This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to complete an underwater landscape painting step by step. This is part one of a two part series. Seascape Painting Part II will show you how to draw the fishes and apply finishing touches to the painting.
Preview of Final Results
Seascape Part I: The Landscape Photoshop Tutorial
- Program: Photoshop 7
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes
*This tutorial was meant to be completed using a pen tablet. If you are using a mouse, the brush sizes will be irrelevant. However, a good estimate for brush sizes when using a mouse is about 1/3 the size of the brush I am using.
Open a new project (16 x 20 inches, 300 pdi).
Use color #0095A2 and the paint bucket tool to fill in the background layer with a teal blue.
Make a new layer titled “ocean floor” above the background.
Block in the ocean foreground with color #A87300 (261 pixels, opaque, hard edged round brush).
Indicate the major shadows with color #926400 and the same brush.
Highlight the floor with color #AF7800.
Make a new layer “coral” above the other layers.