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Photoshop - Water droplets - 2

5. The next steps will depend entirely on the size of your original image, but will show what is possible. Select the Brush Tool, 7px, soft edged and with White as your Foreground Color "paint" a highlight in the appropriate place (in this case to the left side and halfway down the droplet. Then add a very small amount of Gaussian Blur.

water droplet - highlight
6. Now select the Dodge Tool set at roughly the same size as your Paint Brush and with "Midtones" and 50% Exposure set in the options bar. Carefully "paint" around the bottom right of your droplet (the marching ants will prevent you going over the edge of the selection). Now you can deselect. water droplet - dodge tool

A few final words on this tutorial. Unfortunately, having created a droplet, you cannot simply duplicate thew layer and move it elsewhere on the object. Its effectiveness is entirely dependent on where on the object you placed the original selection and the all-important Spherize filter allowing whatever is under the droplet to show through and be distorted. However, having applied layer styles to your liking, these are easily duplicated by right-clicking on the layer stylesicon within the layer and selecting Copy Layer Style and then right-clicking on the next droplet layer and selecting Paste Layer Style.

Droplets can be merged as at the right by clicking the "Add to Selection" button in the options bar when drawing your initial selection

Add to selection

The Spherize command is crucial. This distorts whatever you have underneath the droplet. If you place the droplet over a flat piece of texture, it will look unrealistic. Try to position it over a "feature" so you can see the full effect of the droplet. Try the "rollovers" below!
add to selection

can with droplets

tomato with droplets
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