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Reflection in Water Tutorial by Lady-Tima Reflection in Water Tutorial by Lady-Tima
This is my first tutorial, so I hope it really helps some people. A neat effect, written in a REALLY user-friendly way. I wrote out every direction and where each button and option is, so even the most new-to-Photoshop person could use it, so if the more advanced Photoshop users could bear with me!
Enjoy.

Update: Wow, this tutorial's had over 1200 views! Thanks so much to everyone for taking a look! Please post any art made using this tutorial, so I can link it!

Pictures Made Using This Tutorial:
~BlueBead's ".:Night Carnival:."
*tufkaP's "Castle."
~StephSpence's "DWA- Divine Example"
~LadyPhoenicia's By the Lake
~rabidbunnyd's "Painting with God"
*Amazonne's "Carcosa"
~warran's "No Limits"
*Desmar2u's "Dressage Dreams"
*cell-fey's "Mage"
*x-Silverwing-x's "Run Like the River, Ripred"
~pspam-sue's "Susanna in the bath"
~Charming-Ravenclaw's "Escape the World"
*InvaderSaik's"Caving"
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Crystallized-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have Photoshop, but I managed to adapt it to GIMP somehow and here's what I've made: fav.me/d7sx2bs
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Dokurorider Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this should be DD'ed hahaha so wicked cool man! thanks :D
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Jenny2-point-0 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hi, im usnig cs5 currently and i couldn't work out how you got the channel pallet t come up? so left it out, then i got stuck on the displace part, since when i type that in, and enter it it brings me to an open window so i can "open a displace map" so im kinda confused by that...
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DirtySituation Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi great tutorial! Do you have a Gimp one, I have tried every possible website and it's really annoying me lol thanks you'll be a great help.
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Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Sorry, I don't use GIMP.
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jel-oryan15 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
thank you :heart:ireally learned a lot
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Sindah Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Awesome tutorial! I used it to help make this -> [link] Thank you so much!
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RipperBlackstaff Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made this using your tutorial : [link] Thank you for this, it was very useful !
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this! I've used it here: [link]
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tankgirly Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Finish product [link]
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MoonPhanter Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've used this tutorial, and I must say, it is a Great tutorial! :la:

[link] <-- Here's the result
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xSharonthehedgehogx Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thats amazing! I will diffidently use this in the future!
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spellbound7 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial is a lifesaver! Thank you for it! :D
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spellbound7 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Btw, I made this [link] with your tutorial. Cheers! :D
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for putting my piece up! Used here: [link]
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Mohegan567 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
Wonderful tutorial. However, I have a problem. I use photoshop 7 and when I get to the step where I have to change the perspective of the water my 'transform' button becomes 'unclickable.' Even if I did exactely what you told me to in the tutorial. Have you ever had this problem?
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Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
No, unfortunately, but then again when I made this tutorial I was using Photoshop CS2, and have since moved up to CS5. Sorry.
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:iconmohegan567:
Mohegan567 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
That's okay, I messed around a little bit and got it to look alright. Thanks anyway
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InvaderSaik Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Hey, this tutorial was a real help for making this picture; [link] -Great tut! keep it up 8D
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Used here [link]
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psmam-sue Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
used it here.. but I am nor ready yet.. [link]
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Candys-Killer Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool trick
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x-Silverwing-x Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Used here: [link]
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mystic-wolf135 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
this is great, I've been having a little problem with getting water to look realistic.
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Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Can you be more specific?
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QueenCheetah Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
O.o This tutorial is amazing! Thank you so much! :D
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Drunkyy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Student
Holy crap thanks alot it looks so realistic.
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guiaanselmo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey!
I used your tutorial! thank you!
[link]
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cell-fey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Hi!
I used your tute here: [link]
thanks so much!!!
:love:
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sexywerewolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
I'm hitting d and nothing's happening
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:iconlady-tima:
Lady-Tima Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Pressing D in Photoshop usually resets the colors to black foreground, white background. If it's not working, for some reason, you can do it manually.
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Warran Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Very nice tutorial. I used it here: [link]

One problem that I ran into though was that when I applied the displacementmap onto the 400% layer it cut off anything outside of the picture frame (Using CS2). Don't know if I'm doing anything wrong, but I got around it by copying the 400% into a picture of it's own and work that way.
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Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Hmm... You might have highlighted the canvas whenapplying the displacement, which would confine the filter simply to what fit into the canvas. If you deselect, THEN apply the filter, everything should be right as reign.
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theWalkingDutchman94 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student
awesome dude 0.o
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Queen-of-Randomness Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
I am SO excited to try this out! :D Thanks!
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:iconamazonne:
Amazonne Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice tutorial, thanks a lot for making it :)
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Amazonne Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally tried it, it was very helpful, thanks again! [link]
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LadyPhoenicia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
I just wanted to thank you for this tutorial; it really helped me on my latest piece. If you would like to see it: [link]
Thanks again! :thanks:
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Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
No problem!
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W3thrd-ForgetMeNots Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
This tutorial is filled with squee. D:
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StephSpence Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008   Digital Artist
Loved your tutorial, thanks alot for posting it =)

Even though I didn't use it entirely for what it was intended, the effect still came out pretty well I think ^^
[link]

Thanks again!
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pandagirl9232 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
this was very useful. thank you for taking your time do make this. But i have a question. what do you mean T/Command? what do you press for that?
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xbloodfairy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Great tut, very useful. Thanks so much. :heart:
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rabidbunnyd Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Hmm, I guess I need a little bit more help. I tried to apply the displacement, but it always comes out looking wrong somehow, and I don't know if that's because I messed up in the displacement process or something else. ; ;
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:iconlady-tima:
Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Well, it depends. It might be a mess-up in the displacement filter itself, or it might be a weird number in the filter process. Could I maybe see the filter file, or an example of something made with it?
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:iconrabidbunnyd:
rabidbunnyd Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I think I figured it out ^^'' cause I sent you the finished piece
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:iconrabidbunnyd:
rabidbunnyd Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
lol, nvm, my quick mask was backwards when I created the displacement xD *smacks self* and I didn't seperate the gradient from the reflection, which kind of helps a bit ^^

[link]

There you for the lovely tut
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Serephinex Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Awesome tutorial.
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uncannyphantom Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Your tutorial is by far one of the best out there, i definatly plan on using it sometime soon.
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Lady-Tima Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Wow, seriously? Didn't know it was that good... Thanks.
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