How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
Step 6a

Then, you will get a little bit green on the "Sky" image (like the image below).

Step 6b

Step 7

In this step, we will be adding a new adjustment layer "Gradient Map", you can download the beautiful gradients colors here. After you download the gradients color, you will see a lot of options on the Gradient Editor and choose the "Vintage" color.

Step 7

Next, activate the "Gradient Map" layer only to the "Sky" image and set the opacity on 58%.

Step 7a

Then, you will get the background more blend with the color of the "Sea" image. The result should be similar to this:

Step 7b

Step 8

Next, we will add some color in the sky. Open the file "Sky 1" by CindysArt-Stock.

Step 8

After you paste the image into your work canvas, transform the image like the image below.

Step 8a
Step 8b

Step 9

After you transform the position of the image, we will make an effect for it.

Step 9

And you will get the result like this:

Step 9a

Step 10

In this step, we will do some masking to the "Sky" image.

Step 10

Then , activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:

  • Brush size: Soft round 700 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000

Note: the brush technique is like painting, use your feeling for doing this action. The brush movement is affect with the result.

Step 10a

The result should be similar to this:

Step 10a

Step 11

Next, we will be adding the fish. Open the stock image “Fish” by Malleni-Stock. Then, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) or Pen Tool(P).

Step 11

Note: If you use the polygonal lasso tool, you can undo the action by simply click Backspace/Delete. If you use the pen tool, you can undo the action by simply click Alt/Opt + Ctrl/Cmd + Z.

Step 11a

We will make a selection like the image below.

Step 11b

After you done with the selection of the "Fish" image, copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas. Transform it like the image below.

Step 11c

Step 12

In this step, we will adjust the "Fish" image. First, activate the layer mask of the layer on the "Fish" image. Then, activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:

  • Brush size: Soft round 300 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 22-25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 12

Note: brush the outer line from the fish body, make a little look dissapear. The result should be similar to this:

Step 12a

Step 13

Next, we will make a shadow from the fish. Duplicate the layer of the "Fish" image.

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17 comments on “How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop”

  1. Thanks a lot, this is my first try at surreal and your specifications were very exact.wish to attach my output here.

    Thanks a lot, learned a lot, done a lot with simpler tricks.

    1. In step 27, I'm using brush. It's okay if you use the stamp tool, the result is totally same. I already remind a note in this step about making silhouette with the levels adjustment effect is not always make the image change into totally black, it depends with the quality of the image. Thank you.

  2. I can download other files, but the zip files just interrupt randomly and cannot be opened even if the download is full. Please check all links before posting a tutorial.

    1. Hello Iulian, I'm sorry for the late reply. The zip files is totally fine, I already check it. Thank you.

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