Today we gonna make imitation of watercolor painting in Adobe Photoshop using custom brushes! :)
What we need:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Free sampler of watercolor brushes:
Sampler of "150 watercoor brushes" set
- Any photo
(You can find public domain photos here: http://unsplash.com/; http://www.gratisography.com/; http://pixabay.com/)
I choose this one: Photo
So, let's start!
Step 1: Create new document.
Create new document in Photoshop (1920x1280 px; 300 dpi)
Step 2: Placing image
Place your image in the new document (File-Place) and resize it to borders.
Step 3: Gaussian Blur
Go to filter-blur-gaussian blur and set volume to 1.5
Step 4: Smart Blur
Go to filter-blur-smart blur and set next volumes: radius: 55; treshold: 20; quality: high
Step 5: Reduce Noise
Go to filter-noise-reduce noise and set next values: Strength: 5; Preverse details: 60%; Reduce color noise: 45; Sharpen details: 25%
Step 6: Accented Edges
Go to filter-filter gallery-brush strokes-accented edges and set next values: Edge width: 5; Edge brightness: 25; Smoothness: 5
Step 7: Texture
Go to filter-filter gallery-texture-texturizer and set next values: texture: canvas; scaling: 50%; relief: 2.
Step 8: New layer for brush strokes
Download brush sampler, click on eye icon near main layer and add new layer under it.
Step 9: Painting brush strokes
Install brush sampler and paint some brush strokes.
(If you don't know how to install brushes, here you can see nice tutorial: http://myphotoshopbrushes.com/install_brushes/ )
Step 10: Creating clipping mask.
Now make your main layer visible, after this right click on layer and select "Create clipping mask"
Step 11: Brightness/Contrast correction
Go to layer - new adjusment layer - Brightness/Contrast and set next volumes: Brightness: 45; Contrast: 100.
Step 12: Final
So, our image is ready! I make few more examples you can see it here! :)
If you like watercolor brushes, you can buy full set (with 150 brushes) here: 150 Handcrafted Watercolor Brushes
Thanks for you attention!