Water droplet

In this Photoshop tutorial we will learn how to draw water droplets.

Open an image that needs to add 1 or more droplets. To create this effect, the author used a picture of a green leaf.

Add a new layer by clicking on in the palette Layers and do round selection with Elliptical Marquee Tool.
It is not necessary to make a perfectly smooth circle. Just try to stick to the same size as in the picture.
This will give you confidence that the end result will be similar to our version. After completing this lesson, you can certainly experiment with the settings.

Now press the letter D on your keyboard to set the primary color the black, and the background is white.

With active selection, select Gradient tool and take a linear gradient (AT) in the settings panel at the top.

If everything is fine, then we will see the following settings in the preview windows.

Make sure the gradient goes from black to white. If not, look for the option Revers (WITH) has been disabled. If you do not see a black and white gradient, then double-click on the gradient in the panel (A), select the desired gradient, click Ok.

Now we draw a gradient from left to right. Starting from red points and gradient up blue points.

Once done, deselect – click Ctrl + d or select in the menu Select / Deselect.

Add transparency.
Change blending mode (layer blending mode) on the panel Layers (Layers) on Overlay (Overlap).

Add a layer style, for which click on the letter “f” on the panel Layers

For start select Drop shadow (Shadow) and set the following settings:

Now select Inner shadow (Inner shadow) and set such parameters;

Result after adding effects:

Remember that you always have the right to change the settings a little bit – it all depends on what background you have and the size of the droplet.

Now add a highlight to our drop.

Press a letter X on your keyboard to switch to black and white colors; primary color is white. Now select hard brush size 6 px (in general, the size depends on the size of your drop) and drip paint on the upper left corner of your drop.

Like this! A quick and easy way to create a believable drop of water.

In fact, it is recommended to create separate layers under both a drop and a highlight. Because if you want to move or resize a drop, it will be much more convenient for you. When increasing or decreasing try to keep the proportions.

Be sure to try changing the size of the drop using the filter Liquify tool (menu Filter / Liquify / Filter – Plastic) and using Forward warp tool .

The technique for creating a drop, which is described in this lesson, does not change the background under the drop. Although in nature a drop works like a magnifying glass, and in theory the background under the drop should be slightly increased.

If you want to give parts of the sheet under the drop the effect of increasing, then you should, while pressing Ctrl Click on the layer with a drop – a selection appears around the drop.

Now you need to activate the background layer (double click on the layer if it is closed). Then head to the menu, select Filter / Liquify (as already done before) and take Bloat tool to increase the background with one or two mouse clicks on the selected part of the background.

But remember that after increasing the area of ​​the background, you will not be able to move the drop freely, as the enlarged part will remain in place.


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