Beginners Guide to SFX
$34.99 $24.99
PRO CartCart
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.

$24.99
‹‹ View More PRO Photoshop Tutorials

Bundle and Save

+
Price for both: $34.99 $29.99
PRO Tutorial: Underwater Fantasy
PRO Texture: Smoke and Fog

PRO Photoshop Tutorial

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

$24.99
  • 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 !!!!

What is Phlearn PRO?
Watch this short video that explains what Phlearn PRO is all about!
Included in your PRO
Video Tutorial
Each PRO Tutorial includes a full length video tutorial, most are over 2 hours long. Pause, rewind, and fast forward at your command.
Source Images
We provide you with all the images you will need to follow along with the tutorials. We even give you brushes and actions if necessary.
Download
All PRO Tutorials are available for download onto your computer. They don't expire, and you can take them wherever you go.
Delivery
After completing your payment securely via PayPal, Google Wallet, or Credit Card you will receive your download link instantly via e-mail.
Speed
Our Amazon S3 Servers are just waiting to send your tutorial. The best servers mean the fastest download speeds, getting you learning faster.
PRO Bestsellers
Testimonials

Daniel Cook

Phlearn is one of those exceptionally rare places where you can learn from someone (Aaron Nace)...
More Phlearn is one of those exceptionally rare places where you can learn from someone (Aaron Nace) who is so good at what he does that he doesn't need to be teaching. But Aaron teaches because he loves to and he's a darn good teacher to boot.

The "PRO" tutorials on Phlearn over-deliver every time, sometimes reaching over 3 hours of pure content. These tutorials are vastly superior to anything available on any of the subscription learning sites or in any college.

The latest "PRO" tutorials have gotten scary good. It should be pointed out that only a hand full of people in the world can produce the level of work that Aaron does now. Naming these tutorials "PRO" is appropriate as he's a consummate pro at composite work rivaling photographers like Gary Land or Dave Hill.

Professionals like these aren't teaching their craft at any price. Yet through the Phlearn episodes, Aaron takes you by the hand and and gives you an education you can't get anywhere else (believe me I've looked).

Willard Chivers

People generally dont like being wrong, even worse we dont like admitting we were wrong. I had ...
More People generally dont like being wrong, even worse we dont like admitting we were wrong.

I had been watching Phlearn for about a month or so before I bought my first Pro Tutorial. I had learned and grown so much just from the free daily shows I felt like I was getting way to much for free so I decided i wanted to support Aaron by buying a tutorial. So i picked one that looked interesting, thinking that for the price i would maybe learn a few extra tricks that didn't happen to make it in the daily show (or had been done in the archives). I was wrong. Very wrong and I will happily admit it!

I still use what i learned in that first tutorial in a large portion of my images along with all the other tips and techniques I've learned in all the other tutorials I've purchased since. In fact, there isn't an image I've made recently that hasn't had a touch or more of Phlearn influence and i couldn't be more grateful. Phlearn continues to help me get my images to where I want them to be, and also shows me where I've never thought of taking them.

I really can't express how valuable these Pro Tutorials are, at any price!

Dan Hashemi

I started in photography about 2 years ago and decided to see where my imagination can take me....
More I started in photography about 2 years ago and decided to see where my imagination can take me. I quickly realized that I loved to edit my shots to create something that often the naked eye can't see. I heard a lot of chatter on different social networks regarding the use of Photoshop and how nothing in photography is real anymore...well, I couldn't disagree more. Photoshop is just the new painters canvas, and just like every major painter drew what their heart saw, we use Photoshop to bring to life what is in our minds.

I saw Aaron's work a while back on Flickr and was amazed by his level of creativity, the quality of his editing and of course his amazing photography in the first place. And this is where PHLEARN came into play for me. The first time I came across PHLEARN, I thought "Finally! Someone is providing and teaching the tools for those who want to express the images in their heads but didn't have the know how".

Just through the Free Episodes alone you can tremendously improve your skills and start to build images like never before, so just imagine what is possible with the PRO Tutorials. On top of all that, PHLEARN doesn't even ask for a lot of money for what they provide, which makes it the first honest and fair deal on the net with a serious return on investment.

Go through 3 Free Episodes and I promise you, you will be hooked on the entire PHLEARN package!

Jack Temple

I can’t say enough about Phlearn. It’s the single most important resource for the d...
More I can't say enough about Phlearn.

It's the single most important resource for the development of my photography. But it doesn't stop there. Aaron has taught me not only how to take a good photo, but he's taught me a new way of viewing art, and the world for that matter. Anybody can explain the nuances of aperture, shutter speed, and iso, but it takes a special person to infuse creativity, change the perspective of others, and build a community.

Aaron's achieved this is the last two years, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for the future! Thanks for the invaluable gifts of art and PHamily!

Rj Osorio

Even taking into consideration the seemingly endless amounts of free tutorials on the internet,...
More Even taking into consideration the seemingly endless amounts of free tutorials on the internet, I was hard pressed on looking for something that contained a purpose in its teachings. Mostly all you would find is how to apply a one-off text effect you'll never use in your work, or how to pull off a half-baked manipulation where the steps and narration get so verbatim that you get to the point where you'll see yourself following directions for a couple of adjustment layers without any other guidance besides "Set hue to +34, lightness to -7" and so on, and so forth.

Taking this into paid services such as creativeLIVE, or perhaps even Lynda.com; although you do receive some supportive commentary, you'll find yourself doing a lot more review work and get to the end figuring out that the person teaching you this segment might benefit from some tutorials themselves.

I feel as though PhlearnPRO changes this. These tutorials on an arbitrary scale of work are not completely out of the norm, but the combination of thought process and conversation throughout the edit from the sketch to the sharpening will have you interested in the *why* as much if not more than the *how*. This is imperative to visual learners (Which I'm assuming by coming to websites such as these, we all are), and I feel that Phlearn nails this. I knew of the tools of photoshop and how to use them properly, but PhlearnPRO taught me *why* to use them and *when* would be the best time to according to what is on my canvas. That help alone has been immeasurable, and the experience of watching PhlearnPRO has been a pleasurable one, as you get to know Aaron on a professional, as well as personal level.

I recommend this service to anyone who's been looking for that purpose in their post-processing that will give them the drive to execute work that they have had in their heads, and the confidence to follow through without feeling like you've bit off more than you can chew.

-rj

Alan Grech

I have been a follower of Aaron’s work well before Phlearn ever took shape. I was overjoy...
More I have been a follower of Aaron's work well before Phlearn ever took shape. I was overjoyed when Phlearn was born. The website had single handedly revolutionised my way of learning photoshop. No more scouring for videos on youtube to learn or to find something interesting. Now I had a website where I could visit and learn something new every day. No re-hashed lessons like many other vloggers create...it was 100% original content.

I was a bit let down when Phlearn decided to expand its content to miscellaneous rehashed articles found around the web and on a thousand other websites/blogs. It was no longer unique and no longer comprised of just original content. Your later decision to remove all that content from the website brought new hope that not all focused incredibly talented startups have to become run of the mill, a dime a dozen websites.

Phlearn Pros are also a great concept. I totally respect the business model and have purchased a few myself. The level of detail that can be found in these tutorials is nothing short of amazing. It's like discovering photoshop anew every time.

Something I would really love to see is one or multiple Phlearn Pro episodes where you use 3d modelling software either to create a concept or better still, to actually create assets for the final image. I have never tried using these kind of programs and having a photographer's introduction to these applications might make more sense to us than delving into video tutorials found on the net which are more targeted to hardcore 3d artists.

Thank you for all that you have done.

Julia Kuzmenko McKim

I remember having Aaron’s images in my collection of inspirational artwork on my laptop w...
More I remember having Aaron's images in my collection of inspirational artwork on my laptop when I came to Australia to study Photography in 2008. I had no idea how that awesomeness could be created and was dying to find out. Needless to say, when Phlearn was born it was like a dream come true!

I absolutely love how Aaron is laid back and fun in his video tutorials, it just makes you feel like you're hanging out with a friend, who's teaching you some cool stuff - it's easy to comprehend, it's not tiring and every video is jam packed with golden nuggets of priceless information. The entire website is full of brilliant educational materials.

I wish Phlearn was created 5 years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time learning Photoshop!

Great job! The entire Phlearn team, you guys are amazing! Keep up the great work!

Steve Parker

I’ve been a photographer for a long time and have been using Photoshop since its first in...
More I've been a photographer for a long time and have been using Photoshop since its first incarnation. I thought I pretty much had it covered. Turns out, not so much. I'm pretty new to the site but I have learned so much from watching Aaron's free videos that it was a simple decision to purchase the PRO tutorials and I'm so glad I did. The quality of the production and level of content is awesome; in depth but clearly explained.

Aaron has such an easy, natural way of presenting information that you can't help but feel you're being personally tutored by someone who really knows and loves his craft.

Save your money on books, stop looking at 10 minute blurry Youtube clips and spend some time with PRO. You'll learn more from one PRO tutorial than you will from most books out there combined. Where can you possibly get between 2-3 hours of professional tutoring per video that you can refer to over and over again for under $25 (even cheaper when he has a sale)? 'Nuff said.

Guillaume Megevand

I discovered Phlearn not so long ago. And I have to say I got totally addicted. I’v been ...
More I discovered Phlearn not so long ago. And I have to say I got totally addicted. I'v been watching all the Photoshop episodes since from the beginning. I learned so much new stuff. And I like the 10 minutes format. Easy to digest!

Today I got my 1st Phlearn Pro, the Film Noir. Can wait to watch it...

You rock Phlearn!

Jeremy Cowart

There are a lot of photographers that are teaching these days. But none of them have the combin...
More There are a lot of photographers that are teaching these days. But none of them have the combined creativity/photography/photoshop skills that Aaron Nace has.

He is one-of-a-kind and legit as they get. When it comes to learning about all things digital photography, look no further than Aaron and Phlearn.
Random Tips

Want to see the exact size of the brush when you are painting painting in PS. This is not turned on by default. To change this, go to “Edit” >> “Preferences” >> “Display and Cursors”. Set the settings for the cursors to Brush Size.