Water is beautiful, but creating its effect digitally from scratch can be dreadful due to the complexity you have to deal with. However, there is always a time when you, as a professional, have to create the water effect, be it for personal use or commercial project.
Well, the good news is that there is always hope for you, and hope always comes from the Internet. Knowing the difficulty of water effect creation, many passionate designers have gone so far as to create tutorials and wonderful resources to aid you in achieving artistic and realistic water effects.
In this post, we have compiled a list of water effect tutorials that show you the brilliant ways to create water effects ranging 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 effects, get to learn them all!
Ever seen those comic illustrations with the superhero 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.
Use stock images to create a stunning movie poster with rain inside it. You’ll be astonished by the ending result as it looks as if it was an advertisement for a real movie!
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 a beautiful rain effect inside your image.
A detailed tutorial on creating rain in Photoshop. Nice tutorial for beginners and advanced users alike.
Transfer yourself into moving water, but don’t blame me if someone puts a straw in your head and starts drinking you!
Create a stunning ad where your object is being hit with a wave of water splash! Check it out!
Create a magical underwater scene. Detailed and well-explained.
Learn how to create water ripples the easy way, in around 10 steps you’ll be creating ripples in the water!
Create a realistic water surface that reflects the surrounding and gives a liquid-like feel to the surface.
A nice tutorial that teaches you how to turn a common waterfall into a silky smooth waterfall.
Love typography? Well, transform your text into a realistic and even artistic water design!
A detailed tutorial on creating realistic water drops. One of the best tutorials for water drops.
A really simple yet detailed tutorial on how to create water droplets on leafs.
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.
Photoshop brushes with realistic water effects, worth keeping them as your resource!
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 brushes to cool you down.”
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!
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!
Random set of brushes with water effects for you to use when possible.
This brush pack contains 8 brushes of different degrees of rain, which includes drizzle, moderate, pour, moderate+windy, drizzle+windy, and drizzle+misty.
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.
The brushes made from a painting of the author, will be a great asset if it’s used correctly, just like the other sets.