Surrealism has been and still is a popular style within traditional art, and has also become popular within the digital community. Digital art is great for creating surreal art. With the help of Photoshop you can totally manipulate elements and create amazing alternate realities.
In this article, we selected 20 simply amazing surreal Photoshop tutorials. These tutorials will teach you the basic techniques and much more, in order to create beautiful, surreal images. Here they are. Which one is the best, in your opinion?
Drama in Venice
This is a Photoshop masking & montage tutorial, that teaches you how to use masks to improve landscape images. You can download the images needed to work along with this tutorial.
Urban City Montage
In this tutorial, you’ll learn the steps the designer took to design this cool-looking, urban city photo-montage in Ph0toshop. You will learn how to combine several stock images together to achieve surreal photo effect.
This is an amazing mysterious hollow image. The designer will show you the step-by-step process on how to create this horror looking image.
Creating a vector composite effect from a photo
This tutorial will demonstrate how to take an image and give the appearance that it is entirely composed of vector shapes.
The Making of Mystic
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In this tutorial Nik Ainley walks us through the process of making a spectacular image. This tutorial focuses on the big picture steps taken to create this image. You’ll learn some incredible techniques in this tutorial, and get a view into how Nik creates beautiful photo-manipulation based images.
Fiery Demon Montage
In this tutorial, you’ll be creating a photo montage of a demon destroying a city using only stock photos and of course Photoshop.
Fantasy Photo Manipulation
The idea behind this work was to create a fantasy world. You will learn how to work with a few images and create a really interesting photo manipulation.
Create scorching Photoshop effects
Fake an image of a burning man in Photoshop with these flaming brilliant techniques presented in this Photoshop tutorial.
Children Accident Montage
In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn the technique for this digital photo manipulation called Color Combustion. You’ll use a few simple techniques and combine many images together to make a wonderful creative collage.
3D Image Montage
Usually photo manipulation utilizes stock imagery, however, in this tutorial you’ll learn to create your own background stock in 3D! That is the main topic of this tutorial.
Surreal Photo Manipulation
This Photoshop tutorial, will teach you how to use a variety of color, lighting, and cut and paste techniques to create a surreal photo manipulation. Combine your creativity with these Photoshop techniques to create your own photo manipulation artworks.
Eery-Eye Photo Manipulation
In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll be making an interesting art piece, “The Eye, the Key of the Soul.”
Compositing with Adjustment Layers
In this tutorial you’ll create a dark and mysterious scene with a young girl paused in an eerily calm storm.
Surreal Apocalyptic Scene Photoshop
This tutorial is more of a walkthrough on the overall effects and making of the picture. If you have a fair knowledge of Photoshop though, it shouldn’t be too hard to follow.
Crack And Peel
Create awesome crack and peel effects with this easy tutorial. This tutorial was written for Photoshop 7 and therefore, some commands may be slightly different from what Adobe uses in the newer CS versions.
Dark Surreal Montage
In this tutorial you are going to create a dark surreal illustration using a few techniques and a handful of images. In the end, you will apply stylish color settings and give the illustration that extra polish it needs to give it that finished look.
Dramatic Winged Dragon
You’ll be creating a fantasy illustration in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to merge two images into one using layer Masks and reshape a picture using the Liquify Filter. You’ll take an image of a baby iguana and another of a bat, then combine the two to create a fantasy dragon.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an sort of video-game style image with dragons, fire, smoke, robots etc.
Create a Devastating Twister
This tutorial shows you how to combine a few photos and create a devastating tornado manipulation.