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Condensed - Making Of

My warmest greetings! On this page, I will show you how easy it  is to create photo-realistic image of waterdrops with only Adobe Photoshop and a mouse. Let's start with new document (I usually set size to 3200x2400 pixels) and fill it with dark-blue.

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Next, add some 3D effect. For this, draw a light-blue line in new layer, using very wide brush (here around 1000 pixels width).

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Then, use Gaussian Blur filter (with large setting such as 200px) in order to, well, blur :)

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Then merge these 2 layers (Ctrl-E), and apply a couple more effects - first Noise (not much) and then Paint Daubts (again, only a bit).

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Now we have pretty good background for our future waterdrops.

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Now the fun begins - waterdrops. Create new layer, fill with white, and then in another new layer (!) draw a slighly chaotic oval using sharp pencil tool. Remember, nature never has ideal shapes, so dont use vector tools.

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Now spent about an hour or two and fill entire document with drops outlines.

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Good, now we have waterdrops outlined, we need to fill them with black color. It  is very easy - with magic wand, click anywhere outside waterdrops (make sure Contiguous is checked)...

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then invert your selection (Ctrl-Shift-I) and fill with black color using Bucket (G) - make sure Contiguous is NOT checked, or you'll have to fill each waterdrop manually.

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Attention! I'm releaving my biggest commercial secret now! Merge black waterdrops with white background and apply Blur to it. Radius is important, feel free to experiment. I chose 7 px.

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And now, hit Ctrl-L to open Levels dialog, and move black and white arrow pointers closer to the middle. You'll see how our blurred waterdrop become sharp and smooth.

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Remove white from this layer. You can use the following shortcuts for that:
* Ctrl-A
* Ctrl-C
* Q
* Ctrl-V
* Q
* Del

(this was another professional secret! :-))

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Now it  is time for nice layer effects. Set layer blend mode to Screen, and use Shadow, Bevel and Inner Glow to make waterdrops look better.

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Some more lights and reflections would make our artwork much nicer. Create new layer (with blend more = overlay and opacity = around 50%), select brush tool and white color, and spend another hour putting white dots where light is reflecting in the top of waterdrops (in my case, light is falling from top).

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Better, but not yet good enough. We'll need another effect - light reflecting from bottom of each waterdrop. Ctrl-click layer to make waterdrops selected (or right-click layer thumb and choose Select Layer Transparency). Then go  to Select > Modify > Contract and contract it  by about 5 pixels.

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Create new layer, fill the selection with white, then move selection about 10px to top, and hit Del to remove selected area.

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Now apply a bit of blur, and set blend mode to soft light or overlay - and you are done!

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Comments {60}

Rok long ago
Nice work. This one is really the best and the most pretty.

lbc long ago
not easy to follow this tutorial because you need to add more steps, for drops for example, its not easy to make drops as yours because you don't gave us explanation about shadow, inner glow and emboss ... btw great work (Y)

colin long ago
we are trying to create an image just like this, but increase it to aprox 4 x 2 m in size ,to cover a wall in our house,do you or any body have an image of around 600 dpi,in order to get the image quality we require

my name long ago
love this work, very good

Knight2k5 long ago
WE WANT MORE!!! WE WANT MORE!!! :-)

Magic long ago
Nicely done! but since am new to photoshop, I need more explanation..(-:

Nguyen Vu long ago
so cooool :-O I really love it (L)

Xarvan long ago
Can't Say Any Thing

Madeck long ago
It's really great, but to add to Pieter, it is true that with the Paint Daubs effect, I didn't get the same results as you... I know that you would probably ask me to register, but It would be nice to detail a bit more how to manage the Paint Daubs effect :-P !

miro long ago
Predivno, Ochen Harasho

SHIRAN long ago
GREAT WORK SIR (L)

RoSy long ago
you are a reall artist i like that... thanx

Amoo long ago
Sweet Man, Good Job

Radi long ago
it's easy, not worthy of following. :-s (N)

CerebroJD long ago
This is gettin added to favourites! Thanx!

Marty long ago
Hmm.. ;-) im sucky in this lol don't understand it well but ok. nice work anny way.

Jeanette long ago
I got as far as getting the water drops to be smooth but I have not been able to remove white from the layer. The shortcuts that you gave don't seem to work for me

Dj long ago
Man... you're one nice bloke.. thanks for these tips. :-)

Almo long ago
Thankyou for sharing your expertise so freely.. :)

Nawshad long ago
Very nice and extremely generous for explaining your procedures.

jobinvarghese long ago
good

Vinit Kulkarni 28 February 2008
where is this filter in phtshp cs2 =>Paint Daubs filter

jota 6 August 2008
fantastic, you are geat

sojo 1 November 2008
thx for these tutorials.. it's even better that the procedures doesn't contains much details. everyone can discover and play a little bit until desired results is achieved ;) you're REALLY talented, nice work Vlad!

felicidade azten 21 July 2009
COOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! you're awesome!!

Amy 6 August 2009
nice!

Victor 19 August 2009
thanks!!!!

melo...64 6 March 2010
this is very hard to follow and i cant do it

egy designer 17 March 2010
dang very nice ..but i got a problem with language can't read wht u did tottaly bullshit ha?:-s

sheperahmed5@gmail.com 16 July 2011
Fine Thank you very much for this tutorials.

Vlad Gerasimov long ago
lbc: you probably mean the step #13 - applying layer effects. I applied Bevel, Inner shadow (reverted and white), shadow (black overlay). You can (register and) download photoshop source file from downloads page - http://www.vladstudio.com/downloads/- to view exact values for each layer effect.

amit long ago
Awesome stuff..... :-O (Y)

ian long ago
great...what a well done job!!! (Y) ;-)

Venkatesh long ago
what a beautiful exellent! thanking You sir. :-) & (Y)

fan!! long ago
You are the shiznit!!!

bellex long ago
woow. very good !!! (Y)

me long ago
I don't completly understand how to do it (I tried it), but the outcome is awesome! Good job! Keep it up! (Y)

air long ago
(U)

Vesna long ago
It is really good but I tried to remove WHITE PART from the layer and it didn't work. p.s. free download is not available :-)

esnf48 long ago
(y)

Rob7 long ago
You are my hero, your creatios are of great inspiration to me

Tomy long ago
dont know how to remove the white from layer

Norman long ago
... -thats awesome!

koyn long ago
nice work...(Y) can you make some matrix style?

yeah long ago
really professional work... (Y)

Guen long ago
-drools- This is amazing!

Black Xero long ago
You are Master of Crafts ... Welldone :-) (Y)

Pieter long ago
Nice! (Y) I have one problem, I use Photoshop CS2 and when I do the Paint Daubs filter, there are a lot of options and I don't know excactly what do to with this since I'm a real noob with Photoshop. You can mail the solution for this problem to photoshopproblem.10.pdedecker@spamgourmet.com. (this is not my real adress, this is a redirect adress so that spammers can't spam me) Thanks.

Eissa long ago
Wow....thankyou so much for this wallpapers aren'ta nightmare anymore! :-D

Raja long ago
hi it was really good and keep up the good work

chris long ago
masterclass if i ever saw it

rob long ago
if only you had put comerty on but great site

D3v:L D3z:Ns 11 January 2008
kk!! not realistic!! nice work

rajan 2 May 2008
nice man but i still cant get the rite way to do the water drops

Viten 17 November 2008
Уважаемый Влад, уроу действительно классный и простой! А все гениальное... Только одно плохо, что нет уроков на русском.

pit 14 April 2009
a layer remains unused here Create new layer, fill with white, and then in another new layer (!) draw a slighly chaotic oval using sharp pencil tool.

petka 6 February 2010
to su fakt kokoti co tosem dali

10 February 2010
nice!!

neil 6 August 2010
well this was fantastic

PICO 20 December 2010
ETA XUXA TA LA ZORRA

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