In this tutorial I'll show you an interesting way to create a water scene.
I'll start with a photo I took during winter.
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool.
We want a complete square so set it to Fixed Ratio.
Select an area of the photo that you like.
Copy the square and paste into a new layer then hide the background layer.
Alt+click and drag to duplicate the photo.
Next we want to go to Transform and tell the image to Flip Vertical.
Move it into place.
Lock that duplicated layer.
Open Liquify. To increase and decrease brush sizes, use the bracket keys. Do not go over the edges as you create the water effect. When done, hit OK.
Click in the Mask icon to create a mask. Use the Gradient tool to create a black to white gradient and apply it to the photo making sure the mask chip is selected in the layers palette.
You may have to make several attempts to get the right gradient applied but it should turn out to look something like the photo below. From this point on you could get creative and add in some rocks, land, and some ducks, or what ever you want to improve the overall look of the picture.
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