How To Create A Realistic Ocean Scene

I recently went on vacation and saw one of the most amazing Aquariums in the US. The coolest part was one of their sharks had laid eggs and they had hatched the same day. So when I got back I decided to create an ocean tutorial. So let’s begin.

First start by makeing a new document 1920×1080. Then fill your base layer with black and add a Gradient Overlay. Set the start color to #76accc the midcolor to #0e76c4 and the end color to #004371.

Next Download Asset00 here. Add it to our wallpaper. Then go to Edit > Transform > Perspective. Using your own judgement give it some depth by changeing the perspective. Then hit CTRL+I to invert the colors. Finally set the layer to soft light and using a lar soft eraser at 50% opacity blend the water to the background.

Now Download Asset02 here. Open it in photoshop. Usuing the pen tool cut the reef from it’s background. Add it to our wallpaper. Aligning to the bottom right side and add an Inner shadow. Set the Shadow to -90°, the distance to 7, and the size to 23.

Now Download Asset03 here. Open it in photoshop. Usuing the pen tool cut the fish from it’s background. Then go to Image > Trim and remove all the extra transparent space. Then go to Edit > Define Brush Preset and call it Fish. Now go back to the wallpaper we are working on and select the brush we just created. Now we are going to set some new Presets open the Brush Presets Palette. Select Shape Dynamics and set the Size Jitter to 100%. Then select Scattering and set the Scatter to 1000%. Finally select Other Dynamics and set Opacity Jitter to 50%. Change the forgoround color to White. Now create a small school of fish on the left side in the middle. Then rotate the school 20°. Next go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur set the radius to 2.0 and hit OK. Scale to your liking.

Download Asset01 here. Follow the same steps as on the first reef only this time align the new section to the bottom left. Add a Gradient Overlay set the blend to Saturation and select the Spectrum as the overlay. Hit OK.

Now Download Asset04 here. Open it in photoshop. Usuing the pen tool cut the shark from it’s background. Add it to our wallpaper and move it the the right upper middle section. Then using the Rectangular Marquee Tool make a selection of the shark from dorsal fin to tail and right click. Layer via copy. Next go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur set the radius to 3.0 and hit OK. Finally, using a largr soft eraser at 50% opacity remove some on the base shark tail.

To give the wallpaper a little more life ad the fish we cut out for the brush. Scale it down to look porportionate with the scenery and add an Inner shadow. Set the Shadow to -90°, the distance to 0, and the size to 23.

Select the top Third of the wallpaper using the Rectangular Marguee. Then and a White to transparent gradient within the selection. Then go to Filter > Liquify. Pull the gradient down to make sunbeams. when you are satisfied hit OK. set the layer blend to overylay.

CTRL+Click the layer we just created and go to Select > Modify > Contract and contract the selection 20 – 30 pixels. Then Layer via copy. Finally using your soft eraser blend the new beams in.

Following the same steps as the previous two we are going to make a glass layer. This part is optional. Using the rectangular marquee tool make varing weight Rectangles from top to bottom. A good set up for this is one fat, then one very skiny, and lastly one inbetween. Then fill the selection with white. Then deselect the selection and add a 10 pixel gaussian blur. Next using the perspective tool make the rectangles lean at a 45° angle and hit OK.

And you are done. what do you think? Send me a link to your version and I will be sure to post it here under User Submitted under this tutorial.

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