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Hayden's PS Water Tutorial by HaydenM Hayden's PS Water Tutorial by HaydenM
This is a step-by-step guide to making a base texture layer for water. It helps if you already have water made and want to add some fluid detail to it. Because by itself, it will still look artificial without ripples/splashes and distortion of objects inside it.

This Example - is a finished image of mine where this guide was used to good effect. There's a lot to consider when blending this guide into your own work.

Give credit if this helped you, thanks. :w00t:
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KirikoSoul Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a bit complicated in some parts but really really helpful :) I used this tutorial here: Let summer come [b-day gift for Cylithren] by KirikoSoul
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Yaiden Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Digital Artist
just amazing!
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PaisCharos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this here: [link] Thanks! :)
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zabani Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Errr I am having trouble to make it look like water at the end where I was suppose to:S I do not know if it would be easier to understand if the tutorial was numbered in which is first to do:blush: Maybe it is just me:blush:
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zabani Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh btw I suddenly found out where and how to adjust the brushes lol. I do not know how, but still hehe:P
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zabani Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Is it in CS3 or CS5? I cannot seem to find any way to fix the brushes in angels or such :O Otherwise very nice work on the tutorial:D
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Sprucetail Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
cool!
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Ryn-Ishtar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wow, thanks! I can't wait to try this!
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hyrd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
GREAT Tutorial! I tried it and it looks very good :D ...
THANK YOU for that... It's cool for water in backgrounds :)
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xLastLegalDrugx Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
damn this really helped me out, thanks man!
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Imaginatik Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This was extremely helpful! Thanks so much for sharing this =D
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Camperfect Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student General Artist
wow thanks 4 the tuto! fav! ^^
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Stickz-Myra Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
this helped lots with this -> [link]
thanks again!
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Faithla Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
I love this tutorial ^w^
Used: [link]
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amsedelolit Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
thanks, hayden! for this tutorials i could use this guide for my up & coming projects...
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kamyulou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Nice tutorial, i'm a newbie of photoshop, thkx for the teach
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Kuromu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010   Digital Artist
I wish I'd found this the other day. Possibly one of the most useful tutorials on deviantart.
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Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet planing to make a star sign pic of capricorns leaping out of the sea like dolphins
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SinisterSmirk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
You're awesome! :heart: Thanks for the tutorial! I hurried through it for a background effect: [link] :D
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KabuSan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Wow I always wondered how to do water - thank you so much! :hug:
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NimbusStev Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Hey, thanks for the great tutorial! I used it here. :D
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vanyeeah Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Great tutorial :la: , here , I used it too :[link]
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BAMikeyD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
I can't get the tutorial to load properly... what am I doing wrong? I just see a really cool looking photoshop logo submerged in water.
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Natzz-kittykat7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is great!! :) I lovee this, it's really helpful :D. I have the GIMP program, so I have been using this tutorial to the best of my ability. So far it has turned out pretty good :P
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Ester-Manga-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I can't get on the Filter > Sketch part... :S
..I can't select this part..

Can you help me please? :(
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Ester-Manga-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Oops! Dubble post!! :S
Sorry!!!
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Ester-Manga-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I can't get to the Filter > sketch... :S
Did I do something wronge?
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MinoDragonfly Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Wow!
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BlaZyk-the-dragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
[link] Very helpful! Thank you!
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LifeOnTheSofa Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial, really helpful and the final effect looks great.

Nice design and layout too... =D
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shikity Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Yay many thanks ^__^ ! Your tutorial helped me a lot! :heart:
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LOULOUGSTP Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Coooooooooooooool ty :)
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3mesofdoom Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
i have a feeling ill be using this sometime soon. It's easy and simple! It doesn't take too long either.
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Student Filmographer
Thank you for sharing this!
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roger-that007 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice one... I will use soon :omg: :rofl:

:+fav:
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Acerbical Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hm. Not a bad tutorial. Great job!

Will definitely try it out.
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DerekCook Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Just checked >>$45 NZ cheap as chips and fast to use [link] Trial version available
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KOOLKUL Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Hello Hayden. Thanks for this. Have a look at what I made using yr tut.
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DerekCook Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is really good but a lot of work.
I just use the photoshop plugin Flood from Flaming Pear and it reflects whatever image layer you want. Also adjustable waviness, altitude, perspective and Horizon etc. Worth every cent!

Here's the link > [link]
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HaydenM Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand not everyone wants to spend all day working on effects. Though, I'm sure there are people who would enjoy the satisfaction of making it themselves =D
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DerekCook Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hi HaydenM
I of course agree. That especially if you want a painterly feel then this is great. It is a great tutorial and it is great you are sharing. Though there are times of course If you are after speed along with quality and you need to get a job out the door then it pays to know what else is out there that can help. If it is not available or if it is the price of a planet then we should find a way ourselves. I have been using and teaching photoshop since it was released and believe (for production - Not art) that you create it yourself until it can be automated. But as you say for satisfaction, artistic play and the experience - go for it. I make no apologies though for offering an alternative - it's about choice and knowing something else exists. :)
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patronustrip Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
ahhh! THANK YOU!! I find this one few days ago! *O* EXCELLENT!
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delusional11 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Definitely to a good read when I get back into photoshop.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta say, this one helped me a helluva lot X3
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DXCLuver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I have a question........whenever I go to filter>sketch>crome it doesn't let me click on it, how do I fix that? Great tut tho :)
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HaydenM Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't really explain why it's unclickable. It's always worked as expected for me =(
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geckoZen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010   Digital Artist
Whooo! This thing was so helpful~ I got kinda confused a few times, so it took me a few tries to get it right, but the water looks excellent~ I'll send you the link of the completed picture when its done. AND I'll be sure to credit you~;P
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nukumi-kun Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Awesome! I'll totally try it. THANKS for doing it!!
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prathdarkwyrm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I will definitely be using this in the future, thank you so much for making it! *hug*
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neocoolstar Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello I used this tutorial in my drawing: [link]

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful tutorial!
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