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Photoshop Tutorials:Do Water Particles at Surfing Photo by Layer Style

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.

This is original surfing image for water drops. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

Original Image

This is our final result after water drops. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

The surfing image has been selected in Open Window. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

Copy Layer 1 can be seen in Layer Panel. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

The white color has been selected from color picker window. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

The new Solid White layer has been created in Layer Panel. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

The noise value has been fixed in Add Noise Window. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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/.

The Gaussian Blur value has set for noise. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

The Threshold value has been manage for shape of water drops. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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/ .

White background area has been removed by Magic Wand Tool. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 140%
Direction: Up
Size: 11px
Soften: 0px
Highlight Mode: Linear Light White
Opacity: 100%
Shadow Mode: Linear Light Black
Opacity: 41%
Contour Range: 70%

Do Water Particles at Surfing Photo by Layer Style Bevel and Emboss. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

Set Inner Shadow Properties as

Blend Mode: Overlay White
Opacity: 40%
Angle: -90˚
Distance: 5px
Choke: 0%
Size: 8px

Layer style Inner Shadow Values have been managed. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

Set Outer Glow Values As

Blend Mode: Darken
Opacity: 75%
Noise: 0%
Color: 4e4e4e
Technique: Softer
Source: Edge
Choke: 0%
Size: 10px
Range: 50%
Jitter: 0%

The Outer Glow values have been arranged. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

Set Satin Values as

Blend Mode: Vivid Light, Color White
Opacity: 30%
Angle: 90˚
Distance: 20px
Size: 30px
Contour: Invert

Satin properties have been adjusted in the window. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

Set Drop Shadow Values as

Blend Mode: Multiple, Color Black
Opacity: 70%
Angle: 90˚
Distance: 4px
Spread: 10%
Size: 8px

Drop Shadow properties have been arranged. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

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.

This is our final result after water drops. Image © reserved 2015 Photoshop Helps.com

Ultimate Results

Conclusion

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.

About Ali Imran

Howdy! I’m + Ali Imran and CEO of Photoshophelps.com. I have passed BS Computer Science degree in the year of 2013. I’ve a great experience in Content Writing, Photoshop, Graphics Designing, SEO, Web Developing and Web Designing.

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