Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Alice in Wonderland on amazing and surreal atmosphere with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photo manipulations. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!
What you’ll be creating
To create this image of Alice, we’ll start by creating the atmosphere and the main stage in the form of road maps. Next, we’ll add we begin to add items as teapots, cups of little cards and other. Finally, we’ll finish it up with a image correction and adding effects. You’ll need any version of Photoshop, inspiration and good mood!
- Playing cards
- flying cards
- Umbrellas and fans
- Cups and saucers
- Tea Kettle
Start by creating! Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 2000 pixels wide and 3000 pixels high. I named the document “Alice”.
Let’s start off adding the sky to our manipulation. Go to File > Place and select the image of the sky.
After addition of the sky, then stretch, as shown in Figure. To transform the sky, press Ctrl+ T or go to Edit > Transform > Scale. Pull the black cubes in the corners formed frame.
To the sky was brighter and stood out edges of the clouds, I added an adjustment layer to the sky. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness / Contrast or button in the Layers palette and set the settings: Brightness 13, Contrast 13.
Then add another layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter. These layers make a sunset sky.
Set the settings: Filter – Warming Filter (85), Density: 17.
Then add another layer> New Adjustment Layer > Hue/ Saturation.
This layer will make the color more vivid sunset.
Set the settings: Saturation: +13, Lightness: +1 Now the sky is brighter with a strong color that gives unusual picture
At this stage, work with the background sky will be over.
I did not like the sky of the source file, so I decided to replace it with a more beautiful and bright.
Add image sky File > Place.
Transform it to fit the document. Then, to remove the sharp transition between the background and a new heaven, add a layer mask:
Choose a brush and set with the settings: Size: 500px, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 50% Flow: 100%.
Required Click D on keyboard to restore color and black painting on the layer mask, removing the sharp transition of the sky to the horizon.
Done! At this stage, the scene is complete. I am satisfied with the brightness of the sky and a smooth transition and the resulting scene. Here is how it should turn out. Do not forget to save your work process result hitting the short keys Ctrl+ S! Getting to the creation of the road playing cards!
Download playing cards. Opening playing cards stocks in Photoshop by hitting the short keys Ctrl+ O or File > Open. This will lead us to the folder in the computer where we have saved the image.
Next, we will cut out playing cards of the image. Take the lasso tool in the tool panel. We will use this tool to cut out the part.
Highlight the desired card and press Refine Edge. Change the blending mode to Overlay (V).
So you can see where you select the unwanted piece of playing card and highlight deficiencies in the form of a white background. You can remove them by selecting the brush in this window.
Now set the settings as shown in the photo to remove the bumps and smooth edge selection.
After applying, copy Ctrl+ C cards and go to document our work.
Create a group. Click on the Layers panel and call it “Cards”.
There insert the card. Pressing Ctrl+ V.
After you move all the cards to the project, start them from the road. Put a few cards in the bottom left corner. You can change the size and slope hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T.
For ease of installation, unnecessary layers can turned off by clicking on the eye icon in the Layers panel. To put the right card over the other, move the layer to the desired card above the lower card. To do this, in the Layers palette, select the desired layer, grab it and move it up or down.
To road looked realistic, you arrange the cards with the slope, you can turn some and arrange them receding into the distance.
Does not necessarily have to follow my drawing. Create your own version if you want.
Now we’ll work with the perspective. Select the group with cards and hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T. Right-click on the image and choose from the list. Should get something like the picture.
Continue the road to the horizon. After all the changes, click the selection tool on the toolbar.
Hold Alt on keyboard and start dragging the resulting fragment road to the right place.
So you duplicate a group already made part of the road.
So you duplicate a group already made part of the road. Then transform this group hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T. In mode transformation, right-click on the picture and the list that appears, select Flip Horizontal.
Then so that it is smaller and approached the edge of the made road.
Recap Step 9. In such a way to make the way to the horizon. To make way I repeated Step 9 4 times. Every new group I transformed and made smaller. Here is the result.
Select the group with cards and add to it a layer mask to remove some parts of the cards. This will give a realistic figure and create the effect of clouds departing cards.
Select the brush tool and use the settings: Size: 200px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45%, Flow: 70%. Be sure to check the main color was black. Gently pass with the brush at points of contact cards and large clouds.
To cards looked older Add an adjustment layer to a group of cards clicking on the icon Add an adjustment layer in the list, select Curves
Then, set the settings as shown in Figure.
Now select any layer in the group “way” and duplicate it. Create a new group, name it « Fly cards », and place the duplicated layer in this group. This done by holding the LMB and drag the selected layer to the right place.
Now we transform this piece. Turn, reduce and warp fragment pressing Ctrl+ T. This will give dynamics to the movie, as it will depart from the clouds. Be the fragment as shown in the figure. Be the fragment as shown in the figure.
Place the remaining fragments as I placed them. You need not all like me. Always coming up with something new!
Now add a little flying card. To do this, go to File > Place and Select desired file.
Create a new group. Name it « Small cards» move and added a little card there.
Duplicate cards 10 times.
Reduce card clicking hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T
Add a layer mask to each layer and remove unwanted parts. Select tool “brush” and use the settings as shown in the figure. Press D and set black. Next, remove the unnecessary parts flying bridge card.
Now select all three groups with all the cards and add to group hitting the short keys Ctrl+ G. Hold down Ctrl select the layer mask way and the drag it to the new group with all other. Take the brush and remove unwanted parts flying bridges on the mask.
I like the result! Now Let’s give our unusual work. I temporarily closed layers with flying and small cards. Therefore, it will be free to work. In order temporarily, make the invisible, click on the eye icon next to the desired group.
I want to add flying umbrellas and fans. To do this, download the Graphics umbrellas and fans. Open the picture with umbrellas and fans hitting the short keys Ctrl+ O and choose the desired image.
Take Quick selection tool and circle the desired umbrella. For my work, I took black and red umbrellas. Once umbrella allocated, copy it hitting the short keys Ctrl+ C or follow in Edit > Copy.
Click on the tab with our installation and create a new group. Call it “umbrellas and fans” Create another group within the group. Call it “black umbrellas”. Paste the copied image of the umbrella hitting the short keys Ctrl+ V.
Duplicate umbrella 3 times.
Transform the umbrella hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T to the desired size and move it to the desired location. To apply the changes, click Enter.
Move the remaining umbrellas as shown and reduce each umbrella.
Now we proceed a red umbrella. Select the desired us an umbrella, using Quick Selection Tool hotkey W. Copy it hitting the short keys Ctrl+ C.
Go to the tab of our work and create a new group called “red umbrellas” insert it into our work hitting the short keys Ctrl+ V.
Duplicate umbrella 6 times.
Now transform each umbrella and move into place.
Select the first umbrella and press hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T for transformation. Reduce the umbrella and tilt it slightly.
Transform the remaining umbrellas. Remember, the umbrella closer to the horizon, the less it. You should get something like this.
Take a soft brush with settings Size: 75px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45%, Flow: 70%
Highlight the mask group “umbrellas and fans” and remove unwanted parts of umbrellas as shown in Figure. Draw black in those places where umbrellas superimposed on a cloud. This will give the effect of airiness and realism.
That’s how it should be:
Now let’s add a fan. Go to the tab with the fans. Choose a tool Quick Selection Tool (W) and select the black fan.
Then copy it hitting the short keys Ctrl+ C, Created the group in our work and calling it a “fan” and paste it hitting the short keys Ctrl+ V in our work.
Duplicate with fan the layer 3 times.
Transform the fans to the desired size, tilt, and position them near the road of cards.
Highlight the mask group “umbrellas and fans” and remove unwanted parts of fans as shown in Figure. Take a soft brush with settings Size: 75px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45%, Flow: 70%.
Draw black in those places where fans superimposed on cards.
That’s how it should be:
Now add two adjustment layers to umbrellas and fans.
The first layer is the curves. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Curves.
Move point as shown in Figure. This will give depth to the dark parts that highlight pattern on umbrellas and fans. Do not forget to click on “clips to the layer” that changes apply to the group “umbrellas and fans”.
Add a second adjustment layer. All the same. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Gradient Map.
In the window that appears, click on the gradient and the gradient editor appear. Click on the rectangle with the color and set the color, as it is written in the picture
Now add kettle. Go to File > Place and select the image of the kettle. After added to work the kettle, created the group in our work and calling it a “Tea Kettle” and move the layer to the group. Select tools Magic Tool in the toolbar and select the kettle.
Be careful! Not to remove too much and do not leave. Selecting the entire kettle invert the selection by hitting the short keys Ctrl+ Shift +I. Click on the mask icon in the Layers panel. Now reduce kettle to the desired size, hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T.
Duplicate the layer with kettle 3 times hitting the short keys Ctrl+ J. Slightly tilt the kettle each make it look realistic. Looking ahead, I’m include a kettle so that then add pouring tea in the umbrellas. Remember that the closer to the horizon, the objects become less.
Now add flying cups. Go to File > Place and select the image of the cups. Add flying cups and plates. Open the desired file hitting the short keys Ctrl+ O Choose a Quick Selection Tool. Select the cup and hitting the short keys Ctrl+ Shift +I. Click on the mask icon in the Layers panel. Now reduce cup to the desired size, hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T.
Duplicate the layer with cup 5 times hitting the short keys Ctrl+ J. I erased some cups plates, taking a brush with the previous settings and mask cups, black, wiped saucers.
Now add saucers. Go to File > Place and select the image of the saucers. Choose a Quick Selection Tool. Select the cup and hitting the short keys Ctrl+ Shift +I. Click on the mask icon in the Layers panel. Now reduce cup to the desired size, hitting the short keys Ctrl+ T.
Now add adjustment layer to a group with cups and saucers. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Curves. This will give depth to the dark parts that highlight pattern on. Do not forget to click on “clips to the layer” that changes apply to the group.
That nothing prevented, I have combined all groups with all our kettles, cards and the like in the same group. It has no name :)
Finally, I finished with all the small details. Now the fun part.
Now add the model. Go to File > Place find the model and add an image. Distinguish the background so that only the model. Select the Quick Selection Tool and circle model.
After selection, press the —-. In the menu that appears, choose a blending mode Overlay, to see exactly how our selection. Select the magnifying glass and zoom. See sharp burrs around our model? This allocation mistakes, so put a check on “Smart Radius” then use the settings as shown in the figure. After configuring settings, apply them by clicking Ok
Now invert the selection by clicking Ctrl+ Shift +I and clicking on the layer mask icon in the Layers panel. Thereby removing unnecessary background and leaving us only girl.
I did not like the look of the model, so I decided to add a little color to her skin and dress. Add a little color to the skin of the girl. To do this, create a new layer and set its opacity to him 90%. Now select the brush tool and set the following settings: Size: 50px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 25% Flow: 20%. Choose a color # ebd5c1 and gently draw the skin of the girl.
Now create a new layer, set the opacity 90% choose a color # 430c12 and paint part time lace skirt, corset and girl hair.
Now add a little detail – blue ribbon, which was tied in the book Alice’s hair.
Create a new layer, select a color # 0072bc and with the same brush just smaller by clicking RMB on the field of our document. Carefully draw a blue ribbon.
Now combine all layers with painted details by clicking Ctrl + E
Add a shadow on the figure of the girl.
Create a new layer, calling it a “shadow.” Choose a brush with these settings: Size: 75px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45%, Flow:20%.
Then click on the icon color and select a color # 3e3e3e. Draw shadow under the soles on the left boot and the clouds.
Draw pouring tea and steam from it. Create a new layer and select the brush with these settings: Size: 35px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45%, Flow:55%., choose a color and draw a stream of tea.
Create a new layer and select the brush these settings Size: 90px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45%, Flow:55%. as shown in Figure. This time we use a texture brush. It is in the standard brushes. Color – # e2e2e2.
Now we need to show the incidence of light. Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N. In the menu that appears, set the settings as shown in the figure.
Select the “Dodge tool”, specify the following settings for the tool. Now start to draw on the newly created layer in places where the light should fall. Be sure to lighten the left part of the figure of the girl. Not only use bleach, but also substitute and draw in those places where there should be a shadow. Be sure to draw a shadow on the girl. To be accurate and achieve good contrast.
Now proceed to the creation of an atmosphere. In this part, we will work to picture atmosphere and colors of the image. For this, we will use adjustment layers. We will work only with them. Let’s get started! Create the first adjustment layer. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Color balance.
Add new adjustment layer. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Color balance. In the window that appears, select “Shadows”, and set the values as shown in Figure.
Go to the Layers palette, select the layer mask created with black paint, sketch a blue sky, and a little lower. This layer makes the midtones more pink clouds and gives tenderness composition.
Add new adjustment layer. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Color balance. In the window that appears, select “Highlights”, and set the values as shown in Figure.
Go to the Layers palette, select the layer mask created with black paint, and sketch a blue sky slightly curved. This layer makes the bright parts of the clouds over yellow.
Now I wanted to do all the work a little more contrast. Add new adjustment layer. Click on the icon adjustment layers and select Curves. Add a point and place it slightly to the right.
The final touch! Create new layer. Take Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) and make a big ellipse. Invert this selection hitting the short keys Ctrl+ Shift +I by removing the black.
Now select black color and fill the selection. Change the layer mode to color
Now add a mask to this layer. Take brush these settings Size: 2000px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 45% Flow: 55%, and black paint to soften the edges and color showing on cards by removing the black.
Here is the result with all layers.