Create a Fantasy Fish Scene above the Sky

Create a Fantasy Fish Scene above the Sky

Create a Fantasy Fish Scene above the Sky
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Add a mask to this layer and use a black brush with the hardness about 30% to blend the bottom of the boat with the clouds, and increase the hardness of the brush to 100% to clear a part of the top left:

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Step 13

To give the boat more light, I used a Layer Style effect. Double click the boat layer, choose Inner Shadow:

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Step 14

I used Curves to darken some parts of the boat where are hidden from the light:

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On this layer mask use a soft black brush to erase the dark effect on the higher part where is illuminated by the light:

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Step 15

I used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to reduce the boat saturation:

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Step 16

I used Color Balance to match the boat color with the scene:

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Step 17

Open the tree image. Use the Lasso Tool (L) to choose the trunk and drag it onto the top left of the boat. Use the Warp Tool (Edit > Transform > Warp) to bend the trunk as shown below:

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Use a layer mask to blend this trunk with the boat:

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Step 18

Take the leaves part and put it above the trunk and tweak it a little with the Warp Tool to fit the angle of the trunk:

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Add a mask to this layer. Use a black brush to remove the unwanted part at the bottom of the leaves:

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Step 19

Make the trunk and leaves layers selected and press Cmd/Ctrl+G to create a group for them. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (default group mode) to Normal 100%. On the top of the layers within this group, use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to alter the color of the tree:

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Step 20

I used Color Balance to add some yellow to the tree:

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Step 21

Make another Hue/Saturation adjustment to reducing the tree saturation:

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Step 22

I used Curves to brighten the tree:

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On this Curves layer mask use a soft black brush to decrease the light on some parts of the tree to make its contrast suitable for the light in the background:

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Step 23

Make a new layer on the top of the group. Use a hard brush with the color #987b47, 4-5 px to paint on the trunk and branches to reduce the contrast of them and make them look more blended with the boat:

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Step 24

Extract the child from the background and place her in the center of the boat, flip her horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) to fit the light direction:

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17 comments on “Create a Fantasy Fish Scene above the Sky”

  1. I think I know, masking already stated to change on evry enterface ie face! Working with layer manupulation can sort your background too.

  2. I l!ke blending, masking, adjsuting colors using CS4 photoshop too, keep us uptodate then,, I like ambigious pictures u know.

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