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Apply layer masks for underwater effects

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 15, 2015

Use layers and masks to create this awesome composition!

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1. Place images

step1_fish

Place your image of your fish in an underwater environment. Grab the Quick Selection tool and select the fish. Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Now click on the layer mask thumbnail and go to Windows>Properties. Set Feather to 2 pixels.

2. Create a path

step2_fish

Add a ship in a bottle. Grab the Pen tool, and then create a path around the bottle. Click Make: Selection from the tool option bar. Now go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Adjust the size to fit in the fish’s body.

3. Paint over the mask

step3_fish

Move the Boat layer under the Fish layer. Grab a soft tip brush, set the Foreground colour to black and paint over the mask to hide the body. Lower the brush Opacity to create a semi-transparent area over the head.

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