How to Create a Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop
Hi there in this video, we are going to create this watercolor effect. Here's the original and with a few filters and a little bit of texture, a little bit of our strokes, maybe a little bit levels. We can make it look like it's hand painted. We'll do a second option. This one ends up being quite abstract but you can see there's the original beautiful old new Zealand But now it's a watercolor painting. Alright, let's jump in and learn how to do it in Photoshop. Alright to get started, let's open up watercolor 123 from your 12 visual styles folder. Let's start working with watercolor one. Now you need to convert this layer here to a smart object or I'm just going to show you up here, filter convert for smart filters, we're going to use lots of filters in this video. This option here, convert for smart filters does nothing other than converted into a smart object just so you know, no difference between doing it this way. Right clicking and converting to a smart object or convert for smar...
t filters, same thing. Next thing go into filter and go into filter gallery. So a lot of the work is done by artistic and in here, no surprise watercolor. Okay, so click on this and will really depend on your image. Okay, on which of these settings to play around with. Okay, so this one here in particular the shadow density once it gets below one actually looks okay and don't spend too long because this is a combination, right? We're going to combine a bunch of different filters to get the effect. So we have a play around. Get to what you feel looks like a realistic watercolor in your opinion. And a little advanced trick is you can add more than one. See this little turned up page here says I can add water color at the moment. I've got to water colors. I was trying to apply it twice. What I'd like to do is they actually have palette knife and watercolor and like layers panel. Okay, the order of this is important. So watercolor on top and palette knife on bottom will change the way it looks. That's what I'm looking for. So under palette knife, I'm going to just mess about in here. We're not going to spend a lot of time like it's it really depends on your image on what details this should be and remember it's a combination. So what you might find look good here. You can go back up to watercolor and make some adjustments in here to get the right effect. It's not quite me back to pallet knife. The other thing when you are adjusting this, can you sit down the bottom here, this is you're like holy moly I'm stressed out trying to reply this thing. Just wait till it gets the end slider. So if you are thinking I was doing nothing, you're sliding around. Just get away for that thing to finish. All right, let's say that I like these. Let's click OK? And they are a smart filter. Okay, talking to them on and off. I want to apply another filter. That's actually not part of the filter gallery. It's just in here. Noise and median. This will depend on your image. This one actually looks okay the way it is. But if you find that your image, especially if it's like people's faces or anything that's quite detailed, you might find that it's just too realistic. You need to use this medium just to kind of blob it out. Okay? You can see the higher you go, the more kind of abstract this thing becomes. But I'll add it to this tutorial. This this particular one doesn't really need it, but I'm still going to do it. And also note that the order over here is important. Okay, so in my case, I want to filter gallery to apply first and then I want to median it out. Weirdly actually it works the other way around the median gets applied and then filter gallery on top. All right. And in my case, I want to add some noise to it. You don't have to I think I want to. So with the layer selected, I'm going to go to filter noise. I'm going to add a bit of noise. How much? Not that much. Just a little bit They had a bit of grain to this thing. Quick cooking the amount. That's just personal preference. But what really makes this kind of watercolor effect work is the texture so watercolor too is just a stock library image that I bought. I'm going to copy it and I'm going to paste it. We're going to use this to add a lot of the detail too. I'm going to copy it and paste it here. Cool. There you go. That works so for this to work it needs to be de saturated, you could use hue and saturation adjustment layer and lower it. I'm just gonna cheap trick use command shift you just to yank out all the color then it's finding a blending mode and this is what hopefully is going to give us our little effect. So I'm going to cycle through these different blending modes. Okay and just find one that works for you. Line is kind of cool. Now this will depend on your image. I found like in this case overlay works really good on off button other examples, it's a different blending modes. So this isn't an absolute fact, it shouldn't just be overlay, have a play around with them and don't be afraid to lower the opacity. Say you like this but it's maybe maybe quite extreme. She's going to lower it down so there's that watercolor effect but without it being really dominating, I like it being dominating right at the top there. The other thing you can do though is with this layer, you can go to adjustments and go to levels. This one I don't really need it but I want to, it affect just my watercolor texture layer and you can mess around with this to kind of decide how how dark it is basically and how much it affects the air underneath. Okay, so you can miss about in here. I'm happy where it is there awesome. One of the last things we'll do to add a bit of believability is let's make a new layer. Even name it. Let's go crazy. It's called brush strokes, Grab your brush tool and up here under. So depending on what version of Photoshop using if you're using 2,018 or above, you'll have general brushes dry wet and we want the special effects brushes, you won't have these two. These are just ones I installed in the Photoshop essentials course. Anyway, so under special effects brushes I'm gonna pick this 3rd just because it kind of works for me. I'm going to steal one of the colors from. It's gonna hold down the I on my keyboard to get the eye dropper over there, click one of the colors back to my brush tool. Make a really big brush. Probably not the victim. Maybe not that big. And just click a couple of times you see what I'm doing here. I'm just, I'll turn it off so you can see just adding some paint drops to kind of have a bit of faking a little bit of realism to the top of it. May be the same thing with this brown hair. I'll make a new layer and just add maybe just one. Actually just one over here. There we go. Just a couple of drops from that one little paint can't help myself a little bit more. Again you might decide that's not for you, you might decide you need loads more. What's cool about this whole thing is let's name this one, brush strokes two if it's reusable. So you spend some time getting something that you fear works for you. I'm going to grab this layer, this layer and this layer. So these three, the brushstrokes are quite individual for the image. Okay, so if you use a different image, you'll probably create new brush strokes based on colors that are in it. So the levels are important that texture and basically I want to bring this layer over because I want the smart filters. I'm gonna use my move tool, say you fellas go to the border color three, basically I bought him so that these guys came the background layer. Let's make it a smart object and just drag the smart layers, smart filters to that player and now I can build this, you can see all but the background. So all of the cooler, fix all the filters applied and all I need to do with this layer is that I need to transform it and rotate it around and get it to be something that fits this image, zoom it in there. A little bit. You can see overlay in this case doesn't work as well as it did in this original one. So with the layer selected I might find overlay doesn't work for me. Or at least you like overlay and you lower the opacity. Okay, so it's not as strong. We'll have a little look through here and just see if there's another blending mode that works if you find one that does but it's maybe too strong or too weak. You can play with these levels here to adjust it and it will affect the way that that texture is applied. Let's have a look how abstract do we want it soft? Like it's kind of cool. Yeah. Software works for me. Maybe you saw flight. Cool. Turn them all off and I'll turn the smart filters off so before and then after. Cool. All right, that's it. For water colors. I might add some brushstrokes to this one and what I might do is actually find a few different versions of this so that I'm not kind of repeating myself so much. All right. That's it. I will see you in the next video