Adding Realistic Water Drops

This tutorial is about creating the realistic water drops on leaves, or sceneries. The basic concept of making a single bubble is described in this tutorial. You can use the same procedure to create a brush preset and then use it in any picture easily.

STEPS

1. Open the image in Photoshop.
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2. Create a new layer. Press ‘Ctrl Shift N’ to create a new layer.
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3. Select the ellipse tool from the toolbar.
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4. Draw a small circle on the leaf.
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5. Go to edit tab from the main menu. Roll your mouse over transform. Select the warp option from the fly-out menu.
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6. Transform the circle as per you want your droplet to be on the leaf. Press enter.
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7. Make the value of layer fill to 0 for this circle from the layers palette. The circle will disappear.
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8. Now, give the layer style to give effects to the droplet. There is an icon ‘fx’ at the bottom of the layers palette.
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9. Click on drop shadow. Set the values of opacity and angle to 70% and 450. Adjust the value of distance and size to 10px and 7px.
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10. Now select inner-shadow from the left menu of the layer-style window. Set its opacity and angle to 40% and 300. Also, set the values of distance, choke, and size to 1px, 8% and 5px. It will give the droplet a 3D appearance.
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11. Select outer-glow from the left window. Change the blend-mode to multiply. Lower its opacity to 20%. Make sure that the selected color is black. Also, set the size to 5px. A small shadow will appear at the outer edges of the droplet.
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12. Now, select inner-glow. It will give some depth to the droplet by darkening the center area as compared to the exterior surface. Change the blend-mode to multiply. Reduce the opacity to 20% and select the black color. Set the source to center and increase the size to 40 px.
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13. Select a gradient overlay. Set the opacity to 75%. Click on the gradient color-bar.
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14. It will open the gradient-editor panel. On the gradient bar, click on the bottom-left slider and select the yellow color. Then, click on the top-right slider and set its location value to 48%. Click ok.
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15. In the layer style window, lower the opacity to 55% and change the angle value to 550.
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16. Now, select the pattern-overlay from the style menu. Lower the opacity to 30%. Change the blend-mode to overlay. Select the dark-neutral pattern from the pattern drop-down.
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17. Click ok. The droplet will look like this:
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18. Create a new layer by pressing ‘ctrl shift N’. Select the brush tool from the toolbar.
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19. Set the foreground color to white and add few white highlights on the droplets like the image below.
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20. Viola! The droplet on the image is ready.
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FINAL IMAGE
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Author: Haseeb Khan

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