Create a surreal shark scene in Photoshop

?In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a scene with a fisherman catching a big shark in Photoshop. We will create an underwater scene and also add blood effects. The technique used in this lesson is simple. So let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need Photoshop, starting with version CS 5 and higher.

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document 900? 600 px. Save our working paper, name it “Fisherman” (or give it a name at your discretion). Open the stock image “Sky”. First, select the entire image by pressing the keys (Ctrl + A). Next, copy the selected image (Ctrl + C). Go back to our working paper “Fisherman” and paste the copied image (Ctrl + V). Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)), position the sky as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 2

Add a correction layer to the sky layer. Curves (curves) as a clipping mask (hold the (Alt) key + click between the sky layer and the adjustment layer to create a clipping mask). Apply the settings that are shown in the screenshot below, these curves settings I used to change the color of the sky (pull the blue curve up and the red curve down).

Step 3

Download brushes moon. Create a new layer, add the image of the moon, as shown in the screenshot below. Group the layers into one group (Ctrl + G) to make it easier to navigate the layers palette. Name the new group “Sky”.

Step 4

Open the stock image underwater scene. Select the whole image, copy / paste (Copy / Paste) image with an underwater scene on our working paper “Fisherman” just like you did in Step 1. Apply scaling as shown in the screenshot below (Ctrl + T).

Step 5

To the layer with the underwater scene, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal All) or you can add a layer mask via the icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Choose a tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), with this tool, select the top half of the image. Set the foreground and background color to the default (press the ‘D’ key), then click on the layer mask to make sure it is active. Next, press the keys (Alt + Delete) to fill the active area with black.

Step 6

Create a new layer, fill it with green # 79a272. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). To the created layer, add a layer mask. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool). Hold down (Shift) + drag the gradient from top to bottom to create an effect, as shown in the screenshot below (don’t forget, you need to apply the gradient on the layer mask, not on the layer).

Step 7

Load the brush Bubbles. Create a new layer. Using the Bubbles brush, add bubbles to our underwater scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

Download brushes Sea fishes. Create a new layer. Using a sea fish brush, add a couple of black fish to our underwater scene, as shown in the screenshot below. Decrease opacity (Opacity) layer with fish up to 50%.

Step 9

Open the psd file “Fish”. Using tool Rectangular area (rectangular marquee tool), select one fish. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted fish on our working paper. Transform this layer with a small fish into a smart object (right-click on the layer with a small fish and in the appeared window select the option Transform at smart-an object (Convert To Smart Object). This will allow scaling without actual loss of pixel data. Place the fish on the left side of our underwater scene. Duplicate the fish layer (Ctrl + J) by placing a duplicate with a fish next to another fish.

Step 10

Download the Rays of Light brush. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Choose one of the installed Rays of Light brushes, then add rays of light, as shown in the screenshot below. Reduce value Fillings (fill) for this layer to 31%.

Step 11

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Select the Rays of Light brush again. Add more rays of light. This time, blur the rays of light with a filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), go for it Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set a blur radius of 20 px. Next, decrease the value Fillings (fill) for this layer to 51%. Next, add the layer mask to the same layer with the rays of light and use the soft black brush to hide the upper half of the rays of light.

Step 12

Duplicate the layer of light. Move the duplicate layer with the light rays to the left.

Step 13

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) on top of all layers. Pull the curve down to darken the scene. Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black to hide the blackout. Next, using a soft white brush, paint over the bottom of the scene on the layer mask to restore the blackout effect.

Step 14

Add a new adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation). The screenshot below shows the settings that I used. Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black color and then, using a soft white brush, paint the bottom part of the scene on the layer mask (just like in Step 13). The reason we do this is that the underwater scene should be darker and more discolored than the rest of the scene.

Step 15

Open the stock image “Sea”. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) this image with the sea on our working paper.

Step 16

To the layer with the image of the sea, add a layer mask. Next, using a soft black brush, process the image of the sea on a layer mask. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 17

To the sea layer, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask. Pull the curve up to lighten the image.

Step 18

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to the layer with the sea. Pull the red channel curve down to increase the saturation of the waves and make them bluer.

Step 19

Create a new layer as a clipping mask to the layer with the sea. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Using a soft white brush opacity (Opacity) 20%, paint over the areas that are highlighted in the screenshot below.

Step 20

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Using a soft brush with an opacity of 5%, brush color # 008c29, paint over the sea.

Step 21

Open the original “Little Shark” image. Highlight a shark image. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted shark image on our working paper. Convert the shark layer into a smart object. Also reduce opacity (Opacity) layer with a shark up to 45%. Position the image of the shark, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 22

Open the original “Big Shark” image. Highlight a shark image. Copy / paste the selected shark image onto our working paper. Convert the shark layer into a smart object. Apply scaling. Position the image of the shark, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 23

To the layer with the big shark, add a layer mask. With soft brush help opacity (Opacity) 30%, brush color is black, paint over the lower part of the shark to create the feeling that this part of the shark is submerged in water.

Step 24

Create a new layer, convert this layer to a clipping mask to a layer with a large shark. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Next, using a soft white brush opacity (Opacity) 20%, paint over the nose and tail of the shark to make them more expressive.

Step 25

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation) as a clipping mask to a layer with a big shark. Increase the value Saturation (Saturation) to 57. Next, fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black color and using a soft brush opacity (Opacity) 100%, the color of the brush is white, paint over the shark’s mouth to make the shark’s mouth turn red and bloody.

Step 26

Create a new layer, convert this layer to a clipping mask to a layer with a large shark. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). With a brush opacity (Opacity) 60%, the size (Size) brush 1 px, brush color is white, draw a few lines on selected sections of the shark, located above the water. This will make the image of the shark more expressive.

Step 27

Create a new layer, convert this layer to a clipping mask to a layer with a large shark. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Next, with a brush opacity (Opacity) 50%, the size (Size) brush 3 px, paint over the specified areas.

Step 28

To layer with big shark, add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask. Pull the curve down to darken the image. Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black. Next, using a soft white brush, paint over the selected areas on the layer mask of the adjustment layer.

Step 29

To layer with big shark, add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask. Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to -100. Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black and with a white brush paint over the layer mask only inside the shark’s mouth to preserve its redness.

Step 30

Create a new layer. Choose a brush a piece of chalk (chalk) Using a white brush, draw small waves that beat on the shark’s torso, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 31

Create a new layer with a Bubble brush, paint bubbles around the part of the body that is immersed in water.

Step 32

Create a new layer. Draw something like a yellowish fishing hook in shark’s mouth.

Step 33

Load the Brush Blood. Create a new layer. Next, using the Blood brush, add a spray of blood next to the shark’s mouth. You do not need to use the same brush that I used or the same spray, any brush with a spray of blood will do. Using a layer mask, hide areas of excess blood spatter.

Step 34

Create a new layer. Convert this layer to a clipping mask to a layer of blood spatter. Using a soft brush, the color of the brush is white, paint the light highlights on the spray of blood.

Step 35

Create a new layer. Add more blood spatter using the Blood Brush. Group all the blood spray layers in one group.

Step 36

Create a new layer. Add red markings on the side of the shark. Use either the Blood brush or the standard brush here. a piece of chalk (chalk)

Step 37

Create another new layer. This time, draw the blood that drains from the shark’s tooth. Create another new layer, convert this layer to a clipping mask to the layer with draining blood from the shark’s tooth. Add chiaroscuro to the draining blood to make the blood look more realistic.

Step 38

Create a new layer. Paint the blood that flies out of the shark’s mouth using the Blood brush.

Step 39

Add chiaroscuro to the fragments of the blood you just added. I used two layers to create highlights and shadows as well as an adjustment layer. Curves (curves), I used all these layers as clipping masks to the blood layer.

Step 40

Create a new layer. Paint the shark’s eyes red. Use dark red color.

Step 41

Next, create another new layer. Now using a bright red color, draw the pupil of the shark.

Step 42

At this stage, I decided that I could add more wounds to make the scene more realistic. Create a new layer. Next, using the Blood brush or standard chalk brush, draw red notches on the shark’s nose. Double click on a layer to apply layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.

Step 43

Create a new layer. Using a brush, the color of the brush is white / black, manually add light and shade to the wounds on the shark’s nose.

Step 44

Next, let’s add wounds to the abdominal part of the shark. Create a new layer, create dark red wounds closer to the tail of the shark. Decrease opacity (Opacity) of this layer to 64%.

Step 45

Next, using a round soft brush with an opacity of 10%, add fragments of blood that dissolves in seawater near the wounds. Group all the shark-related layers so that it is easy to navigate the layers palette. Name this group “Shark”.

Step 46

Open the original image with the boat. Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) image of the boat on our working paper. Convert the boat layer to a smart object. Apply scaling to the boat image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 47

Add a layer mask to the boat layer. Using a soft black brush, process the bottom of the boat to create the feeling that the boat is submerged in water.

Step 48

Next, add a new adjustment layer to the boat layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask. Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to -66.

Step 49

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) also as a clipping mask. Pull the curve down to darken the boat. Now, go to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush. opacity (Opacity) 50%, the size (Size) brush 2-3 px, brush along the lines of the boat.

Step 50

Create a new layer as a clipping mask for the boat layer. Using tool Pipette (Eye dropper), take a sample of the color tone from the sea water. Next, using a soft brush, brush size 2-3 px, add a few blue lines along the boat. This step is performed in order to add only the color variety to the image of the boat.

Step 51

Create another new layer also as a clipping mask for the boat layer. With a brush a piece of chalk (chalk), draw traces of blood on the surface of the boat.

Step 52

Create a new layer. With a brush a piece of chalk (chalk) 40-50% opacity, draw a spray of water at the bottom of the boat.

Step 53

Open the stock image “Fisherman”. Create a selection around the fisherman image (use the tool Pen (pen tool)). Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted fisherman image on our working paper. Transform the fisherman’s image layer into a smart object. If necessary, use a layer mask to hide certain areas of the fisherman’s image.

Step 54

Next, add a correction layer to the fisherman layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask. Pull the curve down to darken the image of the fisherman until you have a completely black silhouette.

Step 55

Create a new layer as a clipping mask to the layer with the fisherman. Using tool Pipette (Eye dropper), take a color tint sample from the sky or the sea. Next, using a brush, add light highlights to the left side of the fisherman’s image, as shown in the screenshot below. No need to draw with great precision, just create the basic feeling that the light falls on the fisherman on the left side.

Step 56

You probably noticed that the fishing line fishing line turned out short. To fix this, create a new layer and with a black chalk brush, the size (Size) brush 1 px, lengthen the line to the mouth of a shark.

Step 57

On the fisherman in the fight against the sea monster should get fragments of blood. Create a new layer and use the chalk brush to draw a few red spots on the image of the fisherman. Group all the layers related to the fisherman, name this group “Fisherman”.

Step 58

It’s time to add some spray. Open the original image “Splash 1 ?. Next, go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range). Click once on the white area in the image to select the drops, and then click OK.

Step 59

So, we have created an active splatter selection, now press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selection on a new layer. Next, press the keys (Ctrl + A) to highlight the spray, and then press the keys (Ctrl + C) to copy the selected spray image. Next, go back to our working paper and press the keys (Ctrl + V) to paste the copied splash image.

Step 60

To the spray layer, add a layer mask. Using a black brush, hide the extra areas of spray. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 61

Repeat steps 59-60 twice to add splashes to specified areas of the scene, but this time, use the original image “Splash 2 ?.

Step 62

Download the Spray brush. Create as many layers as you see fit to create this effect. Add spray using selected brushes. With the help of layer masks, you can hide some parts of the spray, if you do not like them. Add spray around the shark and the boat. Group all the spray layers, and then add a layer mask to the created group to correct the spray.

Step 63

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of all layers. Set the values ​​shown in the screenshot below to make the scene darker and create a more interesting atmosphere.

Step 64

Create a new layer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Using a soft white brush, paint over the indicated areas of the image, as shown in the screenshot below, to accentuate them.

Step 65

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves). Pull the curve down to darken the image. Next, select the tool Gradient (Gradient tool), default gradient colors (black and white). Next, go to the layer mask of this adjustment layer, and then drag the gradient from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Thus, the effect of darkening will be visible only in the upper left part of the image.

I hope that you liked this lesson, and you learned something new for yourself. Thank you for attending the lesson, and I wish you a good time at this lesson.

The final result:

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