In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a seamless water ripple texture in Photoshop. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create the texture, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.
What You'll Learn in This Water Texture Tutorial
- How to create a water ripple texture
- How to make water ripples
- How to make the water texture seamless
- Water ripple image ideas
1. How to Start Creating a Water Texture
First, create a new file. Go to File > New and set the Width and Height to 3000 px and the Resolution to 72 px/in.
2. How to Create a Water Ripple Texture
In this section we are going to create a water ripple texture. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp.
Now press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Filter > Render > Clouds.
Go to Filter > Render > Difference Clouds.
Now press Control-I on your keyboard to invert this layer's colors.
Go to Filter > Distort > Ripple and set the Amount to 100% and Size to Large.
Now go to Filter > Distort > Wave and use the settings below:
Go to Select > Color Range, and set the Select to Highlights, Fuzziness to 10, and Range to 255.
Now go to Select > Select and Mask and set the Smooth to 100, Feather to 0 px, Contrast to 50%, and Shift Edge to 25%.
Press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using the selection. Then, Right-click on this layer, choose Blending Options, select the Color Overlay style, and set the Blend Mode to Normal, Color to
#ffffff, and Opacity to 100%. Name this layer Texture.
Now select the Temp layer and press Delete on your keyboard to delete this layer. Then, set the foreground color to
#00bbcc, select the Background layer, go to Edit > Fill, and set the Contents to Foreground Color, Mode to Normal, and Opacity to 100%.
Select the Texture layer, and press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot. Then, set the foreground color to
#00bbcc, go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Stamp, and set the Light/Dark Balance to 48 and Smoothness to 5. Name this layer Stamp.
3. How to Make the Water Texture Seamless
In this section, we are going to make the water texture seamless, so you can use it to create a water ripple pattern. Go to Filter > Other > Offset, and set the Horizontal and Vertical values to 500 px.
Now, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a selection around the texture to join the edges as shown below:
Go to Edit > Fill and set the Contents to Content-Aware, Mode to Normal, and Opacity to 100%.
You Made It! Your Water Texture Photoshop Design Is Done!
Congratulations, you have succeeded! You've learned how to make a water texture that you can use as a ripple effect Photoshop pattern or a Photoshop water overlay. Here is our final result:
5 Water Ripple Texture Examples From Envato Elements
Want to see more water ripple images? Check out this list of textures from Envato Elements. Enjoy incredible textures!
Rippled Water Textures (PNG, EPS)
This high-resolution texture pack includes eight water ripple texture files. The textures are created for photographers and designers and can be used in various projects from cards to backgrounds!
Ripple Streaks Textures (JPG)
In this texture pack, you will find four water ripples included at 8k resolution. These are a good choice for print, flyers, wallpaper, and so much more!
Curves Textures (AI, EPS, PNG)
Download eight high-resolution PNG water texture files with transparent backgrounds. There are also water ripple effect Illustrator AI and EPS files included which are editable so you can make any changes!
Here we have a collection of marble patterns. Although these patterns are not seamless, they can be a perfect choice to further build your brand, blog, social media and other designs with more detail!
Water Painting Texture Pack Background (AI, EPS, PSD, PNG)
Check out this collection of 20 water ripple effect Illustrator textures. The textures are fully editable, and you can use them individually or in combination!
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