Create an Underwater Scene of a Mermaid

Create an Underwater Scene of a Mermaid

Create an Underwater Scene of a Mermaid

Step 10

Transform it as is shown. Put your ray to the top of the image. Just press ctrl + T and play with arrows :).


Step 11

Repeat it (step 9-10). Create more light rays. I've created five rays. Avoid using the same color. Then, change blending mode of created layers to screen.


Step 12

Time to small sparkles. Load "Sparkles Brush" - from tool menu choose brush tool. Go to menu with choosing brush. Click on small arrow on the top. Choose Load Brushes.... Your loaded brushes should be on the bottom of your brush menu.


Step 13

Add new layer. Use "Sparkles brush" and draw some on the center of the picture. I used light-green color. Don't go overboard with the amount of sparkles. It may looks unsightly.


Because sparkles are too light, change opacity and blending mode of this layer - Linear Dodge (Add), 18%.


Step 14

Add new layer. You'll make bigger sparkles. Change size of sparkles brush to bigger. Draw some strokes from bottom to center. And from top to left side.


Change blending mode and opacity. Linear dodge (Add), 6%.


Step 15

It's time for model! :) Place stock to your file and mask it. Use hard round brush for edges of stock. Use soft round brush for making linear gradient between bottom of the stock an background.


Step 16

Stock photo is very light. Too light for underwater themes. Add new layer. Click on it with RMB and choose "Create clipping mask". Then, pick soft, round brush, around 60px size. Set #65585a color. Draw on overexposed parts of stock.


Change opacity and blending mode - Multiply, 62%.


Step 17

Time to fix contrast on your stock. From adjustments menu, choose Brightness/Contrast. Set it as is shown. Then, click on it with RMB. Choose "Create clipping mask".


Step 18

Now you should add more realistic colors. At first, add Color Balance adjustment layer and make it a clipping mask.


Step 19

Then, in your color picker set turquoise colors. Add adjustment layer with Gradient Fill. Click on it with RMB and choose "Create clipping mask".


Change blending mode of created layer to Multiply. Decrease opacity to 25%.


Step 20

Next, add adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. Make it a clipping mask! :)

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10 comments on “Create an Underwater Scene of a Mermaid”

  1. Next time I am looking at some downtime with photoshop, I will be trying this tutorial out. Thanks for posting the steps so clearly!

  2. That's totally amazing! I want to try to make one tomorrow. If nothing else, I'm going to learn a ton of new stuff about adjustment layers (haven't been using photoshop for many years, and never knew about them). Thanks a lot for your effort in making this tutorial!

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