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Part: V Ambitious Image Editing > Surrealistic Photoshop

Chapter 17. Surrealistic Photoshop

In this chapter, you'll learn

  • How to composite photographs to create surrealistic images in Photoshop

  • How to remove image areas with a layer mask

  • How to refine layer masks

  • How to insert a layer into a Layer Set

  • How to use Adjustment Layers

  • How to flip and transform a layer

  • How to employ quick methods to create layer masks

  • How to replace masked-out image areas

  • How to touch up the final image

  • How to create and use Layer comps

The word surreal is used to describe something as having a dream-like quality. Since we all dream, we all have a personal connection to those illogical and strange images that are surrealistic. There is something eye-catching and intriguing about a surrealistic image. Hang an image of a train charging out of a fireplace among paintings of landscapes and portraits, and the surrealistic image will draw more interest and curiosity from the viewers. Surreal images prick our sense of logic as we stop to study them. Logic is safe and makes us comfortable because it is understandable and familiar. The surreal is illogical and gives us little to guide us through our normal daily lives. One of the most famous surrealistic painters, Salvador Dali, once said, “The only difference between myself and a madman is that I am not mad!”


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