Underwater Window – March 2022

underwater window

Photoshop Tutorial –  ‘Underwater Window’

We start with 5 photo :           model.jpg

                                                underwater.jpg

                                                bubbles.jpg

                                                orca.jpg

                                                rain’jpg

Start

Open a new document.

Open the photo ‘model.jpg’ and import it into the main document.

Re-size and position to suit.

Window

Select the ‘polygonal selection tool’ from the left side toolbar and click around the window to select it.

Select>Modify>Expand by 2 pixels.

Select>Modify>Feather by 1 pixel.

Press ‘Del’ to delete the selection.

Do the same with the other window, and don’t forget the bit under her arm.

Sea

Open the photo ‘underwater’ and import it into the main document.

Move this layer to be just below the ‘model’ layer.

Re-size and position to suit.

Open the photo ‘bubbles’ and import it into the main document.

Re-size and position to suit.

Reduce ‘opacity’ to about 40% (until you can see the sea floor and the bubbles).

Orca

Open the photo ‘orca’.

Select the ‘quick selection tool’ and select the whale, you may have to ‘nudge’ the selection to get it just right.

Select>Modify>Contract by 2 pixels.

Select>Modify>Feather by 1 pixe.l

Press ‘Ctrl+j’ to place the selection on it’s own layer and import that layer into the main document.

Move this layer to be just below the ‘model’ layer.

Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal.

Re-size and position in the left window.

Copy this layer

Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal.

Re-size and position in the right window.

Condensation

Open the photo ‘rain’ and import it into the main document.

Position it in the bottom half of the left window.

Copy this layer.

Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical.

Move the layer up until it matches to the bottom one.

Now copy this layer and move it to the right window (you may have to stretch it up a bit).

Select the top ‘rain’ layer.

Layers>Merge Down.

Reduce opacity until the sea and whales are again visible through the condensation – around 40 % should do it.

Adjusting colour and lighting

Select the ‘model’ layer.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘colour balance’ attach this to the layer by ‘Alt’ clicking between the two layers.

Adjust the ‘red’ to about +40 and the ‘yellow’ to about -30.

Select the left ‘orca’ layer.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Hue/Saturation’ attach this to the layer by ‘Alt’ clicking between the two layers.

Reduce ‘lightness’ to about -15.

Select the right ‘orca’ layer.

Click the Add new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Hue/Saturation’ attach this to the layer by ‘Alt’ clicking between the two layers.

Reduce ‘lightness’ to about -25 (it should be darker because it’s further away).

Finishing

Click the ‘create new layer’ icon at the bottom of the ‘layers window’ and move it to the top of the ‘layers stack’.

Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the bottom of the Layers Window and select ‘Gradient Map’ – select a black to white gradient – change the ‘blending mode’ to ‘soft light’ – reduce ‘opacity’ to suit (round about 20%).

Click the ‘create new layer’ icon at the bottom of the ‘layers window’ and move it to the top of the ‘layers stack’.

With a large soft black brush at 20% opacity – paint in a vignette, repeat until you get the desired effect.

underwater window

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.