How To Make Raindrops In Photoshop 7.0


Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only in raster graphics editing, but in digital art as a whole.

Adobe Photoshop is a software used for editing photographs, compositing digital art, animating, and graphic design. Adobe photoshop comes with professional tools that makes it easier for artists to bring their ideas to life. One of the major advantages of using Adobe Photoshop is its ability to create multiple layers that can be altered independently of each other. New tools and features are always being added as Adobe gathers feedback from artists on ways to improve Photoshop.

Who Created Photoshop?

Photoshop was originally created by two brothers, John Knoll and Thomas Knoll. In 1987, Thomas Knoll was a student at the University of Michigan studying engineering but he was also interested in photography. Thomas’s interest in photography stemmed from his Father, Glen, and they even had a darkroom in their basement. Thomas’s father was a professor at a local college and had access to one an Apple II Plus computer. One day with his engineering knowledge, Thomas wrote a script on his father’s Apple computer that allowed him to turn monochromatic images to grayscale. After this initial script, Thomas continued to develop additional processes that applied effects to his images on screen. Thomas’s brother, John, at the time had worked at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. Once he saw what Thomas had created, he encouraged Thomas to turn his programs into a fully operational image editor. With Thomas and John working together on the project, they worked to further develop the application and released the first iteration of Photoshop in 1988 under the original name “Image Pro”

Today Photoshop is owned by Adobe but that wasn’t always the case. After Thomas and John first released Image Pro, they were looking to partner with larger companies to expand distribution of the software. It didn’t take long for them to win over the Adobe team and in February 1990, Adobe released Adobe Photoshop 1.0

Today, Adobe Photoshop is used by a variety of artists and creative professionals within the industry. Photoshop is a software that can be used for photography, graphic design, digital art and more. Below I have listed out a few categories and artists in each category where Photoshop is used to create amazing work.


To make rain drops in photoshop,do the following

Step 1 > Open the Image

Open the image you want to add water drops. For this tutorial, i used a green leaf but you can use metals, glass, and other similar surfaces.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Step 2 > Create the Shape

First, create a new layer by going to Layer > New > Layer (Shift Ctrl + N) and name it “Water Drops”. Pick the Ellipse Tool (U) and fill it with black to white gradient and -70 Angle. Finally, change the blending mode to Overlay.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Step 2 > Blending Options

Right click on the water drops layer and press “Blending Options” in the new tab add the following values:

Drop Shadow: blending mode = linear burn, opacity = 32, angle = 90, distance = 8, spread = 0, size = 6.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Inner Glow: blending mode = linear burn, opacity = 33, noise = 0, choke = 0, size = 2.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Inner Shadow: blending mode = linear burn, opacity = 16, angle = -53, distance = 3, size = 3 and press OK.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Step 3 > Add Highlight

Ctrl + click on Water Drop layer to select it and create a new layer with the name “Highlight 1”. Pick a small soft white brush with size 33px and draw on top of selection. Change the blending mode to Overlay.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Step 4 > Add Another Highlight

With the water drop selection still active create another layer and name it “Highlight 2” With smaller brush add another white dot with size 22px and 0 hardness. Press (Ctrl + D) to deselect. Your water drop is almost ready.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Step 5 > Group Layers

Press (Shift) and select Water Drop, Highlight 1 and Highlight 2 layers. Press (Ctrl + G) to group them. Rename the Group 1 to Water Drop 1.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

Step 6 > Add More Drops

Duplicate the “Water Drop 1” group and transform it by pressing (Ctrl + T). Move the new group and repeat the same process to create the water drops.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop


Create more water drops in different shapes and sizes to make the image more realistic. Add more highlights and follow the direction of light.

Realistic Water Drops Tutorial in Photoshop

How to Generate rain effect

Step 1

The usual method to generate rain is to combine the Add Noise and the Motion Blur filter. Start by creating a new layer (Command/Control-Shift-N) and filling it with black (D, then Alt-Backspace), and then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Scale the noise up to 400%.

add noise
resize noise

Then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and give the noise a slanted motion blur. Hit Command/Control-M to bring up the Curves adjustment panel and add contrast to your layer. Finally, switch your layer to Screen and name it “Rain.”

add motion blur
darken the blur
create rain effect
change blend mode to screen
add rain to photo

Now the key to get a more realistic and more interesting is randomness. You see, rain doesn’t usually fall in a perfectly straight line because of the wind. To get this randomness, we will have to repeat the process a few times with a varying size of grain and angle of motion blur. In this case, I did the process with noise scaled to 250% and with a 79° blur.

add more rain

And once again, this time with a 600% scale and 60° blur.

change rain direction

Finally, I simply generated noise and darkened it a lot. Name this layer “Noise.”

change contrast
add dark noise

Step 2

Set all your “Rain” layers to Screen, and unhide them.

set layers to screen mode

Now this is a bit too much. To fix this, give each of the rain layers a mask, select it, and go to Filter > Render > Clouds. This will reduce the effect and give the rain a bit more randomness. Also, set the “Noise” layer to 20% Opacity.

lower opacity
add grain

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