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Have a nice day visitors to Photoshop-Master site. From this lesson you will learn how to create spectacular wallpapers with realistic water droplets using only Photoshop and a mouse in a few simple steps.

So, let’s begin. Create a new document with dimensions, for example, 3200x2400 pix. And fill it up dark blue.

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Next, add the volume. To do this, on the new layer, draw a vertical line of light blue using soft round brushAfter the rain very large size (the author used a brush with a diameter of about 1000 pixels)

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Then, apply a filter to this line. Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Blur radius approximately 200px.

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Now combine these two layers (Ctrl-E) and add a few effects: the first is filter Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) and the second – Paint Daubts (Filter – Imitation – Oil painting), but do not overdo it with filters (the effect should be barely noticeable).

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We had an interesting texture base for future dew.

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Let’s start creating droplets. Create a new layer and fill it with white. Create a new layer again and on it using the tool Pencil (Pencil), draw the ovals in a chaotic manner. The important point – the contours ovals should be continuous.

Remember, nature does not know perfectly even forms, so do not use the tool Ellips (Ellipse).

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You will need a lot of patience to fill in the ovals of the entire document.

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Well, we have the shapes of the droplets, which now need to be filled with black. It is very simple, just one stroke with the Magic Wand. Using the tool Magic wandAfter the rain (Magic Wand), click the mouse anywhere outside the shape of the droplets.

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You got a selection around the droplets, to select the droplets themselves you need to invert the selection. To do this, click Ctrl-Shift-I and, without removing the selection, fill the selection with black using the tool BucketAfter the rain(Fill) (G).

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Fine. Now the secret of the author of the lesson will open before you! Combine the layer with black ovals – droplets and a white layer of the base. The resulting layer needs to be blurred with Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). The blur radius plays a very important role here. The author chose radius equal 7pix.

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Now call the Levels dialog box. Ctrl-L. Move the black and white sliders so that they stand close to the middle gray slider. After this action, the image will acquire some clarity and smoothness.

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Next, get rid of the white color on our layer. To do this, use the following shortcut order: * Ctrl-A * Ctrl-C * Q * Ctrl-V * Q * Del(This is another author’s secret!).

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It’s time for effects. Set “Blend Mode” to Screen (Lighten) and using Layer styles add effect Drop Shadow (Shadow), Bevel (Embossed) and Inner Glow (Internal glow). You can use both default settings and your own.
Now our droplets look much better.

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Add a little glare and reflection on our droplets. Create a new layer (blend mode – Overlay (Overlap), Opacity (Opacity) approximately 50%), select a soft white brush and put a highlight on each drop. (As conceived by the author, the light falls from above, hence the glare should be located at the top of the droplets)

Translator Board: before setting the glare, click Ctrl + click miniature layer with droplets, so when you set the glare near the edge of the droplets – the flare will not go beyond the selection and you will not have to work with an eraser to remove the unnecessary.

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Already better, but not good enough. We need to add one more effect – a reflection from below on each drop. Ctrl + click thumbnail layer with droplets to get a selection. Then Select – Modify – Contract (Selection – Modification – Compress). In the dialog box that appears, enter a value 5 pixels.

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Create a new layer on which to fill the selection with white. Without removing the selection, move the selection to 10px up and press Del.
Translator Board: to move up on 10px. enough 10 times click on the up arrow.

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Now blur a little layer with reflection and change the blending mode to Soft light or Overlay

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That’s all!

Do not be afraid to experiment and everything will work out for you.

Author: Vlad Gerasimov
Transfer: Evgenia Goncharova
Link to the source of the lesson

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