How to Create a Rainy Lake Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Rainy Lake Scene in Photoshop
How to Create a Rainy Lake Scene in Photoshop
35 modifying fortlight

Step 28

Then use Gaussian Blur and add Radius 8.5 pixels to it to make a blur.

36 using Gaussian blur

Step 29

Select Hue & Saturation tool, add following value to it to look more natural light.

37 modifying with hue and sat
38 final fort light

Step 30

To create reflection of fort light on water then duplicate the layer and place it on lake water, to spread it use Smudge Tool and spread it with flow of water.

39 fort light reflection

Step 31: Learn to create rain

To creating rain, first take a new layer and fill Grey color (# 989897) to it as shown in an image. And keep it above all layers. :

40 creating rain

Step 32

Then add noise to the same layer from Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise by keeping its amount 33. Keep the settings of Noise panel as shown in an image:

41 adding noise

Step 33

After that from Filter -> Blur -> apply Motion Blur to that layer like as shown in an image.

42 motion blur tool

Step 34

Now use Soft Light blending mode then your output will look like this:

43 actual rain

Step 35

Finally, to make rain flow more natural, add mask to that same rain layer. After that use Brush tool by keeping low Opacity: 35% and add some black color patches to it.

44 modified rain flow

Create Foggy climate on the Lakeshore

If you observe the lake shore area after raining, then you will find some foggy climate there.

Step 36

So to create it, on a new layer, by using Brush Tool (Keep Opacity low 35%) just paint brush around the lake like as shown in an image:

45 adding fog

Step 37

After that you have to select that fog layer and apply Gaussian Blur to it. Keep Radius 71.1 pixels.

46 Gaussian blur to fog

Step 38

And then add noise to it. Keep values and settings as shown below:

47 noise to fog

Step 39

Then again, use Gaussian Blur tool and keep Radius 9.5 pixels and finally select Vivid Light blending mode to blending that fogs with background color.

So friends, we have done it now! Our dramatic night lake view is ready to use. See our final output:

Final Results

Download the PSD

Dramatic Lake

Tutorial by K Mahesh

Mahesh, is an animator by profession. And by having detailed knowledge in Photoshop software, he loves to create beautiful work in this software.

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  1. I just found this in my email and took a good look at it on the website. Is this "awesome"?

    No, it is NOT. Rather, it is error-filled.

    1. Lower right-hand corner. That's the reflection of the light source, PROBABLY the Sun. Oh, but you have another light source in the top-center called the moon.

    2. That light reflection off of the water IN NO WAY resembles the dark, forbidding rainy skies above. OOPS!

    3. The reflection of the castle off the water is reasonable. But, where is the reflection of the two dark birds well above the castle, which would clearly be in the bright reflected skies above the castle?

    There's a really CRAP sunset picture making the rounds, where the moon has replaced the sun, and it's been passed around in different hues, and it only has a very serious problem, which is that the clouds are passing behind the moon. In other words, our planet will be destroyed soon because the moon is in our atmosphere.

    But a ZILLION LOONS out there say "awesome!" And this is as bad as that.

  2. great tutorial.i learnt a lot...but being a novice it took me some time to locate all the commands since the tutorial was not very clear.but i got an amazing output.thanks again author :-)

  3. To the people saying this is a bad tutorial, you must be noobs.
     I don't read most of the instructions, I go on by looking at how this is being created and do it my way.
    You can do one thing in may forms on photoshop.

  4. Its very amazing steps to create lake view by using photoshop.I am wondered to see this post.Everyone should read this specially designer to get inspirations.thanks

  5. Epic fail?? I don't think so. Great ideas, apply them to your work however you see fit. I thank the person that took time to lay this out! Time out of their day, without being paid a dime. That's not a fail at all. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Something get wrong at step 7/8 with the gaussian blur, my images whole image is blurred and not only the trees etc.
    However it´s a good tut

  7. can we add rain dropping effect into the lake, i think it will look more realistic can you please tall  me how can we add that effect ?

  8. This Is A Very Good Tutorial. But The Final Image Doesn't Look Same As The First One On The Top. I can't say Much Cause Am also New To This Software. Anyways G8 Job

  9. OMG now this is what I call wicked talent.. I'm just speechless on how you've put everything together in such a beautiful harmony. splendid

  10. I like this kind of photo manips....very nice imaging. With more efforts to show the effects of the raindrops on the water surface, this work would be perfect.

  11. I like these tutorials, however I often get stuck and there seems to be no recourse to get clarification. For example on steps 5 and 6 I have a bit of a problem duplicating your steps. I follow your steps to the letter but clearly am doing something wrong and not getting the correct result....or anything resembling it. I'm using CS4 extended. Thanks

    1. this might be really late but what did you do to get around that step? I'm having issues.

  12. It really befuddles me why people post such negative comments. These people that create these tutorials are taking the time out of their lives to assist us novices, not hold us by the hand. I think he did a very good job.

  13. Wow, this is such a fail... by the first two commentators! Do you SEE any other reflection than the castle's? No. You might make the lake darker, but the texture of the sky is not seen, so there is no reflection. And where the moon's reflection lands wouldn't be in the view of the lake. Also, can you make something better than this, without tutorials? No, that's why you're here. You can always make changes yourself if you don't like, idiots.

  14. hey, you know what, why don't you show us your own works and/or tutorials? if you see an high level of fail here, I'm pretty curious to look at your astonishing works

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