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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 18, 2014

Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

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In this week’s installment of Pixel Playground, Bert shows us his process for creating water drops on a surface in Photoshop.

He begins by using the paintbrush to write “water” and create the droplets and underline. Next, he opens the Layer Styles and adds a sequence of styles that give the elements transparency and dimension. In order to create the magnifying effect of water droplets, he creates a new layer, duplicates the surface, and increases the size to make the underlying grain size larger.

Finally, Bert turns the water into a selection and gives it a mask so the grain under the water looks larger than the rest of the background. A little distortion of the edges of the water and the sand below put the final touch on this technique.

Watch this week’s video to get started, and be sure to check back next week for the next installment of Pixel Playground, in which Bert will teach us how to wrap a pattern around a 3D wine goblet.

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