Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Photoshop Watercolor Tutorial
I have worked in illustration and design for many years, and Photoshop is like a second language for me. I do love photography, and use my camera for many things inside and outside of "work". One of my favorite things to do is create watercolor-type prints out of my favorite photos. You can see examples of this photo above, Cosmos and a Ginko print here at Maddalee.
** I've had a few people ask if this tutorial will work with Photoshop Elements. I have never worked in this program, only the full version of Photoshop. However, I did a search for "FILTER>Art Brushes>Watercolor in Photoshop Elements and it seems that there are Art Brush filters in this program. The Watercolor brush is one that I use in the tutorial, and if that's there, I would guess the others are as well.
However, not only are these watercolor results fun to frame and hang on the wall, they can be beautiful parts of any paper art project that may call for decorative, or "scrap paper prints". As you can see in the above Mini Journal with Gift Box project, I have used both my Cosmo and Ginko prints as the decorative paper I needed to create these projects. Imagine the possibilities! I zoom in on the prints for an abstract type watercolor look that I love to use many ways.
It's not hard at all to achieve results like this from your own favorite photos. I will take you through many different steps that you can play around with until you achieve results you love. This is the thing with Photoshop, there are many ways to achieve the same or different results and not all accidents are awful, some are very beautiful. I have used a Wacom tablet for some of my work, but these are all done with Photoshop filters and a mouse, no extra tools needed.
See the full tutorial here.
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