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     Title:     Adding Water to a Picture
Author:kromefx | view all by kromefx
Category:Designing
Level:Intermediate
Description:Add water to a picture. Works well in landscape type pictures.
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Step 6
Now click on the clouds layer and choose the Eraser tool , set the brush to a soft edge brush. This part really depends on your picture in general, but try to erase the parts of this layer where objects might be extruding into the water. In this example, I erased it most where the rocks would be coming out into the water, and let the water go deeper into the crevices. In the below example I highlighted in red the line where I erased.



Step 7
Go to blending options on the clouds layer and add a stroke. Set the position to outside, fill type to gradient, style to shape burst, size to about 4, opacity to about 30%, and use a transparent -> black gradient. To set the gradient to transparent -> black click on the gradient bar to open up the gradient editor. Set both colors to black, and set the opacity on the left-hand side to 0 like in the below diagram.



Step 8
Now create a new layer above all the other layers and with a soft brush , paint black in places where shadows might be coming from the rocks.



Step 9
Set the opacity on the shadow layer to about 70 or so. You should now have a good beginning to some realistic water. From here you'll want to add any highlights/features you want, and adjust the opacity and underlying colors depending on what type of environment and sky your image is using.



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