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Create a beautiful painting of an aquarium in Photoshop. This detailed tutorial is the second part of the Seascape Painting series. Part II will teach you how to draw the fishes and add a finishing touch to the image.
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Seascape Painting Part II: Creating the Fish and Finishing the Picture Photoshop Tutorial
- Program: Photoshop 7
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Estimated Completion Time: 40 minutes
*This tutorial was meant to be completed using a pen tablet. If you are using a mouse, the brush sizes will be irrelevant. However, a good estimate for brush sizes when using a mouse is about 1/3 the size of the brush I am using.
Make a new layer above layer “coral 3”.
Use color #23001A to make a football shape (using a 70 pixel opaque brush).
Make a connected crescent moon shape attached to the back of the football shape.
Outline the fish in color #150600 using a 15 pixel brush.
Use the burn tool (shadow mode, 15% exposure, 133 pixel brush) to add shadows to the figure, mostly along the bottom.
Set the burn tool to midtones mode (exposure 64%) and add a shadow area to the top of the fish and along its tail.
Use the dodge tool (118 pixel soft edged brush, 20% exposure, midtones mode) to highlight the fish’s body.
Go to Image à Adjustments à Levels and change the levels.
Input Levels: 0, 1.78, 118
Output Levels: 0, 255
Make a new layer above the “fish” layer and title it “scales”.
Go to Edit à Fill and set it to 50% Gray.
Now make a new layer above this layer, you can leave it untitled because it will eventually be merged onto the “scales” layer.
Using color #150600 make three little backwards “C” shapes.
Copy and paste this layer until you have a little bar of the C shapes.
Now merge the layers down until they are all on one layer (right above layer “scales”).
Copy and paste this layer into two long rows.
Merge the layers down onto the “scales” layer.
Change the layer mode to “soft light”. This will make semi-transparent scales.
Move the scales so that they cover the entire fish shape.
Erase all the scales that fall outside the shape.
Make a new layer below the “fish” layer titled “fins”.
Block In the top fin with color #EB00D8.
Use the burn tool (highlights mode, 34% exposure) to add shadows to the fin.
Use the dodge tool (highlights, 10% exposure) to highlight the top fin.
Using the eraser tool (73 pixel soft edged brush, 12% opacity) make the fin slightly transparent.
Use the same steps to create two smaller fins on the bottom of the fish.
Outline all of the fins in color #3A003S
Take the same color (set to 35% opacity) and add vertical lines to the fins.
Now make a new layer above the “fish” layer.
Temporarily turn of pen pressure and make a black (color #000000) circle where the eye should be (62 pixels).
Also, erase an eye-sized hole in the scales layer where the eye is located. This will keep the eye from having scales on it later on.
Now using a 15 pixel brush, outline the eye with white (color #FFFFFF).
Erase the top half of the eye.
Use the elliptical marquis tool to select the eye area (including the top half we erased.)
Now, going to the “fish” layer, use the burn tool to add shadows to the eyelid, and the dodge tool to add highlights.
Burn Tool: 42 pixels, highlights mode, 34% exposure
Dodge Tool: shadow mode, 69 pixels, 24% exposure
Make a new layer above the “scales” layer and title it “fin”. On this layer we will make the dorsal fin.
Block in the fin with color #610089. The fin is a sort of elongated triangle.
Use the burn tool and dodge tool (dodge tool set to highlights) to add shadows and highlights to the fin.
Take color #2B003D and outline the outer three sides of the fin.
Make semi-transparent horizontal lines on the fin using the same color and a 55% opaque brush.
Now go back to the “scales” layer and erase the scales off the tail.
Use the same technique for the other fins to finish the tail (steps 24, 37-38).
The last step for the fish is to add a highlight to the eye using the dodge tool on shadow mode.
If you wish to create more fish, follow the same steps but vary the color and shape of the body and fins. Even making small changes like those will give you all kinds of beautiful fish!
(I created a single gold fish and copied and pasted it is several different places. I also made a few larger and on different planes (i.e. layers), and they did a great job of tying the image together.)
Make a new layer at the top of th scene and title it “bubble”.
The first thing you want to do is turn off shape dynamics, and then create a pure white circle on the “bubble” layer.
Then erase one side and the center of the bubble with a soft round eraser set to 33% opacity.
The last step is to copy and paste the bubble all over the image. By varying the size and rotating the bubble (Ctrl + c), you can make it look like there are all kinds of bubbles in your seascape.
(It is very important that every so often during this process you merge the layers back down to the “bubble” layer, otherwise you will end up with thirty to forty new layers.)