Now let’s create the fishing line. Use a 1px black brush to draw the vertical line a new layer. In order to restrict the brush movement on a perfectly vertical line hold the Shift key while dragging. Lower the opacity of the layer to 50%.
Open the image “Fish2”. Make a selection of the fish with the Pen Tool and paste it in our scene. Place the fish on the end of the fishing line and lower the opacity to 41%.
Most of the elements of our scene are in place so now it’s time to start adding special effects and make the scene look graphically pleasant.
Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer with the settings indicated below and fill the layer mask with black. With a white round soft brush at 50% Opacity paint over the squid to reveal the effect.
Now let’s add some volume to the squid and the shark. Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. With the standard soft brush at 20% Opacity paint with white over the shark and the tentacles of the squid. Also, add a bit of volume to the moon.
Create a new layer and with a black soft brush paint some darkness on the bottom of our scene.
Let’s boost the sky color a little. Create a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and increase the saturation to 35. Use the layer mask to reveal the effect only on the sky.
The water surface seems a bit dull so let’s increase its brightness. Create a Curves Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below. Fill the layer mask with black and paint with white over the water surface in the layer mask to reveal the brightness.
Now let’s do the same thing for the underwater. Create a new Curves Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below and use the layer mask to limit the effect only for the underwater portion of our scene.
The sky color is a little too common. Let’s make it look a bit more interesting. Create a new layer and fill it with a bright magenta color (#c656e3). Change the blending mode to soft light and use a gradient in the layer mask to reveal the effect only for the sky.
Let’s darken the scene to make look more mysterious. Create a Curves Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below. Paint with black in the layer mask over the island and the squid’s head.
Create a new layer with the blending mode Overlay. Paint with a soft white brush at 20% opacity over the darker waves to boost their contrast.
We need more attention for the action happening on the water so let’s darken the sky. Create a new Curves Adjustment Layer and drag the curve down to darken. Fill the layer mask with black and paint over the sky with white to reveal the curves effect.
Let’s make the shark and the squid more bright. Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With a white soft brush at 20% Opacity paint over the squid and the shark.
Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Paint with white a loose border around the shark and the squid.
Import the Cloud brush. Create a new layer (or more layers) and paint some white clouds over the moon and over the island.