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Underwater 2 - making of

Start with blank document. Fill background layer with gradient going from light blue to dark blue.

In Layer effects, use very large (250px) black Inner Glow, with blend mode = overlay.

In new layer, select very large brush, set color to white and put a single dot.

Transform layer (Ctrl-T) to make dot width less and height more.

Move white dot to top of image (so that only bottom half of  it is visible) and set its layer blend mode to Overlay.

Duplicate this layer and make it about 50% smaller.

Next step is  to create nice light rays. Create new document, with square size (width = height), and width is about 200% of your original image width. (if you design wallpaper at 1024x768, create 2000x2000 image). Fill it with any color, and in Layer effects, check Gradient Overlay. Open dropdown list of gradient selection, select Noise family of gradients, and select any noise gradient. Then, set Style to Angle.

To convert Layer effect to editable image, flatten image (from Layer menu). Desaturate (Ctrl-Shift-U).

Crop image as shown here. Example: if entire image with gradient is 2000x2000, crop to 1024x768.

Copy all (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C) and paste into our original image.

Then, simply set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay. Voila!

Next step is some bubbles. Select 19px hard brush, and set its spacing to very large value (500-700%).

Also, check Shape Dynamics, and set size jitter and minimum diameter as shown here.

Make some chaotic btush strokes.

Set layer blend mode to screen (this will make black dots invisible). Then, use layer effects (such as inner glow, drop shadow, bevel and emboss) to make dots look like bubbles. Registered users can download PSD file from Downloads page of  my site, and see what exactly effects are used.

Repeat bubble-making steps 3-4 times.

...and here is the result!

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peter · long ago

greimon · long ago
cool tutorial...where I can get any of tutorial..thanks...

eddiE · long ago
I have been an advanced user of PS, but never the "creative" type, your tutorials have inspired me to move in a more fullfilling direction rather than just photo composition and retouching. A big THANKS!

PJ Phasmid · long ago
What a great tutorial. Your site is awesome. I can't seem to leave it. I'm finding all kinds of kewl things :)

dupa · long ago
m8, ur works are awwsome ^^

Luka, Croatia · long ago
Vlad, every time I return to your site I'm amazed with your work. Keep up the good work :)

Slack · long ago
Dude, you're good!

Aline · long ago
Most of the time Photoshop makes my brain hurt lol, but the things you can do with this program is simply amazing. I wish you nothing but continued success. YY

James Loudon · long ago
Vlad, thanks so much for sharing with us. I think your work is excellent. Wishing you continued success!

resun · long ago
very nice,i like it!

Karla · long ago
100% Relax!!!!

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ekrai munsyi · long ago
nuhun pisan vlad!

Hugo · long ago
Quite impressive. Congratulations!

Mush · long ago
Vlad u are the best!

Justin · long ago
the things you can do...and how simple they turn out to be (most of the time) is simply amazing. thanks vlad!

Cynthia · long ago
I started using Photoshop when I saw your tutorials and I've using nearly all the tools. Now I feel more confident and I can make more than few things by myself. I can't find a word big enough to say THANKS! Your creativity and talent have touch many of us and inspirated to "try" to make beautiful things too. Thanks again for sharing.

Vlad Gerasimov · long ago
Thanks everyone for such warm comments! I really appreciate them.

Bloopie · long ago
You inspire me.

Martin · long ago
I have no words .. so simple .. and so amazing .. Thank you Vlad ... greeting from Slovakia

Aleksey · long ago
Very nice tut, m8! I'll try to make wall like this right now)) (Y)

trozeli · long ago
you are amazing ... thanks alot

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Pierro · long ago
wow wow wow - i hope you dont delet. this post !! realy great - thanks for this

tos · long ago
thank a lot

mefju · long ago
This is great!

thomas fernandez · long ago
very nice creativity

Márti · long ago
Heló!! Hát ezt a programot pedig hol lehet be szerezni? Nekem nagyon tetszik

danze · long ago
its really simple.... thanks (Y)

D3v:L d3Z:Ns · 10 January 2008
awesome man!! gr8 work

christiaan · 28 March 2008
great tutorial. simple. fun. perfect result. thanks, my brother. :)

Sangrial · 25 April 2008
Estoy encantao con tus tutoriales, tus diseños y todo, acabo de empezar con photoshop, y es un gustazo encontrar regalos así, gracias!

nanki · 23 May 2008
cool i just dont have words to describe my feelings

Melvin · 18 June 2008
Nice tutorials!........ Thanks!... (Guatemala, C.A.)

· 26 April 2009
WOW!. You are very generous and very amazing. Learn lots from just simple technique. keep up good work. Thumps up for you.

Jesu · 9 June 2009

Jaline · 27 June 2009
Just found your site and I love you designs. Thank you for sharing your talents. From Canada

superb....thnx 4 the free registraton. from sudan.

WaZZuP · 29 November 2009
very useful!!! thankz a lot

deep · 6 January 2010
so creative ......

· 12 February 2010
i cant do plz rply how its possible

ilixx · 17 April 2010

Aaron · 18 November 2010
Can we obtain permission to use that image for a poster for commercial use? Aaron

Sumeet · 4 May 2011
Hey its nice.....

cal · 23 May 2011
u re amazing man......................... greetings 4rm KNUST Ghana

CJ · 14 May 2012
I was hoping you could help me. I'm kind of stuck and don't see what I am doing wrong. Love your tutorials, and they are so easy to follow but it may be something on my end though. I'm trying to make the single white dot, and then put an overlay on the layer after resizing and moving it to the top. But the white dot disappears, you can barely see it. Am I using the wrong colors as far as the background goes, or why is it that my white dot is barely seen but yours is there? Here's what I'm talking about: Why is my dot not showing up as good as yours? Am I missing something? Great tutorials by the way!! :D

Vlad Gerasimov · 25 August 2013
Marnie - when times are hard, I will remember your comment :-) Thanks!

Ursule · long ago
I like your style and work. It's very very very good and...incredible. :-)

Carlucio · long ago
Very, very good! Simple!!!

mat · long ago
wonderful work!

Armian · long ago
Privet Vlad! Spasibo za zamechatelni design i za te idei kotorie ti nam dajosh, pokozaja svoju rabotu. Iskrenni blagadaren i djelaju tebe udachi ne tolko v svojei rabote no i v djizne voopshe. VladStudio - 3to kpyto!

jQuan · long ago

Timothy Diokno · long ago
Well, ain't that nice?!

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SiR-HaCk · long ago
Is good!

Bruno · long ago
No speak english!! Valeu !! Este tutorial serviu para mim fazer varios outros efeitos para outras ocasiõess valeuuu!!

Ratajka3 · long ago
prostě super

srinivas · long ago
Thanks for sharing this very well explained tutorial.

alek · long ago
estan chidos


Ben Jacob · long ago
WoW ! Cool tip man, Thanks..

Isiliel · long ago
This is great! Thank you so much! Greetings grom Greece!

diyarbekirli · long ago
babo, ho$ olmu$ gercekten. // hey Father!, I like this, realy..

Moo · long ago
You. Are. Amazing.

Pedro · long ago
Just want to congratulate you for the amazing work you do. You are a great artist and you share your talent to the delight of everyone. Congratulations and many,many success to you Vlad.

Alanna · long ago
Thank you so much for putting up these tutorials. I have never been very good with Photoshop, but these have shown me how to use the different tools in a way that I understand. Thanks!

LemY · long ago
Greatness in simplicity!!

Pico · long ago
Thanks (L)

Lan 007 · long ago
estan super cool las imagenes que haces, muchas felicidades pocas son las personas con este talento y que lo sepas aprovechar es magnifico por ti, y para el mundo muchas gracias vlad!!! the images you make are soo cool!!!, congratulations!!! few persons have this talent, and that you can to take advantage of, is wonderful!!! for you and the world, thanks a lot!!!! vlad

thomas fernandez · long ago
very nice creativity

werner · long ago
super gut, freu mich immer wieder ?ber deine bilder !!

hamid · long ago
u are greet in design

IP3ng · long ago
your is brilliant, good luck

Nishad, India · 9 January 2008
Hi Vlad, Thanks for sharin such a gr8 work.. its really cool, I lreaned photoshop b4 2-3 years, but I really strated usin it after cing ur works.. thanks a lot.. and my best wishes 4 u....

mark · 1 April 2008
fantastic work! youre pictures are realy outstanding good! I thank you so much for sharing your know-how! there is no other place where I can learn so much fantastic tricks. thank you so much for sharing and I hope you go on this way. all the best from switzerland

may · 24 October 2008
dakujem pomohlo to :D

· 26 April 2009
Your are very generous and very amazing, I learn lots from such simple technique, thumps up. Keep up good work

Robin from California · 3 June 2009
Awesome! You are so creative! Your images are just beautiful!

sankhaj · 30 July 2009
Hi vlad, I my self is a professional web desinger and html coder and I am really greateful for your nice tutorials. what people are saying is right...your tutorial is very easy and meaningful. I learn lots of effects things from your site which enhace my designing skill. Thanks for sharing with us. I wish you all the success. Thanks Sankha

Jeba · 7 February 2010
as simple as that.. wow!

dede · 23 February 2010
great man!

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d2 · 13 December 2010
Dear Vlad, thanks :)

· 17 May 2011
Thanks so much

· 2 June 2011
nice n easy · 16 July 2011
Nice Thanks a lot for this

alexander · 17 October 2012
Hello, happy to get some tutoring about Photoshop and the explaining is in a simple, understanding way. You have a gift of teaching, why don't you teach as well?

Marnie Wright · 25 August 2013 I am thoroughly astounded by your imagination and the creativity and inventiveness that goes into your work. I wish that you lived nearby and could teach classes whereby I (and everyone else of course) could ask you questions as we go along. I would probably be so shaken by your presence I wouldn't be able to draw or work at old were you when you started and were you doing it for years before you took off to be the icon and inspiration you have been (and are). You should go down in history!!!! I know I will never forget your work and I would recognize it anywhere! Take care, Marnie

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