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Design Surreal Composition Fallen Angel’s Dream Fly

Once the clouds layer is ready, press Ctrl + T  and drag the bottom line upwards, “compressing” the clouds into a smaller strap, about half of the canvas. Set the blending mode of the clouds layer to “Pin Light”. This way, you will only see the WHITE areas of the clouds and totally won’t see the black areas.



Move the clouds in a way that will allow the white areas in clouds to lay over the balloon, this way we can see that the balloons are actually floating somewhere in the area, partly obscured by the heavy sky… Use Eraser Tool with soft edge to remove any edges of the clouds layer once it’s moved and you can also duplicate that layer and make a few of them, so you will have more cloudy effect (which is what we have done).

Next, crop our beautiful Becca.

The cropping technique will not be explained here as being pretty much basic, but we want to emphasize that if you use our particular image, the cropping will be rather complicated, since at some points (such as arms) the contrast between skin and background is minimal, which makes the cropping rather difficult and we had to use a few steps to complete this task, first we used Polygonal Lasso Tool, them Magnetic Lasso Tool, them we “refine edges” as pictured below..

Place the girl unto the canvas, and desize her so she will fit in nicely..

To add our own contrast to the image, we want to make the clothes texture more visible, less dark areas yet without losing the overall contrast and juiciness of the image, so with the girl’s image selected, we went to Image >> Adjustments >> Curves, and created a custom curve that consists from 3 points, as pictured here:

Next we need a shadow underneath her legs. Draw a circle using the round shape tool and black color as your foreground Photoshop color. make sure it’s placed correctly underneath her feet and has an elliptical shape.

Resterize the layer and go to Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur

Set the shadow’s opacity to Multiply 57%, and you will see that the shadow is mildly visible yet it is present and gives a more realistic illusion of the jump or fly in the air. Please also make sure that you place the shadow underneath the girl’s image!

Final Steps…

Although most of the colors we used here blended in well and eventually created an organically looking picture, we still need to equalize the layers together. What some people do, and I used to do it myself in previous tutorials, is to merge all the layers, or even flatten the image, and then work on the colorization and the levels. This is very easy and perhaps will do the trick with most beginners, but even if you are not yet that much of a pro with Photoshop,  you need to learn how to work with Layer Adjustments.

In your layers’ panel, you have a small icon below, that looks like Yin-Yang symbol.

176 comments
  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.

      http://loreleiwebdesign.com/2009/01/10/dark-fantasy-art-photoshop-tutorial-fairy-sunset-landscap/

      and here are the brushes:
      http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/11925788/

      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.

      Thanks!

  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

    Hello,

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

    PayPal-Transaktionscode
    12990497TJ4667743

    Please send me a link.

    Yours
    A.Paul

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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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  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

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