How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
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.
Step 13
Step 13a
Then, activate the transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and we will make a new shape.
Step 13b
You will get the shape like this:
Step 13c
Then, move and position the shape like the image below.
Step 13d

Step 14

After you get the new shape. Create a new adjustment layer "Solid Color".
Step 14
Step 14a
Then, set the opacity 30% on the "Shadow" layer. The result should be like this:
Step 14b
Next, we will mask the shadow and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 500 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 14c
The result should be like this:
Step 15

Step 15

In this step, we will be adding more darker on the under part from the fish body. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N), name the layer "Darker".
Step 15
Then, activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 500-700px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 15a
And the result should be like this:
Step 15b

Step 16

Now, we will be changing the color of the fish. Create a new adjustment layer "Selective color" and don't forget to activate the clipping mask to the "Fish" image. Then, set the color like the image below.
Step 16
You will get a little bit yellow, should be like this:
Step 16a

Step 17

Now, we will be adding a light on the fish. To start, create the new adjustment layer "Brightness/Contrast"and don't forget to activate the clipping mask to the "Fish" image. Set the Brightness (46) ;Contrast (-8). The result should be similar to this:
Step 17
Next, we will mask the bright and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 600-700px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 17a
The result should be similar to this:
Step 17b

Step 18

In this step, we will be adding the hublot on the fish. Open the "Hublot" image by TheEdeonKnight.
Step 18
Then copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas. Activate the transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and position the hublot like the image below.

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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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