Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Distorting the view through the water, part of Photoshop Artist in Action: Steve Caplin's Day for Night.
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Now that we've made the water, we need to address the fact that as a medium water …is denser than air, and this means that the water will distort anything seen …through it. Although it may sound complex, it's easy …to add a refractive element to our running water. …So let's look at the area the water takes up. …What we want to do is to refract this part of the background that's seen …through it. So let's hide our water, make a rough …selection of this background. Let's take this a little wider just to …make sure I get it all in. And we'll make a merged copy of this …using Edit, and Copy Merged. I'm now going to Paste that, and because …we have a selection made, it'll Paste it exactly in place.…
And let's call this, Reflection. I'll go move it behind the water layer. …And let's show the water again. Now we only want the reflection to show …up where it overlaps the water underneath. …So let's make a mask for it. We can load the water with a selection by …holding Cmd on a Mac and Ctrl on a PC and clicking on it's Thumbnail. …
- Removing and replacing the sky
- Turning the scene into night
- Painting in a lamp
- Adding shadows
- Making it rain
- Creating a building's reflection
- Adding puddles and streams
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Replacing the Sky
2. Turning the Scene into Night
3. Adding the Street Lamp
4. Adding the Figure
5. Making It Rain
6. Creating the Building's Reflection
7. Adding Puddles and Streams
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