Seascape Painting Part II: Creating the Fish and Finishing the Picture

Seascape Painting Part II: Creating the Fish and Finishing the Picture
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Now using a 15 pixel brush, outline the eye with white (color #FFFFFF).
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Erase the top half of the eye.
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Use the elliptical marquis tool to select the eye area (including the top half we erased.)
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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
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Make a new layer above the “scales” layer and title it “fin”. On this layer we will make the dorsal fin.
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Block in the fin with color #610089. The fin is a sort of elongated triangle.
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Use the burn tool and dodge tool (dodge tool set to highlights) to add shadows and highlights to the fin.
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Take color #2B003D and outline the outer three sides of the fin.
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Make semi-transparent horizontal lines on the fin using the same color and a 55% opaque brush.
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Now go back to the “scales” layer and erase the scales off the tail.
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Use the same technique for the other fins to finish the tail (steps 24, 37-38).
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The last step for the fish is to add a highlight to the eye using the dodge tool on shadow mode.
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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.)
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Make a new layer at the top of th scene and title it “bubble”.
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The first thing you want to do is turn off shape dynamics, and then create a pure white circle on the “bubble” layer.
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Then erase one side and the center of the bubble with a soft round eraser set to 33% opacity.
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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.)
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Final Results

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