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Page Peel effect in Photoshop, Surreal Composite, peel back the night

Surreal composite, page peel in Photoshop as well as day to night and combining layers

This Photoshop tutorial has it all; How to make a page peel, how to turn day into night, blending layers, how to cut out a person and add highlights and a whole lot more. Sometimes, a project like this is a great way to combine different techniques and learn how they all fit together. The hardest part for me, is coming up with ideas. If you guys have any ideas for composites, please drop them in the comments.

Here is the video that shows the tutorial

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How to make”peel back the night”

There are a few steps in this tutorial. It’s all covered in detail in the video. I’ll give you timecode here, so that you can use this as an easy reference to come back to in the future, and jump to where you need.  if you need to remember how it all goes 🙂

1:00. Open the images

1:40  Cut out the man and flip the image, so that he is facing the right

3:50  combine the photos so that the man is in the background.

5:03 Drop in the night sky

8:18 Blend the sky into the ground

8:25 Use a LUT adjustment layer to turn day into night

9:59 Use a mask to paint away the night in certain areas, to make it look like there is light shining on the man

12:31 Make the Page peel effect on the sky.

17:00 Cleaning up. Masking out his hands and some final color correction.

All of this is covered in the video!


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11 responses to “Page Peel effect in Photoshop, Surreal Composite, peel back the night”

  1. Another great and cool tutorial, Colin.
    Thanks once again for your work. I’m always learning something new from you. 😀
    Hey, Colin how did you get involved into graphic design and all this work you do? Where and when did you get started? How do you come out with all these great ideas? I think it would be great to know more about you and I’m sure it would be of great inspiration to many, I’m sure.
    You should seriously contemplate writing your “memoirs”.

  2. Love this tutorial because it has enhanced my understanding of blending modes and ways to use the program. Thanks.

  3. I like the idea of the “pull back’ effect, but I like the “real” look better than the “sur-real” look. You do some amazing things with real photos, so do you ever do real photo manipulation images. That is what I really like. I am sure you can do it. Can you do some photo manipulation videos? I know I would learn a few tricks from you. I always do.

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