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How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

 

I’ll show you how to make a beautiful underwater surreal scene; A fisherman with the ‘fish’ submarine. Learn how to combine different stocks together step by step by using adjustment layers, masking, brush tool, and learn how to make light and shadow too. This Photoshop tutorial will improve you the photo manipulation techniques.

What you’ll be creating

Submarine; this artwork means a lot to me. Inspired by the emotional feeling of someone who always keep their memories and disguise their stories into a mystery. The ‘fish’ submarine represents the deep memories and the fisherman represent someone who always keep it.

Tutorial Resources

Texture 2 kuschelirmel-stock

Step 1

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  1. Preset: Custom
  2. Width: 2480px
  3. Height: 3508px
  4. Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
  5. Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  6. Background Contents: Transparent

Step 1

Step 2

In this step, we will be creating the foreground. Import the stock image “Water” by Pure-Poison89 to the canvas by clicking on File > Place and find it from the directory you’ve saved it into. Using the Place command the image will be automatically as a smart object, and you may transform it as many times as you like without any loss in quality of the image.

Step 2

Step 2a

Step 3

Then create a new “Selective Color” adjustment layer.

Step 3

Select the Blue color, we will change only the blue on this image “Water”.

Step 3a

Then, you will get the more darker on the image “Water” than before.

Step 3b

Step 4

In this step, we will be creating the background behind the sea. To start, let’s open the images package “Sky 2” by resurgere. And choose the “sky9_9504.jpg” from the package. After you open the image, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M).

Step 4

Step 4a

Step 5

After the selection area has been created, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected area or just simply copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it to our work canvas. Put the sky above all the layers that we’ve created. Then, positioning the image with transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) like the image below.

Step 5

Step 5a

Step 6

Next, we will make a new adjustment layer “Selective Color”.

Step 6

After that, we only adjust the color Cyan and Blue to the “Sky” Image.

Step 6a

Then, you will get a little bit green on the “Sky” image (like the image below).

Step 6b

Step 7

In this step, we will be adding a new adjustment layer “Gradient Map”, you can download the beautiful gradients colors here. After you download the gradients color, you will see a lot of options on the Gradient Editor and choose the “Vintage” color.

Step 7

Next, activate the “Gradient Map” layer only to the “Sky” image and set the opacity on 58%.

Step 7a

Then, you will get the background more blend with the color of the “Sea” image. The result should be similar to this:

Step 7b

Step 8

Next, we will add some color in the sky. Open the file “Sky 1” by CindysArt-Stock.

Step 8

After you paste the image into your work canvas, transform the image like the image below.

Step 8a

Step 8b

Step 9

After you transform the position of the image, we will make an effect for it.

Step 9

And you will get the result like this:

Step 9a

Step 10

In this step, we will do some masking to the “Sky” image.

Step 10

Then , activate the “Brush tool” (B) and set the following:

  • Brush size: Soft round 700 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Note: the brush technique is like painting, use your feeling for doing this action. The brush movement is affect with the result.

Step 10a

The result should be similar to this:

Step 10a

Step 11

Next, we will be adding the fish. Open the stock image “Fish” by Malleni-Stock. Then, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) or Pen Tool (P).

Step 11

Note: If you use the polygonal lasso tool, you can undo the action by simply click Backspace/Delete. If you use the pen tool, you can undo the action by simply click Alt/Opt + Ctrl/Cmd + Z.

Step 11a

We will make a selection like the image below.

Step 11b

After you done with the selection of the “Fish” image, copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas. Transform it like the image below.

Step 11c

Step 12

In this step, we will adjust the “Fish” image. First, activate the layer mask of the layer on the “Fish” image. Then, activate the “Brush tool” (B) and set the following:

  • Brush size: Soft round 300 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 22-25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Step 12

Note: brush the outer line from the fish body, make a little look dissapear. The result should be similar to this:

Step 12a

Step 13

Next, we will make a shadow from the fish. Duplicate the layer of the “Fish” image.

Step 13

Step 13a

Then, activate the transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and we will make a new shape.

Step 13b

You will get the shape like this:

Step 13c

Then, move and position the shape like the image below.

Step 13d

Step 14

After you get the new shape. Create a new adjustment layer “Solid Color”.

Step 14

Step 14a

Then, set the opacity 30% on the “Shadow” layer. The result should be like this:

Step 14b

Next, we will mask the shadow and activate the “Brush tool” (B) and set the following:

  • Brush size: Soft round 500 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Step 14c

The result should be like this:

Step 15

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Best Marketplaces for Premium Photoshop Actions

 

Sometimes you need to create an effect in Photoshop but you rather buy something that will do it for you. There are a lot of Photoshop actions out there but where do you start? Here are the top websites for premium Photoshop actions.

1. Creative Market

Creative Market is one of the newer marketplaces that have exploded. The selection is great and they have some of the best actions from the top creators such as RetroSupply Co, Seasalt & Co, FilterGrade, and SparkleStock. It’s my favorite website for premium Photoshop actions because of the quality control. They also frequently feature amazing free goods every week – and believe us when we say it’s amazing. It’s literally six full-version products for free (a good chance one of them will be Photoshop actions).

Creative Market

 

2. Graphic River

Next on the list is Graphic River. Graphic River has by far the most premium Photoshop actions on the Internet. However, quantity does not translate to quality. Graphic River used to be my main source for add-ons but nowadays, the marketplace is clogged with one-trick ponies and clones. If you’re looking for a particular action, you’ll fifty. And your time will be spent wading through the clones to find the best one. Also, many of the newer and better Photoshop actions are not sold on Graphic River due to their low price point.

But with most products priced at $2 to $4, does it matter?

graphic-river-screenshot

3. Adobe Add-ons

If you like to install everything through Adobe Extension Manager (which we don’t), then Adobe Add-ons is great for you. Instead of receiving ATN files that you can simply doubleclick to load into Photoshop, you need to install the actions through Adobe Extension Manager. There are some benefits to that though, such as having a single place to install/uninstall your add-ons and being able to load the actions any time from Photoshop’s Actions panel menu.

Selection-wise, it’s okay. There’s about half the products compared to Creative Market and a big reason for this is because it’s too convoluted for sellers to add their products. Adobe Add-ons is still growing and improvements need to be made to attract more sellers.

adobe-add-ons-screenshot

 

4. Etsy

Etsy is also another great website for Photoshop actions. You’re probably wondering now, why bother with Etsy when you can use the above three websites? Well Etsy has some products catered to photographers that you won’t find on other websites – and some of them are quite nice.

etsy-screenshot

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Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

To create an aquatic giant tortoise, you need to manipulate trees, stones, waterfalls and textures to make an island on it. This tutorial will demonstrate how to combine different stock images to create this cohesive and unified scene of an aquatic giant tortoise with lighting effects and the beautiful color of the entire scene.

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