How to Put Water on Your Photo

Lightroom tutorials are a Brady bunch. The varieties that they present are as diversified as those free presets available online. Since every picture has its own inherent quality, Lightroom tutorials are also done with the understanding that for every picture there is a specified preset for it.

aug7A classic example for that is the tutorial of creating water reflections on your photo. This Lightroom tutorial is best done on your own liking instead of altering an already fixed texture on the tool. By doing so, you will have the desired water effect of a real one.

But you need to have a clear photo for this particular preset for you to have a clearer water aspect on your photo. If you have made the necessary displacement map for this feature, that would be an advantage because it will save you so many steps in doing so. If not, there is a guide to that.

First, you need to select a specific image you want to work with, load it through Photoshop. If your image is large, you might want to reduce for convenience.

Then proceed with duplicating the layer with CTRL+J. Go immediately to Image (Canvas Size) and apply the parameters situated below.

Afterwards, choose Layer 1 and immediately select Edit menu with Free Transform-Flip Vertical.

Then CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E to specifically capture everything, then make a new layer.

Cover the new layer with white then proceed to Filters Gallery. Choose a line halftone pattern, size 5 with its contrast of 4.

Put a hold on CTRL while pressing Layer 1. After which, go to Edit with Free Transform-Perspective.  Then press on to Layer-Duplicate Layer, duplicate the said layer into a new document. Save it by using it as a displacement map. Discard the previous layer and convert the capture with Smart Object.

This is the part where you apply motion blurs or those saturation methods, then decrease the opacity (Smart Object), only then will the watery effect is in place.