How to Create a Conceptual Image of a Couple Jumping from High Cliffs in Photoshop

Learn how to create an retro styled image inspired by Surrealism. You will learn how to combine stock photos, Photoshop brushes, and textures to create a scene of a couple jumping to each other from two very high cliffs. You’ll also learn how to blend texture and adjust the colors to give it the old photo look.

 


Preview of Final Results

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How to Create a Conceptual Image of a Couple Jumping from High Cliffs in Photoshop


Tutorial Resources


Step 1 – Create a New Photoshop Image File

Okay, to start, let’s create a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  • Width: 3000px
  • Height: 3000px
  • Resolution: 300pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

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Step 2 – Create the Hills

In this step, we will be creating the hills where the couple jumped to reach each other. To start, let’s open “Preikestolen 2” by zenpixel. Once the stock image is open, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (press L on your keyboard). We will use this to select the hill.

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Now that it is activated, follow the instructions below on how to select the hill on stock image.

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The selection area has now been created so activate the Move tool (V) and left-click the area that has been selected and drag that to our 3000×3000 canvas. Once you’ve done that, position it in the canvas as shown below:

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Next, rename this layer to “Right Hill”. To rename a layer, simply double-click on the words: “layer 1” (that is the hill we had just moved) to prompt a text box to appear. Once that appears, you may now rename the layer.

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Step 3

Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize that hill as shown on the image below:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 4

Next, activate the Blur tool (R) because we would need to blur the edges of the hill to make it blend well with the other images.

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Once activated, input the following settings for the Blur Tool (R):

  • Brush size: 175px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Strength: 40%

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Blur the highlighted region shown on the image below:

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The result:

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Step 5

Once that’s done, click on the “Right Hill” layer and then duplicate it (Ctrl/Cmd + J). Once duplicated, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click on the canvas to bring up its contextual menu. Once the menu is active click on “Flip Horizontal” to make the duplicated layer face left; See image below:

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After clicking “Flip Horizontal”, your canvas should be similar to this:

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Step 6

Activate the Move tool (V) and drag the duplicated layer to the other side of the canvas. Move and position it as shown on the image below:

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Step 7

Next, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and use this tool to change the shape of the left hill. To do that, follow the instructions shown below:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 8

Now, we will be changing the pattern of the left hill so it wouldn’t be identical to the right hill. To start, activate the Clone Stamp tool (S) and once activated, input the following:

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  • Brush size: 300px
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%

Now, let’s start cloning!

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The result should be similar to the following:

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Step 9

Now, we will be darkening the hills since the light will be coming from its back. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then on the name box, input “Darken Right”. Next, right click on this newly created layer but make sure to put this layer above the “Right Hill” layer and then click on Create Clipping Mask from the contextual menu. See image below:

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Step 10

Next, activate the Brush tool (B) but before we start, make sure that the active Brushes are the default brushes. The default Photoshop brushes are shown on the image below, if that’s not what you see, then follow the instructions below:

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Right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:

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Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.

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Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

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#: 000000 – This refers to the Brush’s color. To change that, simply follow the instructions below:

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When the Color Picker box opens, input the following on the # space:

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Step 11

Now, that all is set, we can now paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 12

Next, create a new layer above the left hill and then name this layer – “Darken Left”.

Right click on the newly created layer again and then click on “Create Clipping Mask”.

Activate the Brush tool (B) and then input the following:

  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Now, let’s paint:

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The result:

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Step 13 – Create the Clouds

Now, we will be adding clouds at the bottom of the hills to give the illusion that this is a very high place. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Clouds 1”.

Activate the Brush tool (B) and then Load “Cloud brushes” by Adaae.

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Make sure that after downloading the brush file, put it in the following directory: Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS2/3/4/5 > Presets > Brushes.

Now that these brushes are loaded, right click on the canvas while the Brush tool (B) is active and then pick this brush:

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Next, input the following settings for the Brush tool:

  • Brush size: 2500px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

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Now, let’s paint:

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 14

Next, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it “Clouds 2”.

Activate the Brush tool (B) and then use the following brush:

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Input the following settings for the Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 1024px
  • Hardness: Default
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

Now, it’s time to paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 15: Create the Background

In this step, we will be adding the sky and the other clouds. To start, let’s open the stock image “Dark clouds – STOCK” by Supermalade-STOCK; once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to our canvas. Put this image below all the layers that we’ve made. The reason for that is for the sky would appear at the back of all the images that we would be putting.

Move and position it here:

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Once the sky is on the canvas, rename it to “sky 1”.

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) next and then resize “sky 1” as shown below:

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 16

Next, open the stock image “sky from plane III” by deadenddoll-stock. Once open activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to our canvas. Put this image above the “sky 1” image but still below all the layers that have been created.

Rename this layer to “sky 2”.

Move and position it as shown on the image below:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown below:

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Step 17

Transform it once again:

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The result of that should be like this:

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Step 18

Activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%

Now, let’s erase that extra sky from “Sky 2”:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 19

Next, let’s brighten the horizon. To do that, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it “Horizon”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and Reset the brushes.

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Once reset, input the following settings for the Brush tool (B):

  • Brush size: 1100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

Now, let’s paint:

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Now that we’re done with the hills and the background, select all these layers and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. Name this group to “Background”.

Note: Renaming a group is similar to renaming a layer.


Step 20: Create the Man

Now, we will be adding the man jumping off the cliff. To start, open the stock image: “Jump12” by Danger99Stock; once the image is open, activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L).

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Once activated, use this tool to select the man.

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Step 21

After creating a selection area around him, activate the Move tool (V) and drag him to our canvas. Put this layer above the “Background” group. Rename this layer to “Man”.

The “man” should be positioned here upon moving:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the “man” as shown below:

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Step 22

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again and rotate the “man” as shown below:

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The result:

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Activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to the position shown below:

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Step 23

Next, let’s adjust the Brightness/Contrast of the “man”. To do that, go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and input the following once it’s open:

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The result:

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Step 24

Next, we will be adjusting the exposure of the “man”.

In the Layer window, click on the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.

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Once open, click on the following:

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Once it is open, input the following values:

  • Exposure: -0.38
  • Offset: 0.0435
  • Gamma Correction: 1.03

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After hitting OK, right click on this Exposure layer and then click on Create Clipping Mask.

The exposure layer would then be applied only to the “man”. See image below:

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Now, select all the layers we created in this step and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name this group to “Man”.



Step 25 – Create the Woman

Now, we will be creating the woman who also jumped off the cliff. To start, open “Longing 8” by intergalacticstock. Activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and create a selection area around the woman. See image below:

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Once you’ve created the selection area, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the woman to our canvas, put it above all the layers and groups that we’ve created. Once on the canvas, rename that layer to “woman”.

Move and position as shown below:

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Step 26

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then right click on the canvas and then click on Flip Horizontal.

The result:

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again and then resize the “woman” as shown on the image below:

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Step 27

Now, let’s adjust the “woman’s” brightness/contrast, so go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and input the following:

  • Brightness: -67
  • Contrast: -35
  • Use Legacy: Uncheck

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The result:

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We’ll now reduce the saturation of the “woman” to make her blend well with the rest of the images. To start, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and then input the following:

  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: 0
  • Saturation: -40
  • Lightness: 0

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The result of that should be similar to this:

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Step 28

Next, we’ll need to lighten some parts of the “woman”. To do that, activate the Dodge tool (O).

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Once activated, input the following settings for it:

  • Brush size: 40px
  • Hardnesss: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 25%

Now, let’s zoom in to the “woman” by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Z and left-clicking on the image. Once you have a good zoom level for the “woman”, start Dodging.

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The result of that should be like this:

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Now, select all the layers that we’ve created on this step and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G). Name this group to “woman”.


Step 29 – Add the textures

 

Now we will be adding the textures to give the image a dark and brooding feel to enhance the viewer’s feelings towards the image. To start, open the texture “Grunge texture 4” by darkrose42-stock. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas.

Position it as shown below:

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Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown below:

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The result:

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Step 30

Next, let’s adjust the Blending mode and Opacity of this texture.

  • Blending mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 100%

Note: Click on the drop-down button beside the “Normal” on the layer window and then click on “Multiply”.

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The result:

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Next, open the texture “Texture 119” by Sirius-sdz. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag it to our canvas.

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Resize it then to the size shown below:

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Step 31

After that, change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:

  • Blending mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 100%

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Step 32

Next, open the texture “Old paper 33 stock” by ofruin-stock. Once open, activate the Move tool (V) and drag this to our canvas.

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Next, transform it (Ctrl/Cmd + T) as shown on the image below:

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Step 33

Now, change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:

  • Blending Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 30%

The result:

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Group all these textures (Ctrl/Cmd + G) and name this group to “Textures”.


Step 34 – Enhance the Color

Now, for the final process, we will be enhancing the colors and exposure of our image. To start, create a Solid Color adjustment layer from the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.

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Click that and then choose “Solid Color” from the contextual menu:

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Once open, input the following on the # space.

  • #: 002d42

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Step 35

Change the Blending mode of this layer to the following:

  • Blending mode: Exclusion
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Fill: 70%

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Next, create a Color Balance adjustment layer.

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Once open, input the following:

  • Color Levels: 0, 0, -15
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check

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Step 36

Next, let’s create a Photo Filter adjustment layer.

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Once open, choose the following filter:

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Next, let’s create another Solid Color adjustment layer. This time, input the following:

  • #: 382110

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Step 37

Change the Blending mode and Opacity of this solid color layer to the following:

  • Blending Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 40%

Next, let us create an Exposure adjustment layer.

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Once open, input the following:

  • Exposure: 0.39
  • Offset: 0.0176
  • Gamma Correction: 1.00

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Final Results

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Authors Comment

image106[5] Well, the theme of this manipulation is a little cheesy but I do hope that this would be able to help you in impressing your friends or even you loved one. Thank you for visiting this page and using my tutorial, if you want to see more of my art works, give me a shout at my website:http://www.wix.com/theflickerees/michaelVmanalo or you can check out my blog:

– Michael Vincent Manalo

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