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  • Tutorial: Water droplets

    Jin asked me how I did my water droplets. I have two methods:

    A) Spray them on using a squirt gun for the large droplets and a mister for smaller particles
    B) Make them in photoshop with the following recipe:

    1) Create a new level
    2) Add guassian, monochromatic noise 200%-400%
    3) Apply Guassian blur, 3-5 pixel radius
    4) Adjust->Threshold - Adjust slider 'til you get the size drops you want
    5) Magic Wand select the background, clear it
    6) Invert selection, fill droplets with a light gray
    7) Apply another guassian blur with droplets selected
    8) Use layer properties to bevel and emboss droplets. I created a custom contour curve but you can usually find something you like with the built-in contour curves
    9) Apply another light blur (1 pixel or so to taste)
    10) Adjust opacity
    11) Using a layer mask to mask out droplets from background of image.

    Quick example here (You can do alot better if you take longer than the 5 minutes I spent on this)

    Jaz
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  • #2
    Another recipe:

    Here's another water droplet recipe:

    1) Create a new level
    2) Add guassian, monochromatic noise 200%-400%
    3) Apply Guassian blur, 3-5 pixel radius
    4) Adjust->Threshold - Adjust slider 'til you get the size drops you want
    5) Magic Wand select the background, clear it
    6) Invert selection, fill droplets with a light gray
    7) Apply another guassian blur with droplets selected
    8) stroke on inside with medium gray 2 px stroke
    9) emboss using height of 3
    10) apply plastic wrap 18, 11, 11
    11) Unsharp Mask 200,2,1
    12) Hard or soft light on water drops, opacity to taste

    example:

    http://www.jackzucker.com/images/water2.jpg

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    • #3
      I am into scanography and art involving scans, the spray with water method as you say is very popular, I add a drop of vegetable oil (any would do I suppose) to the water, it gives it a touch more viscosity(spelling?).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike Needham
        I am into scanography and art involving scans, the spray with water method as you say is very popular, I add a drop of vegetable oil (any would do I suppose) to the water, it gives it a touch more viscosity(spelling?).
        I've also read that many products are shot with glycerin spray which has more viscosity and therefore does not run or evaporate.

        However, on the back of a recent magazine backpage cover I saw a beer add which almost definitely had a photoshop waterdroplet layer applied to it...

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        • #5
          another water droplet example

          http://www.jackzucker.com/images/wc2water.jpg

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