How to Make Fake Water in Photoshop

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How to Make Fake Water in Photoshop
Photos of real water are not necessary thanks to Photoshop's tools. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Building a body of water can take anywhere from weeks for a pool in the backyard to centuries or longer for a natural spring, pond or ocean to form. When you don't have that long to wait, swim over to Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop's in-program tools and textures will have you creating fake water to suit just about any purpose -- no trowels, waders or tectonic shifts required. Take advantage of the water options in Photoshop and get ready to get wet.

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Click the "File" option and select "New." Type "FakeWater" into the "Name" box. Type the dimensions for the fake water canvas into the "Width" and "Height" boxes. Pull down the "Dimensions" menus and click "inches" for each. Pull down the "Background Contents" menu and select "White." Click the "OK" button.

  2. 2

    Click the "Brush" tool in the middle of the "Tools" column. Double-click the top-left square of the "Color Picker" at the bottom of the "Tools" column and click a blue paint colour. Click "OK." Draw a wavy line cross the middle of the "Fake Water" box from the left side to the right side. Skip this step if you want the entire "FakeWater" canvas box to be filled with water.

  3. 3

    Click the "Paint Bucket" tool on the middle of the "Tools" column. Pull down the "Foreground" menu on the toolbar at the top of the work area and select "Pattern."

  4. 4

    Click into the unlabeled pattern box next to the menu. Choose one of the water patterns, such as the fifth box from the left at the top of the drop-down menu. For more patterns, click the small triangle in a circle icon at the top of the drop-down. Choose "Nature Patterns" or another option from the flyout menu. Click the "Append" button, then scroll through the patterns again.

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    Hover the cursor over the bottom part of the "FakeWater" box, where you drew the wavy line, and click to fill it with the water texture. If you didn't draw a line, click anywhere in the white space of the box to fill the whole box with water.

  6. 6

    Give the water some white crests by clicking the "Color Picker" again and selecting white. Click the "Brush" tool again. Pull down the Brush Head menu -- unlabeled, but the second from the left on the toolbar at the top of the screen. Choose one of the fuzzy, round brush heads. Slowly draw over some of the water in upside down "V" formats to make white crests.

  7. 7

    Click the "File" menu, select "Save As" and click the "Save" button.

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