Collage with surreal effects in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating a surrealistic dark energy scene in Photoshop. Let’s start!

The level of this lesson is average. Some steps may be difficult for beginners.

Author’s Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CC, so the screenshots may differ from the interface of previous versions. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

Tip: Use adjustment layers to be able to make changes to the settings.

Here is the final result of our lesson: (click to enlarge)

Its time to begin!

Step 1

Create a new document size 720×1020 px with white background. Open the stone texture in Photoshop and select its part:

Copy and paste the selection into our document, fill the entire space with it:

Apply the next layer mask to the texture, remove the red part. (Translator’s note – to add a layer mask, click on the button. Add vector mask (Add Layer Mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. Red on the screenshot indicates the zone that needs to be painted over on the layer mask.)

Add the following corrections to the layer:

Black-white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Now you should get something like this:

Step 2

In this step, we will add a cosmic nebula texture. Open the image in Photoshop and select its part:

Copy and paste the selection into our document, place it above the stone texture, then use a soft brush to remove some parts as shown in the image below:

Apply the following corrections to the cosmic nebula layer:

Levels (Levels)

Now should get something like this effect:

Step 3

Use the tool Lasso with Feathering (Feather) thirty and select the next part of the image:

Copy and paste the selection into our document, apply the correction Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Use the tool Free transform (Free Transform Tool) with mode Deformation (Warp) to get something like this.

Step 4

Open a photo of the model, copy and paste the upper part of the body into the document:

Note: Before this, you will need to separate the model from the background.

Use a soft brush to smooth the edges as shown in the screenshot below, and also remove the middle part of the model’s body:

Apply the following corrections to the layer:

Black and white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

Go to the texture of the stone and select a small piece:

Copy and paste the selection, placing it on the right side of the face. Use Eraser (Eraser Tool) to clear the edge:

Copy and paste a few pieces of stone texture and position them along the edges of the body:

Step 5

Open the planet image in Photoshop and use the tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) to select it:

Copy and paste the selection into our document, reduce it and place it in the middle of the body:

Apply correction Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

You should get this result:

Step 6

In this step, we will work on the formation of “dark energy.” We will create it using the nebula texture. Go to the photo of the cosmos and select the next zone with the tool. Lasso (Lasso Tool)

Copy and paste the selection into our document, apply the following corrections to it:

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)

Levels (Levels)

Move this layer to the head area, change its blending mode to Screen (Screen):

You should get about the same effect:

Repeat the process by adding more pieces of texture and placing them around the body:

Step 7

As a final touch, we will add some flying stones around the body, using the downloaded texture:

Also try using a couple of brushes to add a smoke / fog effect around the body:

Apply the following Adjustment layers (Adjustment layers) Color balance (Color Balance), placing them above all others: (translator’s note – Russian names for the parameter Tone (Tone) in order of screenshots: Shadows (Shadows), Mid tones (Midtones), Sveta (Highlights) )

I got this result:

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found something useful for yourself in it! If you have questions about the steps, leave a comment! I will definitely try to help you.

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