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This instructional exercise is to make sea beast assault dreamlike advanced workmanship in Photoshop. We would consolidate various items like structures, sea and rocks to frame the base on the photo and utilize photograph as the creature. We will likewise add tornado onto the picture to finish the impact.

Note: The Photoshop exercise is done in Photoshop CC – so some screen capture might be different format as in the prior version. A few brushes are new to Photoshop CS6 or above.

Here is a preview

sea-monster-attack-flatten

Alternative Colour Scheme:

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Step 1

Create a new document sized 1500px * 844px, fill the background layer with a light grey colour as shown below:

1 fill

Load the ocean stock image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

1 sel

Copy & paste the selection. Adjust the size of this layer so that the ocean part will take around 3/4 of the canvas height. The slightly rotate it clock-wise with the free transform tool:

1 roate

Reduce the layer opacity of this layer to around 80%:

1 opa

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this ocean layer:

Black & White

1 bw

Levels

1 lvs

Curves

1 curves

Here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Add some extra waves to the ocean to make it look more stormy. Go to the ocean stock & select a piece of the ocean as shown below with a Lasso tool (set feather to 40px):

2 sel

Copy & paste the selection to our document, apply the black and white adjustment to this wave layer and place it onto the ocean:

2 bw

Use this process to add more waves around the ocean:

2 more waves

Load the rock stock into Photoshop and select the following portion:

2 island

Copy & paste the selection to the right side of the canvas, blend it into the ocean and make it submerged:

2 paste

Step 3

Load the “city 1” stock into Photoshop, select the following portion from the stock image:

3 city

Copy & paste the selection, remove the unnecessary parts from it and place the buildings over the rock:

3 attach

Load the “city 2” stock image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection and place it to the bottom left as shown below:

3 attach 2

Use a particle brush to add some particle effect around the buildings:

3 erase

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this building layer:

Black and White

3 bw

Layer mask on the above black and white adjustment layer:

3 bw mask

Levels

3 lvs

Effect so far:

3 effect

Repeat the above process, add more buildings to the centre and right side of the canvas:

Hint: use free transform tool to flip, distort the buildings to add variety and depth.

3 effect 2

Step 4

Load the octopus image into Photoshop and we will use it to create the ocean monster. Cut out the octopus and place it to the position shown below. Use a soft eraser to fade the bottom part of it as shown below:

4 oct

Apply the following adjustment layers to this octopus layer:

Black and white

4 bw

Layer mask on the above black and white adjustment layer:

4 bw mask

Levels

4 lvs

And you will have the following effect:

4 effect

Repeat the above process to add 1 smaller monster to the left side,

4 effect 2

Step 5

Add more waves to the top of ocean with the method described in step 2:

5 wave

Use a cloud brush, paint some cloud around the top:

5 cloud

Load the tornado image into Photoshop, make a soft selection of it:

5 tor1

Copy & past the selection to our document. Use it to form 3 tornodes, make sure their sizes are different from each other:

5 tor2

Add some particles around the canvas:

5 part

5 part 2

This is overall effect without adding any colour:

5 effect

this is the final result with colours added

sea-monster-attack-flatten

Alternative Colour Scheme:

sea-monster-attack-flatten-3

Please experiment your own colour scheme and the adjustment layers, and see what result different colour brings you.

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