PFRE is the original online resource for real estate and interior photographers. Since 2006, it has been a community hub where like-minded professionals from around the world gather to share information with a common goal of improving their work and advancing their business. With thousands of articles, covering hundreds of topics, PFRE offers the most robust collection of educational material in our field. The history of real estate photography has been documented within these pages.
Lightroom is a comprehensive photo editing and image management software. It allows photographers to complete their photography workflow such as importing, processing, and exporting images. But how much is Lightroom? Is it worth the price? Although Lig ...
For over a decade, photographers from around the world have participated in PFRE’s monthly photography contests, culminating in the year-end crowning of PFRE’s Photographer of the Year. With a new theme each month and commentary offered by some of the finest real estate & interior photographers anywhere, these contests offer a fun, competitive environment with rich learning opportunities.
PFRE prides itself on the depth and breadth of the information and professional development resources it makes available to our community. Our goal is to help real estate and interior photographers be successful while bringing the community together and elevating the industry as a whole.
As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.
You may come across properties where agents want to dampen the driveway or walkways. Perhaps you're shooting on a hot, sunny day, and the water dries before you finish. With that, we're going to teach you how to achieve a great 'wet look' in Photoshop to save water and time.
Adding a wet look or reflections can make a property look more dimensional compared to leaving it flat. You can make something look wet in Photoshop by duplicating layers, using the Curves tool, adjusting opacity, and even applying the Plastic Wrap effect.
Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how you can make pavements or pathways look wet using Photoshop.
Creating a Wet Look Using the Curves Tool
While actual water looks better, you'll find that editing reflection-like moist looks pretty great and convincing as long as you follow these steps.
Select the pavement area you want to look wet in the top layer.
Select the Curves Tool
Use Image > Adjustments > Curves to bring up the Curves dialog box.
Click on the lower-left section of the curved line and drag it to the right until the pavement area selected darkens, so it looks wet. Don't go too far, or the pavement will look more like asphalt.
In many situations, you may be satisfied by stopping here because this darker look is usually better than the dry light look.
The second characteristic of wet pavement is it has reflections. You can add reflections manually, but this can be tricky. Here is a video tutorial that shows adding reflections in a nighttime situation.
Finally, you can set the Opacity of the wet cement layer to get just the look you want.
Creating a Realistic Wet Look Using the Plastic Wrap Filter
Compared to using Duplicate and Curves tools, applying the Plastic Wrap in Photoshop is quicker yet also a great technique of adding a wet look or some reflections.
Open the photo you need to edit.
To get the Artistic Filters to show up, you have to go to Preferences > Plugins and check the Show all Filter Gallery groups and names checkbox.
While the layer that you've darkened with the Curves adjustment is selected, choose Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.
Next, play with the Highlight Strength, Detail, and Smoothness sliders until you get a look you like.
Set the Highlight strength between 8 to 20, Detail to 5, and Smoothness of 1 to 15to create a new effect.
Click the Layer Mask at the bottom of the Layers panel to put a black layer mask to the wet look layer.
Press V to choose the Move tool, so the duplicated layer would move down the lines.
Click the Eraser tool, then set the appropriate size to 91 pixels and set the hardness to around 40%. Use the Eraser to remove excess lines caused by flipping the duplicated layer.
Click the duplicated layer. Go to the Filter menu, choose Blur, then click on Motion Blur.
Set the distance to 10 pixels and angle to 90 degrees.
Adjust the duplicated layer's opacity slider to around 65%.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Use Photoshop to Make a Shiny Paint Effect?
You can enhance a property's dull paint in Photoshop by going to the Layer palette and right-clicking the Background layer. After that, select Duplicate Layer to add the shiny paint effect to the whole photo. Lastly, choose the Blur and Gaussian Blur from the Filter menu.
What's the Technique to Make Lights Glow in Photoshop?
When the lights of properties don't emit enough light, you can make them glow by clicking on Layer, then Layer Style. After selecting Outer Glow, the program will automatically give a light yellow for the outer glow. You can move the slider up and down to set the glow's color.
There you have it — a new technique to enhance your real estate photographs! Whether you use various editing tools or apply filter effects in Photoshop, these methods are much more effective and time-saving than hosing the driveway down, and you can stillgive people very realistic images.