Howdy! Photoshop Helps fans, last time you have learned to make the custom water bubbles on a picture with layer style approach. Today I will do water particles at surfing photo by Layer Style just using Photoshop. I have seen this many times on the pictures which force me to write on this technique for you. The tutorial carries simple idea which everyone can easily understand. First of all, we will open a surfing image, add the noise and will make it Gaussian Blur. Then I will arrange the threshold values and set the layer style properties. Read this amazing tutorial complete and do practical work at every step.
Image after making water drops
Step to Do Water Particles at Surfing Photo by Layer Style
Step 1: Open a Surfing Image
In our first step open a surfing image from a computer in Photoshop window. For this purpose go to File -> Open from the main menu or press the command Ctrl + O. An open window will expose, here choose the require picture through this window and do click on Open button. I have selected surfing image from my computer.
Step 2: Create a Copy of Background Layer
After opening the picture in Photoshop window. Now make the copy layer of it in the layer panel. For this purpose press the command Ctrl + J, you will see one copy layer will be created.
Here see the below picture the copy layer 1 can be seen in Layer Panel.
Step 3: Create New Solid Color Layer
In 3rd step create a new solid color layer in Layer Panel. Basically, we will use it for the water drops purpose. Do click on a second icon from the right side in below of the layer panel. A Layer 2 will be created in the layer panel. Change the name of this layer as “Solid color”. After that do click on 4th or middle icon in below of the layer panel. A big list will pop-up, here pick-up the option Solid Color. A color picker dialog window will open, here choose the white color #ffffff and do click on Ok button.
After selection of the color, the white solid color layer will be seen in the layer panel. Let’s have a look in a below picture having the solid color layer.
Step 4: Adding the Noise
After creating the new layer, now add noise on the layer. For this concern go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise option from the main menu. Recently Add Noise small window will appear on the screen. In this window set the values as Amount 400%, Distribution Gaussian, Monochromatic and do click on Ok button.
When you will click on the Ok button the solid color layer will be become noise full.
Step 5: Make Noise Gaussian Blur
The noise has been added on the solid color layer. Now it’s time to make it blur, so go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur from the top menu. A Gaussian blur window will expose. Here Adjust Radius 8.0 pixels and do click on Ok button. See this also http://www.instructables.com/id/HDR-looking-effect-with-only-1-photo/step5/Gaussian-Blur-and-Soft-Light/.
Step 6: Make Adjustment of Threshold
This step is important, by following this step we will make the shapes of water drops. Let’s go to Image -> Adjustment -> Threshold from top menu. A threshold window will open on the screen here adjust the level at 136. You will see the black color drops will be appeared on the white sheet; just like below picture.
Step 7: Remove the White Area
Select the Magic Wand Tool from the toolbar and do click on the white area in the sheet. The all white area will have selected, now press the key Delete from your keyboard. Suddenly selected area will be removed, only black dots will remain. More about Magic Wand Tool see this http://www.photoshophelps.com/2015/08/08/magic-tools-wand-tricky-selections-in-photoshop/ .
After removal of the white area now make the selection inverse. So go to Select -> Inverse or press the command Shift + Ctrl + I from a keyboard. Through this, the selection will become inverse and black dots will be nominated.
Step 8: Create Water Drop Effect
This step is special because in this we will make water drops effect. Very interested and artistic step so be attentive. For water, drops go to Layer -> Layer Style -> Blending Option. A Layer Style big window will open in front of you. Here manage the values of Bevel and Emboss as.
Style : Inner Bevel
Highlight Mode: Linear Light White
Shadow Mode: Linear Light Black
Contour Range: 70%
Set Inner Shadow Properties as
Blend Mode: Overlay White
Set Outer Glow Values As
Blend Mode: Darken
Set Satin Values as
Blend Mode: Vivid Light, Color White
Set Drop Shadow Values as
Blend Mode: Multiple, Color Black
CAUTION! Put all options values carefully in Layer Style Window.
This was our final step, now we have created water drops on the picture in Photoshop. I hope you will have understood and try it again and again by following my guidelines.
In the end, I concluded that we can create water droplets on the picture easily in Photoshop. In the above tutorial, we have followed 8th easiest step to complete our work. First of all opened an image from the computer and made copy layer. Added noise and Gaussian blur and adjusted the threshold values. Removed white color by magic wand tool and set the properties of layer style for water drops.