In this tutorial we will create an aquatic scene about a fisherman catching a big shark. There will be some blood and some underwater seamless blending.The techniques used here are simple so let’s get started.
What you’ll be creating
You will create an aquatic scene. You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer in order to follow this tutorial.
- Sky – vividlight
- Moon brush – ischarm-stock
- Underwater – winkstock
- Bubbles – fantmayo
- Fish – Angelmoon17
- Light – redheadstock
- Sea – najustock
- Fish Brush – mediaklepto
- Little Shark – wolverine041269
- Big Shark – jumpfer-stock
- Blood Brush – brusheezy
- Boat – jinxmim
- Fisherman – fantasystock
- Splash1 – seductive-stock
- Splash2 – frostbo
- Splash Brush – xresch
Create a new document 900×600 px. Save this file and (optional) name it “Fisherman”. Open the “Sky” photo and make a copy of the whole image by pressing Ctrl + A. Make a copy by pressing Ctrl + C. Go back to the “Fisherman” file and paste the copied file by pressing Ctrl + V. Use Free Transform (you can free transform layers by pressing Ctrl + T) to place the sky as I did in the image below.
Create a clipped curves adjustment layer (there are a lot of tutorial on clipping photoshop layers, it is suffice to say that in order to clip a layer to another you alt click between the two layers in the layer palette). Below are the settings I used in order to change the color of the sky (drag the blue curve up and the red curve down).
Import the moon brushes. Create a new layer and create a new moon as I did. Group the layers together (Ctrl + G)(to keep the file tidy) and name it Sky.
Open the image “Underwater”. Select all, copy and paste into the “Fisherman” scene just as we did in step 1. Resize it as shown in the image below (with free transform Ctrl + T).
Create a layer mask for the underwater layer (Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal All or you can click on the little icon in the layer palette). Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and select the upper half. Make the foreground and background colors default ( shortcut D) and click the layer mask to make sure it is selected. Press Alt + Delete to fill the selection with black.
Create a new layer and fill it with #79a272 color (a green color). Change the blending mode to overlay. Create a layer mask for this layer. Choose the Gradient Tool and while holding Shift drag from the upper portion of the image to the lower in order to create the effect shown below (remember, in the layer mask and not over the color layer).
Import the Bubble brushes. Create a new layer and use the bubble brush as I did in the image below.
Import the Fish brushes. Create a new layer and use one of the fish brushes to create a couple of small black fish in the underwater. Lower the opacity of the fish layer to 50%.
Open the psd file “Fish”. Select a fish with the rectangular marquee tool. Copy and paste the fish into our working document. Convert the newly imported layer to a smart object (right click the layer and choose “Convert To Smart Object”). This will allow us to resize the layer without actual loss of pixel data. Place the fish near the left side of the underwater. Press Ctrl + D to duplicate the fish layer and move it next to the other fish.