How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
Step 38b
Step 38c
Step 38d
The result should be like this:
Step 38e

Step 39

Now, change the opacity of "Fisherman's Shadow" group layer in 62%. Your image should be like this:
Step 39
Now, go to the boat and fisherman shadow layer and activate the layer mask. Activate the "Brush tool" (B) and set the following:
  • Brush size: Soft round 140-150px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Step 39a
The result should be similar to this:
Step 39b

Step 40

In this step, we will enhance the color of our image. Now, create the new adjustment layer "Gradient Map". Open the Gradient Editor and set the color in "Violet, Orage".
Step 40
The result should be like this:
Step 40a
Now, set the gradient map layer in mode "Soft Light" and opacity in 20%. Your image should be like this:
Step 40b

Step 51

Finally, let's adding a more contrast. Create a new adjustment layer "Gradient Map". Open the Gradient Editor and set the color in "Black, White".
Step 41
The result should be like this:
Step 41a
Now, set the gradient map layer in mode "Soft Light" and opacity in 5%. Your image should be like this:
Step 41b
Congratulations, it's done. Note: the gradient map adjustment is like a finishing touch for you works. Adding a color accent will get more attractive for your images.

Final Results

Download the PSD

Submarine Fish.zip

Tutorial by Evan Lawrence

Thank you for visiting this page, and using my tutorial. I hope this tutorial will help and improve you the photo manipulation techniques. You can follow and check my artworks on Deviantart and Behance. For commisions you can visit my websitehere. - Evan Lawrence
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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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