Photoshop – Creating realistic water reflections

In this video tutorial I’ll demonstrate how to make real-looking water reflections by creating a separate displacement image before putting it through a displace filter. This is a great technique for adding the look of a water reflection in a zig-zag pattern to your work. Let’s start!

Step 1.

In the beginning, we’ll create an image file to use with using the displace filter, so that we can utilize it in the future. Make a white new document by clicking the File menu, then New and then enter the width and height in relation to the image you’ll be using this file to displace. This document is two hundred and eighty-eight inches (width) (width) x 1800 (height) as this is the resolution of the image which I’m using the document.

Step 2.

Visit filter > noise > add noise and apply noise to the new white file. Please make sure that the foreground/background color set to black/white by pressing (D) on the keyboard.

I have entered the options:

Step 3.

Go then to gallery > filter > sketch Bas Relief and entered the settings shown below. Also, make sure the background and foreground color are set to black/white.

Step 4.

Go on to the Filter menu > Blur and Motion to turn this noise as well as Bas Relief effect into a water-like effect.

Here are the settings I have used to use Blur in Motion. Blur:

Step 5

We now need to alter the viewpoint for the documents. For this, you must activate this tool (CTRL + T) and then the Transform tool (CTRL + T) and while this tool is in use, right-click anyplace in the document. Then select perspective. You can then change the angle of the picture by clicking the left bottom handler, pressing the Shift key, as well as dragging the mouse.

After you’ve completed the perspective, switch on the transform tool, and alter the dimensions to match your principal document. Then go to File > Save As. Save as > File. the file to save it in the PSD file, and then name it Displace.

Step 6

I am opening one of my paintings which I’ve been working with. It’s clear that the image required reflections when I added light sources, clouds, as well as changed the hue of the sky too. The things I added need to reflect into the water. In the beginning, I’ll duplicate this layer using CTRL+J. Label the layer “Reflection”.

You must activate The Transform Tool (CTRL + T) and click anywhere within the document. Then select the Flip Vertical option to turn the reflection layer upside down.

Below you will see how the reflection layer is flipped after flipping it. reflection layer

Step 8.

We now need to determine the point of intersection. I’d suggest that the two images need to be combined to make reflection. In the beginning, I simply dragged the image below a little by using the Move Tool (V). It is also possible to utilize to make the Blend Modes view in the reflect layer in order to make sure that you’re positioning the image in the correct location.

Click Layer, Layer Mask and RevealAll and then add an image mask on the reflection layer. Utilize the brush that is soft and black to take out the highlighted areas of the reflection and mix it into your original photo.

Step 9

After you’ve completed masking, result that resembles the image below. This reflection appears nice when we suppose that the water remains as it was in the previous technique in my castle tutorial and wet London demonstration.

However, we’ll now utilize the displace file was created previously to make an elongated water reflection. The first step is to transform the reflection layer to a Smart Object, select it with a right-click and select the option to Convert it into a Smart Object.

It is now time for Filter, Distort Displace.

You’ll see the following dialog box, and you’ll need to select the vertical and horizontal scaling setting. These settings make the image scale horizontally and vertically, creating a zig-zag pattern, similar to the one we observe in water. Be aware that the Horizontal Scale should be greater more than the Vertical Scale. I put in 100 and 50. You could try a different number in case you’re not seeing the results that you are looking for.

Step 10.

When you click OK then a dialog box will pop up prompting you to choose the file that you want to replace. It is imperative to choose the file we previously created. Browse through the file on your system before selecting it. Then click the button to open it. button.

After it, you’ll notice the reflections in the water as in the following image.

If you’re unhappy with the results of the displacement filter and you are not satisfied, then click the name of the displacement filter to modify the name. You will need to input into the Horizontal as well as Vertical Scale settings and then open the displace file and apply the filter using the new setting. It is possible to repeat this procedure until you have the desired results.

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