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|Realistic Water Droplets|
Tutorial Author - Man1c M0g (http://forums.biorust.com/member.php?s=&action=getinfo&userid=1)
With a high quality digital camera, a steady hand, and a keen eye you can
capture some truly amazing photographs of nature at its most beautiful.
But what happens when you can't find a suitable scene to photograph, or it isn't
quite suitable for your exact purpose? Well, this is where Photoshop and
the right techniques can help. This tutorial details a simple method
for creating realistic water droplets that can be added to any image. All
you need is Photoshop, an underlying picture, and a sense of realistic
perspective. Interested? Read on...
Open up a stock image in Photoshop of any size and/or format. The best
results for this tutorial usually involve images where water droplets would
exist in real life. Putting a droplet on a newspaper, for example,
would look downright silly.
2: Press CTRL+J on the keyboard to copy+paste the selected area into a
layer of its own. Name this layer droplet or something else
appropriate. Select the new layer in the layers palette, hold CTRL and
click on the droplet layer again to re-select the elliptical shape.
Once you have done this, run Filter > Distort > Spherize, and play
with the setting until it looks good. Essentially, this filter
recreates the underlying optical distortion of the water droplet.
3: Without pressing the OK button, go to the Inner Shadow
section and enter in these settings too. Please note that the Angle
of the effects should be changed to reflect the position of the light source
in your underlying picture. In my example the light comes from the
upper right, but this may be very different in your picture!
When you are happy with the result, press OK.
Step 4: If you still have a selection active, lose it. Then select the Blur tool with a medium-sized brush set to 50% strength, and blur the bottom left edges of the droplet. Real water droplets, of course, do not have sharp edges, so this is a cosmetic adjustment that can improve the realism of the final result greatly, especially with the smaller size droplets.
Step 5: Hold CTRL and click the droplet layer again to form a selection around the water droplet. Create a new transparent layer on top of all the others, call it reflection or something else appropriate, and make it the active layer. After you have done this, take the gradient tool, set it to a linear white-to-translucent gradient, and drag the cursor diagonally inside the droplet to create a simple gradient like the one on the left.
6: Choose Edit > Transform > Scale from the main menu and reduce
the height and width to 80% of their original size. Set the reflection
layer opacity to 80%. Then, using the cursor keys, move the light
reflection a little towards the top left of the droplet. And that's it
- you've made a realistic water droplet!