How to Create a Surreal Scene with an Invisible Man Inside a Mystic Cave


Step 5: Add the second underwater stock

Open the underwater stock 2, press Ctrl/Cmd+A to select it all, copy (Ctrl/Cmd+C) and paste it(Ctrl/Cmd+V) into our project.
Press Ctrl/Cmd+T to resize and stretch this new underwater stock like we did with the last one.
Like we did with the other underwater image, create a layer mask to this layer and paint (Shortcut to the Brush Tool: B) it following the image below.
Here is the result:
There are some stains in this stock image and we’re going to fix it now. Select the Spot Healing Brush Tool (Shortcut: J) and just start clicking the areas you want to fix.
  • Remember to select the actual image rather than the layer mask before you start
Here is the clean image:
To add the surface of the water, we’re going to go back to the second underwater stock we used and make another selection. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (Shortcut: M) to draw this rectangle:
Copy and paste it into our project. Place this layer right below the Cave group and use the Free Transform Tool (Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd+T) to resize and stretch it.
Here is what your ocean should look like now:

Step 6: Adding the sky

Open the sky stock, select all of it (Ctrl/Cmd+A) and copy and paste it into our project.
Place the sky below all the underwater layers and resize it with the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T). Remember to hold Shift while doing it.
To finish off, add these four layers to a new group called Ocean+Sky (Ctrl/Cmd+G).

Step 7: Adding some shadows

Create a new layer and place it below our Cave group.
With a hard brush (Shortcut: B), draw a straight line right where the ocean starts after the desert.
Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 40px.
Here is the result:
Now that the main shadow is done, select a soft brush (Shortcut: B) and start painting some more shadows in the image (see image below for reference).
Here is my image with the shadow layer done:
Rename this layer to Ocean/Desert Shadow and we’re done.

Step 8: Adding the fishes

Open the fish pack and select them with the Quick Selection Tool (Shortcut: W). We’re going to use three of them, the smaller one (Underwater_(03)) won’t be used. Don’t worry too much about the details because they will be really small in our final image. Here’s how I extracted them. Fish 1:
Fish 2:
Fish 3:
Let’s start with fish number 3. Copy and paste it into our project and use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) while holding the Shift key to resize it.
Now go to fish number 1, copy and paste it two times into our project and resize them using the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T). Remember to hold Shift while resizing. Flip one of them horizontally the same way we did before, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Copy and paste fish number 2 into our project two times. Resize them using the Free Transform Tool (while holding the Shift key) and flip one of them horizontally like we did with fish number 1 (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).
After all the fishes have been placed, select them and merge them (Ctrl/Cmd+E) in a new layer called Fishes.
To take off some of the redness of the fishes, create a new Curves Adjustment Layer like we did before (click in ‘Create a New Filter or Adjustment Layer’ and select ‘Curves’). Change the Blue and Red curves and clip this adjustment to the fishes layer by clicking in the button next to the little eye (you just have to click once to clip it).

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