How to Add Photorealistic Puddles in Photoshop

How to Add Photorealistic Puddles in Photoshop

Hello and welcome to this episode of Denny's tip.

In this video you'll know how to make your photos look more dramatic by adding puddles in Photoshop.

You'll start off by cutting and pasting parts of your photo to create fake reflection and you'll paint in the puddle with a layer mask and tweak the settings to make it look a bit more realistic.

Finally, you'll finish it by adding a subtle ripple effect in the puddles and you're gonna do all of this using non-destructive editing techniques and with very minimal set of layers.

So if you're interested, keep watching and you'll learn how to add your own realistic puddles in Photoshop.

Before you begin, you'll need to choose the right photo.

A photo on a cloudy day or after rainfall will work the best, for sunny photos, it's a lot harder to make the puddles look believable and sometimes it just won't work.

So, if this is you first time following this tutorial, start off with a cloudy photo like the one that we are using.

And by the way, we're using a stock photo so if you want to follow along with the exact same photo, you can check the video description below to find out where you can buy this photo.

Or you can just use your own, the first step is to create a fake reflection by cutting, pasting and flipping different areas in the photo.

Let's start with this door here, we can make a selection of it with the "Polygonal Lasso tool" here and simply draw a selection around the door like this.

By the way, we only need the bottom half of the door and the selection doesn't need to be overly precise.

Duplicate the layer by pressing "CTRL or Command + J", before we transform this layer, right click on the layer and then choose convert to smart object.

This will let us do a transformation non-destructively next, press "CTRL or command T for the transform tool then right-click inside of the box and select – flip vertical.

Don't press ENTER yet, position layer so it's on the bottom of the door.

It's not gonna match so we need to skip the transformation by right clicking inside the box and choosing skew.

Now we can track the slide vertically to make a line with the door like this, I'm going to repeat this for the other door and since it's essentially the same step, we're going fast forward this video to save you some time.

The last object to create a mirror is the bride and groom in the middle, this one's a little different because the more complex shape the easiest way to create a selection for this is to use the quick selection tool.

With this tool, you can simply brush over the areas that you want to select like this and if you want to remove the area from the selection, you can do so by holding "ALT or option key" and painting over the areas that you want to remove.

Once we have the selection, select back the background layer and press "CTRL or command J" to duplicate it.

Right click on the layer and then choose convert to smart object, now press "CTRL or command T".

Flip it vertically and position it below the bride to transform this into a curve you can right-click and change it to transfer mode to warp.

Now you can simply drag downwards like this to make it contour properly.

Finally, I'll repeat this for the group.

Now we have a reflection and it looks pretty good.

Now that we're done creating the reflection, we can form the puddles.

Before we begin, merge the layers by selecting all of the reflection layers and then right-click and choose convert to smart object.

This is just a non-destructive way to merge layers.

Now we can add an inverted layer mask by holding "ALT or Option" and click on this button here, in the layers panel.

Select the brush tool, and then use a large soft brush like this setting brush opacity to around 50%, and then paint over the areas that you want the puddles to appear in.

Right now, the puddles look like they're mirror reflection to make it look more realistic, we need to do two things.

Number one, reduce the opacity and number two, darken a bit.

First, let's start it by going to the adjustments panel and adding the levels adjustment layer.

Here you can move the middle input slider to darken the image like this.

To make it only effective reflection layer below click on this button here next reduce the opacity to around fifty percent.

Before we finish, here's a tip if you want a blur layer mask instead of using the Gaussian blur filter.

You can select the layer mask and then go into properties panel, here you can adjust the feather setting which will blur the layer mask.

It's the same thing as a blur filter but it's better because you can undo or change the settings at any time.

The last thing to do is to add a slight ripple effect.

Select a reflection layer then go to filter -> distort -> wave.

Play around with the settings to get a set of ripple effect that matches the roughness of the floor, I like to start off by setting the scale to around twenty five percent.

The preview image in this tool is way too small, so what I like to do instead, is just click OK to preview it and then if it doesn't look good, double-click on the smart photo in the layers panel and you can edit the settings again.

We're done, here is how the image looks like before and after.

Hey thanks for watching this video, now which is a quick way to add photos in Photoshop if you have any questions or feedback let me know any comments below.

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