PixelPerfect #91: Create clouds over a sea...of love

Posted in Graphics, Podcasts on December 17, 2008

This week, Bert creates majestic clouds over a beautiful awe-inspiring sea - all with Photoshop.

Bert creates clouds over a sea from scratch! First, in order to create the sea, Bert picks a blue color and uses fiber filters (adjusting the strength and variance) and the gaussian blur filter to make the color realistic. Bert then distorts the blue sea (edit>transform>rotate and edit>transform>distort) to create waves that are bigger in the front and smaller in the back. In a new layer, Bert picks a deeper blue color, adds a liner gradient and places the layer in multiply mode in order to give the sea a real-life color. To color the sky, Bert pics a light blue color and adds a gradient in a new layer. To create the clouds, Bert creates a unique brush with the brush engine (adjusting shape dynamics - size and angle jitter - and turning off pen pressure). To create the rays of the sun, Bert makes white chunks/loose shapes using a hard edge brush and gives it the light effect by using the Radical Blur filter (with zoom function)

To add light reflection on the water, Bert uses a big brush and draws a white streak in a new layer over the sea. Bert then clips the layer with the sea, puts the layer in screen mode, and adjusts the underlying layer with the Blend if layer style.

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