In this tutorial, we will Learn How to Create a Dake Photo Manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advance tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, the Eraser tool and several adjustment layers.We will learn how to create light and darkness to make the background look seamless.

Create a Dake Photo Manipulation

Final Image

Step 1

Create a new document of dimension 1900 x 1440 pixel and fill the background with color # ededed. Select pen tool and create the upper shape of hourglass. Make sure to turn shape layer on.

Step 2

Change the ‘Fill’ to 0% just below the ‘Opacity’ option in layer palate. Apply inner glow layer style with color #bdc1c2 and opacity 50%. Name this layer to “outer glass”.

Step 3

Duplicate “outer glass” layer, right click on the layer and choose ‘clear layer style’ to remove all layer styles. Press ctrl + t to transform layer, click on ‘Maintain Aspect ratio’ icon between width & height option and set the height to 98%. Name this layer to “inner glass” and apply inner glow layer style with these settings;

Step 4

Duplicate “inner glass” layer, group all layers and merge the group into a single layer. Name the group to “upper glass”. Now create another shape inside upper glass, make sure to turn shape layer on and apply inner glow layer style of color # 43494a, size 125px and opacity 75%. Name this layer to “glass shadow”.

Step 5

Now we will create some lights and reflections, to do this create a new shape with the help of pen tool. Set its color to white, change its blending mode to soft light & opacity to 40%. Name this layer to “reflection top”.

Step 6

Create two more shapes to create other reflections, set their color to white and rename both layers to “reflection top left” & “reflection top right”.

Step 7

Create lower glass by following steps 1 – 4 and step 6. Create another shape to create reflection on the top of lower glass. Change its color to white and set its blending mode to soft light with opacity to 40%.

Step 8

Now we are going to create middle part of hourglass for this, press P to select pen tool and create a shape with ‘Fill’ 0%. Ctrl + click on the layer to get its selection, select a soft brush of color #d2d2d2 and paint along the left and right edges. Name this layer to “middle”.

Step 9

Now merge “outer glass” layer into “inner glass” layer in both upper and lower glass. Create a layer mask and hide the edges in the centre part. The hourglass will look like this:

Step 10

Now we will create the sand inside the hourglass for this, create a new document of 1000 X 1000 pixels and fill it with color #b0926c. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and add 28% noise to the layer, name this layer to “noise”.

Step 11

Import “noise” layer to our document, select pen too and create a shape for sand in lower glass. Don’t forget to set ‘Fill’ to 100%. Change this shape layer’s color to # b0926 and rename this shape layer to “lower sand”. Select the “noise” layer and keep it just above the “lower sand” layer now press ‘Alt + Ctrl + G’ to create a clip mask. You can also create a clip mask by going to Layer > Create Clip Mask.

Step 12

Now it’s time to add some shadows, to do this select a soft brush of color #a08d76 and brush the highlighted areas to create shadows.

If everything done properly your result will look like this:

Step 13

To create lights, select a soft brush of color # c7b59d & opacity to 60% and paint the highlighted area to create light at that part. Create another layer and paint the upper part of sand, set the blending mode of the layer to screen.

Step 14

Repeat step 11 – 13 to create sand for upper glass, create the upper surface of sand to give it natural look. Create another sand layer in middle part of hourglass in the same way as you created in step 11 – 13.

Step 15

Now to create falling sand, select the “noise” layer and select an area by rectangular marquee tool. Press Ctrl + J to isolate the selection, press Ctrl + T to transform layer and stretch it vertically, again transform layer, right click and select ‘warp’ then transform it to create falling sand. Apply some shadow to match with sand and result will look like this;

Step 16

First off, let’s open Soil stock in Photoshop. We will be using the Soil from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Soil and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Soil and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Soil”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “Soil” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

The result should be similar to this:

Now create a Brightness/contrast adjustment layer which can be found by pressing on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button shown on the layer window:

When the Brightness/contrast box opens, input the following:

Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Soil layer and Brightness/contrast) to make a mask.

Now create new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Soil layer and Hue/Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 17

First off, let’s open Field Background Stock 009 stock in Photoshop. We will be using the hill from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Field Background Stock 009 and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the hill and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “hill”.

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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “hill” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

The result should be similar to this:

Now create new Color Balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (hill layer and Color Balance) to make a mask.

When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

Now create new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (hill layer and Curves) to make a mask.

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

Now create new hue/saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (hill layer and hue/saturation) to make a mask.

When the hue/saturation box opens, input the following:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 18

First off, let’s open Avebury Path stock in Photoshop. We will be using the pth from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Avebury Path and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the path and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “path”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “path” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Now create new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (path layer and Hue/Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 19

Now,let’s open big blue sky stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click big blue sky stock and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “sky”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “sky” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

The result should be similar to this:

Step 20

First off, let’s open Tree stock stock in Photoshop. We will be using the tree from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Tree stock and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the tree and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “tree”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “tree” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Now create new Color Balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and Color Balance) to make a mask.

When the Color Balance box opens, input the following:

Now create new Brightness/contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and Brightness/contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/contrast box opens, input the following:

Now create new Brightness/contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and Brightness/contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/contrast box opens, input the following:

Now create new Brightness/contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and Brightness/contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/contrast box opens, input the following:

Now create new Brightness/contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and Brightness/contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/contrast box opens, input the following:

Now create new curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and curves ) to make a mask.

When the curves box opens, input the following:

Now create new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (tree layer and Hue/Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 21

First off, let’s open Lighthouse stock in Photoshop. We will be using the Lighthouse from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Lighthouse and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the Lighthouse and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “house”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “house” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Step 22

First off, let’s open car stock in Photoshop. We will be using the car from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the car and press p to activate pen tool and then make a selection around the car and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “car”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “car” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

Step 23

Now,let’s activate a new layer and name it “shadow”.Now activate Elliptical marquee tool and make a circle under glass and fill it with #000000 color .

Now Goto > Blur > Gaussian blur

When the Gaussian blur box opens, input the following:

Step 24

First off, let’s open plant 1 stock in Photoshop. We will be using the plant from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Now Make a layer mask and remove the unwanted part of the plant .

The result should be similar to this:

Now we will add shadow to our plant like we did to our glass . Follow the same above steps .

let’s open plant 2 stock in Photoshop. We will be using the plant from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

The result should be similar to this:

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