Create Ship Fleet Under Sea Monster Attack Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process used to create Ship Fleet Under Sea Monster Attack Scene in Photoshop. The concept of this artwork is that a ship fleet was attached by sea monster when passing though uncharted water.

This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and can be a bit tricky to complete, but why not have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6 or above.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

ship-fleet-under-monster-attack-psdvault-flatten-2

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Sky by cosmicspark

Ocean

Cliff by whynotastock

Rock (Pick 1 from the list)

Ship 1 by lomapatta-stock

Ship 2 by mjranum-stock

Octopus by Stickfishies-Stock

Water Splash Brushes by redheadstock

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 750px with black background. Load the Sky stock image into Photoshop and select it, copy and paste the selection to our canvas. Use the free transform tool to adjust the size of the Sky layer to fit our canvas. Then, use a soft eraser to remove parts of the sky as shown below:

1 paste erase

Load the Ocean stock image into Photoshop and select the following section of the ocean:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, use a soft eraser to fade the edges of the ocean:

1 paste ocean

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this ocean layer:

Black & White

1 bw

Levels

1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Load the Cliff stock image into Photoshop and select the cliff:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our canvas, place it at the position shown below:

2 paste

Use the Burn tool with the following setting, darken parts of the cliff:

2 burn

 

2 effect

Apply the following Black and White adjustment to remove the colours of the cliff:

2 bw

Repeat the above process, and add 2 more cliffs to our canvas. Make sure you adjust each cliff’s size and shape using the free transform tool, so they don’t look exactly the same:

2 more cliff

 

Step 3

Load the Rock stock image into Photoshop. I used the following stock from the download link at the beginning of this tutorial, but you can any stock you like from that download page. Select a portion from the rock stock image:

3 rock sel

 

3 had

 

3 more rock

Step 4

Still using the Rock stock image, select a few smaller pieces and add them to the following position, above the ocean. Remove the colours of the rock layers using Black and White adjustment:

4 rock around ocean

Use a cloud/smoke brush, gently paint some cloud effect around the cliff and above the ocean. These cloud will add dramatic effect to the shipwrecks that we will be adding into the next step:

4 cloud paint

Step 5

Load the “Ship 1” stock image into Photoshop and select the ship:

5 shipwreck

Copy and paste the selection to our document, resize and place it to the following position:

5 paste

Apply the following adjustment layer as clipping mask to this ship layer:

Black and White

5 bw

Levels

5 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

Repeat the above process, add a few more ships onto the ocean. Adjust their size and layer opacity accordingly:

5 more

Step 6

Load the “Ship 2” stock image into Photoshop and make a selection of the ship: (doesn’t matter if your selection is a bit rough)

6 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our canvas, place it onto the following position. Flip the ship horizontally:

6 paste

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this new ship layer:

Black and White

6 bw

Levels

6 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

6 effect

Repeat the above process and add another same but smaller ship to the following position:

6 effect more

Use a cloud brush to paint some extra cloud around the ships:

6 smoke part

Step 7

We will be using an Octopus as our monster in this step. Load the Octopus stock image into Photoshop, select the Octopus and paste it to the following position. Flip the layer horizontally and rotate it slightly clock-wise:

7 paste

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping mask to this Octopus layer:

Black and White (set layer opacity to around 75%)

7 bw

Levels

7 lvs

Fade the parts where Octopus connects with the cliff using a soft eraser, and here is the Octopus so far:

7 effect

I further added a couple Octopus Tentacles in the ocean (with colours removed):

7 more

7 more 2

Here is the overall effect:

7 overall

Step 8

In this final step, I’m adding a couple of water splash around the tentacles using the splash brushes downloaded at the beginning of the tutorial:

8 water splash

8 water 2

Also added some particles effect around the ships using a particle brush:

8 particle

I then apply some colours to the image using  a number of image adjustment layers such as color balance, selective color and hue. This is my final result: (click to enlarge)

ship-fleet-under-monster-attack-psdvault-flatten-2

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • Very good Photoshop tutorial! The composition, the color tones, the blending techniques, I like all :)