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.

Ingredients:

http://dracoart-stock.deviantart.com/art/Asbury-Park-NJ-5-118481560
http://liam-stock.deviantart.com/art/Faballa-4-111550452
http://flordelys-stock.deviantart.com/art/sky-017-62717553
http://dracoart-stock.deviantart.com/art/Balloon-Festival-30-102183167

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.

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153 Responses

  1. Great information you provide. Exactly why these people specify per-written I could not point out

  2. arshy says:

    not setisfied

  3. Sherise Litz says:

    Where is the reset of the tutorial at???
    I thought the image is suppose to look like this:http://media.smashingmagazine.com/images/space-sky-tutorials/moonlit.jpg

  4. Revelily says:

    Good! Very nice ! I’m very like!

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  7. surykant bandgar says:

    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.

  8. Kitty says:

    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!

  9. Wow! Very nice ! looking Great.

  10. Chullos says:

    Great trick, I will follow your steps, just needed an image like this one, thank you.

    Greetings

  11. Fabricio says:

    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.

  12. Michel says:

    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,
    Michel

  13. Ashraf says:

    Creativity at the best step. I will practice your steps, the final result looks great. Very useful. thnks

  14. Excellent Tutorial. Do you have any tutorials using the Gimp software?

  15. Meer Anis says:

    My dream girl is angel. Liked it and appreciate for a nice design.

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