How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
Step 18a
Next, we will mask the hublot and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 80-90px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 18-20%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 18b
Step 18c

Step 19

Next, we will make the hublot look more darker. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate clipping mask to the "Hublot" layer. Then, activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 500-600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 44%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 19
The result should be similar to this:
Step 19a

Step 20

Now, create a new adjustment layer "Brightness/Contrast" and activate the clipping mask to the "Hublot" image. Set the Brightness (-9) ;Contrast (-5). The result should be similar to this:
Step 20
Next, we will make a light in the inside of the hublot. First, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate the Elliptical Marquee Tool.
Step 20a
Now, create a circle with Elliptical Marquee Tool.
Step 20b
Step 20c
Next, we will fill the color with the Gradient Tool > Paint Bucket Tool. Fill the color #fced4d, and paint it into dotted circle area.
Step 20d
Step 20e

Step 21

In this step, we will be adding a texture to the yellow light circle that we already made. To start open the "Texture 1" by EverythingIsInStock.
Step 21
Then copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas. Position it like the image below.
Step 21a
Next, we will mask the texture. Before we mask it, invert the layer mask and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 90px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 45%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Step 21b
Step 21c
Step 21d
Then change the mode layer into "Overlay" and set the opacity in 69%.
Step 21e
The result should be similar to this:
Step 21f

Step 22

Now, we will be making a duplicate for the second hublot. To start, create a new group name it "HUBLOT 1" and move all the hublot layers (layers from step 18-21) into a one folder group.
Step 22
Step 22a
Now, you already have the duplicate group "HUBLOT 2".
Step 22b
Step 22c
After you done transform it, we will be adding a little white on it. Open the "HUBLOT 2" group layer, go to the yellow light circle layer make a selection with Magic Wand Tool (W) then make a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 90px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 20-24%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff
Step 22d
Step 22e

Step 23

After you done with the brush (Ctrl/Cmd + D) to remove the dotted line. Now, we will reduce the yellow color. To start, create a new adjustment layer "Selective Color" and set the following like the image below.
Step 23
The result should be similar to this:
Step 23a

Step 24

Now, we will be adding gears inside the hublot. Open the "Gears" image by redheadstock choose file "gears1.png".
Step 24
Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas.
Step 24a
Step 24b
Step 24d
Press Enter if you find the gears position like the image below.
Step 24d

Step 25

In this step, we will make the gears inside the hublot. Now, go to the "HUBLOT 1" group layer, then select the yellow light circle.
Step 25
After you activate the layer mask on the gears layer, you image should be similar to this:
Step 25a
Then change the opacity gears layer into 40%, you image should be similar to this:
Step 25b
Next, create a new adjustment layer "Levels" then activate the clipping mask to the gears layer. Set the following like this:
Step 25c
The result should be similar to this:
Step 25d

Step 26

In this step, we will make the gears silhouette on the second hublot. To start, open the "gears2.png" by redheadstock.

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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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