How to Create a Surreal Underwater Scene with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Surreal Underwater Scene with Adobe Photoshop
Use this brush to paint brushes over the underwater part. Press [ and ] to change the size of this brush while painting to make the effect more realistic.

Step 28

Make a new layer and increase the brush's size. Use this brush to paint some bigger bubbles around the fish. 

Step 29

Convert this layer to a Smart Object and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 7 px:
Add a mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to reduce the bubbles' visibility.

Step 30

Open the window image and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the window only. Place this window onto the middle of the leaves and use Ctrl+T to refine the form of the window a bit.
Add a mask to this layer and change the brushes to the leaves ones. On this layer mask, select one from the brush set (I've chosen Mulberry 1)  and hit F5 to change the settings of this brush.
Use this brush to hide the window edges into the leaves.

Step 31

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to change the color of the window a bit.
Create a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the middle of the window. On this layer mask, paint on the edges to keep its shadow and contrast. 
Make another Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast and shadow for the window's edges. Paint on the middle to reveal the lightness.

Step 32

Open the chimney image and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the chimney only to add to the right of the leaves. Use Ctrl+T to make it thinner.
Add a mask to this layer and use a hard black brush to hide the bottom of the chimney into the leaves.

Step 33

Create a Color Balance adjustment layer and alter the Midtones values:
Add a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the middle of the chimney. On this layer mask, paint on the rest to keep its shadow.

Step 34

Open the smoke image and use the Lasso Tool to select the smoke part to add to the top of the chimney. Change this layer mode to Screen 100% .

Step 35

Make a Levels adjustment layer to remove the hard edges.
Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and change the Cyans and Blues settings to remove completely the blue cast of the smoke's edges.

Step 36

Isolate the birds and add them to the top left of the sky. 
Create a Curves adjustment layer to make some dreamy effect for the birds, making them integrated better with the sky.

Step 37

Make a new layer on top of the layers and use a soft brush with the color #c7b792 with the opacity about 50% to paint around the sea's surface. Change this layer mode to Overlay 100% and add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to remove the light effect on both sides of the sea.

Step 38

Create a new layer on top of the layers and hit G to activate the Gradient Tool. Press D to turn the foreground and background to default colors (black and white). Choose Radial Gradient and drag a line from the top to the bottom of the canvas. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100% and add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to erase the effect on the sky and both sides of the underwater part.

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