How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
Step 26
Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas.
Step 26a
Now, we will make the gears inside the hublot same with the first gear before. Now, go to the "HUBLOT 2" group layer, then select the yellow light circle.
Step 26b
After you activate the layer mask on the gears layer, you image should be similar to this:
Step 26c
Then change the opacity gears layer into 40%, you image should be similar to this:
Step 26d

Step 27

Next, create a new adjustment layer "Levels" then activate the clipping mask to the second gears layer. Set the following like the image below (adjust the levels same with the step we adjust the first gears).
Step 27
The result should be similar to this:
Step 27a
Then, zoom the image (Ctrl/Cmd + the plus key) to see the details. We will brush the spots area. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate clipping mask to the second gears layer. Then, activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 8 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 27b
The result should be similar to this:
Step 27c

Step 28

In this step, we will be adding an underwater scene. Let's open the "Underwater" image by koko-stock.
Step 28
Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas.
Step 28a
Now, set the underwater layer in mode "Soft Light" and set the opacity in 89%. Your image should be like this:
Step 28b

Step 29

Now, we will mask the "Underwater" image. Create a new a layer mask. Then, activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 29
After you mask, your image should be similar to this:
Step 29a
Next, we will be making a vignette with a brush. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 28%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 29b
The result should be similar with this:
Step 29c

Step 30

In this step, we will make the light effect for the eye's fish. Now, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 70px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 83%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffe400
Step 30
The result should be similar to this:
Step 30a

Step 31

Next, we will make lights direction. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate Pen Tool (P).
Step 31
After you done with the Pen Tool (P), don't forget to make a selection to get the dotted line area. Then, activate the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and set the color #ffe400.
Step 31a
And set the layer opacity in 38%, you will get like this.
Step 31b
Now, activate the layer mask and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 500-600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 31c
Note: Mask the full area first (red line area), then mask again in the below (green line area). The result should be similar with this.
Step 31d

Step 32

Next, we wiil make the second light. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate Pen Tool (P).
Step 32
After you done with the Pen Tool (P), don't forget to make a selection to get the dotted line area. Then, activate the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and set the color #ffe400.
Step 32a
The second shape is hit the fish image. We will make the light look appear behind of the fish. Now, go to the layer "Fish" image, activate the Magic Wand Tool (W) and make a selection like this:

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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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