Create an Underwater Scene of a Giant Goldfish in Photoshop

Create an Underwater Scene of a Giant Goldfish in Photoshop
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Step 34

As a final step to color correct the fish let’s add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and decrease the saturation a bit.
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Step 35

Obviously we will take advantage of the layer masking and so we will apply the desired effect selectively. Fill the layer mask of the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer with black and using a white round soft brush tool at 50% Opacity paint the bottom part of the layer to make this effect visible just in the lower part of the scene.
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Step 36

Let’s add some aquatic plants to increase the scene’s variety. From the aquatic plants pack select a plant you like then copy and paste it into our scene. Resize the plant and place it on the bottom of the sea. Change the layer blend mode to Multiply.
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Step 37

Duplicate the plant layer and Ctrl-click on it to make a selection. Fill this selection with black (with black as foreground color press Alt + Backspace) and use Free Transform to resize and position the shadow to the left of the plant. Change the blend mode to Multiply and lower the Opacity to 79%.
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Step 38

Add a layer mask to the shadow layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) and using a black round soft brush at 80% Opacity mask away the outer edges of the shadow.
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Step 39

Group the plant and the shadow layer (Ctrl-click on both layers and press Ctrl + G). Duplicate this group a couple of times (Layer > Duplicate Group) and place the newly created plants and shadows like shown below. Lower the opacity of the plants that seem further away.
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Step 40

Because the lower part of our scene seems empty let’s add some corals. Open the file “Corals” and select a coral you like. Copy then paste into our scene. Resize the coral as in the image below than change the blend mode to Multiply. Use the Eraser tool or paint with black in the layer mask to soften the hard edges.
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Step 41

Repeat the step above but this time select another coral for variety.
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Step 42

Open file “Diver” and using the Ctrl-click an the background layer to load a selection of the diver. Copy and paste into our document. Use Free Transform (Ctrl + T) to make the diver small and place him in front of the fish. Change the layer blend mode to Overlay. With every small element added the scene look better.
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Step 43

Repeat the process from steps 28-29 to create a shadow underneath the diver.
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Step 44

Use Winrar or 7zip to unpack the “Island Pack” somewhere on your hard drive. Open the file “SNV32362.JPG”. Make a selection of the island and the sea using the Quick Selection Tool and press Ctrl + J to make a new layer from selection. As you can see the Quick Selection tool did a pretty good job so in the next step we will place the island in our scene.
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Step 45

Copy and paste the Island selection into our scene then use Free Transform to position it like shown in the image below. Add a layer mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) and with black as foreground color ­create some jagged edges in the upper left part of the mountain using the standard Chalk brush tool or another hard edged brush.
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Step 46

Open file “Water Caustics” and using the Rectangular Marquee Tool make a selection like shown below.
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Step 47

Copy and paste the selection into our document. Use the Free Transform to resize and position the selection like shown below. Apply a 5px Gaussian Blur to this layer to make it blend seamlessly with our scene.

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25 comments on “Create an Underwater Scene of a Giant Goldfish in Photoshop”

  1. Either I'm blind and don't see what happened to the "ripples" layers after Step 25 or there are steps missing. There's no way they go from the jagged-edged difference render to smooth realistic ripples by just blending the edge in with a brush. Clearly there is more manipulation needed to make that layer looks like it does in Step 26.

  2. What's the point of having the already-completed project available for download? I can't access DeviantArt and would love it if the zip file just contained the images and brushes so that I can actually DO the project. Thanks

  3. TRYING to learn the basics, here bro.

    The eye was not hidden. I know to check that much.

    An explanation WHY something works is how a lot of people learn, not just me. I wasn't complaining or blaming, just wishing there was more to it.

  4. I wish you could say WHY certain things are done (so I can understand when I might need to use them in the future) and so I can understand what the outcome is supposed to look like.

    For instance... I don't understand why we need a layer mask in Step 18 and why we are painting in white over the top of it...

    Since it doesn't seem to want to let me do it as stated (I get an error, "Could not use the brush tool because the target layer is hidden"), I have no idea what the outcome is supposed to be and can't figure out how to get to the next step without just skipping Step 18.

    1. your fault for not knowing the basics. Dont blame the tutorial bro. You can't paint because your layer is hidden. Click on the EYE icon. Layer mask is like a mask to show\hide what is visible on the layer.

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