Deke's Techniques 568: Creating a Doctor Strange-Like Mirror World in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, our own strange magician, known as Deke, recreates an effect from the visually stunning Doctor Strange movie.

You can imagine what it's like going to the movies with Deke and having him mentally note all the things he wants to try when he gets back to Photoshop. In this case, it's the twisted mirror world effect of the cityscapes in the film.

Imagery from Doctor Strange

Using smart objects and vector masks, Deke is able to turn this photo of the Hong Kong skyline (courtesy of Dreamstime):

Hong Kong skyline via

Into this bent and refracted world:

Mirror world

If you're a member of and you follow Deke's in exploiting Photoshop's smart objects, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he demonstrates how to swap out your Hong Kong for, say Shanghai...

Impossible higways

or Chicago...

Chicago mirror world

or whichever mirror world you want to create. With your mind (and Photoshop).

If you're not a member, you can get a 10-day trial at with which you can watch this exclusive movie, the entire collection of Deke's Techniques, or anything your visually creative mind can find in the library. 

Deke's Techniques, twisting your world around each week!



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