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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 Drawing

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.

Step 1

Open a new project (16 x 20 inches, 300 pdi).


Step 2

Use color #0095A2 and the paint bucket tool to fill in the background layer with a teal blue.


Step 3

Make a new layer titled “ocean floor” above the background.


Step 4

Block in the ocean foreground with color #A87300 (261 pixels, opaque, hard edged round brush).


Step 5

Indicate the major shadows with color #926400 and the same brush.


Step 6

Highlight the floor with color #AF7800.


Step 7

Make a new layer “coral” above the other layers.