Creating the " Water " Layer






Creating the “Water” Layer

This section builds on the work you finished in the preceding section, “Making a ‘Liquid’ Channel.” After completing those steps, continue with the steps here. You’re well on your way to dipping your image in liquid!

  1. In the Layers palette, select the layer containing the image.

  2. Click the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette.

    A new empty layer appears above the selected layer.

  3. Rename the new layer.

    I’ve renamed it Water. I’m using the name Water to refer to this layer for the rest of the steps.

  4. Select white as the Foreground color.

    An easy way to do this is to press D, and then press X.

  5. Press Alt+Backspace/Option+Backspace to fill the Water layer with white.

  6. In the Channels palette, select the Liquid channel and click the Load Channel as Selection button at the bottom of the palette.

  7. In the Layers palette, select the Water layer.

  8. Select black as the Foreground color.

    A quick way to do this is to press D.

  9. Press Alt+Backspace/Option+Backspace to fill the selection with the Foreground color.

    The selected area on the Water layer fills with black, as shown in Figure.

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    Figure: The selection fills with black.

  10. Press Ctrl+D/z +D to remove the selection marquee from the Water layer.

  11. With the Water layer still selected in the Layers palette, choose Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.

  12. In the Gaussian Blur dialog box, set the Radius to 5, and then click OK.

  13. Choose Filter>Stylize>Emboss.

  14. Set the Angle to the direction where the light source is coming from in your image.

    For my example, 135 degrees works best because that’s where the light source seems to be coming from, as shown in Figure.


    Figure: Set the angle to match the light source in your image.

  15. Set the Height to 5 pixels and the Amount to 100%.

  16. Click OK to close the Emboss dialog box and apply the settings to the Water layer.

    Your Water layer should look similar to the one shown in Figure.

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    Figure: After applying the Emboss filter, the Water layer should look like this.



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