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Lost in Time Surreal Photoshop Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 26141 Views March 6th, 2015

In this lesson you will learn how to create a surreal composition in Photoshop. The tutorial was written by our friend Evan Lawrence, a talented digital artist from Indonesia. The surreal photo manipulation depicts an unreal stormy sea with sunken objects. The focus point is the floating island with the woman that looks like she is lost in time. Hope you find this new lesson interesting; don't forget to share your result.


Download the stock images that you need for this photo manipulation:

  • Sea Stock Image - link
  • Sky Stock Image - link
  • Rock 1 Stock Image - link
  • Rock 2 Stock Image - link
  • Dead Tree Stock Image - link
  • Old House Stock Image - link
  • Asteroid Stock Image - link
  • Moon Stock Image - link
  • Girl Stock Image - link
  • Other Stock Images are no longer available so you can either download them from here or look for similar images- link

Make a new PSD document.

Start with the sea stock image and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to make a selection. Remove the red selection area.

Use the sea image to cover the entire canvas. Duplicate the image, flip it horizontal(Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal) and use the Clone Stamp Tool to make the water seamless.

Add the sky stock image behind the sea like shown in the preview.

Open the old house stock image. Make a selection of the red area with lasso tool or pen tool. Learn more about the best Photoshop selection tools for removing background and cutout images.

Place the old house like the image below using the transform>Rotate Tool.

Remove the red area like the image below to create the sunken effect.

Open the antique frame stock image and make a selection with the Lasso tool or Pen tool to cutout the frame.

Place and rotate the frame like the image below.

Remove the red area of the frame that is suposed to be underwater, like shown in the image below.

Open the boat stock image and remove the background.

Place and compose the manipulation by placing the boat on the right side like the image below.

Again remove the red area that coresponds to the part of the boat that is undet the sea, like in the image below.

Open the clock image and remove the background.

Place the clock near the boat like the image below.

Go to the Edit>Transform menu and play with the Distort Tool, Perspective Tool and Skew Tool to get the right composition.

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2 comment(s) for "Lost in Time Surreal Photoshop Tutorial"

8:47 AM Monday, April 20, 2015
Surreal Composition for a Time Loss Scene made by Blackglaze's art (source: reply
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