Sailing The High Sea:
The web is fantastic for learning, especially for when you want to get the most from software. Photography and PhotoShop go hand in hand – the Adobe colossus is extremely powerful, and I know I’m only touching the surface with my knowledge of the system. So, it’s good to practice whenever I can, and to utilise online tutorials.
Camera in hand, I took a shot of a Fridge magnet, which had been gathering a little dust.. now then.. how could I make it look better? I wanted to place it in the sea, and produce a realistic scene.
First of all, I created a realistic water texture, using this online tutorial. Then I added the sky – this was a stock photo from my collection. Then, the magnet was cut from the photo, using the Quick Selection tool – see how to use that tool, here.
Having cut out the ship, it was pasted as a new layer, into the scene that I was creating.
With the ship now in it’s rightful place, upon the high sea, I added a reflection to the water. I utilised this online tutorial for creating the reflection.
The lens flare was added for a little atmosphere. In Photoshop, go to: Filter > Render > Lens Flare.
A coloured filter and some softening were applied to the overall scene. Have a go, and see what you can come up with!