How to Create an Awesome See-Through Water Horse in Photoshop

How to Create an Awesome See-Through Water Horse in Photoshop
How to Create an Awesome See-Through Water Horse in Photoshop

Step 34

In this case the solution is to copy parts of the original harness on new layers, resize them and lower the opacity (remember that we’re viewing them through water). Make a selection of the desired part of the harness ( like the red metallic bar) with the lasso tool and press Ctrl + J to make a new layer (just make sure that when you press Ctrl + J you are on the original harness layer). Take a look at my results below.

Step 35

Repeat the step above with the long leather strip.

Step 36

Do the same for the leather belt that goes below the belly and the one that goes across the chest.

Step 37

And repeat for the leather strips placed over the head. Of course you can take your time and duplicate each and every crane and leather strip but I think it looks pretty real already.

Step 38

Take a look at the shadow. Considering that this is a splashy water horse it looks very linear and tight to me.

Step 39

Make a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and using the standard chalk brush tool and a splash brush (you can google splash brush – you’ll find tons of them) with a color sampled from the original shadow try to give it a more chaotic look.

Step 40

Because this is a water related scene I thought that a Color Balance Adjustment layer to shift the colors toward blue would be appropriate.

Step 41

A little vignette effect to focus the attention on the horse would be great too so let’s add a Curves Adjustment Layer and drag the curve downwards to darken the image. Select the Gradient tool and from the upper menu choose the Radial Gradient. Press D to set default colors and in the Curves layer mask drag from the center towards the edges and release. Here is how your layer mask should look.

Step 42

Notice how the blue outline of the horse – the Horse Glue layer we created at step 9 – it is too visible. Go to the layer Horse Glue and add a layer mask by choosing Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal all. With a chalky brush erase the obvious straight lines – like the one around the tail.

Final Results

Download the PSD

Tutorial by Adrian Scheff

clip_image088 Thanks for following this tutorial. I hope you learned some useful stuff and improved your Photoshop skills. You can see some of my other art deviations here . Have fun photoshoping!!

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18 comments on “How to Create an Awesome See-Through Water Horse in Photoshop”

    1. Edit > Content-Aware Remove. Enable AI option. Viola clothes removed.

  1. Awesome. Very thankful! Learned much more than creating a beautiful image. Finding water splashes for my own image forced me to learn curves, color balance, and other PS tools by following your instructions. Just awesome, cut down my learning curve greatly.
    Just transitioning from PSE to CS6, thank you again.

  2. o meu muito obrigado, por estares ai desse lado passando essas técnicas e ensinando.podes crer que já aprendi muito..
    continua, teu trabalho esta espectacular.......

  3. very nice and i'd really like to make this, but I think you posted one link of the stock images twice. I also can't seem to get the 'watery' effect on the splashes I plaste on the horse. Could it be because i'm working in Photoshop Cs 3? thanks!

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