Have you been wanting to create a watercolor painting but never had watercolor skills? It could be frustrating to have something in mind which is so difficult to implement especially when you are lacking in skills. But I have a solution to your problem, we can do it in Photoshop because nothing is impossible in Photoshop!
In this article, I will teach you how to create a watercolor effect in photoshop in 11 steps!
Btw, if you want to download the images and Brush that I’m using, you can download it here:
Are you ready? Now let’s get started.
1. Duplicate the Layer
2. Add Dry Brush Filter
Go to ‘Filter’ menu then select ‘Filter Gallery’. Once you’ve opened the Filter Gallery, select Dry Brush in ‘Artistic’ tab. Then adjust the Brush Size to 2, Brush Detail to 1 and Texture to 1 then press Ok.
3. Add Cut out Filter
4. Change the Blending Mode
On your duplicate layer, double-click the ‘Blending options’ icon located below the Smart Filters, as shown in the image. Then once the Blending options box appears, change the Mode to ‘Pin Light’ then press OK.
5. Add Smart Blur Filter
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6. Change the Blending Mode to ‘Screen’
7. Add Stylize Filter
8. Open the Watercolor Paper
Drag the watercolor paper to your subject and press CTRL + T to resize it and expand it by dragging the corners while holding ‘Shift’ to retain its proportion then press Enter, make sure the whole area is covered with Watercolor paper. Then change its layer’s blending mode to ‘Multiply’.
9. Add Layer Mask to the Duplicate Model Layer
Select the Duplicate Model Layer first, then click the ‘Add Layer Mask’ icon located below the Layer panel. Then press CTRL+I to invert it. Also, hide the visibility of the Background Layer by clicking the ‘Eye’ icon located beside the Background Layer.
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10. Load the Brushes
Click the Layer Mask thumbnail of the duplicate Model Layer, then click the Brush Tool then right click on the watercolor paper and click the ‘Setting’ icon and select ‘Load Brushes’ then select the brush you downloaded from here then click Load.
11. Brush off the Model Area
After loading the Brushes, make sure your foreground color is set to White then select the Brushes that you loaded and randomly brush off the area using random brushes until you create your masterpiece. Make sure you are still selecting the Layer mask thumbnail of the duplicate model layer so it will be effective.