Watercolor Photo Manipulation




Introduction: Watercolor Photo Manipulation

About: Hello! My name is Ivan, I'm graphic designer and my mission here is to present my project Creative Supplies Co. This project aims to develop textures, palettes, actions and templates which can help designers...


Today we gonna make imitation of watercolor painting in Adobe Photoshop using custom brushes! :)

What we need:

- Adobe Photoshop

- Free sampler of watercolor brushes:

Sampler of "150 watercoor brushes" set

- Any photo

(You can find public domain photos here: http://unsplash.com/; http://www.gratisography.com/; http://pixabay.com/)

I choose this one: Photo

So, let's start!

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Step 1: Create New Document.

Create new document in Photoshop (1920x1280 px; 300 dpi)

Step 2: Placing Image

Place your image in the new document (File-Place) and resize it to borders.

Step 3: Gaussian Blur

Go to filter-blur-gaussian blur and set volume to 1.5

Step 4: Smart Blur

Go to filter-blur-smart blur and set next volumes: radius: 55; treshold: 20; quality: high

Step 5: Reduce Noise

Go to filter-noise-reduce noise and set next values: Strength: 5; Preverse details: 60%; Reduce color noise: 45; Sharpen details: 25%

Step 6: Accented Edges

Go to filter-filter gallery-brush strokes-accented edges and set next values: Edge width: 5; Edge brightness: 25; Smoothness: 5

Step 7: Texture

Go to filter-filter gallery-texture-texturizer and set next values: texture: canvas; scaling: 50%; relief: 2.

Step 8: New Layer for Brush Strokes

Download brush sampler, click on eye icon near main layer and add new layer under it.

Step 9: Painting Brush Strokes

Install brush sampler and paint some brush strokes.

(If you don't know how to install brushes, here you can see nice tutorial: http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/install_brushes/ )

Step 10: Creating Clipping Mask.

Now make your main layer visible, after this right click on layer and select "Create clipping mask"

Step 11: Brightness/Contrast Correction

Go to layer - new adjusment layer - Brightness/Contrast and set next volumes: Brightness: 45; Contrast: 100.

Step 12: Final

So, our image is ready! I make few more examples you can see it here! :)

If you like watercolor brushes, you can buy full set (with 150 brushes) here: 150 Handcrafted Watercolor Brushes

About me:

I’m graphic designer from Saint-P, Russia. I have created several digital design stores providing photoshop tools and goodies for your projects. My main purpose is to make simplest way of creating digital artworks. With my tools you can add expressive enhancements and thoughtful touches to your design projects and save your time.
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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable! This is a cool quick effect that has a great outcome!