Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Underwater Scene with Sunrays



This is a very simple way of creating an underwater image with sunlights shining through.


End result:
Create an Underwater Scene with Sunrays Final Image

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avatar ponti55

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Tags:lightsununderwater

Step 1


Step 2

We need to make a gradual change between a lighter shade of blue and a darker shade, so select values similar to these.


Step 3

The gradient tool should be selected, and select a LINEAR GRADIENT.


Step 4

Starting at the top, click the mouse, and holding SHIFT drag it down to the bottom, this makes the gradient stay in a straight line, avoiding funky semi-diagonal gradients.


Step 5

Now we're making a new layer, i always recommend naming layers, just so that images with more layers don;t get so confusing.


Step 6


Step 7

Make sure that your foreground and background colours are set to black and white, then select FILTER -> RENDER -> CLOUDS


Step 8


Step 9

Now hold CTRL + T to bring up the transformation box, and pull the image in from the bottom, to create a layer squashed near the top.


Step 10


Step 11

Now adjust the perspective by pulling one of the handles at the top to either side.


Step 12

Now add a layer mask, and set the layer mode to 'Colour Dodge'. You should also reduce the opacity to make the effect a little more subtle.


Step 13

now paint with a soft black brush on the layer mask, that makes the effect more gradual and more natural


Step 14


Step 15

The plastic wrap filter creates a three dimensional look, making it look like waves. Apply these values, or change them if you wish


Step 16

Now we create a sun, so go to FILTER -> RENDER -> LIGHTING EFFECTS. and apply the values shown on the right. Make sure the type is set to OMNI, that way it looks more like a sun.


Step 17

FILTER -> RENDER -> CLOUDS make sure black and white are your default colours


Step 18


Step 19

To change the BLUR CENTER just move your mouse over to the top and click, this is so that it seems like light is coming in from the top


Step 20


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Step 22

In this case, i applied the blur twice, to create a silkier effect


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Step 24


Step 25

by the top layer, i mean the layer the we named 'Top' earlier.


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Step 27


Step 28

And voila! You have your underwater image! Thank you for taking the time to read!






39 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

Very clearly written with a nice result

(5 years and 53 days ago)
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Wow,
short and effective. I searched for something like that for a long time!

(5 years and 53 days ago)
avatar Eladine
Eladine says:

nice tutorial, i remmeber back in the days at ost we had another underwater effect tut but i dont remember it TOO clearly, just we had some under water sources and as result someone came up with a tut .

Your tut is very descriiptive and should be easy to use, just a tip, if you want to draw a circle arround something to point it out it may better work if you use red and a sharp brush and not a brush with soft edges.. just looks better anyway nice tut thank you

(5 years and 52 days ago)
avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

Thanks! I was working on layer masks quite a lot in the tutorial so the default colour was always black and i forgot to change it i guess, but thanks

(5 years and 52 days ago)
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Guest says:

i work for adobe. work with photoshop everyday. and this is a really nice tut havent got the time to try it out but i will do it. Thanks for the nice tip

(5 years and 42 days ago)
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Guest says:

its a cool effict ,thanks for nice tutorial

(5 years and 41 days ago)
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Guest says:

Not many tutorials i do work, but this one worked perfect! Thanks

(5 years and 39 days ago)
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Guest says:

This sucks i have been working on this for an hour now and i cant get it your instrucitons suck thanks for wasting my time.

(5 years and 38 days ago)
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Guest says:

To the previous guest who did not care for your "instrucitons" -- you wasted our time reading your ungrateful post. It takes a lot of preparation and time to write a tutorial and this was one of the best. I'm a beginner and it was easy to follow, and I sincerely appreciate designers who are so willing to share their knowledge. Kudos!

(5 years and 38 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks for this!Mine worked just fine & your instructions were easy to follow!

(5 years and 37 days ago)
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Guest says:

this is awesome man

(5 years and 31 days ago)
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Guest says:

aMAZING TUTORIAL dEDICATE MORE TIME INTO KNOWLEDGE.

(5 years and 29 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great man....Many thanks

(5 years and 22 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow ! excellent.
kavi

(5 years and 12 days ago)
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Guest says:

great tutorial! simple and to the point. Thank you!

(5 years and 3 days ago)
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Guest says:

simple and very effective

(5 years and 3 days ago)
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Guest says:

o thats cool xD

(4 years and 363 days ago)
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Guest says:

Im having a problem I cant follow step 13 and it is disturbing the whole work
how to do it perfectly

(4 years and 307 days ago)
avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

Guest, you simply add a layer mask on that layer, or if you are using elements and do not have a layer mask, simply erase part at the bottom with a soft brush.

(4 years and 307 days ago)
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JKSinger says:

brilliant v.good liking it!

(4 years and 291 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks.. very simple ...

(4 years and 283 days ago)
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Guest says:

I like it ! Cool

(4 years and 176 days ago)
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Guest says:

quick question:
when you do the omni light to make the sun, do you do it on the "top" layer? Mine looked a little dull when I did it this way.

other than that, GREAT tutorial!!!!

(4 years and 142 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thank you very much, I can't use photoshop at all but this helped very, very, VERY much. I can't use enough verys to express how much it helped!

(4 years and 103 days ago)
avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

Thank you all for the comments!

(4 years and 99 days ago)
avatar oana
oana says:

great tutorial!!! where were you when i needed such light rays for one of my entries????

(4 years and 98 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Hm, if I follow step 21 my black and white rays just end up like a white mass and some blue pixels at the bottom. Re-applying the filter doesn't change a thing. What am I doing wrong?

(3 years and 361 days ago)
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[banned] says:

amazing work, for you this might be a piece of cake, but it is really useful for people like us, who hardly know stuff with photoshop etc.

Thank you very much

(3 years and 311 days ago)
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Guest says:

i love this thanks !

(3 years and 300 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very helpful tutorial. Thank you!
I had to improvise a little - I'm using PaintShop Pro rather than Photoshop. But I nevertheless got a result I like.

(3 years and 156 days ago)
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Guest says:

hello, do you know why photoshop won't let me paint with the black soft brush on the layer mask, but it does on the layer?

(3 years and 122 days ago)
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Guest says:

really effective tutorial . thanks million

(3 years and 115 days ago)
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[banned] says:

does anybody have any idea what went wrong for me: what happened was i was working up until where it says to "set the layer to color dodge..." but when i did, the effect was nothing like what is shown up in the screen. it came out really light colored and off looking. definitely not water like. i'd be grateful to any help just post a response.

(3 years and 29 days ago)
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[banned] says:

if you want some more rays so just add noise



thanks

(2 years and 321 days ago)
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Guest says:

super cool and easy !!

(2 years and 309 days ago)
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mick says:

Awesome!!
looks kooewl, and helps

(2 years and 267 days ago)
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anu [banned] says:

Awesome!
Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. It really worked


(2 years and 243 days ago)
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Guest says:

here is a link to another great underwater tutorial http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Fisher_Price

(2 years and 242 days ago)
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Guest says:

brilliant, easy to follow and really good results - thanks

(1 year and 253 days ago)


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