Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Photoshop CS5

July 13th, 2010 by ART-D Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editing

   

In this tutorial, we will learn how to blend fashion photography with custom brushes into dramatic and surreal illustration using Photoshop CS5 techniques. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1024px by 1280px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Download the next texture from Texturezine.com and place it on our canvas.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Select once again Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Hue/Saturation this time. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the Saturation of the color range. These operations will give contrast and brutality to our texture.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Next step we’ll download a set of brushes for in Adobe Photoshop, named: Old_paper_brushes_by_Annette29, Seu_Davi and c130_splatter .
Select the next brush from Old_paper_brushes_by_Annette29 set:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and use this brush to add the next texture:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
As a result we got a voluminous texture:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create a new layer and select Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 30% in the Options bar).

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Use this brush to paint the layer edges.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this photo from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this photo.

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Go to Eraser Tool (E) and select Spatter brush:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Use this brush to erase the lowest part of the girl’s figure, the same way demonstrated below:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Drop Shadow.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Add Inner Shadow

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
We got a volume and the shadow for the girl:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Create new layer and choose the Flat Blunt Short Stiff brush of black color from Brush Tool (B) (set Opacity to 30% in Options bar).

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Let’s represent the next demonstrated brushstrokes.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Place the layer under the girl’s one.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow.

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Dramatic and Surreal illustration in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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  • deden

    20/07/2010

    the picture is man or woman???

  • Lucas Tiago

    25/07/2010

    hahaah i would ask the same deden!

    but this is a nice tutorial that we have here!

  • Sylvia

    31/07/2010

    I love the tutorial. Where did you get the brushes?? Or did you make them??

  • Sabin

    04/08/2010

    Nice grunge effect. Watta co incidence, I was creating a poster for a singer and meanwhile found this tutorial. I used it so nicely that the client is so impressed…

    Thanks.

  • Rajkumar

    11/08/2010

    Hi

    Your work is good, i did one same like that but with some depth. Anyhow its very nice., and thanks for your tutorial

  • Samer Abu Zer

    14/08/2010

    i like ur word, Easy , fast, Nice
    Keep it up
    Samer

  • Priscilla

    17/08/2010

    Hiihih…
    Perfeito…

    Mas acho que ficou muito sombrio…

  • theone

    25/08/2010

    This is a great tutorial, thank you for taking the time to share

  • blaaaah

    06/09/2010

    i tried doing this but i cant. every time i download the brushes they dont appear in my photoshop.

    my photoshop also looks totally different to this so im getting really confused as to where buttons are, etc. :/

  • RELLE

    26/09/2010

    cool ^ _ ^, its nice also that there is someone like you out there who share their knowledge…

  • ulises

    05/10/2010

    excelente creativite

  • rock

    07/10/2010

    the link to download the brushes doesn’t work. it downloads a file that isn’t usable in cs5 photoshop

  • dude

    08/10/2010

    Great! Thank you for the tutorial! And this is a man, right?

  • peter

    13/10/2010

    nice effect

  • chris

    14/10/2010

    srry dude but thats a chick

  • bianca

    25/12/2010

    i only have CS3. can i also do this tutorial on CS3 or do you have a different tutorial for that version? thanks!

  • kk

    26/04/2011

    I thought this was a great tutorial (I am a first time user of photoshop), but I got stuck because I couldn’t get the brushes I needed, how do you get the “Old_paper_brushes_by_Annette29″ because when I clicked the link, it led me to this code thing. I am really stuck so if someone could help me then please do!!! :(

  • GuvenTurkey

    10/05/2011

    thank you =)

  • Anon

    04/06/2011

    Can’t use the brushes. They are an .rar file. Can’t open them in CS5

  • Tamaki Suoh

    22/08/2011

    Thank You Very Much For The Tutourial I Really Liked It n Thanks For The Brushes They Work Well ,

    Ps : To Everyone , The Brushes Work Well But To Install Them Here Are The Steps :
    1)If You Have Photoshop On n Runing Close It ,
    2)Extract The Brushes Form The Rar n Copy The Abr File In Photoshop>Presents>Brushes n Than Run Photoshop ,

    Your All Done , Enjoy ^^

  • jack

    21/10/2011

    perfect

  • dylan

    01/02/2012

    This is a great tutorial. Everything worked just like it was supposed to. Only thing i had problems with was getting the brush strokes to look right. I really like that you included your psd for download in there too. thank you!