How to Create Water Reflections With Realistic Ripples in Photoshop

How to Create Water Reflections With Realistic Ripples in Photoshop

August 14, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


How to make water reflections with realistic
ripples in Photoshop welcome to psdesire photoshop & photography
Youtube Channel. in this video i will show you how to make
water reflections from scratch, with realistic reflections and ripples. For this photoshop tutorial I’ve selected
this barn photograph. First select marquee tool and click & drag
to make some selection from photograph to make reflection. copy and paste it in new layer. go to edit, transform and select scale. Flip
it vertically, and place it, so it becomes a mirror image of the original photo. i need to reposition the two layers to fit
the height and width of the canvas well rename the layers to identify easily convert reflection layer to smart object,
so we change any adjustments without destruction now we add blur to reflection. goto filter
and select motion blur keep angle 90 degree and distance 11 pixels.
click OK now we need to Make water ripples for reflection Open a new 600 x 1000 px RGB Photoshop document.
size doesn’t matter but make sure it vertical size. fill layer with black now add noise to the layer. Go to Filter>Noise>Add
Noise, and set the Amount to maximum. click OK Next go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, and
set the Radius to smaller pixels. Now go to your layers panel and switch to
Channels. Click on the Red layer then go to Filter>Stylize>Emboss, and set the Angle to
180 with the Height at 1 and the Amount at maximum. Do the same again with the Green layer selected,
and the Angle set to 90. with the Height at 1 and the Amount at maximum Next we want to stretch the lower part of
the image outwards in order to give it the correct perspective. Go to Edit>Transform>Perspective and pull
the bottom corners outwards as far as you can. You can observe the image looks like colorfull
ripple water waves You can stretch the lower part more to get
smooth wave effect Save this as a .psd with maximum compatibility
and close it. this psd file works as displacement map to
create ripples for our tutorial name the file water ripples displace map for
easy access now go Back in your original project file,
Apply the Waves Ripples displace map to reflection layer Go to Filter>Distort>Displace and a dialogue
box appears. set the Horizontal Scale to 10, and the vertical scale to 40. Also select
Stretch to Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels. When you click okay you will be asked to find
a displacement map and select displace map .psd image you made earlier. if you want greater distortion simply click
on filter again and change vertical scale we successfully created a realistic water
reflection effect finally To finish off, we’ll make some small
adjustments to the image as a whole. First we’ll darken the area where the water meets
the land. Add a new layer, and take gradient tool and
select Reflected Gradient keep foreground white and drag where the water
meets the land. invert the layer CTRL + I keyboard shortcut Change the layer’s blending mode to multiply,
and take it’s Opacity way down to smaller amount. . Similarly add a little environment haze at
the top of the reflection. in this image sky is whiter color so add white gradient change layer blending mode to screen & reduce
opacity finally add vibrance adjustment layer and
increase vibrance add gradient mask to make effect apply only
to top part of the image, not on reflection here is before & after photographs. Hope you enjoy this photoshop tutorial on
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