Water Tentacles – Photoshop tutorial
Posted by ascultradio pe Mai 22, 2010
Create a group of tentacles with water splashes on them.
Press CTRL + T to bring up the transform stuff then Right Click and click Distort. Hold Shift + Alt and grab the bottom right node(little box) and drag it towards the center. You want to ensure you get the nodes ontop of each other at the bottom so you get a nice point on your tentacle. Then press Enter to apply the transformation.
With the current visible layer active go to Filter–> Distort–> Shear, here is where we get to shape our tentacle. What I did is moved the top node(small box) to the left a little. Then a little further down I clicked towards the right to create another node. Then went back to the left and made another node. Play around till you get something you like in the preview box(Press Defaults to reset the nodes) then press OK.
Now here is a neat trick I learned. Apply the Plastic Wrap
filter to give it a nice 3D look. Lets give it more 3D touch by adding an Outer Glow
Now we are going to add water splashes! Yay! Copy the image below and paste it right onto of your current image in Photoshop.
Name the water splash layer „Splash”. Your layer palette should look like this right now.
Change the Blending Mode
of the „Splash” layer to Color Burn
. Now you want to position the splash so you got a fair amount of the splash on the tentacle but not too much, if you need more splash just copy the layer or make your own splashes. Below show’s how we got ours positioned.
Now on your tentacles layer(Main Tentacles Copy) load the selection
the selection and go back to your „Splash” layer(one with the blue blotches) and press the DELETE button to get rid of the excess water splatter.
Alas, we apply the Plastic Wrap
filter once again to give the Water Splatter(Splash Layer) some depth.
That is basically how you make a tentacle. To create another tentacle duplicate THE original „Main Tentacles” layer
you hid early in this tutorial then follow Steps 6 – 14
again making sure to duplicate the layer still so you can create more tentacles.
For Step 7 ensure you play around with it so you got your tentacles going different ways. Also to change the tentacle colour for step 9 for the Hue/Saturation just slide the bars around. Feel free to make your own water blotches or make another shade of blue for other water blotches to give variation.
Poof… there you have it, once you get the hang of it it’s a very good effect for splash pages and such… let your imagination run wild and create something nice… also maybe keep the tentacles silver will look nice still.