Water Tutorial

opening jpg of water image

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    Welcome to the second part of the water tutorial. After writing the first one, I felt we needed to have one where the water looked deeper.

    This tutorial was written in version 9. It is assumed you have knowledge and skills with layers. There are no outside filters or plugins used, just the flood fill tool, the air brush and the smudge brush.

    Open a transparent image, 300 x 300. Foreground: #4c87c1 and flood fill the image with it.

    Activate the air brush. Use the settings in the screen shot.

air brush settings

    Foreground: #1d5f75; Background: #6fa5d3. Add a new raster layer, name it DARK BLUE. Using the air brush, lightly spray the dark blue on as pictured in the screen shot. Your lines do not have to be straight as these are waves and ripples from the current. Now would be a good time to SAVE as a pspimage in the folder of your choice.

1st dark blue spray

    Activate the smudge brush with the settings in the screen shot.

smudge brush settings

    Move your brush back and forth across the sprayed areas. Some areas you will only want to move in one way, use your own judgement and imagination. This is what you should have after the first smudging.

smudged first time

    Add a new raster layer, name it LIGHT BLUE. Switch your background of the light blue to the foreground - click on the arrow in the Materials Palette as shown in the circle on the screen shot.

materials palette

    Activate the air brush, using the same settings as before, and lightly spray the light blue on the top parts of the dark blue areas. Also spray it on some of the other areas - this will act as a sort of high light.

light blue spray

    Activate the smudge brush again, with the same settings. Again move your brush over the areas you just sprayed.

light blue smudge 1st time

    Activate the air brush, and change two of the settings. Size - 10; opacity - 45. Lightly spray a few more lines with the light blue and the new settings.

light blue spray 2nd time

    Again activate the smudge brush with the same settings, and use it the same way.

light blue smudge 2nd time

    At this point, you could stop, do the final smudging and merge it together and save as a pattern and/or a tube. However, I continued on adding more sprays of each shade and smudging them - alternating and smudging every so often to achieve what I wanted for a desired effect.

    Once you have all the lines on and smudged the way you want the image to appear, activate your smudge brush, and change the size to 10. Change the opacity to 42. Go over all the areas you had previously smudged to smooth out the little vertical lines that the smudge brush created. If you zoom the image to 200%, you can see them more clearly. I then merged the image and saved as a tube, as well as made it into a seamless tile and saved it to my patterns.

final image

    Below is an example of how I used the image created from the water tutorial.

water tag

    Thank you for trying my water tutorial, and I hope you have enjoyed it.

    To go back to the first part of this tutorial, please click here.

    This tutorial was created April 18, 2007.

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie