In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a surreal time-themed photomanipulation using Photoshop.
* Desert 1
* Desert 2
* Iron mask
* Bronze Hand
* Gearing Brushes
* Galaxy Brushes
* Bird Brushes
* Tree texture
* Celtic Rune Charm Pack
I would like to thank the great photographers and artists for giving me permission to use their images: Rene Asmussen, night-fate-stock, vividlight, jdbartlett, Mind-Illusi0nZ-Stock, Amor-Fati-Stock, ewark, lpdragonfl, Andrew C., Sage-Dreamer, redheadstock.
Before you use any stock images from these photographers, please make sure that you read their stock rules and respect them. They have worked very hard to create all these stock images.
Step 1:- Create a new document and add the sky
Go to File > New (Ctrl+N) and create a new document in Photoshop. Then download this sky stock image, open it in Photoshop and move it into your first document using the Move Tool (V). Then go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key and resize this image. Name this layer “sky“, hit Ctrl+G to put it inside a group and name the group “background.”
Step 2:- Add a small galaxy on the sky
Create a new layer inside the “background” group and name it “galaxy.” Then download these brushes and install them. Select the Brush Tool (B), chose one of those galaxy brushes, set the foreground color to #8c8c8c and create a small galaxy on your sky. Then set the blend mode of this layer to Color Dodge 25%.
Step 3: Add the first desert stock photo
Download this desert stock photo and open it in Photoshop. Double-click on the background layer to unlock it, then use the Magic Wand Tool (W) to select the sky and delete it. Move this image into your first document using the Move Tool (V). Hit Ctrl+M to open the Curves window and use the settings from the following image. Name this layer “desert 1.”
Note: You can also use the Eraser Tool (E) and a soft brush to erase some parts of the sky from this photo.
Step 4: Duplicate the “desert 1” layer
Duplicate the “desert 1” layer (Ctrl+J), and then go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Use the Move Tool (V) to move this layer to the right side of your document and name it “desert 2.”
Step 5: Add the second desert stock photo
Download this desert stock photo and open it in Photoshop. Double-click on the background layer to unlock it, select the sky using the Magic Wand Tool (W) and delete it. You can also use the Eraser Tool (E) and a soft brush to erase the top area of the desert. Move this image into your document using the Move Tool (V) and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Double-click on this layer to open the Layer Style window and use the settings from the following image for Gradient Overlay. Name this layer “desert 3.”
Note: Arrange the image from this step in a way that makes visible the hills of the other two desert photos beneath it.
Step 6: Add the iron mask
Download this iron mask stock photo and open it in Photoshop. Use the Pen Tool (P) to separate the mask from the background and then use the Move Tool (V) to move it into your first document. Go to Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T), hold down the Shift key and resize this layer; right-click on the image, select Flip Horizontal and then hit Enter. Name this layer “iron mask” and put it inside a group (Ctrl+G). Name the group “iron mask” too.
Step 8: Mask the bottom area of the iron mask
The bottom area of our iron mask should be buried in the sand. To make this happen, make sure that you have the “iron mask” layer selected, and then go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Select a black soft brush (B) and paint with it over the bottom area of your iron mask.
Step 9: Add a Levels adjustment layer
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels, check the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option and use the settings from the following image to make the iron mask brighter.
Step 10: Create a shadow for the iron mask
Ctrl-click on the thumbnail of the “iron mask” layer to select it, then create a new layer and fill it with black. Put this layer beneath the “iron mask” layer, then go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical. Move this shadow at the bottom of the mask. Then go to Edit > Free Transform, hold down the Ctrl key and transform the shadow like I did. Blur this layer (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and then use the Eraser Tool (E) and a big soft brush with the opacity of 20% to erase some areas of this layer. Keep in mind that the shadow should be darker at the bottom of the iron mask and brighter at the other end. Name this layer “shadow.”