Wa­ter re­flec­tions

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I paint the wa­ter area on a layer with a flipped Mr Beef for a re­flec­tion. I ap­ply the Dis­place fil­ter, us­ing a noise im­age I’ve cre­ated that’s had its Red and Green chan­nels blurred in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions to add some dis­tor­tion. Now I go to Fil­ter>Liquify and wig­gle things around be­fore paint­ing over it to get a re­sult I like.

Cre­at­ing a splash

On a new layer, I paint splash shapes and droplets in a flat black with a hard-edged brush. With a soft brush, I erase most of the mid­dle from the shapes, then set Layer Opac­ity to 30 per cent. On a new layer I add a light touch of white with a soft brush and spec­u­lar high­lights with a small hard brush. I step back to de­cide what I need to fix and fin­ish, and it’s time I got to the gym!

July 2015

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