Create an Epic Pirate Sea Battle in Photoshop

Create an Epic Pirate Sea Battle in Photoshop

Create an Epic Pirate Sea Battle in Photoshop
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Create a couple of new layer and change their blending modes to Overlay. On one of them use a soft brush to paint with white over the scary fish is and on another use the same brush to paint with a subtle black over the bottom of the scene.

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Step 50

Create a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and drag the saturation slider to -39. Fill the layer mask with black and paint with white over the bottom of the scene to make the underwater look more natural (as you go deeper there is less light and color).

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Step 51

Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. Select the round soft brush and increase the size to 700-800px. Set the opacity to 5-10% and paint with black on the margins of the scene and white on the middle. By doing this we will subtly change the focus towards the center of the scene where all the action happens.

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Step 52

Create a Curves Adjustment Layer and drag the curve down to darken in order to darken the scene a little bit.

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Step 53

The surface of the water is a little too bright for my taste. Let’s change that by adding a Curves Adjustment Layer, dragging the curve down and filling the layer mask with black. Now paint with white over the waves to reveal the darkening effect there.

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Step 54

Create a Vibrance Adjustment Layer and lower the vibrance slider to -31.

By the way, all the adjustment layers are located in Layer > New Adjustment Layer > ….

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Step 55

Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and increase the contrast to 39.

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Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to create a layer from all the visible layers. Apply a 10px Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and change the blending mode of the layer to Soft light. Add a layer mask and paint the portion above water with black to reveal the effect only underwater.

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Press Ctrl + Shift Alt + E again but this time apply a sharpen effect by going to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.

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Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and increase the saturation to 74. Fill the layer mask with black and paint with white over the bloody splash coming out of the beast mouth and a little bit over the boat and the pirate girl to boost their colors a little. You can also paint over the creature head to make it blue and intense.

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12 comments on “Create an Epic Pirate Sea Battle in Photoshop”

  1. wow nice work but the thing is that am new to this how can i get your article. i serious need to learn this, hope to hear from

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