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Create Water Texture in Photoshop

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Tutorials Textures and Patterns 9833 Views November 3rd, 2015

Learn how to create realistic water surface texture in Photoshop from scratch using some basic PS filters and adjustments. You can easily make your own water texture with the desired canvas size. This texture can be used for creating water reflection effect using this texture as a displacement map.

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Realistic Water Texture from Scratch in Photoshop

Create a new document 1500px/1000px. Name the first layer Water Surface. Fill it with color white. Make sure the Foreground Color is white and the Background Color is set to black. Convert this layer to a smart object(right click and choose Convert to smart object). Go to Filter>Noise and choose the Add Noise filter.

Go to Filter>Blur and choose the Gaussian Blur filter.

Go to the Filter>Sketch and choose the Chalk and Charcoal filter to create an abstract effect like this.

Add again a Gaussian Blur smart filter with these settings.

Go to Filter>Sketch menu and choose Bas Relief.

Time to add another filter effect. Go to Filter>Blur and choose the motion Blur filter.

One more Gaussian Blur effect.

Now add a Gradient Map using the Create a new fill or adjustment layer button from the layers tab.

Here are the colors for the Gradient Map: #18548band #5394b9

Create a new layer and call it for example Water Texture. Fill the layer with white color and convert it to smart object. We will add similar smart filters so let's do it quickly. Use the Add Noise filter.

Add Filter>Sketch>Halftone Pattern.

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1 comment(s) for "Create Water Texture in Photoshop"

George
George
4:09 AM Thursday, July 14, 2016
Here is my Photoshop water texture ... I am pretty pleased with the result. Thank you for this useful tutorial :) reply

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