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.
1. Open the image in Photoshop.
2. Create a new layer. Press ‘Ctrl Shift N’ to create a new layer.
3. Select the ellipse tool from the toolbar.
4. Draw a small circle on the leaf.
5. Go to edit tab from the main menu. Roll your mouse over transform. Select the warp option from the fly-out menu.
6. Transform the circle as per you want your droplet to be on the leaf. Press enter.
7. Make the value of layer fill to 0 for this circle from the layers palette. The circle will disappear.
8. Now, give the layer style to give effects to the droplet. There is an icon ‘fx’ at the bottom of the layers palette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13. Select a gradient overlay. Set the opacity to 75%. Click on the gradient color-bar.
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.
15. In the layer style window, lower the opacity to 55% and change the angle value to 550.
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.
17. Click ok. The droplet will look like this:
18. Create a new layer by pressing ‘ctrl shift N’. Select the brush tool from the toolbar.
19. Set the foreground color to white and add few white highlights on the droplets like the image below.
20. Viola! The droplet on the image is ready.