Design Surreal Composition Fallen Angel’s Dream Fly

First thing you need to remember that every photo or digital artwork must have 1 point that catches the viewer’s attention.

It can be (and mostly is) face or the eyes, but it can also be any other spot, that is the leitmotif of the canvas. When having too many points that catch the visitor’s attention, your artwork loses it’s charm and simply may lack the zest it would otherwise have with less accents on the canvas. So first thing you need to remember that in art, mostly, less is more. Second thing to bear in mind is the depth of field. When you concentrate your look on a certain point, the rest becomes a little blurred in your vision, especially if the rest of the objects lay far behind. This is what we call — depth of field. In other words, human face cannot be just as sharp on the picture, as the background house that appears to be a few miles behind the figure.

Although this isn’t always true and we have different variations of art (and sometimes the unusual is the best looking surreal concept!) but I am giving this little info so you will understand WHY we blur certain points and why we play with light the way we do, in this Photoshop Tutorial.




Get started.

We were working on a rather big canvas, we started with 1024px × 764px new layer as these were the dimensions of our base image. However you may feel more comfortable working with smaller or bigger images.

Take the image with fence and sand and paste it unto your Canvas:

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, crop out and delete the sky and water upper half of the layer:

Don’t worry about the rough unnatural layer, we will work this out a bit later.

The next step is take the image with sky (from our ingredients list), and paste it on top of the  previous layer with sand. Using Eraser Tool with a small soft brush, remove the lower part so that you will have an image consisting from sky and sand, just as you see below:

The way our image looks now, it’s very far yet from been an organically blended scene, so let’s start blending the layers into one another.

To make the sand less cheery, the easiest way is to simply match colors with the clouds, so this is exactly what we are going to do. While the sand layer is selected, go to Image >> Adjustments >> Match Color and apply the following settings:

if you have already unselected, select the layer with sand again, and go to Curves. Using the RGB channel, darken the image by dragging the curve down somewhere in the middle. We used Output: 113 and Input:143.

  1. Pamela S Conley

    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.

  2. pumpkincat210

    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!

  3. Tiffy

    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!!

    1. Lorelei

      thanks Tiffy! Looks like I have indeed totally missed the wings step, damn. Basically these are brushes with wings which I added, I already explained this step (didn’t forget) on my other tutorial so you can follow the details about wings there, which is pretty identical except that here they are black and not white.


      and here are the brushes:

      Glad you liked the shadow part, always good to be helpful 🙂

    1. Lorelei

      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 🙂

  4. Ivy

    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.

  5. Nikki

    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?

  6. William

    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.

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  8. Johnathan

    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 (http://www.logodesignplanet.com) 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…

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  10. Don Reeder

    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

  11. Artie

    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…

    1. Lorelei

      @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 editor@loreleiwebdesign.com — this is the fastest way to get a response.


  12. Don Reeder

    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

    1. fani

      In the seventh image I very confused

      .. can you help me please?
      and to become more clear
      because I do not know English well
      And I am new to photoshop. Thank you very much.

  13. fani

    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?

  14. A. Paul


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


    Please send me a link.


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  16. Amelia

    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 demonamelia@hotmail.com Please and thank you! 😀

  17. Hotdog

    Thanks for a great few hours well spent, I’m tottaly buzzing now I’ve just finished my first real project. Bring them all on, I’m hoocked

  18. Kevin O'Brien

    I’m trying to find a photoshop tutorial that features a dark (almost black) face with bright eyes… and keep getting linked to this tutorial. Can you send the link to the face & eyes tutorial? Thanks!

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  24. surykant bandgar

    Good! Very nice ! I’m very like!
    i want this file for enjoyment the photo.
    Thank you, sure I will practice your steps, the final result looks great. Very useful.

  25. Kitty

    I did not see the part where you add the wings? I am a beginer, and was looking forward to that part. Could any one help me? Other than that one of the best detailed tutorials I have ever read!

  26. Fabricio

    Dear Lorelei , thank you for the useful tutorial, even a novice like me can follow your steps and get a professional final results. Thanks from Peru.

  27. Michel

    I payed by PayPal but I got a message that de zip-file didn’t exists.

    Please send it to me by email

    Thanks in advance,

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