Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

In today’s quick tip tutorial, I will show you how to create a beautiful under water scene using brushes and custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started.

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Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1900px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #05162A color the new background layer.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush and set Opacity to 60% in Options bar.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the canvas with #52D4FF color as shown.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer which will be painted with the same Soft Round brush of white color this time (Opacity – 60%).

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Paint on the canvas as shown:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Overlay.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select the Soft Round brush of white color (Opacity – 30%) to continue painting the canvas.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Select now the Ellipse Tool (U), set the drawing mode on Shape Layers in Options bar to draw a small ellipse as shown.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 0% for this layer and click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Stroke.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Take the same tool to represent three highlights of white color.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Combine in a group all the layers composing the bubble (press CTRL button to select the necessary layers and hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel).

Let’s rasterize the new group that we’ve got. In this select the group and press finally CTRL+E to Merge Down all layers into one single layer. Next we have to select the bubble layer and go to Layer > Duplicate Layer, choose New from the Document pop-up menu, and click OK.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got a copy of our bubble layer in a new document.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Use Crop Tool (C) to crop the lbubble layer as shown.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Press CTRL+I to Inverse the color.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset, type the Name for brush, and click OK.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Choose now the bubble brush from Brush Tool (B). We need to customize our brush in Brushes panel (F5), select the Brush Tip Shape.
Click and drag any of the sliders to change the size, the angle and brush Spacing as show. The Preview window displays the changed brushstroke.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Go to Shape Dynamics:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and use bubble brush to represent many small bubbles.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Make a copy of the last made layer and apply on the copy’s layer the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Create the new layer to insert with a brush of big diameter several bubbles as shown.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Apply on the layer the next filter: Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

Click Create new fill or adjustment layer from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves to adjust the curve shape as shown to make a little color corrections.

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene in Photoshop CS5

The final result!

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Download free Layered PSD file.

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