Watercolor Painting Effect

There is a trend going around where you turn your images into something that appears to be a watercolor painting. I’m not a band-wagoner but I’ve seen it so much lately, I decided to jump on and see what all the fuss was about. After searching, I saw all sorts of things you can buy to make your images look that way. I didn’t want to buy anything. I know Photoshop well and wanted to see if this type of effect was feasible to do on your own. It most definitely is!! It's FREE and only takes a few short steps too.




STEP 1: Go to https://www.brusheezy.com/brushes/2772-watercolor-splatters and download these FREE awesome high resolution Watercolor Splatters brush pack. It also includes 3 photo textures. Save this file in an easy to remember place.


STEP 2: Find the file you just downloaded, unzip if necessary, and load the brushes into Photoshop.


STEP 3: Go to Photoshop.


STEP 4: Open the image you want to apply the watercolor effect too.


STEP 5: Flatten your image if necessary. Rename this layer BACKGROUND.


STEP 6: Go to FILTER > FILTER GALLERY > ARTISTIC > DRY BRUSH and change the setting to Brush Size 10, Brush Detail 10 and Texture 1. Click OK.


STEP 7: Open the Water Paper Texture that you downloaded with your brushes.


STEP 8: Move it to your image. Make sure it’s the top layer. Adjust the size as needed to fit over your entire image. Change the blending mode to MULTIPLY.


STEP 9: Navigate back to your BACKGROUND layer and put a layer mask on this layer.


STEP 10: Invert BACKGROUND’s layer mask. Making it black.


STEP 11: Make sure your FOREGROUND COLOR is set to WHITE.


STEP 12: Go to your BRUSH SETTINGS PANEL and choose one of the Watercolor Splatter Brushes you just downloaded.


STEP 13: With the BRUSH SETTINGS PANEL still open you can change the size, angle and roundness of the brush to get different effects.


STEP 14: Take the brush and paint on your image. For mine, I use several different brushes.

The finished products...






It is fun to learn new things. It's a technique I will forever use. I think if you were to sneak a few of these bad boys into your clients galleries they would be quite pleased.


HAVE FUN <3


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