Hello guys I am Vaibhav and in this tutorial I am going to show you how to add water ripple effect. If you have photographs of and watery area or something related to water, this effect will add an amazing look to your photo as water droplets are falling on your water. It’s a simple tutorial and will be completed within a minute. I am going to use filter, marquee tool and nothing more. You can also watch the full HD tutorial here.

step 1: Select an elliptical area with marquee tool1

Select elliptical marquee tool which you can do by selecting marquee tool in the left panel.


Now drag and drop the marquee tool where you want your ripple to be. You can make ellipse as well as circle. To make a circle press and hold shift while dragging and dropping the marquee tool make selection.

step 2: make duplicate layer


Press ctrl+J or command+J two times to make duplicate layer of the area elliptical or circular area that you have selected.


Click on the encircled part to make that layer invisible. It’s temporary. We are going to make that layer visible again. Now select the 2nd duplicate layer. With reference to the above fig, activate layer 1 by clicking on that.


Press and hold ctrl or command and then click on the icon of layer 1 as shown above. This will take you selection back.

step 3: give the ripple effect


Give your selection a ripple effect by going to filter->distort->zigzag.



Select pond ripple in style. Adjust the setting as per your requirement. Press OK.


Now press F7  for the layer window. Make you 2nd duplicate layer visible again by clicking on the area where you clicked before to made that invisible.. Once you made that layer visible you can see that your old ripple effect is gone. This is why because your 2nd duplicate layer(layer 1 copy) is above your 1st duplicate layer i.e. layer 1. Actually your ripple effect is not gone, it is hidden behind your 2nd duplicate layer. You can check that by decreasing the opacity of you 2nd duplicate layer.


Make 2nd duplicate layer active by clicking on that. Once again go to filter->distort->zigzag. But this time change your amount to 100 and ridges to 2-5 as per your requirement. Press OK.

step 4: increase the number of ripples


Press F7 for the layer window. Press and hold ctrl or command and then click on both the layers which contain your ripples to select both. Now press right click on any of that two layers and click on merge layers. In case you are finding any difficulty than you can watch the full HD tutorial here.


Press ctrl+J or command+J ‘n’ number of times to make ‘n’ number of ripples. ‘n’ can be any integer like 1,2,3…. and so on. Here I made 4 ripples.


Now press ctrl+V or command+V to select move tool. Place the 4 ripples where ever you want by clicking on its corresponding layer. You can also adjust the shape of any particular ripple if you want by simply dragging and dropping the corners of the selection.

When you are done with the size and place of the ripples once again merge all the ripple layers as we did earlier.

step 5: Blurring it


Press F7 for the layers window. Select the layer which contain all the ripples. Go to filter>blur>gaussian blur. It will blur your ripples to make it looks better.


Set the radius in range between 0.1-0.8 pixels. Don’t drag the bar to the higher pixels. Your ripples will look weird if you set radius more than 2 pixels. Press OK.


Now change the fill of your ripple layer as per your requirement to give final touch to your ripple.




And finally you are done here. I know you guys are thinking it’s so long trick but it would take only 3-4 minutes or less if you know are familiar with Photoshop. You can watch the HD video tutorial here. Thanks for reading this article and lot of cool tricks are also available here. Enjoy them also. Don’t forget to leave comment and also don’t forget to share it with Facebook, Twitter and more. Follow trickyphotoshop on Twitter for the latest updates and also don’t forget to like trickyphotoshop. If any trick that you want to know that you don’t know that simply contact me by emailing me and my email address is given below. I would love to teach you that trick.

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