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  • create a real looking circular eddy like at the base of waterfalls?

     Jon Iverson updated 4 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • Jon Iverson

    December 16, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I recently traveled some distance to acquire images of several well known waterfalls. The main waterfall I visited though was in such an active state (I assume because it recently rained) that unfortunately its eddy pool at the base wasn’t there and really gives it a punch in photos. Here is a sample of what I’m talking about:

    So, I basically have the waterfall and the water surrounding it. How would I go about adding a realistic looking eddy pool at the base similar to the above? I tried dragging a radial gradient across the water, but it still ends up too perfect no matter what I do. I tend to sell my images, so I can’t just copy the pool from someone elses nor want to do that anyway.

    Thanks in advance for any help.


  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    December 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Here’s a quick concept:

    1) Generate fractal clouds, add noise, blur, stretch horizontally
    2) Polar coordinates
    3) Liquify
    4) Duplicate layer and rotate, 50% opacity, mask out discontinuity line
    5) Curve, dodge and burn to even out

  • Jon Iverson

    December 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm


    I like it, thanks! One question, where is “fractal clouds” located? I see clouds, but not fractal clouds under filters.


  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    December 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Same thing, the official name is of the effect “clouds”, it is made of fractal noise.

  • Jon Iverson

    December 17, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks again, Kalle. The clouds technique seems to be working out very well and I think I’ll be able to fashion something from it soon.


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