Heavenly Castle – Final Result:

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

So, this is the photo-manipulation tutorial we are going to make today, it will create the illusion of a castle, weaved from air above the sea. These sorts of illusions sometimes happen when you feel like an object levitates above the water. So…

1. Start of by taking a picture of a shore. Feel free to use Digital Stock Photo.

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

2. …and, a photo of some caste (we used Prague Castle, but you can take any object u want for this manipulation)

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

3. Place the photo of the castle, above the “sea” layer.

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

4. Now, using the eraser tool with soft edge (50px or even bigger), erase everything around the castle, leaving only the castle (or object) itself. This would create the illusion, as if the castle “stands” on the clouds. I’d not recommend actually cropping it precisely, as it should have a dreamy effect and soft edges, otherwise your layer would not look any natural.

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

5. Duplicate the layer with the sea, and drag the copy on top of the castle. Using the eraser tool, remove the spot above the castle (you can reduce
the opacity while erasing, so you’d see what you are actually doing). This will make the blending more natural.

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

6. Make a new layer, and place it behind the castle’s layer. Choose a Rounded Brush with Hard edge and using the white colour (#FFFFFF) make a sort of stamp, so you will get this kind f sun (or moon) behind it)

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

7. While the white ball is selected, go to Layer >> Layer styles >> Outer glow…

Design Heavenly Castle Illusion Photo Manipulation - Photoshop Tutorials Lorelei Web Design

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