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Tutorial: Realistic Water Drops in Photoshop

By December 23, 2013Photo Effects, Tutorials

Learn how to create realistic water drops in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial i will show you how to create realistic water drops. You can use this method to create water drops for leafs, metals, glass and other surfaces. The technique is simple and easy, all you have to do is to create a shape and change the blending options. I will show you step by step how to achieve similar result.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner

Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop

Estimated Completion Time: 5-20′ Minutes

Resources: Green Leaf Image from whologwhy

Step 1 > Open the Image

Open the image you want to add water drops. For this tutorial i used a green leaf but you can use metals, glass and other similar surfaces.

 

create water drops step 1

Step 2 > Create the Shape

First create a new layer by going to Layer > New > Layer (Shift Ctrl + N) and name it “Water Drops”. Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and fill it with black to white gradient and -70 Angle. Finally change the blending mode to Overlay.

 

Create realistic water drops step 2

Step 2 > Blending Options

Right click on the water drops layer and press “Blending Options” in the new tab add the following values:

 

Drop Shadow: blending mode = linear burn, opacity = 32, angle = 90, distance = 8, spread = 0, size = 6.

Create water drops step 2a

 

Inner Glow: blending mode = linear burn, opacity = 33, noise = 0, choke = 0, size = 2.

Create water drops photoshop tutorial 3b

 

Inner Shadow: blending mode = linear burn, opacity = 16, angle = -53, distance = 3, size = 3 and press OK.

create water drops step 3c

Step 3 > Add Highlight

Ctrl + click on Water Drop layer to select it and create a new layer with name “Highlight 1”. Pick a small soft white brush with size 33px and draw on top of selection. Change the blending mode to Overlay.

 

create water drops in photoshop 4a

Step 4 > Add Another Highlight

With the water drop selection still active create another layer and name it “Highlight 2” With smaller brush add another white dot with size 22px and 0 hardness. Press (Ctrl + D) to deselect. Your water drop is almost ready.

 

Create water drop in photoshop

Step 5 > Group Layers

Press (Shift) and select Water Drop, Highlight 1 and Highlight 2 layers. Press (Ctrl + G) to group them. Rename the Group 1 to Water Drop 1.

 

water drop photoshop tutorial group layers

Step 6 > Add More Drops

Duplicate the “Water Drop 1” group and transform it by pressing (Ctrl + T). Move the new group and repeat the same process to create ne water drops.

 

create water drops in photoshop step 7

Conclusion

Create more water drops in different shapes and sizes to make the image more realistic. Add more highlights and follow the direction of light in your image. When you zoom out them image will look even better.

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