Photo Manipulation

Floating Island on Water

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create a picture with two different stories, one: a town on an island and two: the deep and huge body of water below it. We will learn how to blend images perfectly, make an underwater image look realistic through the use of applying brushes in different colors, the eraser tool to soften the edges and the clone stamp tool. We will also learn how to retouch the image to further beautify the image and how to soften the contrast and make the image look dreamy.

Preview of Final Results

Floating Island

Floating Island on Water Photoshop Tutorial

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Version: 9
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Resrouces

Step 1 – Create the Photoshop document

To begin, let’s create a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:

  • Width: 3000 pixels
  • Height: 2247 pixels
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

step1_create_new

Step 2 – Create the town above the sea

In this step, we will be creating the town situated above the sea. To start, let’s open the stock image: The Island 2. We won’t be doing editing or cutting on this image so let’s activate the Move tool (V) and left-click on the image and drag it to our canvas then rename that layer to “island town”. To rename a layer, simply double click on the words “layer 1” and the text edit box would appear and you can now rename the layer.

step2_move_image

Now we will be resizing our image for composition purposes – the town above the sea is situated above a huge rock below it as well as the rest of the surrounding islands. Let’s activate the transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and to resize the image, we just need to click on the little squares that would appear around the image.

step2b_transform_image

Next, we would be removing the sea on the “island town” layer for we will be putting the region under the sea on that part. Activate the Marquee tool (M) and follow the instruction on the image below:

step2c_marquee_tool

Now we will be changing the sky of this image. Open the Stormy Sky stock image, and then activate the Marquee tool (M). See image below:

step2_marquee2

After you’ve selected the area let us now transfer that to our canvas using the Move tool (M).

step2d_move_to_this_position

Once on the canvas rename that layer to “sky”. Next, we will make the town look dreamy. To do that, we will need the Eraser tool (E). Activate the Eraser tool (E) and use the settings below:

  • Brush size: 900 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%

Note: To edit the Brush Hardness, just right click on the image when the Eraser tool is active and then you will see the Hardness option, now change it to 0%. 0% makes the brush softer while 100% makes it sharper.

step2e_eraser

Step 3 – Create the sea depths

Now on this step we are going to be creating the region under the sea. First let’s add the huge rock to where the town is placed upon. Open the stock image: Little Island. We’re going to remove the island from its background, to do that we will be using the Magnetic Lasso tool (L).

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