Preview of Final Results
Floating Island on Water Photoshop Tutorial
- Program: Adobe Photoshop CS2
- Version: 9
- Difficulty: Medium
- Estimated Completion Time: 1 to 1.5 hours
Step 1 – Create the Photoshop document
To begin, letâ€™s create a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:
- Width: 3000 pixels
- Height: 2247 pixels
- Resolution: 300 dpi
- Color Mode: RGB Color; 8bit
- Background Contents: Transparent
Step 2 – Create the town above the sea
In this step, we will be creating the town situated above the sea. To start, letâ€™s open the stock image: The Island 2. We wonâ€™t be doing editing or cutting on this image so letâ€™s activate the Move tool (V) and left-click on the image and drag it to our canvas then rename that layer to â€œisland townâ€. To rename a layer, simply double click on the words â€œlayer 1â€ and the text edit box would appear and you can now rename the layer.
Now we will be resizing our image for composition purposes â€“ the town above the sea is situated above a huge rock below it as well as the rest of the surrounding islands. Letâ€™s activate the transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and to resize the image, we just need to click on the little squares that would appear around the image.
Next, we would be removing the sea on the â€œisland townâ€ layer for we will be putting the region under the sea on that part. Activate the Marquee tool (M) and follow the instruction on the image below:
Now we will be changing the sky of this image. Open the Stormy Sky stock image, and then activate the Marquee tool (M). See image below:
After youâ€™ve selected the area let us now transfer that to our canvas using the Move tool (M).
Once on the canvas rename that layer to â€œskyâ€. Next, we will make the town look dreamy. To do that, we will need the Eraser tool (E). Activate the Eraser tool (E) and use the settings below:
- Brush size: 900 px
- Hardness: 0%
- Opacity: 100%
- Flow: 100%
Note: To edit the Brush Hardness, just right click on the image when the Eraser tool is active and then you will see the Hardness option, now change it to 0%. 0% makes the brush softer while 100% makes it sharper.