Photoshop – Create artistic Watercolor painting effect

This course will teach you how to be an artist of the traditional style working on white canvas using strokes of brushes to make the appearance of a watercolor. The technique will use texture paper along with watercolor brushes as well as filters that mimic the watercolor effects within Photoshop. Let’s dive in!

Step 1 – Add Paper Texture!

This is a reference image which you can download by clicking here . It is possible to use any picture that you like, whether it’s one of the landscapes, or portraits and so on. There is no need to be concerned about color or the finear details, like the brightness or contrast of any picture is acceptable.

After you’ve got the image loaded inside Photoshop it is time to add the paper texture in order to give the image an effect of paper appearance, so that it appears as if that it was created on canvas or paper and rather than digitally.

Download the texture of the paper from the link below and then paste it to your model layer. It is possible to select the File tab, then Place embedded and then drag it into the document. It is also possible to transform it to fit perfectly into the document.

When you’ve added it to your computer to your image, switch its blending mode in to Multiply to allow it to be blended with the photo.

Step 2: Replicate the Painting Effect by using filters

It’s now time to apply filters in order to create a more painterly appearance. To begin, change the image’s format to smart Object. Click on the image, then right-click and then select the option to convert it into Smart Object.

Click on the Filter tab, then Filter Gallery and finally Dry Brush and then use these setting:

Visit the Filter tab, then Filter Gallery. Cut out and then use the numbers in the following table:

Visit Blur > Filter > Smart Blur Use the settings as follows:

Then, click filter > stylize, find edges.

Results will be similar to the following photo and you will need to modify two filtering modes Smart Blur and Find Edges in order to get back the detail of the image. You can accomplish this through editing the filter’s the opacity as well as blending mode.

Step 3: Modify Filter Opacity and Blend Mode

If you want to modify filters, select the icon below the filter you see below to modify it.

Modify the settings for the Smart Blur filter. Then, switch the mode of blending in the filter to screen and decrease the opacity by 50 50%. The effect is to brighten the image, and decrease the blurring on the image.

Then, edit the settings of the Find Edges Filter and change the mode of blending from multiply and decrease the opacity by 63%..

Here are some results from the artistic look of watercolor:

Step 4 – Create an Image Mask that hides the image

For the purpose of using the watercolor brush strokes it is necessary to cover the image before we can show it off through the application of brush strokes to the mask of layer.

Add a layer mask to your image by pressing the Add Layer Mask icon which is shown below:

Change the color of the layer mask using CTRL + I to block the image. It will be apparent that the layer mask’s color change to black.

Step 5

If there are no brush strokes, a painting appears unfinished or doesn’t even paint at all. Get the watercolor brushes the link below and use one of the brushes. I prefer the first that I have selected the white color as well as a layer mask. Then, I begin unveiling the image on gradually revealing base.

As you can see, I’ve picked the brush first, and then I chose white as well. After selecting the layer mask I began working on the image with the intention in order to show the picture.

This is how I showcased the image which is a little distinct from the original. I’m just trying to demonstrate the process I used to create it.

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