Create an Aquarium Inside a Light Bulb with Photoshop
Learn how to combine stock photos to create a saltwater aquarium inside a light bulb. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to combine and warp images and apply easy color correction.
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- LightBulb – LightBulb
- Water Texture – Water Texture 1
- Water Background – Water Texture 2
- Desert – Sand Texture 1
- Sand – Sand Texture 2
- Nemo – Fish 1
- Little Nemo – Fish 2
- Castle – Sand Castle
- Shell – Shell
- Beach – Starfish
Step 1 – Modified the lightbulb.
Open the photo with lightbulb.Make a copy of the Background layer, press Shift + T and then Flip Horizontal. Go to: Image > Adjustaments > Brightness/Contrast and set the Brightness at +25.
Step 2 – Clear the lightbulb.
Pick the Brush tool (B) and with this color #f1f1f1 put the color in the area shown in the picture .
Step 3 – Create the water inside the lightbulb
Open water texture 1 and paste in the document .Go to Edit > Transform or press Ctrl+T for transform the water texture (Flip vertical and make smaller) and position the water texture to the position as seen in the image below.
Hide the layer with water texture 1 and make a path with Pen Tools (P) like in the photo .Right-click and select Make selection and set Father selection to 0,5px .
Go to Select > Inverse or press Shift+Ctrl+I to inverse the selection and hit Delete button.Set Blending Mode to Color Burn and opacity at 41%
Step 4 – Adding second water texture.
Let’s adding the second water texture so open the water texture 2 and move in the our document . Go to Edit > Transform or press Ctrl+T and transform texture like me .
Press Ctrl+Click on the thumbnail of the previous layer and go to Select > Inverse or press Shift+Ctrl+I to inverse the selection and hit the Delete button . Change Blending Mode on Multiply an Opacity 45%
Make a new eliptical selection with Eliptiqual Marquee Tool on the layer with water texture 2 like in the photo and press Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste and move this up like in the photo .
Step 6 – Adding the sand
Open the sand texture 2 picture and press Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C . Open the document with light bulb and press Ctrl+V to paste the texture. Go to Edit > Free Transform or press Ctrl+T to transform the texture and make it small like in the photo.
Press Ctrl+Click on the thumbnail of the “aqua background” layer and press Shift+Ctrl+I or go to Select > Inverse to inverse the selection and then go to Edit > Clear