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How to paint realistic waves in Photoshop

When painting ocean scenes in Photoshop CC, as with most of my painting projects, I start by gathering some marine photo references, to ensure that I’ve got a good grasp of the subject matter. I also find it useful to look at the work of great seascape painters from history, whatever art techniques they use, and whichever artistic movement they belonged to. 

Marine waves are usually caused by wind that generates ripples across the sea surface. As the ripple effect increases, the sea surface starts to form a crest that then falls on itself in a shape that’s more or less comparable with an irregular pipe.

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