In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design a “Letter Drops into Water” Typographic Effect in Photoshop. This is intermediate level Photoshop tutorial, have a try!
We will heavily use the liquify filter, custom brush and the free transform tool.
Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)
Note: If you have any difficulty with step 4 and 5, check out this video tutorial I have on psdvault.com Youtube Channel:
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OK Let’s get started!
To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:
Create a new document with black background, use the font we downloaded to type some letter on the canvas, rotate the text as shown below to form an angle:
Apply the following layer blending options on this text layer:
Bevel and Emboss
and here is the effect so far:
We will now create a simple water surface. Use a water brush and paint some drops on the canvas, then rotate it with the free transform as shown below:
Then use the liquify filter (forward warping tool) on these water drops and produce the following effect:
Use a soft eraser to erase some parts and the edges of the water to add depth:
and here is the overall effect:
Now we will create some abstract lines around the text and on the water surface to give it a flowing effect. Pick a round brush as shown below:
Create a new layer and paint a dot on it, then use the liquify filter to manipulate this dot into a line shape:
Duplicate this abstract line layer a few times, and put those layers all below the text layer:
Duplicate more abstract lines and move them above the text layer:
If you have any difficulty with this step and step 5, check out this video tutorial I have on psdvault.com. Youtube Channel:
Let’s add some water texture over the text. Load the water image into photoshop and select a portion of the water using the quick selection tool:
Copy and paste the selection over onto the text, adjust the shape with the free transform tool, and erase the following area with a soft eraser to reveal the text underneath:
Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this water texture layer:
Black and White
Then change the blending mode of this water stream layer to “Pin Light”:
Further erase the water texture with a small soft eraser from the areas indicated below:
OK we’re almost done! For some final touches, I added some more water stream textures around the text, by duplicating the water stream layer done in the previous step:
Hint: Resize those duplicated layers with free transform tool to add variety.
We can also add some splashing water on top of the water using the water brush: (use free transform tool to adjust its shape and angle)
Use the cloud filter or a cloud brush to add some cloud/smoke around the text for extra effect:
I then further added some colour effect onto the image with selective colours and image adjustment layer, and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)
That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!