Jump to heaven

In this lesson, I will show you how to create a surrealistic picture of a person jumping into the clouds.

Here is a preview of the final result:

For the lesson you will need several additional photos:

Let’s start!

Step 1. Create a new document with the size of 1000x1400px and fill it with black. Create a new layer above the background and call it “background light”. Fill layer radial gradient (G) from gray (# 313131) to black (# 000000):

We load the image of Jumping Man into Photoshop, cut out the man using any method convenient for you, and transfer it to the main document. Change the location and tilt using Free transform (CTRL + T). Call this layer “model”:

Using Eraser tool (Eraser) (E) with hardness (hardness) 80%, correct the edges of the picture:

Apply to the “model” layer Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise (Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise) with the following settings:

As you can see, after applying the filter, the model became more detailed:

Now add several adjustment layers to the same layer:
Black and white (Black and white)

Curves (Curves)

Levels (Levels)

Add to each adjustment layer clipping mask (right-click on the layer, then Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask)). We get the following result:

Step 2. Under the “model” layer, create a new layer and call it “light”. Using soft round brush white, click it in several places:

Ideally, each of the three spots should be on three separate layers, so it will be easier to change their opacity, location and size.

Create a new layer and call it “overlapping clouds”, place it above all layers. Activate Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with feather (feathering) 50px, create a selection around the person and use Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds):

Via Warp tool (Deformation) Edit – Transform – Warp (Editing – Transformation – Deformation) distort the clouds:

Big soft Eraser in several places we erase the clouds:

Step 3. Create a new layer and call it “cloud clarification”, position it above all other layers. Using Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with feather (shading) 50%, create a large selection anywhere in the document and apply a filter Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds), then reduce its size (CTRL + T) and place it on the right shoe of the man.

Using Edit – Transform – Warp (Editing – Transformation – Deformation), distort the clouds:

Change Blending mode (Blend Mode) on Color dodge (Lightening the basics) and we get:

Duplicate the “cloud overlap” layer twice and drag one copy to the left side of the document, and the second to the right. Change Blending mode (Blend mode) of both duplicates on Soft light (Soft light) with opacity 70%:

Duplicate the “cloud clarification” layer several times and place duplicates around the model, for each copy we reduce the level of opacity (opacity). You can also experiment with Blending mode (Blend mode) Overlay (Overlap), Hard light (Hard light) and Screen (Lightening):

I also duplicated the “cloud overlay” layer again and arranged the copy behind the model, changed Blending mode (Blend Mode) on Soft light (Soft light) and reduced opacity (opacity) to 80%:

Next, create a new layer above the rest and draw a white brush with light effects:

Step 4. We load the image with the mountain into Photoshop and transfer it to the main document. We name the new layer “mountain” and place it under the “model” layer.

Using soft Eraser (E) Erase the edges of the mountain a little:

Add a few adjustment layers:
Black and white (Black and white)

Curves (Curves)

Levels (Levels)

Color balance (Color balance) (for this layer, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light))

Add to each adjustment layer clipping mask (right-click on the layer, then Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask)).

Step 5. Load the sky texture into Photoshop and copy to the main document. Reduce and arrange as in the figure below. Name the layer “clouds” and place it above all the previous ones.

Add two adjustment layers (do not forget to create a clipping mask for each):
Black and white (Black and white)

Curves (Curves)

And we get the following result:

Step 6. I decided to add to the work a few natural elements. I used my own photo with flowers.
Load a floral texture into Photoshop. Cut out the area with flowers and paste on the main document. We call the new layer “flowers” ​​and place the “model” under the layer:

Apply adjustment layers (do not forget to create a clipping mask):
Vibrance (Resonance)

Curves (Curves)

Create a layer with a flower and adjustment layers Layer Group – New – Group from Layers (Layer – New – Group of layers) and duplicate twice. Arrange as in the image below:

Step 7. Now we will make a small analysis of the shortcomings in our work:

1. you need to add an abstract glow, so the work will look more surreal
2. there is not enough light on the top of the mountain
3. colors look very faded, not enough depth

The analysis is finished. Now create a new layer “glow”, we place above all previous layers. We take a soft round white brush and click once on the top of the mountain.

Deform the spot in the shape of the top of the mountain:

Change Blending mode (Blend Mode) on Overlay (Overlap) and duplicate the layer several times to add contrast:

Next, create a new layer “abstract glow” and place above the layer “background light”. Take any abstract brush and draw:

And last in our list is color correction.
Add a few adjustment layers above all previous layers (we don’t need to create a clipping mask this time, as we do color correction of the whole work):

Curves (Curves)

Color balance (Color balance)

We get the following result:

I also added a bit of motion blur and adjusted the colors a little more.

In this lesson is over. I hope you enjoyed and learned something new for yourself!

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