Photoshop Watercolor Effect – How to do a Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop CC

Photoshop Watercolor Effect – How to do a Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop CC

Hi I’m George Peirson and in this Adobe Photoshop Watercolor Effect tutorial we’ll be taking two photographs and using those to create this watercolor painting effect. If you enjoy this video make sure you Subscribe to my channel and don’t forget to click that Like button as well. Okay, let’s get to it [Music] We’ll start this Photoshop watercolor effect video by making a brand new file and then giving it a background texture we’ll then bring in our two photographs and do a bit of masking on those, remove the background and then apply our watercolor effect to those. Okay, let’s go ahead and do that. We’ll get rid of that file start off a file new and here you want the default Photoshop size right there seven by five inches width of seven height of five that’s the landscape or horizontal mode resolution of 300 right now working in Photoshop CC 2017 if you have an earlier version of Photoshop with the older new file just use the default settings seven by five at 300 and everything will work out great okay click on create there we go here’s our basic file now I need to put in a texture in here and to do this I’ll make a new layer click on the new layer button there we are and let’s fill this with kind of a and off-white color click on the foreground color right here and we want something that’s kind of in a warm range up and here someplace some way up in there just kind of you know up in here any old place you can play route they’d want it a little bit different color now the one that I use musically hidden type this in right down here in the hexadecimal color area was f e F be5 right there you can see again it’s right where the orange becomes yellow right in there and over here left hand side just a little ways in from the whites it’s kind of a warm white off by kind of eggshell color there we go right there and then paint bucket and fill that layer okay there’s our basic coloration we now need to put a texture on to this give it the effect of being a watercolor paper now there isn’t a watercolor paper texture inside of Photoshop so we’ll use one of the other textures and then just kind of push the settings as far as we can to get it as close possible to that watercolor effect so go up here to filter come down to the filter gallery let this load in there we go here’s our filter gallery I’ll close down their artistic you want to be in the texture section right here and texturizer right there the one that you want is sandstone and push these scaling all the way to the top it’ll be down here someplace push it all the way to the top that’s 200% and set your leaf at about six and choose okay there it is just kind of a subtle texture on the background there it gives it an effect of having a watercolor texture to it all right there we go there is the basic layout for the background of the picture let’s now bring our photographs in I’ll place those in and we’ll just go ahead and choose the place embedded place link is going to link to the original file that way if I change the original it would update the current work of file we don’t need that sort of can be placed musn’t edits actually become part of this file I have two images here these are both available free online and get the links for these on my video support page and only for that is in the description so the hummingbird first click on that choose place there we go all we’ve met that exact size and just kind of move them over here over towards the right side a little bit will clear out this position let’s get our flower in there it goes kind of push it position right there and then click our checkmark to set that in place let’s now bring the flower in file and again place embedded there’s the flower want the flower in behind the hummingbird so I’ll just exist let me do that checkmark first there we go in behind the hummingbird and that September dad about 50% so you can see through it there we are now the flower needs to be flipped around obviously so do the ctrl T keyboard shortcut brings up our bounding box from just outside the corner here and get that kind of a double vent arrow then just spin this around until it comes in at about a 45 degree angle the actual angle up there if you look at this is one negative one 52 you want to match that exactly this pretty good negative 152 just coming in kind of in that direction and then it’s pulled this over like this so that the hummingbirds beak is coming into that flower just like that now we’ll be adding in another flowering behind but that would be a copy of our watercolor effect when we get down to that point and choose okay so there’s the flower position the first flower position there’s the hummingbird in position I think we can not actually looks pretty good I think I’ll leave them right there looks fine let’s set this back up to 100% for our hummingbird okay so our pictures are in place now let’s just hide the flower for a second now we need to make a selection around the hummingbird and then convert that into a mask so let’s start off here by doing a real nice selection I’m going to zoom in just a little bit on the line where we would be using two different selection techniques one for the bird and one for the flower a flower is easier because on a real nice clean white background they don’t have all this kind of blurry stuff in there but we do have some blur stuff on the bird so let’s use a different technique here for this we’ll be using the pen tool and I’ll start right here at the end of the beak just click right there come down just about two here click and drag and it’s going to go along the B here and then work around clicking and dragging and making a nice path right around the outside of the bird when you’re doing this if you have an area that bumps out or curves in right there’s where you want to do a click on a drag you have an angle like this just do a click there’s a click now look click and drag right here and just work your way around the bird take your time on this and do a nice job it might be real careful down there that’s okay and we’re clear around the bird and then we will convert that into a C election now I’m putting I’m clicking points where the feathers cut in and I’m pulling a dragon where the feathers are out now it’s a little blurry back here so I’m just kind of eyeballing where that should be obviously the bird is moving in this shot okay and here we have this little little feathers along in here so just a few little short pieces in there when you click and drag it gives you a curve and when you just click it gives you a corner or an angle if you want to look at a video all about how to do this that’s just all about doing this kind of selection I have one of those and I’ll put a link to that in the description you can go ahead and watch that video for more information about doing this kind of path selection this really is the best way to do a selection inside of Photoshop because it gives you complete control to make an absolutely perfect selection I’m not going to be real super careful on this one because don’t really need that for this particular video but I’ll show you the trick here once you get this finished okay back up here to the front and then click and that finishes off the path now at this point if you want you can make this absolutely perfect just zoom in on your path grab the direct selection tool right down here you can then take your points and move your points exactly where you want them and then adjust these control handles until your path is absolutely perfect on the edge of that bird now if I was doing this for a natural paid project I would take my time and go around the whole outside the bird and get these paths just absolutely perfect I’m not that concerned with this for our little demonstration here also because in this demonstration we’ll be messing things up a bit with our watercolor effect that’s going to hide a lot of any imperfections on the past I’m just looking for the really bad spots here and I’ll clean those up and then we’ll leave everything else as is and that should be fine but this is the real power of doing a path and using the path to create a selection as you can come in and fine tune your path you’re just exactly perfect real nice ability in here to do that okay I think we’re pretty good actually I think there’s only real bad spots around the head everything else is not as critical I’m not going to be worrying about that mostly we’re on the head and the beak was where it matters I’m just examining the path right now it’s kind of moving the page around looking at the path everything looks fine and we have it nicely cleaned up and here just around the head and around that beak and that’s where we really care about that okay let’s go ahead and fit on screen again now we have the path stay on the direct selection tool and then right-click the spacer on there we go right click on that inside of that path and right here at the top of says mix selection I have my feathering radio set at one this softens up the edge just a little bit choose okay and it gives us a selection around that hummingbird now usually if I take the time to do a real careful path like this I’ll go ahead and I’ll save the path I’m not going to need it this discussion by the music we had to do that anyway to set it as a good habit to be in save selection call a bird choose okay there we go just in case okay we have our selection now I’m going to make a copy of this hummingbird layer here there we go I’ll hide the original that’s because it will be making changes onto these and I’ll be able to go back to my original if I need to that’s my say d ok here’s our copied we have our selection so now click on the make layer mask right here and there we go there’s a hummingbird nicely selected out now we need three more copies of this so let’s take this book down to our new layer button there’s one pull it down again that’s to set three of those in a once more and four so four copies plus the original which we’re hiding and that’s all nicely taken care of we’ll be using three of these in our discussion and I have one of these again just as a backup safety okay we can then go ahead and hide all of that do the exact same thing here with the flower now if the flower we have fairly hard edges as you can see in here and fairly even background so I can use a magic wand on this it’s also not as critical as the bird so I’ll just use the magic wand on the flower for our selection so magic wand and my tolerance here set at 25 and it’s set for anti-alias and contiguous which means it has to be touching and that gives me a little bit of additional control also set for a point sample right there so let’s click in here that gets most of that now make sure that the setting over here is add to selection and then this is begin clicking in additional areas they want to add in that depth let me kind of chose that wrong that’s going to use the control Z key and it’s just back out of that I’ll come a little bit tighter on this one and let’s bring our tolerance down to about 10 and zoom out want a little better selection on that there we go I want and then right here and let’s just get those inside areas I don’t care about that little bit right there doesn’t matter this is work around and grab these areas that are not quite selected all the way a little bit right in there that looks good that’s a flower back there so that’s fine so this catch these areas around these leaves and see how that looks and I think that catches the whole thing good so let’s go ahead now and back out just a little bit all right that looks fine it’s good on screen and now same thing as before we have our selection let’s go ahead and make one copy of this hide the original now in this case I selected this area here what a once selected is the flower so we need to invert the selection go up to select and inverse there we are so it’s just the flower selected now and then click on the layer mask there’s our layer mask and there’s our flower nicely masked out real easy and again three copies of this we’ll use three of those and I have a fourth as a safety or if I want to do something about fancier I have that as well so let’s go ahead now and just drag this down to the new layer button there we go one two and three gives us four total copies of that okay at this point we can clean things up by putting the hummingbirds into their own group and the flowers into their own group to score here we’ll do that let’s click on the top one hold the shift key down click on the bottom hummingbird click on the group it’ll fold it right there there’s a group one double-click is call that one hummingbird same thing for the flowers click on the top click on the bottom click on the new group button cause our flower and make sure all the flowers are showing hide the original collapse that hide the original on the hummingbird and there’s the basic layout now for this we have our bird inputs our background in place we have this in place now all I need to do is put in our watercolor defects on this okay mist move over here and we’ll start off with the background layer the bottom layer I’ll call that layer a layer once between a layer 1 layer 2 layer 3 layer 4 from the bottom the top we’re talking about this now in this one I need to have the bird mask out but I don’t want this layer mask on here so put a little trick on this click on the layer mask but for that white outline right click on that and then click on apply layer mask that collapses layer mask down and trims out that background based upon that layer mask that cleans that sky out of there leave this guy on everybody else that’s fine but on this one we’ll just clean that out now I still want a layer mask on here we use a layer mask later on so come down and click on the layer mask again it should fill automatically with the background color which would be quite does it show all with white so there goes it’ll change then on this one so white layer mask clean and then hummingbird with no background now click on the hummingbird side and we’re going to blur this image out so go up here to filter and come down to blur and Gaussian blur and there we go now it’s kind of a real large soft blur in here see I have it set at 38.0 it’s really kind of blurry thing this is actually why I got rid of that layer mask I wanted that blur to happen on the edges the layer mask was still there we’d have a hard edge this just gets for that hard edge we’ll be using this a little later on to add some water color like effect around the outside so that takes care of that one let’s now show our next one up here on this one we’re going to be blurring or changing the quality the bird here we’re doing just a few stages on this one so here make sure you’re on the left-hand side look for the outline if you’re not click on that site and then go up to the filter gallery filter filter gallery close down texture and go up here to artistic and come down to paint Dobbs right there if i zoom out just a little bit see our bird there to see the kind of the effect that you get in here kind of paint dog effect now I have this set with a brush size of 38 sharpness set at zero any brush type is wide blurry bunch of different types in here she was wide blurry it gives you the most distorted blurred version so we’re not as blurry as our background layer but we’re still very very blurry choose okay there we go there’s kind of a blurry effect now on this one I want to clean out that light blue outline that has now shown up around this thing so we can do that with our magic wand at this point that’s fine for this layer so magic wand and then it’s click into that blue hit the Delete key and we before we do that we need to actually right-click on the name there we go rasterize the layer so that’s no longer smart layer and just delete that and it’s just delete that edge there we go just kind of cleans out that sky off of that one it’s not that critical deselect this one give it a little bit of that edge in there and that’s fine looks good okay let’s go to our next one right here our next bird up here on this one will be doing another layer on this another quality on this one same thing make sure you’re on the bird side right there back up to filter come down to the filter gallery change the filter gallery now over to the sponge which is right down here if I pull this over you can see this has more detail to it a little more detail involved here set the brush size at ten definition at zero and smoothness clear to the top so smoothness and brush size clear to the top and definition clear to the bottom on that one choose okay I just kind of blends the bird up like that you’ll see why we’re doing all this in just a minute we can actually hide that smart filter at that point there we go and let’s go to our top layer up here this top layer is the original bird as you can see the sculpture click on this one and I want to add an effect on this as well we’ll go ahead and do one more effect in here same idea filter filter gallery and this time change to the water color filter right over here and you can see on this one it’s even more detail on this so in here we have brush detail of one texture of one shadow intensity of zero so everything is moved clear to the left-hand side on this layer and then choose okay there we go so with these three and our final top one here we can now create our watercolor II thick so I’m going to collapse that layer down there we go it’s hide the top hide that one our background is there let’s go ahead and show this one now the trick here is we’re going to be actually painting over on the layer mask side and using this to show just part of this through will be showing most of this and then a little less of that one and a little less again of that one but at this point we now need to create a special brush to do this would have kind of a watercolor II thick brush that we’ll use for that effect so let’s go ahead and get started on that one this is going to hide hummingbird for a second inside the flower for a second M have just that background Sean go to the paintbrush and in here I’m going to reset my brushes here to there faults choose okay and then we’re going to choose natural brushes – right there choose that one choose okay that resets destroy natural brushes now right down here there are some watercolor painting brushes as one two three four one one right here is this one it says 41 if I hover just for a second there we go watercolor three that’s when you want click on that and it’s a real small brush size that real kind of small in there so set the size up in here to 139 instead of a better size you know there’s our our size on that I’m going to put just a new layer here just for a second and I’ll reset our colors you click once you can see there’s kind of this this watercolor effect on this if you do a few times you get more about a an effect it kind of blends out now I need to adjust this brush a bit so go up to window come down to brush or use the f5 key to bring this up and this brings up our brush settings and here we’re going to make some adjustments in here on our brush settings too if that’s exactly what we want so off with shape dynamics and have the size jitter set at zero set the angle jitter at 26 there we go and the roundness jitter set at zero so that one’s fine come down to scattering and set scatter at 18 percent you can watch down here what it’s doing it’s changing the effect as we make adjustments up here so our scattering is zero everything else stays the same and then come down to transfer and opacity is zero now we want control fade there we go control fate and flow jitter set this at 33 percent so that’s 33 and then check on what edges and make sure that smoothing is selected as well just a few changes again the shape dynamics size jitter zero angle jitter 26 scattering scatter at 18 and then transfer fade and flow jitter 33% and then what edges and smoothing these don’t have any additional settings on them so there we go now as I come in and do this in so it happens the brush moves around each time so it gives me a little bit of a different angle each time okay let’s now get rid of this layer two over here just trash can that one and its bring our hummingbird back up again and we’ll start off with adjusting the background what I want does I want to hide some of the edge in here and I seen behind the bird so on the white area we can actually come in and add black on this just see that the effect is right here if I you see this kind of a softness up here if I tap that soft edge a little bit like this get a little bit of this kind of edge happening up there with that soft edge so we coming back to that as a last step so that’s our first layer then the second one up here click on the bird on the right hand side now on this one we want to be using black mesh you’re on black be painting black into the white area and I want to take off some of the edges of the bird staying pretty much towards the outside of the bird and just kind of paint onto that know what we’re doing is we’re painting black into this layer mask and it’s going to be hiding some of those edges for us you see it’s beginning to work right now it’s kind of painting in just along those edges and it softens the edge up into our background but it’s happening in a way that has kind of a roughness to it that looks a little more like as a pain edge as opposed to being a blurred edge that’s what we’re – gives you that watercolor II thick just kind of tap along all your edges until your edges are pretty soft you can come in a little bit if you want to maybe kind of soften up that edge right in there try to stay away from this area in here leave that alone but work along these harder edges will be adding stuff back in on the harder edges as we go so they’ll be covered up with other stuff but right now it’s kind of work along these edges and into the wing a little bit up up towards the top up here just a few taps in there okay let’s now show our next layer up here back over to the layer mask to the exact same thing but this time commit a little bit more here take out most of the tail and a bit of the wing in a more of the edge just a little bit on the edges up here so we’re we’re showing less of the bird this time and taking more of the bird out with this technique so we’re showing progressively more and more of that blurred background and having a smaller smaller area in here for the bird and again will help to give us that impression that has actually been painted as opposed to having been carefully you noticed photographed and then the photograph modify what I still don’t want to get rid of that filter effect that’s what this is all about it’s kind of hiding that filthy effect you can see over here you can kind of see it give some darkness in there in the flight area that is this capping or bringing it and for real nice clean the thick you can want to go back and forth a few times on this until get it exists exactly right there you want to just just kind of distort the effects a little bit in here and have just some of this more kind of a strokey effect happening and more randomness to it okay looks pretty good now bring our top layer back on same exact thing but this time you’ll leave in more of the head and right in the light part here in the light part here so we’ll start off with the tail and just again I’m just tapping on this the reason I’m tapping it is because that gives me those kind of splotchy things instead of having paint strokes is kind of splotchiness answer this kind of hard line here in the coloration of the remembrance make sure you can work that out there we go again just kind of tapping along that takes a little while to do this to do a good job and I’ll do this fairly quickly here I’ll spend more time of course on my actual piece then I’m spending here for this demonstration we just want to just come in and remove a lot of that and even just a little bit of the final shape I’d do it by this tapping you can see each time I tap this that brush turns around so get a randomness on the brush and a little bit or along in there it’s a little bit in there okay so that looks pretty good let’s now go back to the first blurred layer here and it’s come back in and do a bit more right along that edge so we’re not seeing a soft blur that’s more of a rough blurred effect just a few pieces just like see how it’s kind of just making a roughness on that edge and that’s what you want don’t it looks pretty good I think I’m happy with that one you both take a bit more off of that tail right down here it’s black might actually just paint over this it did that’s because this particular last effect here is pretty solid so I want to just lighten that ups come down one level and lighten up a bit more in there there we go okay so there’s the taking care of this is just the first stage we have two more stages well do the second stage is to flower and the third stage of putting something on top of this which will actually really sell this whole watercolor effect okay so a hummingbird is done I can collapse that do the exact same thing now on the flower we have all five layers let’s hide those top three there’s the bottom layer same exact thing again on this one right click and we want to apply the layer mask but before we can apply the layer mask we need to rasterize the slayers to right-click on the name rasterize layer’ there we go it’s no longer smart layer right click on the layer mask and apply a layer mask there it is and then it’s at a new layer mask in chikka miss white okay there’s our bottom layer let’s now blur this filter or lower the flower rather same trick exactly again filter blur Gaussian blur set at 38 choose okay bring our next flower layer up there we go click on the flower and we’ll apply our paint doves filter filter gallery and paint opps these settings should still be the same leave them all as is choose okay there we go let’s say they’ll come a white edge on this one this time so same thing I want to remove some that flight edge so use the magic wand click right into that white edge and the delete key had to rasterize that layer of course so right click on the name rasterize layer delete there are going to so you can kind of work it around and take out some that white outline it doesn’t all have to be removed if a little bit of showing someplace that’s okay so does that new each time just kind of move most that looks pretty good okay there’s that one our next layer up move up one step here this again is the sponge effects so filter filter gallery and spongy thick there’s the spongy thick with a preview to show up here so you can find out there we go there’s the spongy thick happy we’ve already settings as is they’ll still be the same as the bird choose okay up to our next one this is the watercolor effect filter filter gallery and watercolor your settings should still be the same choose okay and there’s the final layer all right let’s now just collapse those layers down get those photos out of the way hide those top to go over here to our brush it will still be on our watercolor brush setting come over here to the layer mask on these of the paint Dobbs layer and same thing this come in and on the layer mask paint a little bit on the edge it just kind of messes up that edge a touch don’t worry about what’s inside that’s going to be covered up anyway we’re caring just about the edges right now and again just take your time to go around the flower I’m not going to take as long on this one this time as it did on the bird just kind of speed up the video but same idea you want to speed this up a little bit you can go ahead and you can raise your opacity I have mine here set at 4600 bring up to 75 so let’s go a little bit faster on this effect and again just kind of around the edges you can see it in some spots there you get kind of just a kind of blotchy appearance that’s what we’re going for kind of blotchy effect and just continue on around on these outer ones you can do a bit more of this it’s right over the top like that that’s fine and down here you can do more of that down there as well okay that’s that step we’ll try our next one same thing back to the flower come in a little bit further this time you can see they’re really begin to show well we have that kind of got a messed up effect in there and it looks more like it’s a painted effect as opposed to being a photograph and that’s the whole trick you look at this painted feeling in here and apena feeling comes from having a bit of distortion and a bit of randomness if it’s too even too exact that’s what it looks like it is a photograph if there’s kind of a randomness to it that’s what will give you that effect of being a painting okay let’s continue on down we’ll finish up over here and then have our last layer chill which will do just the inside sections there we go okay last layer layer mask again and on this one same things come around the edges and tap on kind of soften those edges and leave the center part and we get more of a an effect of having been painted as opposed to having been photographed and I’m going pretty fast here on this I take more time of course on a real finished piece and get as much of the effect showing as I could on this but even with that you can see we have a real nice kind of painterly effect now our final step will really be selling the watercolor trick be putting in some effects of some distortions from water on top of our pigments in here okay I think we’re pretty close I’m going to take this most the way out here and most the way off of these so just lighten those up a bit there we go back down to the original glitter layer down here we’re still on the layer mask this is the outside stuff just a few taps out here you see now how it really helps to sell that watercolor painted effect by just kind of chopping up that soft outer boundary so just a few little taps to kind of sell that effect out there okay that’s step two step one is this bird step two is the flower at this point to bring our second flower in so I take this flower collapse the folder down the group down drag this down to the new layer button makes a copy of that it’s just running our filters there we go this is done rendering we’ll go ahead and we’ll make a copy of four layers of course so for those renders in there there we go now on this one the copy now is the top layer flowers the bottom layer since directives copied down so it’s underneath the flower layer take the set this one at capacity of 50% and then it’s go up to the move tool do control T and there’s the outer bounds you can see right here just outside that little point right there I’m going to grab that and we’ll rotate this one around a little bit just about like that and then push it up a bit further and use it to fill in that area up in behind right in there okay once that’s done click the checkmark and there that finishes off the flowers now our final step is do our water spots on top for this last step we need a different brush let’s go back up to our brushes there we go and let’s add in our new brushes click a little icon little gear right there and we’re going to open up very bottom down here what media brushes choose okay there’s the wet media brushes and if we scroll down a little bit you can see we have just put a few options in here and right down here never oil brushes this is the oil medium brush wet edges so take that one right there now on the size on this one let’s set our size to 200 should work out well right there let’s collapse that inside just some more of the settings in here go up to window and brush or a quick the f5 key and we have shape dynamics in here dual brush transfer wet edges smoothing let’s look at our shape dynamics and set size jitter to 50% so it’s 50 right there let’s set the angle jitter right here to 50% and set the roundness jitter also to 50% that’s undo dual brush we don’t need that so we’re getting more of an interesting shape happening down here now come down to color dynamics and that set all of these to 50% on color dynamics so let’s type these in here 50 percent and 50 and 50 this will give us some randomness to what we’re going to be doing here next there we go so 50 percent all the way down on those and uncheck transfer and while wet edges and smoothing there we go go ahead and close that so there’s our brush now let’s put a new layer above hummingbird there we go layer to grab the eyedropper tool and we’ll start off with the flower click in the dark area of the flower here that’s our foreground color let’s reverse those click in a light area here so you have light and dark just like that of the flower color okay back to our brush and now if I come in I just kind of do this we get these interesting little strange shapes in here and it’s do a bit of this around the edges this guy tapping around over you maybe you can drag a little if you want to like that don’t cover the whole thing just a bit there’s our flower let’s now go back to our eyedropper tool and grab some of the green and blue scum one of our darker greens in there like that let’s reverse our colors get the real light blue if you can there we go back to our brush and let’s do some of this right along the edge here of the bird this little bits kind of like that just kind of messing up the edges and it looks really weird right now and really kind of ugly we now need to blend this effect into the images so go up here to the blend mode come way down here to divide way on towards if I click on divide and it goes it comes this the strange quality of an effect in here and then bring the opacity down on this a bit about 40% or so and what that does is it helps to sell this as being painted as opposed to being a photograph so here it is without and here is what see how that really adds a lot to that painted effect by this kind of a strange layer on here with this divide blend mode okay at this point we’re basically done you can go back and you can tweak the bird if you want you can tweak the flower think I’ll bring my flowers down just a little bit click on the flower layer here I’m going to bring the opacity down just a little bit lighting the flowers up a touch so this plane of the values a little bit in anything looks good 74 I’m a five-percent looks real nice and then on the hummingbird there’s a bit too much of the dark stuffy in here now the bottom layers are your lightest layers and your top layers are progressed to go darker so if we want to cut down on some of the darkness in here I’ll be taking out more of the top layers and showing more than bravery bottom layer it looks like I can take out some on this layer here maybe this is just going back to our other brush back to your brush and you’ll find the other brush should be right across the top right there that’s the one once is 1:39 and just kind of paint in a little bit on that layer mask with black and this is just going to be going back to that blur layer at the very very beginning is kind of painting back a little bit on these towards our blur layer taking out some of the detail a little more along that edge down here there we go just breaking things up just a little bit so that’s your final step is to come in and just kind of tweak it a little bit but there you go there’s our nice kind of a watercolor effect in here as you can see it took several layers to really get this to look like it may actually have been painted as opposed to just being a modified or a filter applied image but I think it turns out pretty nice gives a real nice effect now the very last of you may want to do on any image really is to come in and give yourself some adjustment layers in here to tweak your values so put that on the whole group right here go up to layer and adjustment layer what I like is levels choose to use previous layer to create clipping mask choose okay there’s our levels control now at this one we can just kind of play around with this I can lighten the image up a bit here make a bit brighter like that increase contrast but I think us I think brighter is better in the sense there we go it’s a little brighter like that a little bit of tweaks on this make it a little bit little lighter in color watercolors tend to be a little lighter than darker if anything so just a few little tweaks here on the values to really sell that look a little adjustment layer right there do the same thing on top of your flower layers if you want to and there it is okay the Photoshop watercolor effect thank you for watching my video I hope you found it useful if you like this video click on the like button below to let others know you can click the subscribe button so you don’t miss any of my videos in the future and frequently uploading new training videos don’t forget to check out my website at houck aguru Zeng com


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  • Brices Mice says:

    Love it … gotta try it!

  • MrMoonpie001 says:

    Great video George, I love anything that creates a new look to a photo! I appreciate the time and effort you put in, trying to give the picture that correct spillover look one gets from watercolor. More than that, I think I can do a killer job on this using my Wacom tablet! There is much more room for adjusting brushes with the tablet. Might be enough for a good work between PSE plus Wacom? We will find out!

    Thanks again! Happy 4th!


  • T Phillips says:

    This is exactly what I've been trying to figure out how to do! I spotted this done with superheroes and couldn't find an actual tutorial until now. Thank you so very much! I have only one small complaint in that I couldn't see where your brush was when you started working on the masks with the brush tool. I had to find the movement along the rulers and pause it to find out where you were working. This is such subtle work that maybe zooming in on a section to show the effect and then zooming back out would help. Thx again!

  • How To Gurus says:

    Here are some more great Photoshop Art Projects

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