How to Create Realistic Tears in Photoshop

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In this quick Photoshop tutorial I would like to bring your attention to this unique technique on how to make realistic tears.


Final Image

Realistic View Tears on Face

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Step 1

Open up the picture and reduce the size to 600 x 328 pixels with Image > Image Size. Then select the Pen Tool and try to make a good shape of the tear with black. Make sure that the shape is uneven, similar to a real tear.

Realistic View Tears on Face 1

Step 2

Change the layer mode to Screen for the current layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options.

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Step 3

Looks good, but not so realistic right now. We need to add some white glare to the tear. Select the Pencil Tool set to about 1 pixel, then make a few dots with white on a new layer as shown on my picture below.

Realistic View Tears on Face 8

Step 4

Apply the Blur Tool to the current layer.

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Final Image

We end up with a nice, realistic tear. Don’t be afraid to experiment and you will get your own cool effects!

Realistic View Tears on Face
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3 Responses

  1. cyrus says:

    good job!

  2. Camille Katz says:

    thanks. cool tutorial! helped me for my movie.

  3. jhardin says:

    nope not real enough