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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Raindrops Scatter

Scatters (a sprinkling of an element across a page) are a very popular element at DSP.  This tutorial shows you how to make a raindrop scatter in Paint Shop Pro.  This tutorial uses the Water Drops effect from the Eye Candy 5: Nature plug-in.  However, Water Drops is available in Eye Candy 3, so I am providing a link to a free download for that version.


Eye Candy 3 (free)

1.  Open up a new canvas that is 3600 pixels wide and 600 pixels high.

2.  Choose the Freehand Selection Tool.

3.  Use the Freehand Selection Tool draw a wiggly selection across the canvas.

4.  Open up the Water Drops effect from Eye Candy 5: Nature (or Eye Candy 3, if you are using the free download).

Drop Size = 100.00
Coverage = 50
Clumping = 50
Focus = 94
Refraction =71
Opacity = 10
Tinting = 31
Liquid Color = #E8EEF3
Lighting Direction = 78
Lighting Inclination = 50
Highlight Brightness = 86
Highlight Size = 62
Highlight Color = #FFFFFF

5.  Ctrl + D to Select None.

6.  Apply the Wave deformation effect ( Effects > Distortion Effects > Wave) to make the drops less linear.

Horizontal displacement
Amplitude = 1
Wavelength = 60

Vertical displacement
Amplitude = 2
Wavelength = 60

Edge mode = Transparent

The scatter is now complete.  NOTE:  In order to see the raindrops better, I have created a gray layer under my working layer.


  1. Danke Spencer für das tolle Tut.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria