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★ Underwater – Premium Tutorial

★ Underwater – Premium Tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll learn basic and easy techniques to create a partially submerged photomontage. Learning to use some of the Adjustment options to change overall image tones and make them more dramatic and surreal. How to use some of the blending modes for layers. Basis on how to use the masking option.

Final result preview

Submerged photo montage

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Step 1

Start by opening a new work space page with the measures 3888 x 5000 pixels. You can go to File > New or Ctrl + N. Add the measures we will be working on and press OK.

This image could have been smaller but I wanted to maintain the original size of the main images we will be using in this tutorial. (Plus, there is nothing better than a large/good quality final image.)

Submerged photo montage

Step 2

Open the underwater image.

File > Open or Ctrl + O and select the image than press enter.

Submerged photo montage

Step 3

Now that we are with the underwater image opened, select all, copy and place on our workspace created on step 01.

You can press Ctrl + A (this will make a selection on the image) than press Ctrl + C (this will copy the selection we just made) now go to the blank page we are working on and press Ctrl + V (this will place our selection into the workspace). With the mouse, you can drag the image we just inserted all the way to the bottom leaving the top in white. Rename the layer as ‘main water’.

You will notice that we have only part of the sky. This is why we will be adding a new sky to fill the white space on the top.

Submerged photo montage

Step 4

Open the image that contains the sky we shall be using. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and drag the selection in a way we get the whole sky. Now press Ctrl + C (copy). Go to the file we are working on and press Ctrl + V (Paste)Rename this layer as ‘Sky’.

Submerged photo montage

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  • Mahmod

    i will sign up for account soon,..i love your tuts ! thanks

  • Maritza Andrade

    I saw this manipulation in Deviant Art. are you member or DA?

    • pshoudini

      yes. i have a DA account.

  • sithknight19

    Hey Andrei,

    Is there a way to get the water without having to go to another site and pay for the picture?? :) Want to do this premium tut.

    • pshoudini

      there is a link to an alternative water and sky image you might want to try using in case you don’t want to purchase the original image. :-)

    • sithknight19

      Nice thank you very much!! :)

  • the beast

    something is wrong the balons are too hight so the water is gone when they were down I mean it’s too hight

    • migz

      its a good point, but that will also depend on how fast she is being risen.

      and even though, this is a surreal photo manipulation and not so much of a reality manip. :-)

  • anggakyo

    but that is premium..

  • gaurav


    Can you please have a print option for the blog posts? Given you are using WP, there are many print plugins that can be used. This will be great for folks like me who still waste paper! :)


  • graywolf

    Great work, Andrei. I really like your tutorials. Please keep these awesome stuffs coming.

  • amiah112

    Great tutorial! Any chance of making a video

  • haris

    Andrei,can you please post some “Not Premium” Tutorial?

    • Andrei Oprinca

      Hi Haris, I post non-premium tutorials too, in fact I have more free tutorials than premium ones. You have to understand that people that paid for a subscription also need new tutorials.

      Right now I’m busy with my exams but my tutorials list is not empty. I just need some free time to make them, and by the way they will be free :)

  • KhushalRoxas13

    too bad everything is becoming premium , i really like your work but i m not old enough to have a credit card

    • pshoudini

      We understand your concerns regarding the premium access.
      But think of it this way. Normally it takes up to 4 or 5 days to complete a good tutorial. Logically if we had other financial/substantial income, all of these tutorials would be free, but unfortunately this was one of the only ways we found to keep the tutorials flowing and maintaining the quality.

      Hopefully your parents can give you a premium account as a new years present or you can use Paypal(if you have an account)

      I wish you all the best and a Happy New year :-)