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How To: Submerge a Room in Water

photoshop basics Mar 04, 2020

Hey everyone,

I recently did a tutorial on how I flood a room or submerge it in water using photoshop. You can view the full tutorial by signing up for the premium membership.

This can be a really cool effect if you want to add people floating around, objects or if you’re just looking to add water to fishbowl or a vase. The same techniques would be applied to any of these.

I got my image from Adobe Stock, I thought it would be a cool image to submerge in water. Even though this image was amazing, there are a few things in the image that makes me not want to use it for a real composite only because there does appear to be a door with light coming in on the side and two open doors in the background. If we’re being realistic, I wouldn't choose a room that had open doorways or windows.

In my tutorial, I showed three different ways to submerge a room in the water. Sign up for my premium membership to watch the full tutorial.

For the first technique, I flooded a portion of the room. I mainly focused on creating the surface of the water. This is what gives the illusion of the flood. In the tutorial, I demonstrated two different ways to add the surface to give you some options. For the part of the image that is underwater, I added a distortion effect to make it look a little bit more like it’s underwater.

If you would like to make the whole room be underwater, you can add an overlay to the image. I showed this as the second technique. This technique is probably the one I would do in real life. I added a mask to the overlay and brushed some it off to lower the opacity. To make it look a little more natural, I warped the image. You can make your own adjustments to your preference.

The last technique, I added the flood plug-in for photoshop. It won’t give the same effect as a submerged room because you won’t be able to see through it. In my full tutorial, I gave the exact settings I used to create the image.

When applying any of the techniques, you want to add any adjustments you prefer. It is pretty simple!

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Happy Editing!

Tara Lesher


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