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Floating Island

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Tutorials Photo Manipulation 67522 Views September 1st, 2010

Hello, in this tutorial I want to show you how simple it is to make a floating island! You only need two images for the sky and castle. And you need other two images for the mud and grass texture. The tehniques used are croping, blending, vector drawing (tree roots) and free brushes! Hope you enjoy it!

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Place the Grass Texture Layer on top ogf Grass Layer and change the Blending Mode from Normal to Overlay , opacity 100%. We will return to this layer later to burn some areas.

Your image should look something like this:

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Step 5 - Adding the Castle

I have found this beautiful castle on Flickr . Copy it in your psd file.

Set the Foreground Color to # ff7f29. Now take the Pen Tool and draw the shape of the castle. Call this layer Castle Shape Layer. Press CTRL and click the Thumbnail of the Castle Shape Layer and go to Castle image; press CTRL+C and than CTRL+V. You now have the castle extracted from the background. Delete the initial flickr image.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Call the new layer Castle Layer . Lets change a little the color of the castle. For that simply change the blending mode of Castle Shape Layer from Normal to Color 100%.

The Castle Shape Layer must be on top of Castle Layer. Merge the two layers.

With Burn Tool I have decided to accentuate the shadows and with the Dodge Tool to accentuate the Highlights.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Step 6 - Adding details to the Castle

I want to make a difference between the walls and the roof of the castle. So create a new layer on top of all the castle layers. With Brush Tool, color #fae5b9, opacity 100% paint the walls of the castle. Change the Blending Mode of this layer from Normal to Color opacity 100%.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Now we have to deal with the Castle Shadow. Create a new layer and call it Castle Shadow Layer. Set the Foreground Color to # 142c01. With Brush Tool draw a castle shadow.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Go to Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur (radius 1,8 pixels). Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light opacity 100%. With Burn Tool burn parts of the shadow.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Step 7 - Drawing Tree Roots

I want to make some nice roots coming out of the ground. Set the Foreground Color to # 654725 .I will use Pen Tool to draw a simple root shape. Right click and choose Rasterize Layer. Now with the Burn Tool I will give shape to the root�it is something similar to Step 2 - Draw the Island. Use also the Dodge Tool to give highlights to the root.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Now use the Smudge Tool to create smaller roots. Choose size 2 for the brush, mode normal and strenght 90%.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Duplicate this root two times, flip it horizontally and place it on the other side of the island. With the same tehnique draw other roots.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Step 8 - Add Trees to the scene

I have found this really nice Brush Tree Set . Download this set and import it into Brush Tool.

Create a new layer and place three trees. I've used Ded2.jpg tree, size 130 px, 120 px and different tones of braun color for the Foreground Color.

floating-island tutorial intermediary image

Step 9 - Play with Shadow and Light

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45 comment(s) for "Floating Island"

Giovana
Giovana
7:00 AM Tuesday, January 12, 2010
It is beautiful! reply
MrFree
7:00 AM Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This tut is my favorite! i will bookmark right now reply
Barbie
Barbie
7:00 AM Thursday, January 14, 2010
Well done, it is magical! reply
Carmina
Carmina
7:00 AM Monday, February 15, 2010
Great! Love it Dude! reply
Stefan
Stefan
7:00 AM Friday, February 26, 2010
WOW. that was awesome, I want to make this now XD. reply
E-maniacs
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Simply amazing.
thanks reply
Arsalan-pk
Arsalan-pk
7:00 AM Friday, March 05, 2010
Awesome!!! reply
PSDDude
PSDDude
7:00 AM Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thank you very much ! I am planning to create another floating island but this time something different ! reply
Jessi
Jessi
7:00 AM Monday, March 22, 2010
wow.. it`s fantastic reply
PRO
7:00 AM Friday, March 26, 2010
Foarte interesant si bine explicat, toate felicitarile ! reply
John
7:00 AM Saturday, March 27, 2010
Niceeeeee! I want to live on a floating island just like that! great tutorial duuuuude reply
tahsin
7:00 AM Wednesday, May 19, 2010
WOW. that was awesome.It helps me a lot. reply
Mark
7:00 AM Saturday, May 22, 2010
Vey very nice! TY reply
Ensueneum
Ensueneum
7:00 AM Sunday, May 23, 2010
Hey Blogger,When you write some blogs and share with us,that is a hard work for you but share makes you
happly right?,yes I am a blogger too,and I wanna share with you my method to make some extra cash,not too much
maybe $100 a day,but when you kee reply
Alex
Alex
7:00 AM Saturday, November 13, 2010
za deset :)) reply
Jan Amato
Jan Amato
7:00 AM Friday, February 11, 2011
Thank you very much for these great tutorials. They have taught me so much reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Saturday, February 12, 2011
thanks for the comments :)

I am sorry for the castle image but the photo was removed from its initial location. This is the castle from another view http://sweetsoulsister.deviantart.com/art/Castle-on-Water-143854890 but you can use any nice castle reply
Jan
Jan
7:00 AM Saturday, February 12, 2011
I can't find the texture dry mud, it says it isn't available. Is there something else I could use? I am not that good with PS but I am finding your instructions excellent reply
mahmoud
mahmoud
7:00 AM Saturday, February 12, 2011
OMG very beautiful reply
PSDDude
7:00 AM Sunday, February 13, 2011
:) thanks guys, I am glad to help u improve your Photoshop skills

Jan I am so sorry for the mud texture but the guys from mayang.com changed the link, so you can find the mud texture at this link: http://mayang.com/textures/Nature/images/Mud/parche reply
Jan
Jan
7:00 AM Sunday, February 13, 2011
Thank you very much for telling me where to get the mud texture from. I really appreciate it reply
PSDDude
7:00 AM Monday, February 14, 2011
your welcome :) reply
GopTun
GopTun
7:00 AM Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Link to mud texture:
http://mayang.com/textures/Nature/images/Mud/parched_earth_and_grass_3230109.JPG reply
GopTun
GopTun
7:00 AM Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thanks for removing my comment but use the info provided under your own sig. Shame on you! Actually you are wrong, the people from mayang.com did not change the link - I repeat, they did not chagen the link, but you typed it wrong. Double shame on yo reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Hi GopTun, I only remove SPAM messages from the comments, so your message was not approved yet, now it is. Thank you for the link but I did find it myself on Saturday before your comment.

When I wrote the tut(a long time ago) the link worked ok reply
nirmal
nirmal
7:00 AM Saturday, March 26, 2011
so beutifull
reply
AddictedtoDamonS.
AddictedtoDamonS.
7:00 AM Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I don't like it.....I ADORE it!
Thank you! reply
PSDDude
7:00 AM Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Thanks dude! reply
Paras Universal
7:00 AM Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Love it... If I do use your ideas I'll def give you props. reply
muhammad godc
7:00 AM Thursday, May 12, 2011
great tutorial,thaks u reply
PSDDude
PSDDude
6:48 AM Thursday, September 29, 2011
In the meantime i have textured my island and publish it on my flickr account
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43648166@N07/4426185633/ reply
Kris
Kris
10:10 AM Friday, November 11, 2011
Please release psd file ^^ reply
PSDDude
10:10 AM Friday, November 11, 2011
This is a really old tutorial and I did not kept all the intermediary images so the psd file is kind of useless :(
But if you have some problems with the tut maybe I can help you! reply
michelle
michelle
7:18 AM Thursday, December 22, 2011
well done! reply
Diane
Diane
10:24 PM Monday, August 27, 2012
The link to beautiful sky does not work. Can you suggest another photo?
Thanks reply
PSDDude
10:30 PM Monday, August 27, 2012
Hi Diane,

Old tutorials may have such problems with broken links, because in the meantime the authors may have removed the stock images. So it is important for you to adapt and be able to replace any stock image.
For the sky I can suggest you this clouds texture collection. You can pick one of these textures that looks similar to the original one.

reply
Diane
Diane
11:07 PM Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thank you for the cloud links. reply
John
11:30 PM Monday, April 29, 2013
here is a beautiful Castle Island photo manipulation inspired from this tutorial made by Bela_Zamsha (http://demiart.ru)
reply
Matt
10:43 AM Thursday, September 18, 2014
Great tutorial and very well explained, thank you very much for this. reply
Deep Shah
Deep Shah
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
heyy
i can't find d castle image
:-( reply
Deep Shah
Deep Shah
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Thanx dude
i finished it reply
s????ve
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
wow.. it`s fantastic.Thank u reply
Web Design Sheffield
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing this to us. I think I'll do mine with a darker background and some thunderstorm and lightning. reply
Irina
Irina
11:25 AM Wednesday, July 01, 2015
I never think that castle from Canada is placed on the small island with two trees. But it's possible when you dream. Thanks for fairy tale lesson. reply
PSDDude
10:25 AM Monday, July 18, 2016
Here is another tutorial that I find interesting for you on how to create a surreal floating island in Photoshop:
https://photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/photo-manipulation/how-to-create-this-eerie-floating-island-photo-manipulation-in-photoshop/ reply

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