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Simple ocean tutorial. by lassekongo83 Simple ocean tutorial. by lassekongo83
If you're trying to create a simple tropical ocean with a simple beach you can try using this tutorial.
You'll need to know your way around Photoshop. I don't explain everything in detail. I created this one in a couple of minutes, so the text and image quality isn't the best, but hopefully you'll understand and have the skills enough to create something much better out of it. ;)

------ Simple Ocean Tutorial by lassekongo83 ------

1. Start by creating a gradient sky with your colors of choise. Create a new layer called beach. Draw the beach with a normal brush tool. Smudge out the sharp edges with the smudge tool.

2. Create a new layer called ocean. Draw it with a normal brush. Add some extra darker blue colors on it. Draw some small-medium lines with the beach color where the beach meets the ocean. Smudge around with the smudge tool again.

3. Get yourself a texture of waves. Easiest way to do this is to create a simple ocean in Terragen, Vue or Bryce. Put it over the ocean layer. Set the layer style to Soft Light and the opacity to around 35%. Erase any sharp edges with the erase tool.

4. Create a new layer above all the others. Draw some simple white lines where the beach meets the ocean. Smudge it out a bit until the edges looks soft and ok.

5. Finish your image by merging the ocean and wave layer. Erase the messy top and soften the horizon a little bit.

6. Image is still far from finished. Mix around with different lights, objects and whatever you feel like. ;)
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CatLemonade Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this helpful tutorial!  I used it to make a water partition here.
pawcanada Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful :D. Thanks for making this :)
nejiHolic Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so helpful. <3
Dulali Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always make things so much more complicated than need be; thanks a lot for making this, it is really going to help me out.
Minako37 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
than i cood use this
BarbieBurnanator Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm sure it'll help me later! :D
DenisDlugas Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   General Artist
Thank you sooooooo much for your fantastic tutorial!!! :love:
I've used it to create this [link] :aww:
AJRyan22 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is what i did with your tutorial
nickknax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial! It's very helpful!
tsubakiXflower Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
looks pretty good :) I think it would be better if there was some texture in the sand tough. there are some good brushes here on dA that u could download. Other than that i love it! Nice and simple
smileitsanewday Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
this is great. Thanks
NaZiiTo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Trinity-13-31 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
go look at a dictionary before you use that word.
Supermih Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Ouh this tutorial is soo good *-*
negativePotato Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Wow, it's such a simple tutorial and the outcome is great! really helpful, thanks ^_^
seek4art Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009   Interface Designer
thank you so sosooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooooooooo much I needed it in my work rescued me :handshake:
nostalgiconfusion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
this is going to be really helpful. and it looks great! thanks!
whisperingwinds Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
This is really helpful! Thanks for making this!
TheAbsintheFairy Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Wow! You're work is awesome!!
PLease show off more of your work at my graphics forum!
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