In this next installment, Ana demonstrates how to create a focal image reflection and add a ripple water effect to the image.
See the other tutorials in this series here.
Part 1. Preparing Ripple Effect
Foundation for Ripple Effect. Create a new 12 X 12 layout at 300 DPI with a white background Duplicate the layer by pressin the Command/Ctrl+J buttons on your keyboard. This layer will be the foundation of the ripple water effect to be applied to the reflection of your main image.
Ripple Water Effect. Select the white layer by clicking on the layer thumb in the Layers palette. This layer will be your ripple layer. Go to Filter> Render> Clouds, access the Levels controls by pressing Command/Ctrl+L on your keyboard. Enter the following values 0, 2, and 255. Go to Filter> Distort> Twirl and enter Angle= 200. Go to Filter> Distort> ZigZag and enter 1) Amount = 75 - 90; 2) Ridge = 15 - 20 and 3) Style = Pond Ripples.
Resize Ripple effect. Select the ripple layer by clicking on the layer thumb in the Layers panel. Press the Command /Ctrl+ T on your keyboard to adjust the size of the layer to approximately 4 inches in height or one third of the total height of the layout. Press Command + Ctrl T buttons again to modify the Perspective by selecting the lower left corner and stretching it by 2-3 inches. Select the upper left corner and reduce it to 2-3 inches. Merge the ripple layer with the background layer and save it as a .psd format file under the name RippleEffect.psd.
Part 2. Selecting and Preparing Photos
Create Foundation. Select an image such as a boat, a floweror tree which will create a plausible water reflection. Also choose a photo to serve as the focal image in the composition. Open and move this image onto a new 12 X 12 300DPI layout. The remaining photos will serve to support the focal image.
Duplicate Photo. Make duplicate copies of the focal image by pressing the Command/Ctrl + J buttons on your keyboard. This will yield multiple copies of the same image for later use as needed.
Create Refelection. Select one of the focal image copies and execute Command/Ctrl +T > Flip Vertical to to turn the image up-side-down by 180 degrees. Reposition the layer by moving it downwards, below the focal image to form the reflection.Position the focal photo and the upside down reflection layer approximately in the same area where the ripple effect was created. Use the ripple layer as a guide to placing the focal image then turn off the visibility of the ripple layer.Part 3. Using Filters
Displacement Maps. Use the Displacement Map to creating a convincing three-dimensional ripple water effect. Select the up-side-down reflection layer, then go to Filter> Distort> Displace. Enter the following values for 1) Scale Horizontal = 20-30, 2) Scale Vertical = 50, 3) Displacement Map = Stretch to fit option, and 4 ) Undefined Area = Repeat Edge Pixels option. Open the RippleEffect.psd to add the ripple effect to your focal image. This Displacement Map function is a wonderful filter effect that can be used to apply textured effects to your images.Tip: You can use the Filter> Distort> Displace function on brush layers saved in .psd file format, and use them as displacement maps over your photos.
Part 4. Repetition
Make a duplicate copy of the rippled reflection layer by pressing Command/Ctrl + J buttons on your keyboard. Select the first of the 2 copies in the layer stack and reposition the layer by moving it to the left to create a repetition of the reflection. Decrease the size of the layer using Command Ctrl+ T to add perspective before using the Eraser tool to eliminate areas of the layer.
Part 5. Add Dimension
Optionally add elements such as frames, transfers or dimensional embellishments. In this layout the focal image and reflection was clipped to Transfer14.png from Artplay Palette Among Friends which was adjusted in size accordingly.
Part 6. Add Textures & color
Add Edges. Add impact to the ripple effect and focal image by applying the Poster Edges filter. Values will be determined by the image used as well as preference but can be adapted from the following settings. Go to Filter> Artistic>P oster Edges, and enter 1) Edge Thickness = 3 - 5, 2) Edge intensity= 3 - 6, 3) Posterization = 1 - 3.
Background Papers. Add one or more ArtPlay Palette artsy papers to form the background to your layout, This layout demonstrates the use of ArtsyPaper6.jpg from Artplay Palette Getaway with ArtsyPaper2.jpg from Artplay Palette Among Friends. Move the paper layers downwards in the Layers panel so that the paper layer(s) sits directly above the background layer in the layer stack.
Blending Modes. Apply blending modes to the artsy paper layers to increase visual interest. Try applying Pin Light and Color blending modes respectively You can also change the order of the layers in the layer stack to yield best results as blending modes are dependent on the underlying layers with which they interact.
WordsART. Add WordART to provide sentiment to the layout from GetAway WordArt No 1. Apply layer styles as desired to the WordART to add shadows and adjust color to better coordinate with your page.
Part 7. Save your Image
Don't forget to save your image in both layered .psd and flattened .jpg files to provide the option for future edits if desired.
Additional examples done with the same technique by Ana using different ripples effects. View her gallery of pages here.