In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to fit an entire oceanscape into a bottle, we will realize it using a variety of blending mode tricks, photo filters and other useful Photoshop techniques. At the end of this process we will have a beautiful photo manipulation, realized in a short time and a very easily way. As usual, you’ll learn loads of great tips and cool tricks in this tutorial. If you want to take your creative composition skills to the next level, this Photoshop tutorial is perfect for you. Let’s get started!

Tutorial Details

  • Estimated Completion Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Intermediate Level
  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5

Final Result

We’re going to use a lot of images this time around in our tutorial. So go ahead and prepare these kind of images you see below (search for something similar on stock photos websites).

Place the bottle into our workspace, and remove the logo.

Tilt the bottle, and drag its blending slider to make the bottle more transluscent.

Change its color by first applying:

and then pull out selective color to further adjust the color.

Place the cork at the mouth of the bottle.

Mask the cork as if it were stuffed inside the bottle. Use a 50% brush to mask the portion of the cork that appears in the bottle to give it a more opaque look.

Decrease the brightness by dragging curves.

Further darken the areas as shown, as that area comes in contact with water.

Water and Ocean surface:

Here we can sketch how much water we want to fill up.

Using a blue brush draw shapes according to our sketch. We can change its blend mode to ‘Multiply’.

Create a gradient (bright to dark) on our water to give an impression of light filtering through.

Next, copy a portion of the ocean into our workspace. Erase areas so that we can get the ocean surface that we want.

Create a meniscus effect of sorts by applying these to blending options:

Change the hue and brightness of the ocean surface.

We can add splash effect in the bottle (sea water crashing), simply by using a portion of the rough seas image. Copy and mask off excessive areas like so:

Fisherman & Boat:

Import the image of fisherman. Resize and place it accordingly.

Mask off unwanted areas and adjust the color so that it matches its surroundings.

Reduce the opacity to around 75% to give it a glassy effect.

Add the bottom of a boat by using image of another boat. Once properly masked off and placed, set it’s opacity to 30%.

The long paddle seems incomplete, so we are going to draw it. When done, use the burn tool to give the paddle some depth.

Seagulls & Marine life:

Copy the seagull image into our workspace.

Drag its blending slider to quickly blend the image.

Mask off excessive areas.

Have the dolphin image transformed and desaturated.

Change its blend mode to ‘Overlay’,

and erase excessive areas.

Next up, add in some jellyfish employing methods similar to the dolphins.

Import image of a coral reef and place it at the end of the bottle.

Erase areas as shown, and add in ‘Drop shadow’ blending option according to settings shown below:

That empty area will be used to fill in some sand. Select that area and fill it with white. Then. have our foreground and background color in two shades of brown, and hit Filter > Add noise. Blur and sharpen the sand to your preference.

I’ve added in tiny sea shells and starfish to spice up the sand area.

Bubbles:

Draw shape similar to below. I simply draw a hard edged circle, and use a soft brush to erase the center. Once done, define it as brush preset.

Use the brush settings as shown below (or similar settings), we can then start to paint our bubbles. Place some around the reef, the oar, and tails of dolphin.

Light rays and ambience aura:

In a nutshell, what I did was render clouds and difference clouds, and also applied a blur filter after. Remove excessive areas, change its blend mode to ‘Overlay’ and tune its opacity.

Same goes to light rays.

Additional Elements:

Adding in a faint sky and clouds background.

Mask off areas deemed excessive and set opacity to 20%.

Adding cracks to the bottle. Import this image.

Warp and transform till we get conformant shape:

Erase those extrusions to beyond the bottle.

Set it as ‘Soft Light’ blend mode.

Duplicate it and nudge it a few pixel downwards. This gives an impression of a thick glass bottle.

Go to our bottle layer, and erase according to our crack texture.

Introduce sunrays from the top:

Once done, we can start to add shades and shadow to our bottle. Draw an elliptical shape and feather that selection. Then, simply fill the selection with black color on a different layer. Transform and adjust the opacity until we achieve the desired effect.

Further add shades and highlights to the whole bottle, and we’re done.

In the final image, I’ve added in a hand into the whole composition to give it some sense of scale and upon inspection, viewers will realize that its a small magical bottle.

Finished!

Well that’s all for my tutorial! To finish off my piece I sized the image down, sharpened it and applied some slight color adjustments. I also created an alternate output.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and learned a thing or two! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!





About the Author: Alex Roman

I’m a 23-year old independent graphic artist based in Romania, Bucharest. I design beautiful, engaging user experiences and intuitive user interfaces for the web. I really love what I do. Want to hire me? Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.





  • Michael:

    Thanks for your tutorial! It helped me create

    BottleWorld

  • Andrew M.:

    This is my end result, hope you like it!
    bottle-photoshop-tutorial

  • koly:

    Was a hard job and an awsome final work… Not easy to do better than you… You have a fantastic inspiration… Respect! and well done

  • Ric:

    Love this…love the tut, love the finish! Thanks for sharing. Forever learning, the day thats stops is the day i cease to exist

  • stooni:

    Cool Tutorial cool result!

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    —Stooni
    Greetings from Switzerland!

  • Top Horoskop:

    Great!!!
    this tutorial is realy halpful

  • ThatsGravy Designs:

    Wow! this is awesome! I like how you show the light rays and how they show through the bottle.

  • Dexter:

    Thanks for all the tutorials You have no idea how much I love this website, Thanks again

  • tasha:

    VERY AWESOME I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE IT..;)

  • Anil saxena:

    I liked d tutorial its awesome….I can b creative ….thanxs

  • Kanchan Rai:

    I found this tutorial very amazing and very detailed, easy to follow and an awesome output there. The only thing I found a bit odd was the boat’s reflection, it’s somehow making the whole image look a bit odd like its reflection. It disturbs the smoothness of the top level of water wave somehow.
    I’m really sorry if I put it the other way or if you didn’t get me but I wish well and loved this tutorial.

  • Marios:

    Beautiful tutorial, well done..I like it a lot.

  • pras29:

    mantabz Gan..thanks for sharing..

  • Bruno Moura:

    Really nice tutorial :)
    Thanks!

  • miamouz:

    totally awesome. thank you!

  • Jerry Lafferty:

    Very cool! Going to experiment with some drunk driving ads with this one. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  • Monica Bower:

    GORGEOUS work, and extremely well-done tutorial. Thank you very much for this, the piece itself is excellent and better still is understanding the techniques behind achieving this look and feel.

  • Nathan Brown:

    This is an amazing tutorial! I shall be experimenting with this for HOURS!!!

  • Nancy Rod:

    Great tutorial and techniques well explained! Thanks for sharing…
    Bookmarked & Featured in Tutorials of the Week!!

  • Brandon:

    Excellent work! It’s nice to see how all element blend together in the end.

  • Jessica:

    Beautiful work and great tutorial. You inspire me to make some posters!

  • Infamous_Guy:

    Thanks for providing this tutorial.
    Really useful to help beginners out, including the professionals as well.
    Thanks once again.

  • Anton:

    Simply awesome!

  • Axenov:

    just rocked this. Awesome tut. Love the style, please please please, keep more coming like this. I am totally digging the textures, mockups, brushes/vectors and everything you guys have been rocking. Everything you guys provide is well worth a premium membership.

  • W illiam:

    Sweet tutorial! Thanks for putting this together.

  • Gabriel:

    Very good and well explain tutorial! I loved the outcome

  • Sebastiano:

    This is absolutely brilliant- a creative idea followed through with a perfect execution! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mandie:

    Thanks so much for this. It looks amazing!