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Open the file “Fish” and copy/paste one fish you like into our scene. Place it as show below and lower the opacity to 14%. Add another fish just above the first fish (if it’s too light for the scene simply create a Levels Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below to darken it – also clip the Levels layer to the fish you want darkened). Lower the opacity of the second fish to 33%.
Create a new layer and fill it with black (Shift + F5). Add some noise by going to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
Apply a 1.1 px Gaussian blur to the noise layer (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).
Apply a Curves Adjustment (Image > Adjustments > Curves) to the noise layer with the settings shown below. You should have some white little points on a black layer resembling debris or snow.
Change the blending mode of the noise layer to Screen and lower the opacity to 61. The black color will disappear leaving only the white debris showing. Add a layer mask to this layer and hide the upper part (the part just above the underwater section) with the Gradient Tool.
Download the “Bubbles Brush” and double click on the .abr file to import the brushes. Choose one bubbles brush and on a new layer paint some bubbles in the underwater section. Use a layer mask to hide unwanted bubbles.
We will have a guy standing in the water but before that let’s add some column on which he will stand. Open the file “Columns” and copy/paste them in our scene. Resize and position the columns as shown below and lower the opacity of the columns layer to 32%.
Add a layer mask to the column layer and with the standard chalk brush (paint with black in the layer mask to conceal) hide extra columns leaving only the center one visible.
Create a Levels Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below and clip it to the columns layer. This step will darken the column.
Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. Clip this layer to the columns layer. Choose the standard round soft brush and paint with white (at 20% opacity) and black to add highlights and shadows until you achieve a result like shown below. Create another layer set to Overlay and paint highlights and shadows if one isn’t enough or if you want to refine your work.