30 Breathtaking Surreal Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop tutorials are definitely one of the best ways to learn and master this tool. There are lots of high quality and variety tutorials on the web available for free so you can learn something new by yourself not going out from home. Today I’d like to focus on some of the best surreal Photoshop tutorials out there.

Most of the covered techniques are blending options, color variations, composition, contrast and much more. These tutorials will be useful for beginners as well as advanced Photoshop users.

Photoshop Tutorial: Advanced collage tricks

Photoshop Tutorial: Advanced collage tricks

In this tutorial, Mike Harrison shows you how, by blending a number of photos together. The specific techniques you’ll learn will be how to specify a light source and apply realistic lighting and shadows to the objects, and how to use subtle effects like colour treatment, texture and adjustment layers to give a certain mood to the final image.

Creating a Touching Story Scene in Photoshop

Creating a Touching Story Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you are going to create a story scene using photo manipulation and a lot of color adjustments.

Create a Surreal Apocalypse Photomanipulation Photoshop Tutorial

Create a Surreal Apocalypse Photomanipulation Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a surreal photomanipulation, and then add a touch of apocalyptic destruction to it. You’ll see how to balance colors, integrate stock images, and also how to create realistic looking smoke trails.

Create an Unbelievable Surreal Abstract Artwork with Photoshop

Create an Unbelievable Surreal Abstract Artwork with Photoshop

In this Surreal Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see how to create an incredible surreal abstract artwork with stylistic influences from traditional artistic masters combined with modern, digital and 3D techniques.

Design a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop

Design a Surreal Desert Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will see how to create a surreal time-themed photomanipulation using Photoshop. The name of this photomanipulation is "Time Guardian" and it was originally created by Mariusz Karasiewicz (aka FISHBOT1337).

Create an Amazing Abstract Heart Surreal Photoshop Tutorial

Create an Amazing Abstract Heart Surreal Photoshop Tutorial

In this surreal Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn the entire workflow from start to finish of creating an incredible surreal abstract artwork. Starting with just a single photograph, you’ll learn how to apply adjustments to bring it into an easily workable color scheme, as well as then using the pen tool to create amazing surreal shapes.

Create a Surreal Arctic Scene in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Arctic Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will make a winter fantasy scene. Tutorial aim is a dreamy, soft atmosphere and a balanced composition.

Fantastic Tree

Fantastic Tree

By doing this tutorial you will learn to create creepy atmosphere and horrible scene using various stock photos.

How to Create a Fantasy Banana Ship in Photoshop

How to Create a Fantasy Banana Ship in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn to create a fantasy flying ship from a photo of a banana.

How to Create a Flying Land Illustration On Fire

How to Create a Flying Land Illustration On Fire

This tutorial is about creating a fantasy illustration using some dragon images and a few cliffs for creating the land. You’ll also learn to add lava and fiery effects.

Create a Out of Bounds Surreal Photo manipulation in Photoshop

Create a Out of Bounds Surreal Photo manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will find the steps on creating an awesome out of bounds photo manipulation.

Create a Vibrant Conceptual Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a Vibrant Conceptual Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn to create a unique digital art piece that easily can be used for high-quality printing purposes. There is water, balloons, fish, vegetation, a gloomy passage and a fashion nerd — this can not be nothing but awesome together!

Create an Incredible Avatar Inspired Matte Painting of Pandora

Create an Incredible Avatar Inspired Matte Painting of Pandora

In this tutorial, Stas Lobachev will walk you through his creation of “Pandora Afterdark”, a digital matte painting that received a Golden Award and 2nd place in a pre-release competition hosted by CGTalk.ru. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to develop a concept sketch, work with lighting and color, use references and develop a meaningful artwork with a strong composition and clear message.

Make a Surreal 3D Outdoor Room Scene in Photoshop

Make a Surreal 3D Outdoor Room Scene in Photoshop

In this photo manipulation tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic composition of a painter using a room as his canvas. It looks like the room is outdoors in a vibrant field.

Skating in clouds. Magic scene.

Skating in clouds. Magic scene.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a surrealistic scene with dreamy clouds and people from the past.

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Surreal Turtle Image

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Surreal Turtle Image

This tutorial shows how to adjust lighting and colours in my images to create this surrealistic turtle. Hopefully, you’ll be able to transfer these methods to your own work.

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky

The easy way to create beautiful photo manipulation with green landscape, dramatic sky, rainbow and castle in the white clouds.

Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop

Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop

In this tutorial you are going to create a photo manipulation inspired by Valhalla, one of Mariusz Karasiewicz`s works.

Create a living museum in Photoshop

Create a living museum in Photoshop

This won’t be so much of an exact and precise, step-by-step tutorial. Author will explain the basic steps and techniques used.

How to make a surreal, dark fantasy image using photoshop

How to make a surreal, dark fantasy image using photoshop

This tutorial will go through the steps of creating a surreal fantasy image, using a variety of techniques.

Create a Lost Fantasy Micro World with Powerful Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop

Create a Lost Fantasy Micro World with Powerful Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop

By doing this tutorial you will learn how to build up your own micro society using many different pictures and some cool photo manipulation techniques.

Design a Dark Surreal Urban Scene with Space Brush in Photoshop

Design a Dark Surreal Urban Scene with Space Brush in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will see you the steps to design a dark surreal urban scene with space brush in Photoshop. This is an intermediate tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try.

The creation of The Choice, a dramatic and fantasy photo-manipulation

The creation of The Choice, a dramatic and fantasy photo-manipulation

This tutorial explains professional photo-manipulation techniques to create a surreal and dramatic scene in Photoshop. You will start building up a vivid background, then you will focus the work on the characters and the meaning of the composition.

Design a conceptual symmetrical composition in Photoshop

Design a conceptual symmetrical composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial the talented graphic designer Edmar Cisneros will explain an easy way to realize a marvelous conceptual composition in Photoshop, using skulls, flowers and barbed wire. You’ll learn some useful techniques to make your works symmetrical and work on small details, with a color balanced and unique end result.

Create a fantasy-horror scene in Photoshop

Create a fantasy-horror scene in Photoshop

Following this tutorial you will see how to create a fantasy horror scene in Photoshop. You will learn how to use some of grunge textures to realize the background scene, several Photoshop filters to create light effects and turn the picture of an innocent child into a diabolic character.

How to create a fantasy photomanipulation in Photoshop

How to create a fantasy photomanipulation in Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to combine some stock images in Photoshop to create a fantasy photomanipulation. You will play in particular with colors, mask and adjustment layers.

Create a Surreal Ancient Egypt Scene in Photoshop

Create a Surreal Ancient Egypt Scene in Photoshop

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, you will be making a design that has an ancient feel to it. You will learn to use various stock photos and blend them together to create one cohesive scene. You will learn how to apply textures, create a gold text effect, add interesting design elements like golden globes and palm trees, use adjustment layers to manipulate colors, and a few more additional tricks along the way.

How to Create a Dark and Mysterious TV-Head Scene

How to Create a Dark and Mysterious TV-Head Scene

In this tutorial you will see how to make a dark and mysterious scene with the subject having a TV for a head. You will see how to seamlessly replace a person’s head with another object—in this case, a television—and how to create a stormy sky using brush strokes.

Surreal Train Cabin Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

Surreal Train Cabin Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial you will find out how to to create a simple but effective photo manipulation that blends different images together to create a bold and surreal scene. This tutorial covers how to add realistic blood and shadows, easy-to-use techniques to blend images together, and applying image adjustments automatically using a Photoshop action.

Create a Fantasy “Night & Day” Composition in Photoshop

Create a Fantasy “Night & Day” Composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will see how to put together some images and how to make use of some Photoshop brushes to design a fantastic fantasy photomanipulation in Photoshop. You will learn to create a scene with a girl floating in front of a building and some vines that connect the girl to the gargoyles of the building.

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