Photoshop - Blending Horse Hooves In Water - Part 2
 By T W I   •   19th Jul 2011   •   5,959 views   •   12 comments
Software: Photoshop Elements | Skill level: Advanced

Today we are going to learn how to create ripples in water. Stay tuned for part 3, on how to create splashes!

Take a look at the surface of the water you are blending the horse into. Is it the smooth, calm surface of a lake? Or is it a turbulent river? Check out the horse’s position. Is it standing in a way that wouldn’t create many ripples? Or is it galloping through a sunset sea?

We need to determine whether the water would simply be disturbed, causing surface ripples or whether it would be churned up enough to create splashes. If the water is already fairly turbulent, no matter the horse’s position, ripples would look out of place.

When the water's surface is calm, then you can add in ripples so long as the horse is in a position that would create them.

There are two main ways to make ripples. One is to draw them in and the other to use a special Photoshop filter. Since I am still working on my ripple-drawing technique, today we will learn how to add them using a filter.

Duplicate the background layer. Using a circular marquee tool, make an oval selection around one of the horse’s hooves, like in the screenshot below. Feather your selection to 15 pixels.

Create Ripples In Water

Go to filter - distort - zigzag.
Use the “+” and “-” buttons right below the preview screen to zoom into the area that will be affected by this filter.

Put the style on “Pond ripples”, the amount to 100 and the ridges to 10. Hit okay.

These will be your smaller ripples, the ones in the inside.

Create Ripples In Water

Making sure your marquee tool is still selected, right click and from the option box that appears, select “layer via copy”. Now your ripple is a separate layer.

Delete the background layer that you applied the filter to.

Take a big fuzzy eraser at 75% opacity and erase the edges of the ripple to blend it into the rest of the water.

Sometimes the ripple’s perspective will be off and you’ll have to adjust it. Each image is different, so I can’t give specific instructions for exactly how to adjust it.

I've found that the most helpful tool to edit the depth of a layer is the distort option. Hit “CTRL” + “T” to bring up the transform box. Right click and a box of options will come up, including the distort option.

Duplicate the background layer again. Make another selection, about twice as big as the first one.

Create Ripples In Water

Go to filter - distort - zigzag, again. Change the style to “Around center” and the number of ridges to five. Hit okay. Make sure that the new ripple's layer is below the first ripple.

Make a layer via copy and delete the background layer you applied the filter to, like in the previous steps.

Adjust the depth using the distort option if needed.

Create Ripples In Water

Eraser the edges of the big ripple with a fuzzy eraser to blend it into the rest of the water.

Pull down the opacity of the small ripple to 75%. Merge the two ripple layers.

If you would like to adjust the size of your ripple, just use the move tool to shrink or enlarge it.

Create Ripples In Water
Carpe Diem  
Wow! Great article and your very good at manips!
  Jul 19, 2011  •  3,841 views
Stay Untamed  
Good article! These pictures are really good,by the way )
  Jul 19, 2011  •  3,878 views
Great article. It was helpful
  Jul 20, 2011  •  3,838 views
Laugh and Ride  
Great article! Wish I had PS still.....
  Jul 20, 2011  •  3,951 views
Aslans Roar  
  Jul 20, 2011  •  3,846 views
Nice article
  Jul 21, 2011  •  3,839 views
Great article!
  Jul 21, 2011  •  3,837 views
Ur amazing at manips!!
  Jul 22, 2011  •  3,839 views
I am going to try this!!!!
  Aug 14, 2011  •  3,840 views
Excellent article and really helpful!
  Aug 15, 2011  •  3,839 views
Very helpful article.
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,879 views
LOVE this! You're amazing at manips!
  Feb 4, 2012  •  3,871 views
 More News by T W I
How To Edit A Background From Boring To Beautiful
26th Dec 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
While in an equine photo manipulation, the horse is the focal point of the image, a gorgeous background can add much to the overall impact of your creation. Here are several tips and tricks to get that dreamy, beautiful background ...
How to Draw Horse Hooves on Photoshop
4th Oct 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
We’ve all encountered that perfect stock image, a sleek, well positioned horse that will fit nicely in the background we’ve picked out for our manip - except for one little detail. Dirty, gross-looking hooves. What now? Do we just ...
How to Draw a Black Mane and Tail using Photoshop
3rd Sep 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
This is my second tutorial on the painting of manes and tails! My previous one detailed how to draw chestnut manes and tails, and since the process is very different for black hair, I thought I’d make a whole new tutorial specific ...
Horse Graphics - How to Draw Scars Using Photoshop
19th Aug 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
Ever wondered how to draw scars on an equine, if you're looking for a a battle-weary impact, but don't want to draw gore? This tutorial will cover the process of painting scars onto a horse, using very little but our good old phot ...
Photoshop - How to Give a Black Horse White Facial Markings
27th Jul 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
Ever wanted to give a horse facial markings, like stars or snips, but don’t know how? Today we are going to learn how to change the color of a horse’s whole face, to make the bald face marking. This tutorial should be applicable t ...
Unicorn Moon - Part 3 of 3
27th Jun 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
Exactly one month later, Ophaile’s lunar cycle became Full Moon. Sharnyi, the moon of the Kelpies, became Dark Moon, invisible in the sky. The two moons cycled exactly opposite of each other, so once a year, Sharnyi would disappea ...
How To Effectively Blur Horse Manipulations
20th Jun 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
We have all seen images where the subject, maybe a flower or a human, is in crackling sharp clarity, but the background is just a blur of colors. Something about these always strikes the eye as more professional than the ones wher ...
Unicorn Moon - Part 2 of 3
12th Jun 2012   |   Graphics   |   T W I
The girl cried out, pleading with the people on shore. Though no words formed, her mouth choked with salt water, it was clear that she was begging for succor. Pendant’s teeth were clenched as he stared down at the dark, milling fo ...
  View All News by T W I
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
229 Members Online 263,137 Registered Members 2,687 News Articles 11,428,584 Unique News Article Views 271,765,297 Website Views