  3. charles says:

    i saw u r blog.nice tutorial

  4. Pamela S Conley says:

    Am I missing something, or did you forget the wings? I can’t find either the picture or at which step you added them.

    Sorry if I missed something.

  5. pumpkincat210 says:

    thank you so much for writing this tutorial. It is really easy and it taught me some new features, like the match color option and the painting of black on a new layer to make the picture darker in areas. Great job!

  6. Tiffy says:

    lol, I don’t see the ‘wings’ layer either. But this tutorial is still handy, even if you learn only one thing. Which I did, the steps to make the shadow underneath will save me a lot of ‘undo’ moments. It’s an “Ah-ha!” moment for me. So thank you. I enjoy your tuts, they are exactly the things I’m looking for [[fantasy art]]. Please keep sharing!!

  7. rainbow says:

    u blog is beautiful.

  8. helen says:

    this is really amazing work, do you do album covers?

  9. Looks nice, although it’d help your workflow if you started using masks. Don’t destroy pixels with the eraser tool, there’ll come a time when you need them back 😉

    Daniel Meadows Retouching and Digital Art

  10. interesting stuff.. i gonna use these. thanks. 🙂

  11. Ivy says:

    Paid through paypal – never got the file. What gives?

    • Lorelei says:

      Hi, thanks for the purchase! When you hit the “return to merchant’s website” button, download should have started automatically, but if this didn’t happen, you should have in any way received an email with auto response saying that if you haven’t received a tutorial, you just need to send back a response and it will be emailed to you.

      Anyway, I just checked your email here and located your purchase on PayPal, so the files were emailed to you, please check your inbox 🙂

  12. Ivy says:

    Never received the file via “automatic download” and the tutorial never mentions the steps for adding the wings. Awesome! . . .eh, not so much. I want my dollar back.

  13. Peter says:

    Come on, you are not done with the person in this photo soup. Nice work on the picture though…

  14. jesus says:

    please send me this file by email because I coud’nt download it

  15. Rik Thijssen says:

    Great tutorial. THANKS from Holland

  16. Rik Thijssen says:

    Great tutorial !!

  17. hello,everyone, i am the new member here

  18. Nuller says:

    Hmm is it just me or do this tut not tell what to do whit the wings on it :S?

  19. Nikki says:

    awesome tutorial.
    one question: which version of photoshop is the tutorial for? sadly, i’m unable to select “exposure” via the “black and white circle” on the layer palate (create new fill/layer) since it is missing from my CS2 version of photoshop. any tips?

  20. ivan says:

    Impressive piece of art work the final result. Pretty good tutorial!

  21. Dan Getty says:

    I have been using the Autum Web template that used to be at for the past three years in my beginning Web Design class. Now I can not find it. Can you direct me to where it is at?

    Thank you,
    Dan Getty
    Battle Ground High School

  22. Great tutorial…
    like it a lot

  23. nimar says:

    Really nice! 🙂 just finish the tuto and looks great 😀

  24. Smartguy says:

    I the end result and i appreciate your work and the lady in the photograph.

  25. Tama says:

    Really good work and inspiring me

  26. thomas says:

    fantastic! thank you very much for this tut!

  27. William says:

    Beautiful picture it is nice to see artist share how their work was created. I’m a Corel user but its just a matter of translating it.

  28. smith says:

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  29. Adri_rory says:

    Nice final image and a good tutorial !

    I’m glad I discovered your site 🙂 I think I’ll write some tutorials for you (and I hope you’ll like them).

  30. Johnathan says:

    Awesome. I really liked how the final outcome looks. It looks really polished and surreal and mystical!! It serves as an inspiration for my logo actually. I tried using this concept on my logo but it somehow looked a little bit “off”. Haha. I can’t get it to look as good as yours. Gave up after trying for days. Finally decided to use the professional services of an online logo design site instead after googling for one ( and finally got the logo I wanted at an affordable price and fast too. I did show the designer the link to your site to explain how I wanted the logo to like. Lesson learned. I’m not going to design a logo without any professional help although it’s somewhat fun. Anyway, thanks for the cool tutorial…

  31. Muhammad Ali says:

    Really nice work………

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  33. Umesh Katkar says:

    Nice tutorial…
    like it….!

  34. Cards says:

    HI !

    Cool effect I will certainly be useful to my new project.


  35. nunu says:

    i’ve even won for a photo of a day with this tutorial
    tnx aloooooooot!

  36. Don Reeder says:

    I paid for a PSD copy of Design Surreal Composition Fallen Angel’s Dream Fly file on paypal this morning and it did not let me return for the download.

    Don Reeder

  37. Wow great posting! Thanks for sharing.

  38. good tutorial. I like your step by step posting. Thanks.

  39. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  40. Artie says:

    I was inspired by the effect. It simply looked awesome. I did give this link to my graphic designer from LogoDesignStation as a reference to how I wanted my business card to look like. Surprisingly, the design came out better than expected! It was really good all thanks to you! Even my friends were impressed…

  41. Don Reeder says:

    Still have not received my PSD file!

    • Lorelei says:

      @Don, I emailed you now, sorry for the delay. I looked up your email and i can’t find your purchase ID though.

      If anyone else is experiencing a problem with download (which in most cases starts automatically), please email me — this is the fastest way to get a response.


  42. anonymous says:

    how do you create something like this

    out of a given picture?

  43. amazing photo montage techniques in this beautiful tutorials.

  44. Don Reeder says:

    Still no PSD file and I emailed you a copy of the Pay Pal transaction. By the way I see no mention of the creation of the wings in the tutorial.

    Don Reeder

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  50. Really helpful tutorial for graphics designer.

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  52. fani says:

    Hello , i am new in your site and I can not understand because I’m very beginner.
    why my own clouds are black and not white? What to do?

  53. What a great resource!

  54. Gadget news says:

    Thanks, really good tips…

  55. A. Paul says:


    I just pay for the PSD, but the download don’t start.


    Please send me a link.


  56. admin says:

    Paul – sorry for the delay, I emailed you the file now, thanks and enjoy!

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  59. Amelia says:

    I’ve always been interested in working with wings, and I’d like to add wings to my own version of this piece. However, I don’t seem to see the part of that in your tutorial. Could you possibly email me how you did that? My email is Please and thank you! 😀

  60. Hotdog says:

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  94. Kitty says:

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  96. Chullos says:

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  101. Meer Anis says:

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  102. Shohel Rana says:

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