Chrissy's Choppy Water Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial can help you create some very realistic water for your projects. Don't spaz that you're looking at a top view, I can show you how to turn the water into a perspective view!

Step One:

Use the Gradient Tool to fill in your background. If you can't find the gradient tool in your tool bar it's because it's hidden behind the paint bucket. Click and hold on the paint bucket to bring up a mini tool list where you can select the gradient tool. Make sure to use black and white for this. It doesn't matter how you angle the gradient.
 

Step Two:

Believe it or not but wavy water is really easy to make! All you have to do is render some Difference Clouds and add a few more filters and BAM! But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds to add your clouds.

Step Three:

Now to make the water. Just go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome and now you have water! See told you it was really easy.

Now it looks like a liquid all rippling and shiny.
 

Step Four:

Of course you need to add some color to make it look realistic. So go to Image > Adjustments > Color balance and move the sliders around until you get the color you want.
 

Alternative Step Seven:

Of course you might not always have use of a top view of your water and you want it to be a perspective view. No problem! The easy way to turn this into a perspective view of the water top is to go to Edit > Transform > Skew and pull the top right and left boxes inward. Then pull the bottom right and left boxes outward.
 

Alternative Step Seven:

If you leave the top right and left boxes in place on the edge of the screen and just pull the bottom right and left boxes far off screen you can actually place the water in a realistic position. Then you can scale it by height to make the water take up half the screen. Add a background and you have a real body of water.

Any Color!

You can create any colors you want too. You can make a purple love potion, green slime, or even red blood!

Have fun with it and see what you can come up with.

Luv,
Chrissy!