Condensed wallpaper

Easy steps to make Condensed wallpaper.

Condensed - Making Of - Step 1

My warmest greetings! On this page, I will show you how easy it is to create photo-realistic image of waterdrops with only Adobe Photoshop and a mouse. Let’s start with new document (I usually set size to 3200×2400 pixels) and fill iw with dark-blue.

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Next, add some 3D effect. For this, draw a light-blue line in new layer, using very wide brush (here around 1000 pixels width).

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Then, use Gaussian Blur filter (with large setting such as 200px) in order to, well, blur :)

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Then merge these 2 layers (Ctrl-E), and apply a couple more effects – first Noise (not much) and then Paint Daubts (again, only a bit).

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Now we have pretty good background for our future waterdrops.

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Now the fun begins – waterdrops. Create new layer, fill with white, and then in another new layer (!) draw a slighly chaotic oval using sharp pencil tool. Remember, nature never has ideal shapes, so dont use vector tools.

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Now spent about an hour or two and fill entire document with drops outlines.

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Good, now we have waterdrops outlined, we need to fill them with black color. It is very easy – with magic wand, click anywhere outside waterdrops (make sure Contiguous is checked)…

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then invert your selection (Ctrl-Shift-I) and fill with black color using Bucket (G) – make sure Contiguous is NOT checked, or you’ll have to fill each waterdrop manually.

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Attention! I’m releaving my biggest commercial secret now! Merge black waterdrops with white background and apply Blur to it. Radius is important, feel free to experiment. I chose 7 px.

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And now, hit Ctrl-L to open Levels dialog, and move black and white arrow pointers closer to the middle. You’ll see how our blurred waterdrop become sharp and smooth.

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Remove white from this layer. You can use the following shortcuts for that:
* Ctrl-A
* Ctrl-C
* Q
* Ctrl-V
* Q
* Del

(this was another professional secret! :-))

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Now it is time for nice layer effects. Set layer blend mode to Screen, and use Shadow, Bevel and Inner Glow to make waterdrops look better.

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Some more lights and reflections would make our artwork much nicer. Create new layer (with blend more = overlay and opacity = around 50%), select brush tool and white color, and spend another hour putting white dots where light is reflecting in the top of waterdrops (in my case, light is falling from top).

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Better, but not yet good enough. We’ll need another effect – light reflecting from bottom of each waterdrop. Ctrl-click layer to make waterdrops selected (or right-click layer thumb and choose Select Layer Transparency). Then go to Select > Modify > Contract and contract it by about 5 pixels.

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Create new layer, fill the selection with white, then move selection about 10px to top, and hit Del to remove selected area.

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Now apply a bit of blur, and set blend mode to soft light or overlay – and you are done!

Author: Vlad Gerasimov