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Ocean Tutorial

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Link me your deviation if you use it! I'd love to see!
If anybody's wondering, I didn't do this because I'm good at drawing oceans, but because ~RavenDragonwing asked.

This is a super-simple version, basically to show the steps.
The ocean at the end looks bland, but at least it shows you how to get there. When I do this usually I do a lot more work on the gradient before the perspective part (as is explained).

I worked this out myself, so I'm pretty proud of that. Although I'm sure it's been done a billion times before.

Extra hints and tips:
Use a large brush from the "thick heavy brushes" preset list and put it on a very low opacity. Go over it a few times getting smaller in brushes, and outline the lower part of the line with a reasonably lighter brush. Repeat in wave-like lines for a breaking wave effect.
If you'd like to add pebbles or sand, simply put your texture underneath, "perspective" it, and make the ocean layer slightly transperant. I use about 90%.


For Photoshop CS3, although as far as I know it should work on most versions.

I needed to find a way to do oceans for a very special person's birthday present...Hint hint...

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Faylenn's avatar
my filter gallery option is greyed out... is there any other way to get to it?
aradia430's avatar
for some reason when I do the underpainting, it just turns out fuzzy instead of the watery look? o3o
elliebum's avatar
This is a great tutorial! :D I used it and it turned out great~ [link] thanks so much for making it! :D :D
Aryan-Dark's avatar
Wow, great work! Heh, even if I do say so myself that does look great. The way you curved it makes for a really nice effect. :highfive: I'm so glad to have helped!
elliebum's avatar
Thanks! I'm very happy it turned out good and people like it! :)
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DeathInTheReaper's avatar
Thanks so much. ^^ This definitely helps me see how other people do this sort of thing. :3
Aryan-Dark's avatar
:) It's a pleasure, I'm glad it helped somebody! Really this is the first time I've done anything like this and it needs vast improvement, but I hope it helps at least with the perspective things. :D
DeathInTheReaper's avatar
Yeah I've used that perspective thing before. It's a really awesome feature. I'm totally in love with it. Saved my butt on a picture I did for my mom last year. xD
Aryan-Dark's avatar
I know, it really is a wonderful feature. :)
RavenDragonwing's avatar
yay!!!! you made my tutorial!!!!!
RavenDragonwing's avatar
yay!!!! you made my tutorial!!!!!
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