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Create Water Reflection in Photoshop

Resources Tutorials 13150 Views October 10th, 2013

In this collection I have gathered some of the best resources for creating water reflections in Photoshop. To simulate water reflection surface can be quite difficult especially with a complicated landscape. This list also contains a handy Photoshop action generator that creates that realistic water surface effect for you. Don't forget also to check out these water Photoshop tutorials if you want to learn how to create other aqua effects. For example you will learn how to make water text, water splash, water drops, and so on.


In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll learn how to easily add a realistic water reflection to any photo. It's a very easy effect to create and you can add it to any photo you like, although it tends to work best with images that don't already contain water in them. We'll be using a simple filter and a displacement map to create the water ripple effect, and a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to give our water a little color.

Water Reflection Photoshop Tutorial

Realistic water reflection in photoshop

Create A Water Reflection Effect In Photoshop

Water reflection effect

In this tutorial you will learn how to create advanced water reflection using displace map. First you will see how to create a water displace map in Photoshop. You can always use a water texture for creating the displace map. Also you will learn how to make a 3D reflection using the transform tools.

Advanced Water Reflection using Displacement Map

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It is a Photoshop script action with which you can generate your own water displacement map, and then use it to create an amazing effect of the water surface. Creating water reflections has never been easier. The pack includes atn, jsx, psd (sample displacement map) and txt (instruction to install script)

Water Reflection Photoshop Creator

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3 comment(s) for "Create Water Reflection in Photoshop"

3:37 AM Friday, September 02, 2016
Another tutorial on how to create realistic water reflection in Photoshop reply
Paul Bardotz
Paul Bardotz
1:50 AM Thursday, April 20, 2017
Hi, these examples are excellent for most landscapes etc. How do I give the impression of a person standing in water, or putting their tip toe in the water? Some I do where the subject is under a bridge. When I try, it looks like the person was just pasted there.
Thanks. reply
12:01 PM Thursday, April 20, 2017
The first tutorial from the list contains a reflection of a person on water surface but it is not what are you looking for.
I will try to make a tutorial on how to create water reflection in Photoshop from your specifications. reply

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