Creating an aquarium in Photoshop: Photoshop’s tricks and techniques is to experiment with an object that you can’t create using standard tools. Creating an aquarium can be exactly that kind of project. You have to work with blend modes and multiple image sources, but your aquarium can look very realistic.
1) Open a new document with the following settings (CTRL + N).
2) Fill the Background with this color: #89a790.
3) Open a new layer. Draw a big circle for the aquarium using the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Fill the circle with 50% gray (Shift + F5).
4) Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool cut a little bit of the circle from the bottom and top.
5) Change the Blending Mood from Normal to Difference and change the Fill to 5% to give the object a glass effect.
6) Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool draw an ellipse on the top of the object. Be sure that the ellipse is just the way you want it to be because this is going to serve as the opening to the aquarium After you have positioned the ellipse perfectly, press Delete on your keyboard to empty all the space enclosed by the ellipse. Do not deselect the selection.
7) Open a new layer. Fill the ellipse with 50% gray.
8) Change the Blending Mode to Difference and apply the settings shown in the picture below. Merge both the layers you created in Step 3 and Step 7 (CTRL + E).
9) Open a new layer. The selection you made in Step 6 should still be present. Right click the selection and choose Stroke. Enter 2px for the Width and choose White as the color. Press OK.
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