How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a wet glass effect on any photo.At the end of the tutorial, you’ll have an action which will automate the entire process with a single click. This effect works with images of almost any size and resolution.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

I’ll try to explain everythingin much detail so that everyone can follow along, even if this is your first time with Photoshop.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

The action we’ll be creating is part of the Wet Glass Photoshop Action. If you’d like to buy it, you can head over toGraphicRiver and visitWet Glass Photoshop Action. The complete action has additional features like finger-drawing-on-wet-glass effect and other functionalities.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Need

The following resources are needed during the tutorial:

1.How to Set Up Your Document

Step 1

First, open the subject photo on which you want to work. To open your photo, go toFile > Open…, choose your photo, and clickOpen. Now, before we get started, we need to check a few things:

  1. Your photo should be inRGB Colormode and8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go toImage > Mode.
  2. Your photo should be theBackgroundlayer. If it is not, go toLayer > New > Background from Layer.
  3. Click the fly-out list of the Layers panels and click Panel Options….Make sure Add “copy” to Copied Layers and Groupsis checked.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Now, let’s start preparing the base for our action. We’ll put it in a separate set for easier management.

Go to Window > Actions or press F9on the keyboard to open up theActionspanel.Then, click theCreate new seticon, name the set Wet Glass and clickOK. We’ll place the action inside this set.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Click the Create new actionicon and name it Wet Glass Action.

ClickRecordto start recording all the subsequent steps in Photoshop.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

2.How to Record an Action

From this point onwards, everything you do will be recorded, so please be careful and keep an eye on the Actions panel. If you make a mistake, click the Stop playing/recording icon, and delete the unnecessary step from the Wet Glass action. Then click the Begin recording icon again to continue.The last thing you’d want is to have a messy action filled with unwanted steps.

Step 1

Press Don your keyboard to reset swatches.

With the Background layer selected, press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer.

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the duplicated layer as Original. Make sure only theOriginallayer is selected and pressControl-G orCommand-G to add it to a new group.

Go to Layer > Rename Group… and rename the group as Wet Glass Action. We’ll add all our further layers into this group to keep everything organised.

Right now, yourActionsandLayerspanels should have the below contents.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Now, select theOriginallayer and again press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer. Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the duplicated layer as Blurred.

Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enter Radius: 50 Pixels, and click OK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to add a layer mask to the Blurred layer.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Go to Layer > New > Layer…to add a new layer aboveBlurred. Name the new layer as Water Drips.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Select theOriginal layerand press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer. Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename theduplicated layer toOverlay. Now, click and drag it above theWater Drips layer.

Then, go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask to add theOverlay layer as a clipping mask to theWater Drips layer.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Your Actions and Layers panels should now have the above structures.

Step 6

Now, we’ll add water drips.

Select theWater Drips layer. Go to Select > All,and you’ll find that the whole canvas area will get selected. Then, go to Select > Transform Selection.

Keep Reference point location at Center,andenter Width: 3% and Height: 80%. Click the Tickbutton on the top toolbar or press Enter or Return to confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Select > Modify > Smooth…,enter Sample Radius: 5 pixels, and click OK.

Again go to Select > Transform Selection. KeepReference point locationatCenter andenterAngle: 0.2. Click theTickbutton or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

PressDon your keyboard to reset swatches. Then, pressAlt-Delete or Option-Delete to fill the selection with Foreground Color. Press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the selection. You’ll have something like below.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

In the next few steps, we’ll add similar patterns with different dimensions.

We’ll use this rather lengthy and repetitive process just to avoid errors when this action is run on other images. Simply making rectangular selections with the Marquee Tool may not always work for every other image.

Press Control-A or Command-Aand then go to Select > Transform Selection. KeepReference point locationatCenter andenterWidth: 25%. Click theTickbutton or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Select > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatLeft, and enterWidth: 5%, Height: 80% and Angle: -0.2. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go toSelect > Modify > Smooth…,enterSample Radius: 5 pixelsand clickOK.

Then, pressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color.

Step 9

Again, go toSelect > Transform Selection. KeepReference point locationatCenter, and enterWidth: 850%,Height: 110%andAngle: 1. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Select > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatRight, and enterWidth: 13%andHeight: 80%. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color.

Step 10

Go toSelect > Transform Selection. KeepReference point locationatCenter, and enterWidth: 500%andAngle: -0.7. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Select > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationat Bottom-Right, and enterWidth: 17%,Height: 78% and Angle: -0.8. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color. Press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the current selection.

Step 11

Right-click on the Water Dripslayer thumbnail and select Select Pixels.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Select > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatRight, and enterWidth: -100% andHeight: -100%. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Again, go toSelect > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatRightand enterWidth: 88%. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color. PressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection.

Your image should now look like this:

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

In the following steps, we’ll add more water drips.

Select theBlurred layer. Go to Layer > New > Layer…, name the new layer astemp and click OK.

Then select theWater Drips layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Select thetemplayer and pressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color.

Step 13

Select theWater Dripslayer and go to Select > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatRightand enterWidth: -100%.Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Again, go toSelect > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatRight, and enterWidth: 93% and Angle: 0.8. Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color. PressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection.

Step 14

Select thetemp layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and chooseSelect Pixels.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Select theWater Drips layer.

Go toSelect > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatLeftand enterWidth: -100%.Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Again, go toSelect > Transform Selection. SelectReference point locationatLeft, and enterWidth: 92%andAngle: 0.4.Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection withForeground Color. PressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection.

Step 15

Select thetemp layerand press Delete on thekeyboard to delete it. Then select theWater Drips layer. Right-click and select Convert to Smart Object.

We are converting theWater Dripslayer to a Smart Objectso that the next filters are added to it non-destructively. Also, after running the final action, you can double-click to open it in a new Smart Object edit window and modify the water drips.

At this point, your image should look like below.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Go to Filter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 28
  • Wavelength: Min. 1, Max. 221
  • Amplitude: Min. 1, Max. 2
  • Scale: Horiz. 100%, Vert. 1%
  • Type: Sine
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Now, go to Filter > Distort > Ripple… and enter the following values:

  • Amount: 175%
  • Size: Medium

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Now, your image will look like below.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to create a layer mask to theWater Drips smart object.

Select theWater Dripssmart object thumbnail and then select its Layer Mask thumbnail (this is to confirm that the layer mask is always selected at this point and prevent any error).

PressDon your keyboard to reset swatches.

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Next, press Control-L or Command-L to bring up the Levels adjustments window. Change the Highlight level to 150 and click OK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Press Control-A or Command-Ato select the entire canvas area.

Then go to Select > Transform Selection.KeepReference point locationatCenter, and enterWidth: 50%andHeight: 50%.Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Next, go to Select > Modify > Smooth… and enter Sample Radius: 100 pixels and click OK.

Then go to Select > Modify > Feather… and enter Feather Radius: 40 pixels and click OK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Select theLayer Maskof theWater Drips layer.

Press Don thekeyboard to reset swatches (make sure the Foreground Color is White).

Go to Edit > Fill…, and select Contents: Foreground Colorand Opacity: 92%. Then, click OK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the current selection.

Step 21

Select theWater Drips smart object thumbnail to select the RGB channel of the layer.

Press Control-T or Command-T to free transform the smart object.KeepReference point locationatCenter, and enterWidth: 110%andHeight: 110%.Click theTickbuttonor pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Now, your image and Layersstructures will look like this:

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 22

Select theOverlay layer.

In the next steps, we’ll add the wet glass image. We’ll do it in such a way that while running the final action, the image needs to be manually added and adjusted. We’ll insert a Stopwith an appropriate message prompt telling us to add and resize the image.

Click the fly-out list of the Actions panel and select Insert Stop….

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

In the Record Stopprompt window, add an appropriate Messageas below.

Remember to check the Allow Continue checkbox and click OK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Here I’ve added the below message:

In the next step you need to manually add the Wet Glass panel.A new Browse window will open, and from there select the Wet Glass image provided.Select the image and click “Place”.After the image gets added into Photoshop, you can adjust the size by dragging the corner/side nodes.When done, press “Enter/Return” or click the “Tick” button on the top toolbar.Now press “Continue” to proceed.

However, you can add your own message.

Step 23

Go to File > Place… (go to File > Place Embedded… for AdobePhotoshop CC 2015.5 and above).A new Browse window will open, and from there select Wet Glass JPG Image.

Then click Place.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Drag the corner/side nodes and resize the wet glass image to cover your main image.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Remember to click and enable the Dialogfor the Place command.

This step is important as currently the path to the wet glass image is pointing to your local file location. Enabling the Dialogallows other users to select the image from their file location in different systems.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 24

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the image layer asWet Glass Panel.Right-click and selectBlending options…. Set Blend Mode: Hard Light and Opacity: 62%. Click OK to confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 25

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance…, name it Wet Glass Vibrance, and click OK. Enter a Vibrance value of-100.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Right-click on theWet Glass Vibrancelayer and select Create Clipping Mask to add it as a clipping mask to theWet Glass Panel layer.

Your image and the Layers panelstructure should now be as below.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

3.How to Make Further Adjustments

Step 1

Select theBlurred layerand go to Layer > Rename Layer…to rename it as Blurred More. Hide it by toggling the eyeball icon off.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Select theOriginallayer and press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer. Go toLayer > RenameLayer… andrenamethe duplicated layer as Blurred Average.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…,enter Radius: 25 Pixels,and click OK.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Hide the layer by toggling the eyeball icon off.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Again, select theOriginallayer and pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate the layer.Go toLayer > RenameLayer…andrenamethe duplicated layer asBlurred Soft.

Go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…,enterRadius: 10 Pixels,and clickOK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go toLayer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.

Now, we have three differentblur strength layers, which can be easily turned on/off by toggling the eyeball icons.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select theOriginallayer and press D on thekeyboard to reset swatches.

Now, select theWet Glass Vibrancelayerandgo to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient…. Name it Vignetteand click OK.

Enter the following values: Style: Radial, Angle: 90,Scale: 250%, check Reverse and click OK.Change the blending mode of the layer to Soft Light from the drop-down menu.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Go toLayer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast…, name the layerOverall Brightness/Contrast, and clickOK. Enter the values Brightness: 5 and Contrast: 10.

Go toLayer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves…, name the layerOverall Curvesand clickOK.

Go toLayer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance…, name the layerOverall Vibranceand clickOK. Enter the valueVibrance: +5.

Go toLayer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels…, name the layerOverall Levelsand clickOK.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Your Layers panel structure should now be as below.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

4.How to Tidy Up Your Groups

In the next steps, we’ll organise the layers into logical groups and colour code them for ease of use.

Step 1

Select theOverall Brightness/Contrast layer, hold Shifton the keyboard, and select theOverall Levels layer. Press Control-G or Command-G to group the layers together. Go to Layer > Rename Group…and rename it as Overall Adjustments.

Right-click on the group and select the slot colour Gray.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Select theVignette layer. Right-click and select the slot colour Gray.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select theWet Glass Vibrance layer. Right-click and select the slot colourBlue.

Select theWet Glass Panel layer. Right-click and select the slot colourBlue.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select theOverlaylayer. Right-click and select the slot colourRed.

Select theWater Dripssmart object. Right-click and select the slot colourRed.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Select theBlurred More layer, holdShifton the keyboard, and select theBlurred Soft layer. PressControl-GorCommand-Gto group the layers together. Go toLayer > RenameGroup…andrename it asBlurred.

Now, right-click on the group and select the slot colourYellow.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Select theOriginal layer. Right-click and select the slot colourGreen.

Now, finally, yourLayers panelstructure will look like this:

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

5.Finish Recording the Action

Stop recording by clicking the Stop playing/recording button.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Awesome, You’ve Done It!

Here is your final result!

Great job! You’ve finished creating theWet Glass Photoshop Action.

You can now apply the effect onto any other image. Just open the image and clickPlayfrom theActionspanel.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

How to Customise Your Result

1.How to Change the Wet Glass Panel

Now, I’ll show you how to change the wet glass panel.

Step 1

Select theWet Glass Panel layer and double-click on the Smart Object thumbnail to open it in a new Smart Object edit window.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go toFile > Place…(go toFile > Place Embedded…forAdobePhotoshop CC 2015.5and above) and add a new Wet Glass image.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Go to Layer > Flatten Image and press Control-S or Command-Sto save the Smart Object.Close the Smart Object edit window and the new glass image will get updated.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

2.How to Modify the Water Drops

Step 1

Select theWater Dripslayer and double-click on the Smart Object thumbnailto open it in a new Smart Object edit window.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

You can modify the water drips by resizing, rotating, or duplicating.

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate. Press Control-T or Command-T to bring up theFree Transform Tool. Drag the corner/side nodes to resize/rotate the drips. PressEnter or Return to confirm.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Then, press Control-Sor Command-Sto save the Smart Object, and close it to update the main image.

3.How to Tweak Your Adjustment Layers

Step 1

Expand the Overall Adjustment group and double-click on an adjustment layer thumbnail to open it. Modify it to affect the whole image. You can also add new adjustment layers and experiment.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Let’s change the Overall Curves and the Overall Vibrance layers to the following values.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

This is what we’ll get.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop

That’s All!

We have reached the end of the tutorial. Here you’ve learned how to add a wet glass effect on any photo and also automate it in a one-click Photoshop action.

We started out with a stock image, dynamically constructed the water drips, placed the wet glass image, and finally changed the glass image and made other adjustments.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. Feel free to leave your comments below, and thanks for reading. This action we just created is part of Wet Glass Photoshop Action.

How to Create a Wet Glass Action in Adobe Photoshop