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I know that pain of not slowing down the shutter speed to capture the moving waterfall. I went to a national park to capture a waterfall and forgot to slow down the shutter speed. I felt so bad, but I am glad that I have Photoshop. I can create a silky and smooth waterfall in Photoshop.

I am going to use a filter and a selection tool to turn a regular waterfall into a silky and smooth waterfall.

Let’s start the tutorial. Before that, let me show you the before and after photo.

After

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Before

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Let’s begin the tutorial

Step 1 – Select the waterfall roughly

Grab the Polygonal Lasso tool from the tool panel or press Shift + L again and again until it activates.

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Select the waterfall roughly. You don’t need to be accurate.

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Duplicate the layer by pressing Cmd + J / Ctrl + J. This will create a new layer of the waterfall.

Press F7 to open Layer Panel to check the newly created layer.

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Step 2 – Blur the Waterfall in Photoshop

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.

Choose the Angle and Distance this way.

  • Angle – This is along with the flow of the water. In my case, water is flowing at a 90 degree from the ground. So, I chose 90 degree
  • Distance – This sets the amount of motion blur. More the value, the more the blur. In my case, 179 pixels in giving the correct amount of blur.

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Press OK once done.

Press Cmd + D / Ctrl + D to deselect.

Step 3 – Mask the unwanted parts

Motion blur has created some unwanted area that is filled with water. Have a look at the below image where I have highlighted three areas which look photoshopped. We’re going to

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We’re going to hide these parts using a layer mask.

Press F7 if the layer panel is not opened. You can also open the layer panel from Window > Layers.

Click on the Add Layer Mask to add a layer mask.

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Make black as your foreground color.

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Grab the Brush tool from the tool panel or press Shift + B again and again until it activates.

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Make the Hardness 0%. Choose the size you’re comfortable with. I am going with 100 pixels.

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Brush the area that I highlighted with the blue rectangles.

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Step 4 – Warp the waterfall

Time to warp the waterfall.

Activate the waterfall layer by clicking on it.

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Press Cmd + T / Ctrl + T to activate the Free Transform Tool. After that, click on the below button to activate the warp mode.

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Look at the below GIF to watch how to transform a waterfall.

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This is how my final waterfall looks.

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This is all, guys.

Here’s the final photo.

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