What is going on in my head?

Photoshop is a unique tool for creating various art forms. At the same time, there are no restrictions when creating images or artwork. The only limit is the imagination. In this tutorial, we will create a surrealistic picture, which I called the “Surreal Man’s Deck”.

In this tutorial, I used only two stock images to create this picture. Also, in this lesson, you will learn how to create a selection, how to use layer masks, and how to apply color correction. Let’s get started!

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Download and open the stock image Portrait of Men in Photoshop. Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), create a selection around the head and shoulders of the man, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 2

Next, go Image – Crop (Image-Crop) to crop the selected area, to deselect the selection, press Ctrl + D. So, we have a good close-up.

Step 3

Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), create an exact selection around the image of the head and shoulders of a man.

Right-click on the created contour, in the window that appears, select the option To form a selected area (Make Selection). Click OK to create the highlighted area. Copy the selected area to a new layer by pressing Ctrl + J.

Step 4

Next, create an outline with the tool. Oval area (Ellipse Tool), we will use this contour as a guide when we cut out a part of the head in the following steps. Using tools Outline selection (Path Selection Tool) and Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), edit the lower part of the contour so that it follows the curve of the nose shape.

Step 5

To create the thickness of the area to be cut, create a second contour or duplicate the first contour.

Hold the Alt + key and drag the first contour with the mouse, so you will create a duplicate by offsetting the contour.

Duplicate contour is still active, in the top toolbar, click Subtract contour area (subtract from shape area).

Next, go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit – Free Transform) in order to reduce the size of the second contour and straighten the position of the contour in the center of the first contour.

Step 6

Go to the bookmark Contours (Path), if there is no such tab in the layers palette, then go Window – Outlines (Window – Path), and press the button Load contour as selection (Load path as selection)

Step 7

Return to the bookmark Layers (Layers), and duplicate the selected area to a new layer by pressing the Ctrl + J keys.

We also need to duplicate the layer. half head (half of the head). After duplicating the layers, hide the layer with the cut edge and the layer with the original image.

Step 8

Move layer full head (whole head) to the top. Go to the bookmark again Contours (Path), select the layer with the cut edge outline, and then click the button Load contour as selection (Load path as selection).

Step 9

To layer half head (half of the head), add a layer mask while holding down the Alt button. Thus, we convert our selection into a layer mask. And since we held down the Alt key, we inverted the color of the layer mask. So, we created an empty area in the center of the head.

Step 10

Next, with the help of a hard round black brush, hide the upper part of the head.
Before you apply a brush, make sure that the brush color is black.

Step 11

Turn on the visibility of the layer with the edge of the slice, you should see a white outline. Using a white brush, hide the white outline on the layer mask layer half head (half of the head) using a small brush. Brush set to white color.

Step 12

When we separated the image of the head from the background in Step 3, it looks like a hair texture remained on the ears. To fix this, create a new layer as a clipping mask, and then select the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool).

Take a sample of the skin texture without the hair near the ear to fix the desired area. Since we work with different layers, make sure that in the top settings panel, in the settings Sample (Sample) option was selected All layers (All layers).

Step 13

Create a new layer on top of the cut edge layer as a clipping mask. Using tool Pipette (Eyedropper tool), select the patterns of the lightest and darkest part of the skin on the face, setting the color tone patterns as the foreground and background color

Step 14

Hold Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the layer with the edge of the slice to load the selection. Next, we will expand the selection, for this we go Selection – Modification – Expand (Select-Modify – Extend).

Next, go, Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds) to fill in the active selection of clouds texture.

Not satisfied with the result? You can repeat the action with the Clouds filter by pressing the Ctrl + F keys.

When you finish the action, press Ctrl + D to remove the active selection.

Step 15

Using tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) and Clarifier (Dodge Tool), create chiaroscuro on a layer with a slice texture. For both tools, in the settings Range (Range) set option Mid tones (Midtones) and set a small value Exposure (Exposure).

Step 16

While still on the layer with the slice texture, add grainy noise to the texture, for this we go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise- Add noise). Set option value amount (Amount) 2%, and then click OK.

Apply blur to noise, for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur-Gaussian Blur), the blur radius is about 0.3.

Step 17

Empty space within the outline of the texture must be filled with texture. Make this space easier to do this with the tool. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool), do not forget to tick the option Sample of all layers (Sample all layers)!

As in the previous steps, expand the selection to about 2 px.

Step 18

Create a new layer below the layer.half head (half of the head), name this layer “head texture”. Once again, apply the Cloud filter to fill the selected area (note that we still use the same foreground and background colors as the previous steps). After filling do not remove the selection.

Step 19

For the “head texture” layer, we will apply gradients and filters. In the bottom toolbar, click the button. Add layer styles (Add a layer style). Apply styles Inner Shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).
Apply the values ​​shown in the screenshots below.

In settings Inner Shadow (Inner Shadow), change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), increase the value Offsets (Distance) and Size (Size).

In settings Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay), set the gradient color from black to white, change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) increase Opacity (Opacity) up to 80%. Angle set to 900 , and scale up to 116%.

Step 20

We need to add an inner shadow inside the slice texture. To do this, add a layer style to the slice texture layer. Internal luminescence (Inner Glow). Why do we use Internal luminescence (Inner Glow) instead Inner Shadow (Inner Shadow)?

I personally like the softer result created by the internal glow, and it was easier to control. Follow the instructions on the screenshot below, and you will succeed.

Step 21

To layer with cut edge, add layer styles Shadow (Drop Shadow).
Colour (Color): Gray
Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color dodge)
Bias (Distance): 1px
The size (Size): 5px
By applying these values, you will have a beautiful light edge below the cut edge.

Step 22

Create a new layer below the cut edge layer, name this layer “shadow”. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail half head (half of the head) to load the active selection. Next, hold down the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + keys and click on the layer layer mask layer thumbnail. half head (half of the head). This action will combine both selections.

Step 23

Inside the selection, draw the shadows in the indicated area. To create shadows, use a round soft black brush with low opacity. Do not forget that you need to draw the shadows on the ‘shadow’ layer.

Step 24

We have completed the creation of ‘empty space in the section of the head’. Now we need to create a background. Open the stock image Clouds. Let’s go Selection – All (Select – All), and then press Ctrl + C to copy the selected image of the clouds.

Step 25

Paste the copied cloud image onto our working paper. You can rename the cloud layer to “Clouds” or something like that. While on the cloud layer, press Ctrl + T to activate the free transform tool. Set the size and position of the clouds so that they cover ¾ (three quarters) of the background. Press Enter to accept the values.

Step 26

Turn off the visibility of the cloud layer. Go to the layer with the original image, and then use the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below.

Press Ctrl + J to copy the selection to a new layer. This layer is a conditional layer, it will serve as a sample of color shades when selecting color shades of the clouds layer and the layer with the original image in the next step.

Step 27

In this step, we will combine color shades, for this we go Image – Correction – Choose a color (Image – Adjustment – Match Color). In line A source (Source), select the PSD file you are working with. In line Layer (Layer) select Layer 1 (Layer 1) (new layer that you created in Step 26) as a sample layer. You can use the slider options Image Parameters (Image Option) to fine tune color correction. Click OK to confirm the color selection.

Step 28

Add a layer mask to the cloud layer, then apply the tool Gradient (Gradient) to align the clouds with the original images (to create a smooth transition between the cloud layer and the background layer).

Step 29

Click the clouds layer on the thumbnail to switch from the layer mask to the main layer. Apply a slight blur to the image of the clouds, for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur). Layer 1 (Layer 1) or conditional layer, we no longer need it, so you can delete it if you want.

Step 30

Select all the layers between the clouds layer and the layer full head (whole head), then hold down the Shift + key to select all layers, then press Ctrl + G to group the layers. Right-click on the created group to create a duplicate of the group.

Step 31

Using tool Free Transformation (Free Transform Tool), reduce the size of the duplicate group Stack 2’(Part of the head 2), as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 32

Hide group visibility Stack 2’(Part of head 2). Go to layer with group Stack 1’(Part of head 1) and then go to the cut edge layer. Create a selection inside the head with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool). (uncheck the setting Sample of all layers (Sample All Layers).

Step 33

Go back to the group layer Stack 2’(Part of head 2). Enable the visibility of this group. In the bottom toolbar, click Add layer mask (Add layer mask) to convert the active selection to a layer mask for the group.Stack 2’(Part of head 2). You can see the result of this action in the screenshot below.

Step 34

Continue processing the head on the layer mask until the head becomes visible. Use white brush, brush opacity 100%.

Step 35

Create a new layer inside the group. Stack 2’(Part of head 2). Using a soft brush with low opacity, paint the shadows in the specified area.

Step 36

Duplicate the group layer again. Stack 1’(Part of head 1). Place the new group on top of the other groups. As usual, apply the transform as well as position the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 37

Hide the visibility of the group layer Stack 3’(Part of head 3). Go to layer with group Stack 2’(Part of head 2), and then go to the layer with the cut edge. Once again create a selection inside the head with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool).

Step 38

Go back to the group layer Stack 3’(Part of head 3) and then turn on layer visibility. In the bottom toolbar, click Add layer mask (Add layer mask) to convert the active selection to a layer mask for the group.Stack 3’(Part of head 3). You can see the result of this action in the screenshot below.

Step 39

Continue processing the head on the layer mask until the head becomes visible. Use white brush, brush opacity 100%.

Step 40

Create a new layer inside the group. Stack 3’(Part of head 3). Using a soft brush with low opacity, paint the shadows in the specified area.

Step 41

Go to layer full head (whole head) and turn on the visibility of this layer. As usual, apply the transform as well as position the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 42

Go to layer with group Stack 3’(Part of head 3) and then go to the layer with the cut edge. Once again create a selection inside the head with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool).

Step 43

As in the previous steps, convert the selection to a layer mask for the layer. full head (whole head). Continue processing the head in a layer mask until the top of the head is visible. Use white brush, brush opacity 100%.

Step 44

On top of the layer full head (whole head), create a new layer as a clipping mask.
Draw shadows in the specified area using a low opacity brush tool (brush color is black).

Step 45

Create a new layer below the layer. full head (whole head), and further, continue to draw the shadows below the head. We have completed the creation of our main composition, then we will make a color correction and add a beautiful white frame.

Step 46

For color correction, we use adjustment layers. With this color correction technique, we can easily make the correction without losing image quality.

In the bottom toolbar, click Create a new adjustment layer or fill. (Create new fill or adjustment layer) and in the menu that appears, select the option Gradient Map (Gradient Map). Set the color of the gradient from black to white. Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light), reduce the opacity of the adjustment layer to 25%.

Step 47

Next, apply an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). Manually pull the curves for each channel. Red, Green, Blue (Red, Green and Blue). Apply the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 48

This is the result after performing the correction using Curves.

Step 49

This step is selective: in order to enhance the feeling of surrealism, I decided that it was necessary to add more green tones to the entire image. Therefore, I applied green Photo Filter (Photo Filter), while increasing the value Density (Density). Change the blending mode to Chromaticity (Color), opacity 30%.

Step 50

Create a new layer on top of all layers, name this layer ‘frame’, fill this layer with white color.

Step 51

Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below. Click Delete to delete the selected area, and our frame is ready! Do not forget to deselect and save your work.

Final result

Posted by: Jayan Saputra

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