How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
Step 32b
Now, go back to the layer you create the second light shape then activate the layer mask. The result should be similar to this:
Step 32c
And set the layer opacity in 38%, you will get like this.
Step 32d
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 32e
Note : this step is same with the step you mask the first light. The result should be like this.
Step 32a

Step 33

In this step, we will blend the sea with a texture. To start, open the image "Texture 2" by kuschelirmel-stock.
Step 33
Now, activate the layer mask and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 33d
The result should be similar to this:
Step 33d

Step 34

In this step, we will be adding a boat silhouette. Let's open the " Boat" image by Chibiangel-stock. Make a selection with Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) or Pen Tool (P).
Step 34
Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas. Then activate the Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and position the boat like the image below.
Step 34a
Next, create a new adjustment layer "Levels" then activate the clipping mask to the boat layer. Set the following like this:
Step 34b
After you change the level, your image should be like this:
Step 34c
The boat is not totally black. We will be adding a black with a Brush Tool (B). To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd +Shift + N) and activate the clipping mask to the boat layer, then activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 34d

Step 35

Now, we will be adding the fisherman silhouette. Open the "Fisherman" image by joelshine-stock. Make a selection with Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) or Pen Tool (P).
Step 35
Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) it into our work canvas.
Step 35a
After you flip the "Fisherman", hold shift and resize your image with the Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and position the fisherman like the image below.
Step 35b
Next, create a new adjustment layer "Levels" then activate the clipping mask to the fisherman layer. Set the following like this:
Step 35c
The result should be similar to this
Step 35d

Step 36

In this step, we will make the bait line. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and activate the "Line Tool" (U).
Step 36
Activate the "Line Tool" (U) and make the line like the image below. Set the color #000000.
Step 36a
Step 36b
Note: the warp effect is a little bit tricky, don't be afraid to trying move every grid points to see the transformation. Change the line into like a "S" shape like the image below.
Step 36c

Step 37

Now, change the bait line layer opacity into 42%. Your image should be like this:
Step 37
Now, activate the layer mask on the bait line layer and activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 200px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 37a
The result should be similar to this:
Step 37b

Step 38

In this step, we will be adding the boat and the fisherman shadow. To start, make a new group name it "Fisherman", then select the boat and the fisherman silhouette layers drag into the group. Now, duplicate the group and name it "Fisherman's Shadow" (Check again in Step 22; how to make a group and duplicate it).
Step 38
Step 38a
Activate the Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T) and position the shadow 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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