Water Drops to your Photos
using Adobe Photoshop
(Corel® Paint Shop® Pro, Adobe® Photoshop®
Elements, Corel® PHOTO-PAINT,
Ulead PhotoImpact 7 and higher, and Microsoft® Picture It!® Digital Image
Pro would follow similar instructions)
A Tutorial For A Rainy Day: Creating Water
Drops On Your Photos
Begin by opening a new
workspace; I used a 5"x7" at 300 dpi. Start by using the ellipse tool and
draw a circle shape in black, then right click to > 'Rasterize Layer'.
Select the elliptical marquee tool, set 'Feather' to 10 px, and draw a
smaller circle selection that sits close to the edge on one side (Fig A).
Now click on the white in
the color palette, and select the brush tool in a large airbrush that
almost fills the selection (I chose 900). Start outside the top left of
the selection and click once to get the nice shine you see in (Fig B).
Then click once more to the upper right and once to the lower left to get
a nice effect. Go to 'Select > Deselect'.
Next go to 'Filter > Noise
> Add Noise'. Check the box for monochromatic, and select a uniform amount
of 30 and hit OK. Then, under 'Blending Options' > General Blending,
change the opacity to 10% and click OK.
Now just duplicate that
layer and resize to make smaller drops around the main one. You can rotate
or distort them, and since not all raindrops look the same, you can't make
a mistake. Have some fun with it! When you like what you see, click on
each layer (except background) to link them together. When they are linked
you will see a chain link appear next to the eye icon in your layers
palette (Fig C). Go to 'Edit > Define Brush' and name it ‘Water Drops'.
You just made your own custom brush! I made a few different shaped and
sized brushes to work with, be sure to make as many as you like. Just
remember to save your brush set in the preset manager or next time you
open the program all your hard work will be gone!
You are now ready to
create your rain shower. Open your photo and create a new layer named
'Drops'. Select your new brush, which will now be found at the end of the
list, and set to an appropriate size to paint onto your photo (Fig D).
Vary the sizes and use a couple different brushes if you can to make it
more convincing. When you are done you can either add more layers, rotate
them, or play around with the blending options some more. Adding a small
outer bevel can also complete the look.
As soon as you are happy
with the results, flatten the layers, admire your work, and scrap your
Marie DiRaimondo, CottageArts, LLC, Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved