Create watercolor text in Photoshop

In this lesson we will learn how to create unusual watercolor text using simple Photoshop tools. We will use watercolor brushes and plastic tools. This lesson is also suitable for beginners, as there is nothing complicated in it.

Note: This tutorial is designed for Photoshop CS6, if you use earlier versions, some screenshots may differ.

Final result. Click on the picture to enlarge.

So let’s get started!

To complete the lesson we need to download the archive with the materials.

Step 1

Create a new document with dimensions of 1275×610 pixels. Open the previously downloaded paper texture, copy and place it in our document.

Using soft Eraser (Eraser), go around the edges of the texture to soften them, as shown in the picture:

Create two adjustment layers.

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)

Levels (Levels)

You should have something like this:

Step 2

Write the text.

Duplicate the text layer, hide the original and continue to work with the copy. Right-click on the copy of the text layer and select the item in the drop-down menu. Rasterize layer (Rasterize Type / Layer).

Now use the filter Plastics (Liquify) with the following settings:

Focus on this picture:

You should have something like this:

Add a pattern to our text. I use the following settings for the brush:

Draw white and blue lines, focusing on the pictures.

Step 3

Now we will add a shadow. To do this, create a duplicate rasterized text layer. Using Free Transformation (Free Transform Tool), compress the text vertically as shown in the picture.

Optionally: you can add several prints with watercolor brushes from the wg_dust_particles set, which is included in the archive with the materials for the lesson.

Using watercolor brushes, make a few prints around the text and behind it, increasing or decreasing the size of the brush, if necessary, select the color of the brush at your discretion. You should have something like this:

Step 4

We are almost done. Finally, you can add an adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective Color) with the following settings:



Additional step (for CS6 version): perform flattening of the layers (translator note: you can use the Shift + Ctrl + E shortcut), create a copy of the resulting layer and apply to it Filter – Oil Paint (Filter – Oil Paint) with the following settings.

On a copy of the merged layer, use a soft eraser to remove part of the image, as shown in the example:

This is how you should be (click on the image to enlarge):

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck in your work!

Author: James Qu

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