Create a surreal-feeling composition by combining imagery inspired by the 1940s with an Egyptian landscape – in fact, a scene that’s straight out of Indiana Jones. To do this, you’ll use overlay effects, filters and exposure to create a hot, starched feel, and will place shapes to produce abstract designs.


In addition, you’ll learn how to use brushes to replicate clouds, dust and grime, how to add foreground blur to objects to give the impression of depth, and will also see how the Warp tool can manipulate shapes.

Our tutorial will show you how to enhance detail with curves, and how to match different tones with hue and saturation. You’ll also be working with the Pen tool to mask and edit stock images and learn a great trick to mask hair.

All these techniques are invaluable and can be used to create a huge range of effects. Most of the images and brushes used in this tutorial can be downloaded free from stock.xchng and gbrushes.com.


Step 1
First you’ll need to install the custom brushes you’ll be using. Download and install the free brush sets available from tinyurl.com/dirtbrushes, tinyurl.com/grungebrushes and tinyurl.com/cloudbrush.

Open Photoshop and create a new document in 300dpi, measuring 25-x-39cm. Name it Mask.psd and save. Select the Paint Bucket tool (G) and fill the background layer with #fbebe0 or a similar pale pink skin tone.