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Be amazed and learn as master digital artist Bert Monroy takes a stylus and a digital pad and treats them as Monet and Picasso do with oil and canvas. Learn the tips and tricks you need to whip those digital pictures into shape with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Read More
How to use Layer Masks in Photoshop to convert an image into a work of art
Bert starts by creating the environment to put the jellyfish into. He creates a new file and fills in the background with the blue from his original picture. He creates a new layer for the ocean floor. He choses two colors; a beige and a darker brown. He uses the Clouds Filter (Filter-Render-Clouds. In order to intensify the Clouds and the contrast between the light and dark clouds, he holds the ATL key. He then adds a filter on top of that called Difference Clouds (Filter-Render-Difference Clouds). He uses Ctr F to choose his desired tone. He then adds another filter, the Texturizer (Filter-Texture-Texturizer) and distorts the layer (Edit-Transform-Distort). To add depth he uses the burn tool to add a 3-dimensional look on the ground. Then he adds a mask, black and white and linear gradient to make the ground look like its disappearing into the void of the ocean.
In a new layer he uses the Cloud filter again with a deep blue and a lighter clue. He adds another filter on top, Plastic Wrap (Fitler-Artistic-Plastic Wrap) and distorts just as he did with the ocean floor.
He then pulls the jellyfish out of the original picture using a channel with good contrast, selecting the fish, and adding it to his painting. To add particulate matter to the ocean water he creates a new layer filled with black and adds Noise (Filters-Noise-Add Noise). He introduces some grays with the Blur Filter (Filter-Blur-Blur).
The final step is creating rays of light coming from the surface. He creates another layer filled with black. He uses the Fibers Filter (Filters-Render-Fibers).
Don't forget to design and e-mail Bert a background for our green screen! Please send a jpg design with size 1280x720 pixels