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How to Create Water Reflections With Realistic Ripples in Photoshop

September 11, 2019

How to make water reflections with realistic
ripples in Photoshop welcome to psdesire photoshop & photography
Youtube Channel. in this video i will show you how to make
water reflections from scratch, with realistic reflections and ripples. For this photoshop tutorial I’ve selected
this barn photograph. First select marquee tool and click & drag
to make some selection from photograph to make reflection. copy and paste it in new layer. go to edit, transform and select scale. Flip
it vertically, and place it, so it becomes a mirror image of the original photo. i need to reposition the two layers to fit
the height and width of the canvas well rename the layers to identify easily convert reflection layer to smart object,
so we change any adjustments without destruction now we add blur to reflection. goto filter
and select motion blur keep angle 90 degree and distance 11 pixels.
click OK now we need to Make water ripples for reflection Open a new 600 x 1000 px RGB Photoshop document.
size doesn’t matter but make sure it vertical size. fill layer with black now add noise to the layer. Go to Filter>Noise>Add
Noise, and set the Amount to maximum. click OK Next go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, and
set the Radius to smaller pixels. Now go to your layers panel and switch to
Channels. Click on the Red layer then go to Filter>Stylize>Emboss, and set the Angle to
180 with the Height at 1 and the Amount at maximum. Do the same again with the Green layer selected,
and the Angle set to 90. with the Height at 1 and the Amount at maximum Next we want to stretch the lower part of
the image outwards in order to give it the correct perspective. Go to Edit>Transform>Perspective and pull
the bottom corners outwards as far as you can. You can observe the image looks like colorfull
ripple water waves You can stretch the lower part more to get
smooth wave effect Save this as a .psd with maximum compatibility
and close it. this psd file works as displacement map to
create ripples for our tutorial name the file water ripples displace map for
easy access now go Back in your original project file,
Apply the Waves Ripples displace map to reflection layer Go to Filter>Distort>Displace and a dialogue
box appears. set the Horizontal Scale to 10, and the vertical scale to 40. Also select
Stretch to Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels. When you click okay you will be asked to find
a displacement map and select displace map .psd image you made earlier. if you want greater distortion simply click
on filter again and change vertical scale we successfully created a realistic water
reflection effect finally To finish off, we’ll make some small
adjustments to the image as a whole. First we’ll darken the area where the water meets
the land. Add a new layer, and take gradient tool and
select Reflected Gradient keep foreground white and drag where the water
meets the land. invert the layer CTRL + I keyboard shortcut Change the layer’s blending mode to multiply,
and take it’s Opacity way down to smaller amount. . Similarly add a little environment haze at
the top of the reflection. in this image sky is whiter color so add white gradient change layer blending mode to screen & reduce
opacity finally add vibrance adjustment layer and
increase vibrance add gradient mask to make effect apply only
to top part of the image, not on reflection here is before & after photographs. Hope you enjoy this photoshop tutorial on
how to create realistic water reflections. please Subscribe to download this tutorial
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  • Reply Seattle Jade March 3, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Excellent thank you!

  • Reply Picture Art March 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm


  • Reply mallory bourque March 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    its telling me my displacement map isn't 8 pixels and won't let me open can any one help

  • Reply sippin goose March 30, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Perfect tutorial, thanks!

  • Reply sandeep sandy April 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    wow man!!!…

  • Reply FPietros April 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

    How do you zoom automatically without the lens?

  • Reply CarlosDuty May 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Fantastic tutorial, thanks! : )

  • Reply Huizi Zeng May 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Konrad K May 4, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Great tutorial but only works in 8-bit photo editing (displacement map limitation). If you normally work with 16-bit high quality images the tutorial will only take you so far.

  • Reply blueridgepics May 5, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Awesome tutorial!!!

  • Reply Jim Campbell May 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    That was a very clever method of making the ripple displacement mask!

  • Reply Cheryl Wittmann May 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    thank you


  • Reply Milos Vasic May 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    this is genius!! thanks so much for sharing

  • Reply Carlos Abellanosa June 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Really smart!

  • Reply Sam Sim June 9, 2017 at 6:01 am

    you don't know how prefect you are

  • Reply Huy Trình June 10, 2017 at 7:44 am


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  • Reply Lucie June 27, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I am 77, new to Photoshop; and, after a couple of glitches on my part, I finished the tutorial. The best thing learned from this tutorial is how to re-position the two layers to fit the height and width of the canvas. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply ali abbass June 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    10xxxxxx for this video
    5 ***

  • Reply Cartoon Lounge June 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Your accent is AWESOME!! And the tutorial was very helpful! Thanks!

  • Reply Rupert Soskin July 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Great tutorial, great help. Thanks very much.

  • Reply SOUMYADIP KUNDU July 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    all r this fake! I download the PSD File frm link bt it was jst a jpeg not a PSD file

  • Reply Lee Skinner July 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    awesome video. I'm self-taught on Photoshop and this was extremely helpful.

  • Reply Nabin Bairagi August 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm


  • Reply Anas Hossain August 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    very nice video

  • Reply Eidenis Kasperavičius August 12, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Thanks, helped me a lot

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  • Reply Bas B September 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Awesome! New sub 😉 👍

  • Reply Give me an unspecified number of subs September 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks a lot

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    hi may i know what version do u use tnx idol

  • Reply Sarang Studio Savarkundla September 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

    this is great how can i download this vedio

  • Reply Neko September 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

    awesome! fantastic tutorial Thank you and I wish you a lot of happy.

  • Reply Masud Rana September 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  • Reply Astrid Pamela Ward Bell September 29, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I find your accent very cute >< thank you for the video!

  • Reply azaquarium123 September 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    So cool, ,thank you!

  • Reply Lord Nataraj September 30, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Wow.. I learned a lot with this video. Thank you!

  • Reply Mdm Chen September 30, 2017 at 10:21 am

    very good tutorial

  • Reply Francesco Zancan October 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Fantastic tutorial, thank you!

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  • Reply Laura Squeff October 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I love it, thank you!

  • Reply ورد جوري October 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    So nice thank you

  • Reply Jay cee October 23, 2017 at 10:10 am

    It keep saying the file is over 2 gb and won’t let me save it.. please help

  • Reply Shariful Hoque November 7, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Nice tutorial

  • Reply MrFreeman1776 December 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Wait, I need to find my Hindi translator on Google….hold everything while I go get the translator!!!

  • Reply John Pelico January 17, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Great video. Really helped me finish a digital painting I'm working on.

  • Reply Sanjiv Maske February 1, 2018 at 7:37 am

    VERY ……..NICE……….!

  • Reply Krasen Maximov March 4, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Very clever ! Im impressed.

  • Reply P K March 5, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Very good explanation but some zooming the objects and file names when the video describe,,,,,,,Thank you,,,,,

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  • Reply Marisa Ferreira March 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Sir, thank you! That was a very good tutorial 🙂

  • Reply Farhan Noshad March 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

    wao, amazing

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  • Reply Vijender Singh April 30, 2018 at 4:29 am

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  • Reply omar rajawi May 7, 2018 at 11:09 pm


  • Reply pensrud May 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    well done. great video!

  • Reply mariano de miguel June 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my god!! SOOO great. Thank you thank you!!

  • Reply Bhoumik Banjare June 23, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you bro

  • Reply Amruta Gajjar July 6, 2018 at 7:32 am

    After i saved the displacement file, and as soon as i displaced it in the file i wanted ripples, it told me the displacement file should be 8bits/pixels. please guide me.

  • Reply RAJIB PANDA July 7, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Fantastic video.. Love your work… Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply NAEEM AL MALEK August 4, 2018 at 7:18 am

    not Downloud ur psd file ??

  • Reply Gauguin Paul August 6, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Very clever trick to make water ripples, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Giovanni Solarte August 23, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Amazing tutorial! thanks

  • Reply Expedition - Music that takes you places August 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Awesome tutorial! Thank you

  • Reply Qluilitium September 8, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Thank you very much you teach me a lot

  • Reply Aiza Wasif September 22, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Anybody having problems with saving ripple displacement psd, set the image size to 300 by 700 and your job will be done! have a good day!

  • Reply Narendra Sharma October 1, 2018 at 4:17 am

    this is really great 🙂

  • Reply Cpt Slow October 24, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    1:50 when I do reposition of 2 pictures sometimes i get cutted picture cuz both of them cant fit on the size of the area so i miss for example part of the roof. How to extend area of the picture? I think its the canvas size i guess

  • Reply Dovile Smotaviciute November 21, 2018 at 2:57 am

    thank you

  • Reply Avigail Klous November 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Ruralman Homebeach November 26, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you teacher

  • Reply Kye Blackholly December 1, 2018 at 8:39 am

    i felt cringy seeing you not using shortcuts but great video, helped me with my photography work

  • Reply Sheleg December 31, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Armored Gorilla

  • Reply IceShard January 16, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    wow this help me a lot thanks

  • Reply Awen Flowing Spirit January 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Loving your channel. Thank you so much for all you share. I have learned
    a great deal from many of your videos. Is there any chance of getting a
    tutorial on flowing/pouring water from one container to another?

  • Reply Sofie Zinti January 25, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Excellent and speedy analysis. Thanks for the video 🙂

  • Reply Maginpanic January 27, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Wonderful! Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Erhan Burger January 28, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Nice work! Well done!

  • Reply vishal jha February 1, 2019 at 5:12 am

    This was amazing

  • Reply Alice Turner February 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Cannot use the transform tool whilst in the layer????

  • Reply pitmaster05 February 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Great trick – thank you for this tutorial….

  • Reply Vincent Palmer March 4, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I followed the instructions but my reflection layer didn't show the drop down addition of blur and smart object to the layer even though I did it. When I applied the distortion to the reflection it was only a slight warp nothing like yours or a reflection. Any ideas where I went wrong Cheers

  • Reply Finlay McCall Smith March 6, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    This is the best. This helped so much with my Art Course Work. Easy to understand for beginners, too.

  • Reply Lambros Kazan March 20, 2019 at 8:44 pm (with different technique)

  • Reply Soup Uhrr Heyumps April 3, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Bro nice

  • Reply Sanjay Surya April 5, 2019 at 3:26 am

    how to install water reflection action

  • Reply Marquet Jones April 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    This looks awesome but unfortunately photo shop keeps changing the location of their buttons. I have photoshop on the cloud. I can't find the channels (3:22) for all the different colors when trying to stylize the edge

  • Reply Nesta Grover April 29, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    it wont let me select the displacement map

  • Reply mohammad arefi May 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    down to t bad (ur tutorial was great btw)

  • Reply Ludy Diaz May 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for this great tutorial 😉

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  • Reply Arsh Mirza May 24, 2019 at 6:27 am

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  • Reply Maya Parrilla June 6, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!! TY SO MUCH

  • Reply pixrun June 22, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Mast tha

  • Reply Anurudra Art July 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks alot! very helpful

  • Reply Prenouveau July 30, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Best tutorial for this, thank you!

  • Reply ChronoPierce August 3, 2019 at 3:27 am

    It worked for me but I think I messed up.. My image size is very large and I think I might need some experimenting to get the perfect values

  • Reply Cassandra Liddell August 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm


  • Reply suzume September 3, 2019 at 5:55 am

    wtf when i try saving the ripples, it said ive more than 2 gigabytes and i cant save my water ripples.

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