Lost in time and in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a surrealistic composition “Lost in Time” in Photoshop. This lesson was prepared by our friend Evan Lawrence, a talented designer from Indonesia. The painting depicts a raging sea with objects immersed in the sea. The main focus is on a floating island with a girl who got lost in time. Hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Final result

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop.

Step 2

Add the original image with the sea to our working paper. Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), create a selection around the sky. Remove the sky highlighted in red in the screenshot below.

We use the image of the sea to create a sea across the entire width of the working paper. To do this, duplicate the image Flip horizontally (flip it horizontal) duplicate layer, go Editing – Transform Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal), move the duplicate to the right, and then use the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool), create a smooth transition between images with the sea.

Step 3

Next, add the original sky image to our scene. Place the layer with the sky below the layer with the sea, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 4

Open the original image with the old house. Using tool Lasso (lasso tool) or Pen (pen tool), create a selection around the image of the old house to separate the house from the background. The selection area is highlighted in red.

Move the selected image of the house to our working paper. With the transformation tool Transformation – Rotate (transform> Rotate), rotate the image of the house, as shown in the screenshot below.

Hide the area that is highlighted in red to create an immersion effect.

Step 5

Open the original image with a decorative frame. Select the frame with the tool Lasso (Lasso tool) or Pen (Pen tool).

Move the selected image of the decorative frame to our working paper. Turn the frame as shown in the screenshot below.

Hide the part of the frame that is highlighted in red, assuming that this part is under water.

Step 6

Open the original image with the ship. Separate the ship from the background.

Move the selected ship image to our working paper, placing it on the right side of our scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

Also hide the area of ​​the ship that is highlighted in red to submerge this part of the ship under water.

Step 7

Open the original image with the clock. Separate the clock from the background.

Place the clock next to the ship, as shown in the screenshot below.

Being on the layer with the clock, we go Editing – Transformation (Edit> Transform) and further, we use the tools Deformation (Distort Tool), Perspective (Perspective Tool) and Distortion (Skew Tool) to get the appropriate composition.

Hide the bottom of the clock, which is highlighted in red with the tool. Eraser (Eraser Tool). If you want the created effect to be edited at any moment of the lesson, then use the layer mask, just hide the selected area on the layer mask of the layer.

Step 8

Once again add a decorative frame. Place the layer with the frame below the layer with the clock.

Also play with deformation (distort) perspective (perspective) and distortion (skew) to create a composition, as in the screenshot below.

Using tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), hide the area that is highlighted in red.

Step 9

Open the stock image with the moon. Using tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool), create a quick selection to remove the background. In the settings of this tool, set Tolerance (Tolerance) about 50.

Move the selected image of the moon to our working paper, placing the moon, as shown in the screenshot below. Place the Moon layer below the decorative frame layer.

Step 10

Open the image with rock 1. Use the tool Lasso (lasso tool) or Pen (pen tool), create a selection around the rock.

Flip horizontally (Flip horizontal) image with rock.

Next, turn the rock, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 11

Open the second image with rock 2. Also with the tool Lasso (lasso tool) or Pen (pen tool), create a selection around the rock.

Add a second rock 2 to our scene. Place the rock on top of the first rock to create a rocky island.

Step 12

Open the original image with the model. Remove the background in this image.

Move the selected model image to our working paper, placing the model on a floating island.

Step 13

Apply the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) in areas that are highlighted in red in the screenshot below. In the settings of this tool, you can set the value Exposure (exposure) between 15% – 25%

Step 14

Create a new adjustment layer. Levels (levels). Set the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below.

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 15

Next, add an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set the gradient colors to # 69a2b5 and # b3baaa

Next, change the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Gradient map (gradient map) on Darkening basics (Color Burn), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 84%. Switch to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and use the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), gradient type Linear (linear), the gradient color is black and white, create a gradient as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 16

Next, add an adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective color). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 17

Next, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) only to layers with decorative frames as a clipping mask. Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 18

Open the original image with a dead tree. Select a tree to remove the background.

Duplicate the tree layer three times. Arrange trees on an island, recreating the effect of tree roots.

Step 19

Add a new adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness and Contrast) to the first rock layer only.

Step 20

Add a new adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue and saturation) only to the layer with the first rock.

Step 21

Open image with asteroids. Remove the background with the selection tool.

Place the asteroids to the left and right of the floating island. Experiment with distortion, deformation and perspective to get the result, as in the screenshot below.

Step 22

Add a new adjustment layer Color Balance (color balance) to get the perfect compositional colors that you like. You can also apply an adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter) and / or Gradient Map (Gradient map) to create a picture in the colors that you like.

Final result

Author: Evan Lawrence

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