Foggy Window Effect in Photoshop
Open Photoshop and create a new document. I'm using 2560x1440 pixels for the document size. After that I filled tha background layer with a dark grey. This part will be necessary to create the water drops.
Go to Window>Brushes to create the brush for the water drops. Follow the image below for the settings but it's important to change the shape to an ellipse and also for this first part the brush has to be very soft.
Then change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Dodge. The one I'm using is courtesy from Thinkstock and you can find it here. paint with the Brush Tool some drops. Duplicate this layer because we will use it a few more times with different blur values.
Import an image to use in our design. That is really important to make the drops more realistic. With the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color.Step 3
Add a new layer and group this layer into a folder. then go to Select>Similar to make sure all the black areas get selected. As you can see the blurry edges of the little objects sort of melt with one another depending how close they are.
Select the background layer and the group with the drops and merge them into on layer. so just make sure that you get rid of the blurry edges. Change the Black Input to 124 and the White to 161. The values might vary depending on the drops. Then delete this area.
With the Magic Wand Tool (W) select the black area. After that go to Image>Adjustments>Levels.
Now put the water drops in front of the image and let's apply some layer styles to give them the realistic effect we want. After that select Inner Shadow.
Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Blending Options and change the Fill Opacity to 0.
Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Color Overlay. for the Opacity use 50%. Also change the Contour mode to the Cone one. Use 20 pixels for the Radius. Use a dark grey for the color and change the Opacity to 60%. for the angle 90º. Use white for the color and LInear Dodge for the Blend Mode. then for the Distance use 3 pixels and for the Size use 5 pixels.Step 7
Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.
. then for the Shadow Mode use Multiply with black and 50% of Opacity. then over the Shading options use 54º for the Angle and 42º for the Altitude. the Size to 7 pixels. Change the Source to Edge and the Size to 25 pixels. Change the Depth to 350%. the Soften to 5 pixels.
Now select Color Overlay and use (#907f72) for the color with Color Dodge with 45% Opacity. Also change the Gloss Contour to the Cove Deep one.
Select Inner Glow then for the Blend Mode use Darken with 40% Oapcity and black for the color.Step 11
Select Bevel and Emboss. the Direction to Down. the for the Highlight Mode use 80% with white and Color Dodge for the Blend Mode.
You will have an effect like the image below as if the water drops were running down on the window. Then over the Layer Palette click with the right button of the mouse on the thumb of the water drops layer. Change the Angle to 90º and use 9 pixels for the Distance. Change the black and white inputs again to get rid of the blurry edges caused by the blur. Use -90º for the Angle and 80 pixels for the Distance. then select "Select Pixel" to select just the water drops. 5% for the Spread and 10 pixels for the Size.Step 14
The last layer style option will be Drop Shadow.
Select the layer mask that we created in the previous step and go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur.
Make the photo without blur visible again and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussi an Blur. Use Multiply for the Blend Mode. black for the Color and 20% Opacity.
After the motion blur.
. Use 5 pixels this time. Select the photo that we applied the 5 pixles Gaussian Blur and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. This way the image with 5 pixels blur will be only visible beneath the water drops. go to Image>Adjustments>Levels.
To apply the same layer style of the water drops.
Duplicate the photo again and delete the layer mask.
Add a new layer and with the Brush Tool (B) and the same brush we created the water drops. The with the Horizontal Type Tool (T) add a text with a handwriting font. just click with the right button of the mouse over the water drops layer and select Copy Layer Style. Select the thumb of the layer mask and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Again select just the pixels of the text like we did in the Step 15. Then mask this new photo with the shape of the text. after that go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide All. then on the new layer with the small water drops click again with the right click of the mouse and select Paste Layer Style. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+Alt+Shift+E. after that merge all the duplicated layers into one.
. Make sure you had black and white for the colors. This will apply a cloud texture to the foggy window effect. add more water drops and especially over the text area like the image below. so again the photo will be visible only beneath the text area.
Select all layers and duplicate them. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. that will make it more realistic. or if you have a tablet or is really good with the mouse you can write with your own handwriting.Step 19
Duplicate the layer with the photo that we applied the Gaussian Blur with 5 pixels for the radius only and delete the layer mask. Use 20 pixels for the Radius.
Duplicate the previous layer and just change the Blend Mode to Screen.Step 23
Change the Blend Mode of this blurry layer to Overlay with 40% opacity. keep the same 40% of Opacity.
. Also use Multiply for the Blend Mode.
Add a new layer on top of the others and fill it with a radial gradient using dark grey and light grey for the colors.