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PRO Underwater Fantasy
Difficulty: , Length: 2:30 HR
• FREE Light Ray Brush
• Lighting Technique
• Create Depth
• Changeable Blur
• Adding Light Sources
• Create Flowing Hair

The BIG selling point on any image like this is always how much depth you can create. If you look at an image and it really seems to go off into the distance, you are far more likely to believe it.

It would have been hard enough to make an image of a girl underwater with jellyfish, but we wanted to take it a step further and do something that no one has ever done. Make the jellyfish actually LIGHT the model.

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PRO Tutorial: Underwater Fantasy
PRO Texture: Smoke and Fog

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In this advanced Photoshop Tutorial, you will literally be transported into an underwater world, and shown how to do exactly that with your photography. Using what we cover in this Photoshop Tutorial, you will be able to create just about anything you can imagine. We even use a bowl of cranberry sauce for a very important part of this image!The FREE CUSTOM BRUSHES that are included with this tutorial are the best ways to make atmosphere and LIGHT RAYS.

pro photoshop tutorial jellyfish progress

Photo Shoot

Thanks to some very special Phamily members who assisted on this shoot – Zach, Syed, & Scot. What an amazing time we had setting up and shooting. When you are trying to make someone look as though they are underwater, you have a TON of obstacles in your way. One of the biggest challenges we had to overcome during the shoot was the fact that we didn’t want to fill the entire room with smoke until just before the shoot. That meant that testing the lighting was pretty much out of the question, as it would react totally differently with the fog.

Getting someone to look like they are floating underwater is also very difficult, and we tried a number of poses and camera angles to get the best result. In the end we have to use a little Photoshop trick to make it look as though her legs aren’t on the ground.

How to Add Light Sources

It would have been hard enough to make an image of a girl underwater with jellyfish, but we wanted to take it a step further and do something that no one has ever done. Make the jellyfish actually LIGHT the model. Half of this had to be done in camera during the photo shoot, and the other half in Photoshop.

The main light sources that were there from the photo shoot remain relatively untouched, but all of the others are added in. When doing this, careful attention has to be paid in order to assure you don’t get BANDING in your photo. Something we have developed a technique for. Also in calcualting depth, a light source that is further into the deep is going to look a lot different than one right next to the camera.

pro photoshop tutorial jellyfish light

How to Create Flowing Hair

Anyone can photograph a model in a room with fog. The difficult part of this image involves making all the small details ALSO say UNDERWATER. One of the biggest ways you can tell is by looking at a person’s clothing and hair. In this tutorial, we cover both how to make hair look like it is floating, and piecing together clothing to do the same.

pro photoshop tutorial flowing hair

How to Add Depth

The BIG selling point on any image like this is always how much depth you can create. If you look at an image and it really seems to go off into the distance, you are far more likely to believe it. Creating depth is done in a number of ways, and we cover the principles behind doing this successfully. We also teach an AMAZING method that will make this SO MUCH EASIER for you.

The ability to change how much blur something has at any point in time. That is VITAL in making something look as though it is farther into the deep. A blur that is off by .5 pixels could mean the difference between something that looks amazing, and something that looks horribly fake.

photoshop tutorial pro jellyfish depth

Subject Interaction

If you really want to sell the idea that a person is in their environment, they should interact with it. In this tutorial we take a simple and elegant solution. One of the tentacles wraps around the girl’s arm. We teach you how to make that too.

photoshop tutorial pro Jellyfish Arm

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rjavierphotos Rafael Javier

    I’m a little confused?!?!
    Today is NOT Monday…but there’s a Pro release.  Are the PRO releases going to be available going forward on Friday’s until the end of Monday?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001436136016 Daniel James T. Cook

    Rafael, yes and no. You see, today WAS Friday but Aaron has been working on being able to apply his Photoshop skills to the space-time continuum. He’s made a custom brush that can erase days. Not sure why he would choose the weekend to use the brush on though. 
    :p Sorry… Friday is my day to be King of the Dorks and this was my chance. … just ignore me. 

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    We are releasing them on Fridays from here on out to give you more time to watch them. They will also be 1/2 price all weekend. Thanks Rafael!

  • http://pascaledouglas.com Pascale Douglas

    So amazing!! I’ve always wanted to know how to make a person appear underwater!!! This way I don’t have to build a GIANT tank! Although… that would still be cool…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/morphicx Paula

    Happy B-Day Aaron!

    Just bought some jelly-pro as a birthday gift….
    That way we both have something ;)

    (I can’t wait to see this tut… looks so cool!)

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Thanks so much Paula!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shahram-Rad/100000624217158 Shahram Rad

    Happy Birth day to  Aaron. 

    To celebrate with him, i got myself the jelly episode + wacom infus smal (naked as Aaron suggested).

    Seems family getting bigger , just saw a picture from Aaron on the front page of a dutch photography magazine.

    Now jelly time :)

  • Anonymous

    That was me who bought you the TENDERCRISP® Chicken Sandwich On Artisan Bun. Happy birthday. Will be enjoying my second phlearn toot today.  

  • Jenny Su

    This model is sooo beautiful, lo♥e her look…

  • Cliff Workman

    Aaron, just downloaded the Jelly tutorial and love the new downloadable format. It’s great for offline viewing and I’ll no longer be frustrated with bandwidth and buffering issues. With no longer being limited to the one year time frame I see myself purchasing a lot more pro tutorials. Great job and thanks for the Jelly tutorial, it’s awesome.

  • Oscar the photographer

    dude, happy bday man, you should had say something!!! great site i like it!! i just got a text from a girl that wants to be shot with another girl, would that be porn? lol.
    btw still own me 500 bucks, send some tutorials my way and we call it even.

  • Doe

    I just bought this and I’m super excited for it, but I’m not sure if I got all the emails yet and I’m having a minor issue. I only got a link to download something (and the receipt email of course) and it was just an empty zip file and a .zip.part file my computer can’t open. The last Pro I bought I got a link to the video and the password. Do I need to wait for another email? (yes i checked the spam folder.)

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Doe, can you try the download again, the ZIP should not be empty..
    If so, contact me using the contact form on Phlearn, and I will fix this
    Thanks!
    Aaron

  • Jay Stebbins

    This is an excellent Phlearn Pro. a fantastic lesson in creating depth which can be applied to much more than jellyfish in a fantasy world. Awesome job Aaron. 

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    haha, great hanging out Oscar :)
    I am sure I will see you soon. may be porn…

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Thanks so much Cliff!
    I am really glad the Downloads are working out so well for you. Keep the good suggestions coming :)

  • Rksrks100

    I purchased this PRO tutorial recently and highly recommend it.  There are probably not very many tutorials on how to make an underwater scene look realistic without getting wet so this one is great. Aaron is very generous with his time and the pace of this tutorial is just right- holds the attention but does not go so fast that one has to repeatedly pause and rewind.  I’m definitely going to try to create something novel using these techniques. Thanks again Aaron !  Oh, and I don’t mean to be cheap but I’m waiting for you to put on a sale again soon so I can pick up another few tutorials.  I think I’ve learned more from you about how to use Photoshop than from any other resource.  Keep up the great work !!!!

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