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Making waves in Photoshop
Start by creating a new file around 3000 pixels square.
Your colour palette should be set to white foreground, black background
Choose filter/render/clouds then Filter/blur/motion blur angle 0, around 350
At this point I though the contrast was a bit lacking for the effect I was trying to create so I hit the auto levels button
More blurring. Filter/blur/motion blur around 350
Smooth out the blur effect slightly with filter/noise/median. Set to around 20
Select all and use the Edit/transform/perspective to crunch down the perspective so it looks like the waves are heading off into the distance. You will then need to use the “scale” from the same menu to squash this down vertically to stretch out the waves even more. And then scale it wider for more stretching.
Another quick auto levels to adjust the contrast again.
Now we add some lighting effects to bring in some enhancement of the waves.
Convert image to RGB mode if not already.
Use filter/render/lighting effects single spot and have a play with what give the most pleasing contrast enhancement to the waves. Something central and above gives a moonlight sea effect. Crop the image to encompass the best bits of the sea.
Please take note here. The waves are completely random and you will end up with different looking waves to me.
Add new layer
Select text tool and white text
Type your word slogan or company name
Enlarge so that the text is a good size.
Duplicate this layer
Set the top layer of text to blending mode “overlay”
Set the bottom layer of text to blending mode “exclusion”
bevel and emboss text of the top layer using the layers pallet.
Add reflection, by duplicating the text layers and selecting them both. Rasterize these layers and merge them together.
Edit/transform/scale and drag from the top through to the bottom to scale the words upside down, about two thirds height of the original text.
Edit/transform/perspective and widen out the words to give a slight perspective.
In order for the next bit to work we need to scale down the whole image to around 400 to 600 pixels wide.
Make a rectangular selection around the lowest part of the perspective text and feather to around 10 pixels and delete. This is to fade the text into the water. You may need to adjust the levels or brightness to get the effect you like best.
Now from the filters menu select distort/ripple/ -100
Finally adjust the opacity till you are happy with effect.
If you like you can add a colour overlay layer to blue.
More to come in the next post…