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Create an Underwater Beauty in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Manipulation 45632 Views October 6th, 2014

Learn how to create an underwater mermaid in Photoshop using some simple blending techniques and layer adjustments. You can practice this beautiful photo manipulation using other underwater backgrounds to create something truly unique. Undersea photo manipulations are among my favorites Photoshop artworks. Hopefully you will all enjoy reading this new Photoshop tutorial.

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Stock images used in this tutorial

Create new file with canvas size 2600px x 3300px.

Place the "Ocean Stock" into your file and transform it (CTRL+T) like the picture below.

Duplicate the "Ocean Stock" (CTRL+J) and transform (CTRL+T) as shown below. Now create a layer mask and paint inside using the Brush Tool.

Place Underwater stock into your file. Add a layer mask and hide the bottom of the layer painting with a big size soft round brush.

Place Gold Fish into your file. The best way to precisely cut image in Photoshop is by using selection tools ; by far the best method is to trace the shape using the Pen Tool .

Place the Girl image into your file. Create new layer and go to Edit > Fill and select 50% Gray. Use Dodge tool (25% opacity) and paint on the girl to lighten the image. Blend mode set ot Overlay with 20% Opacity.

Create a new layer, select the Brush Tool and use white color as Foreground color and paint over like shown in the picture with blend mode Soft Light, 20% opacity. Make two copies (CTRL+J) with opacity 13% & 29%. Select all the 3 layers, right click and choose Create Clipping Mask .

Create new layer, pick the Brush Tool, chose Bubbles brushes and add them behind the girl layer.

Place "Textiles" into your file. Create new layer with Clipping mask and paint with black color on the parts that are shown in the picture below. Blend mode set on Screen.

Place the Hair stock image into your file. Make six copies (CTRL+J)

Create new layer, again use the brush tool and chose Bubbles to paint as shown below.

Place "Textile 2" and add them in the girl's hand. Blend mode set to Screen with opacity 94%. Create layer mask and use a soft round brush.

Place "Bubbles2" into your file. Blend mode set to Lighten.

Place fish stock image into your file. But before you place, use the Pen Tool to cut fish and to remove the background. Duplicate layer (CTRL+J) as in the image below.

Place "Bubbles3" stock image into your file. Set the blend mode to Screen; create a layer mask and paint with a big size soft round brush.

Create new layer and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make white lines as shown below. And go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use 100%. Opacity set to 30%.

Place "Underwater Light" into your file. Blend mode set to Screen with 35% opacity. Now create a layer mask and use the brush.

Place "Underwater partition" into your file. Cut the middle of the image with the Polygonal Lasso Tool and set the blend mode to Color with opacity 50%.

Place "Underwater" into your file and set the blend mode to Soft Light with 75% opacity.

Now place another "underwater stock" photo into your file; create a layer mask and use the brush. Decrease the brush opacity. Blend mode set to Soft Light with 70% opacity.

Settings for Older Photoshop Versions

  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Photo Filter, and shoose Warming Filter (85) with 55%.
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Brightness/Contrast and set brightness to -22
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Color Balance
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Hue/Saturation
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Curves and opacity set to 93%
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Hue/Saturation and set saturation to -20
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Brightness/Contrast and click on layer mask and use brush.
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Gradient Map with blend mode Soft Light and opacity 10%

Settings for Photoshop CS6

The initial version of this tutorial was made in Photoshop CS6 using the Color Lookup adjustment, that comes only with this newer version of Photoshop.
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Color Lookup and choose Candlelight.CUBE
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Color Balance
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Hue/Saturation
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Curves and opacity set to 93%
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Brightnes/Contrast and click on layer mask and use brush.
  • Go to Adjustments Layer > Gradient Map with blend mode Soft Light and opacity 10%

If you want to make the image even more interesting you can add a lens flare effect using the Photoshop Lens Flare Filter:

Here is the final result for this beautiful undersea Photoshop manipulation tutorial; I hope you all enjoyed reading and practising this new tutorial.

Underwater Photoshop Action

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12 comment(s) for "Create an Underwater Beauty in Photoshop"

palo
palo
12:19 AM Saturday, October 18, 2014
WOW :o reply
NICO
NICO
4:56 AM Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A wonderful job, but this tuts had too much Stock images u don,t show , example where is "Underwater stock" and "another "underwater stock" ? reply
PSDDude
5:10 AM Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Ocean 1 and Ocean 2 are the stock images that are used for the underwater part. I am glad you like our tutorial! reply
Irina
Irina
2:26 AM Monday, June 29, 2015
Thanks for this wonderful lesson. I hope you like my photo manipulation. I added some details different from this lesson. reply
PSDDude
2:28 AM Monday, June 29, 2015
Very beautiful underwater Photoshop manipulation, I love it! reply
Irina
Irina
6:19 AM Monday, July 06, 2015
Thanks, PSDDude. You give me wings. reply
KAGERO
KAGERO
3:04 AM Thursday, August 27, 2015
where is the PSD file ? part 2 , step 10 i can't do it ...., part 3, step 1+step 2 , where is the photo "Underwater "underwater stock" " ? i can't found it .. need some help... SOS reply
PSDDude
3:09 AM Thursday, August 27, 2015
Ocean 1 and Ocean 2 are the stock used for the underwater effect. The PSD file is not available for this tutorial. reply
PSDDude
2:16 AM Saturday, January 23, 2016
Underwater Beautiful Mermaid Photoshop manipulation fan art made by Andrew Henry reply
klikjunk
klikjunk
2:31 AM Friday, February 26, 2016
Wow!!
I've made underwater photos for real but this makes my life so much easier in the future ;-) reply
PSDDude
2:57 AM Friday, June 24, 2016
The Siren Song of the Lorelei photo manipulation created in Photoshop by mromero11 reply
PSDDude
7:06 AM Tuesday, September 13, 2016
How to Create a Mermaid in Adobe Photoshop

http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-mermaid-in-adobe-photoshop--cms-27095 reply

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