Make a watercolor photo effect in Photoshop

Final result

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document and a new layer. Rename the layer to “texture” and fill it with white. Make sure that the foreground color is white and the back color is black. Then go to Filter> Texture> Texturizer (Filter> Texture> Texturing), Texture: Canvas, Scale: 80%, Relief: 2.

Step 2. Transfer the image to your document. Used image in this lesson, you can take in the archive. Remove the background. You can use the tool Pen (P) or tool Lasso or Polygonal Lasso (L). Allocation may not be perfect, as with subsequent actions we will get rid of the flaws.

Step 3. Select a layer with a girl. Image> Correction> Levels. We want to lighten the image. Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation, and change the Saturation to -65.

Step 4.Filter> Imitation> Watercolor(Filter> Artistic> Watercolor). Use the following options: Brush Detail: 9, Shadow Intensity: 0, and Texture: 1.

Step 5. With an active layer with a girl, go Layer> Mask Layer> Show All. Select Tool Brush (B), with black, and paint over the girl’s body.

Step 6. We need Bittbox 2 Watercolor brushes,
Create a new layer, choose the seventh brush from the set of loaded ones. We will use black color. To make it proportional, reduce the size. To do this, you can rotate and resize the layer. The idea is to create a watercolor-style hair for a girl using our brushes.

Step 7. Layer> Layer Style> Parameters overlay (Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options). Change the Fill Opacity to 0. Overlay the color. Use red color, Mode: Multiply. Opacity 70%. Gloss (Satin). Use Hard Light, Color Purple (# 5d085c), Angle 20º, Offset 4px, and Size 12px.

Step 8. Create a new layer. Choose another brush (B). The author used the 17th brush from the set. The choice of each case is strictly individual. Let’s continue. On a new layer, make a few strokes. Resize and rotate the layers until you achieve the desired result. You should have something similar to what is shown below.

Step 9. Layer> Layer Style> Blend Options (Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options). Change the Fill Opacity to 0. Color overlay. Use Mode Overlap, blue (# 002cec), and set the opacity to 50%. Then select Gloss (Satin). Use the following parameters: color (# 065795), Mode: Linear light, Opacity: 100%, Angle: 19º, Offset: 11 pixels, Size: 14px.

Step 10. Add a few more strokes. This time we will use green. Create a new layer, select Tool. Brush (B). Choose another brush from the set (to your taste). Draw more hair. Perform just one click with a brush. Then you resize and rotate the layers.

Layer> Layer Style> Blend Options (Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options). Change the Fill Opacity of the opacity to 0. Overlay color, Mode: Multiply (Multiply), color green (# 18ff00), Opacity 100%. Gloss (Satin). Use the following settings: Color (# 0b9600), Mode: Replace with dark, Opacity: 100%, Angle: 19º, Offset: 4px, Size 7px.

Step 11. Repeat the actions performed again. Create a new layer. Add a few more strokes. This time we will use green. Create a new layer, select Tool. Brush (B). Select another brush from the set. Draw more hair. Then you resize and rotate the layers.

Layer> Layer Style> Blend Options (Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options). Change the Fill Opacity to 0. Overlay color, Mode: Hard light, color: yellow (# ffe400), Opacity 100%. Gloss (Satin). Use the following settings: Color (# a2a406), Mode: Dimming, Opacity: 100%, Angle: 19º, Offset: 17px, Size: 73px.

Step 12. Now select the girl face layer. Change the Layer Modes to Screen (Lightening). Do some white brush actions, as shown in the image below.

Step 13. Type the text you want: the author has typed PSDTUTS. Layer> Layer Style> Gradient Overlay. Create a gradient using Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue. Use an Angle of 180º, Mode: Normal.

Create a new layer, make sure the text layer is above the new layer. Using the Tool Rectangularregion, create a selection, fill it with white. Then merge these two layers (text with a white rectangle). This is necessary so that the Layer Style applied to the text looks the way we need it.

Step 14. Now we apply some filters to the text. Filter> Strokes> Airbrush (Filter> Brush Strokes> Sprayed Strokes). Stroke length 17, Spray radius 0, and Stroke direction Vertically.
After that select Filter> Imitation> Watercolor. Use the following options: Detail 11, Shadow Depth 0, Texture 1. You can experiment until you get what you want.

Conclusion
This tutorial shows how easy and quick to create a watercolor effect. We used watercolor brushes and played with blending modes. If you want to draw a more realistic image, then you get an original and unique artistic work.

Author: Fabio

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