25+ Water Effect Photoshop Tutorials and Brushes

Water is beautiful, but creating its effect digitally from scratch can be dreadful, due to the complexity you have to deal with. However, there are always time when you, as a professional, have to create the water effect, be it for personal use or commercial project.

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Well, the good news is that there are always hope for you, and the hope is always come from the Internet. Knowing the difficulty of water effect creation, many passionate designers have gone so far to create tutorials and wonderful resources to aid you in achieving artistic and realistic water effect.

In this post we have compiled a list of water effect tutorials that show you the brilliant ways to create water effects ranged from droplets to rain to waterfalls. At the end of the tutorial section we also got Photoshop brushes for you to even speed up your creation process, so take a jump and get them all!


This section features comprehensive tutorials to help you create various water effects such as rain, water splashes, droplets, bubbles, ripples and even realistic water text effect, get to learn them all!

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Ever seen those comic illustrations with the super hero standing under the rain? Well, if the answer is a yes, then go ahead and read this tutorial, as it shows you how to accomplish the effect.

Designing A War Movie Poster

Use stock images to create a stunning movie poster with rain inside it. You’ll be astonished with the ending result as it looks as if it was an advertisement for a real movie!

The Rain Tutorial

Creating rain in your photograph is actually easy, but not many people know how to do it, and here is the tutorial that teaches you to create beautiful rain effect inside your image.

Composition And Realistic Rain

Create realistic rain, accompanied by a stormy weather to give the photo a gloomy look.


A detailed tutorial on creating rain in Photoshop. Nice tutorial for beginners and advanced users alike.

Water Dress

Who wouldn’t want to wear a dress made from water, especially in the hot weather! Learn how to create a realistic water skirt, and you can create anything (shirt, gloves, etc) with it then.

Water Effect Photo Montage

Transfer yourself into moving water, but don’t blame me if someone puts a straw in your head and starts drinking you!

Water Effect On Products

Create a stunning ad where your object is being hit with a wave of water splash! Check it out!

Create a Beautiful Under Water Scene

Create a magical underwater scene. Detailed and well-explained.

Creating Water From a Tap

The ending result looks pretty similar to the real one. What makes this tutorial even better is its comprehensive steps, any designer can attempt it.

Water Ripples

Learn how to create water ripples the easy way, in around 10 steps you’ll be creating ripples in the water!

Displacement Water

Create a realistic water surface that reflects the surrounding and gives a liquid-like feel to the surface.

Create Silky Smooth Waterfalls

A nice tutorial that teaches you how to turn a common waterfall into a silky smooth waterfall.

Realistic Water Text in Cinema 4D and Photoshop

Love typography? Well, transform your text into a realistic and even artistic water design!

Rainy Day

Creating a water drop and magnifying the place under it a bit to give it a more realistic look. This is exactly what the tutorial teaches you.

Water Drops

A detailed tutorial on creating realistic water drops. One of the best tutorials for water drops.

Leaf Drop

A really simple yet detailed tutorial on how to create water droplets on leafs.

Water Brushes

Water splashes, droplets, rain, waterfalls, you name it, we got the resource! Use these pre-made brushes to boost up your productivity and create your best water artworks.

Anarasha Brush

Photoshop brushes with realistic water effects, worth keeping them as your resource!

Water Effect Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes composed of different water effects like splashes, which are ideal for creating backgrounds since they are high-resolution brushes.

Water Splash

“Water brushes to cool you down.”

Water Splashes

From the pack you can get 10 ‘aqua-ish’ brushes with some splashes, drops, water and other elements.

Water – Volume 1

The preview below is actually made with this brush pack and custom colors, so you probably witnessed the possibility of this brush pack!

Water Brushes

A set of Photoshop and GIMP brushes composed of various water shapes for different light setups.

Water II Brushes

The second pack of the Obsidian Dawn’s water brushes includes more water shapes with average size of 2000 pixels, talking about high resolution!

Water Droplets

Random set of brushes with water effects for you to use when possible.

Rain Brushes

This brush pack contains 8 brushes of different degrees of rain, which includes drizzle, moderate, pour, moderate+windy, drizzle+windy, and drizzle+misty.

Rain – Tear Drop Brushes

With the set are 280 rain/tear drop brushes, which range from single drops to completely randomized patterns. The detail ranges from cartoon-like droplets to the perfect tear.


Ever need waterfall brushes? Well, here’s a pack for you.

Water Reflection

The brushes made from a painting of the author, will be a great asset if it’s used correctly, just like the other sets.