Creating a water effect from scratch in Photoshop

Resources: brushes from http://www.deviantart.com/art/the-loish-brushset-477640124 by @loish

Create a canvas and use Loish Bristly Brush for this tutorial.

You will pen and tablet to create the “spiral” effect.

  1. Create a new layer.
  2. Select a big size for the brush, but it should fit on your canvas (this canvas is A4 at 300dpi). Opacity at 100% using pressure on, Flow at 21 – 24%, I was using airbrush effect, I had my brush size set arount 3000 – 3200 and I clicked on the canvas and started to push harder on the pen, that’s how I got the spiral effect.water1
  3. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and select around your brush paint, move the selection so that it is centered around your brush.
  4. Choose the Radial Blur and set its amount between  33 and 39, set it on spin and good quality.water2
  5. After you’re liking your first brush, create a new layer and paint a smaller brush on the left of the canvas using the same method above, only with different size. Press M and start selecting around your small brush, then repeat the radial blurring effect, only with a smaller amount, 14-33, until you get it done. Deselect and paint on the right side another small brush, select it and blur it with Radial Blur. Deselect this and you will have something similar to this image below.water3
  6. Create a new layer and choose a big brush, 3300 – 3500 px for its size, and paint in the corner of your canvas. Select it with some small space around it, then repeat the blurring effect having around 49 for amount.water4
  7. Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and set it on Colorize, then select a blue color and tone it using Saturation and Brightness options.water5

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