How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
How to Create a Beautiful Underwater Surreal Scene in Photoshop
  • 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:

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:

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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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