Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop

The below tutorial is about bringing the watercolor painting effect in the HD images mainly wallpapers. These steps will help you to convert the digital images into the watercolor paintings. For this, I will mainly use the artistic filter named as ‘watercolor’ in Photoshop. In addition of that, there will be minor adjustments for better look. Let’s start editing.

STEPS

1. Open the image in Photoshop. In the layers palette, there will be one layer i.e. ‘background’. Duplicate the layer by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘J’ and rename the layer to ‘blur filter’.

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2. Now, go to filter tab from the main menu bar at the top of the window. Roll the mouse over ‘blur’ and select ‘smart-blur’ from the fly-out menu. A dialog box will open. Set the value of ‘threshold’ to ‘40’ and the ‘radius’ to ‘17’.

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3. The next step is to stylize the edges of the flower. For this, I am going to duplicate the background layer again by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘J’. Rename this new layer to ‘Outlines’. Also, drag this layer by clicking on it, holding it, and then place it above the blur-filter layer.

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4. Now go to the filter tab in the main menu. Roll the mouse over the ‘stylize’ and choose the ‘glowing edges’ from the fly-out menu. Set the settings of width to 1, smoothness to 15 and brightness to 20.

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5. Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘I’ from the keyboard in order to invert the image or go to image tab from the main menu, select adjustments, and click on ‘invert’ from the fly-out menu.

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6. Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Shift’ + ‘U’ in order to de-saturate the image. Another way to do this step is to go to the ‘image’ tab. Roll over the mouse on ‘adjustments’ and click on ‘de-saturate’. The image will appear like this:

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7. Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘multiply’ by changing the ‘normal’ at the top of the layers palette to ‘multiply’. Also, change the opacity to 80%.

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8. The next step is to create the painting layer. Select the blur layer and duplicate it by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘J’. Rename this new layer to ‘Painting’.

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9. Now go to image tab in the toolbar, roll the mouse over ‘adjustments’ and click on ‘invert’.

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10. Change the blend mode of the layer to ‘color-dodge’ by clicking on the ‘normal’ from top of the layers palette to ‘color-dodge’.

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11. Remain on the ‘painting’ layer. Select the brush tool. Choose M-Brushes from the preset and select ‘Dry brush-1#2’. Set the foreground color to black. Lower the opacity to 10%.

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12. Now using the brush, paint over the painting. It will get the below effect.

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13. The next step is to apply the watercolor effect. Again click on presets and select ‘Wet-Media- brushes’

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14. Select the ‘Watercolor-Textured-surface brush’ from the brush-selection. Set its opacity to 50%.

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15. Zoom-in the flower area of the image and start painting on it. Once done, paint the whole canvas. It will look like this:

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16. Now, again duplicate the background layer by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘J’. Rename it to ‘Details’ and place it on top of all the layers.

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17. Go to the ‘filter’ tab from the main menu and click on ‘filter gallery’. A dialog box will appear.

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18. Click on ‘artistic blur’ in the right menu to show the options beneath it. Select the watercolor and change the settings according to the texture of your image.

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19. Change the blending mode of this layer to ‘luminosity’ and the opacity to 50%.

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The image is now ready.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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