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Create a beautiful underwater surreal scene in Photoshop. This photo manipulation will be about a fisherman with the 'fish' submarine. You'll learn to combine different stocks together step by step by using adjustment layers, masking, brush tool, and learn how to make light and shadow too. This Photoshop tutorial is a great way to improve your photo manipulation techniques.
What you'll be creating
Submarine; this artwork means a lot to me. Inspired by the emotional feeling of someone who always keeps their memories and disguises their stories into a mystery. The 'fish' submarine represents the deep memories and the fisherman represents someone who always keeps it.
- Fisherman - joelshine-stock
- Fish - Malleni-Stock
- Boat - Chibiangel-stock
- Water - Pure-Poison89
- Underwater - koko-stock
Hublot - TheEdeonKnight(Alternative) (Get 10 free Adobe Stock images here)
- Gears - redheadstock
- Sky 1 - CindysArt-Stock
- Sky 2 - resurgere
- Texture 1 - EverythingIsInStock
- Texture 2 - kuschelirmel-stock
Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:
- Preset: Custom
- Width: 2480px
- Height: 3508px
- Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
- Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
- Background Contents: Transparent
In this step, we will be creating the foreground. Import the stock image "Water" by Pure-Poison89 to the canvas by clicking on File > Place and find it from the directory you’ve saved it into. Using the Place command the image will be automatically as a smart object, and you may transform it as many times as you like without any loss in quality of the image.
Then create a new "Selective Color" adjustment layer.
Select the Blue color, we will change only the blue on this image "Water".
Then, you will get the more darker on the image "Water" than before.
In this step, we will be creating the background behind the sea. To start, let’s open the images package “Sky 2” by resurgere. And choose the "sky9_9504.jpg" from the package. After you open the image, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M).
After the selection area has been created, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected area or just simply copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it to our work canvas. Put the sky above all the layers that we’ve created. Then, positioning the image with transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) like the image below.
Next, we will make a new adjustment layer "Selective Color".
After that, we only adjust the color Cyan and Blue to the "Sky" Image.