Friday, August 8, 2014

Photoshop Watercolor Tutorial

 Like I said yesterday, I just got some new watercolor brushes for Photoshop!  I've been having a blast playing around with them, so I decided to do a super fun, fast, and easy tutorial.
 You can easily just paint with these brushes, and they look really nice layered.
I've been playing around with photos too using these, and I think it looks super neat!
Here's a little step-by-step on using brushes to make fun photo art!

First...
Open your photo and make sure to unlock the background.  Add a layer mask and invert it [by pressing command i].
Second...
When you invert the photo layer, you will only see the transparent background, so you'll need to create a fill layer.  I used white, but I'll show you later how different backgrounds look.  Make sure you are clicked on the inverted layer mask, and your paint brush tool, and open your brush options.  You will want your brush color to be white.

Third...
Select a watercolor brush and make sure the size is very large.  The largest they can go is 2500, and if your photo is small you'll need to adjust. Begin clicking on the layer mask with your brush.  I only clicked once or twice without moving the brush to get the desired opacity.
Keep changing brushes and size until you get the look you want.
You can also change the background [or fill layer] if you want to.  I really like how black looks with these brushes.   No matter what your background color is, I think it looks neat to go back and actually paint on top of the photo using the fill layer color.  I did it below using black.  It just adds some neat texture. [I like to do that on a new layer in case I don't like it.]
You can also add a textured paper layer, which is always nice.
And that's it!  If you're familiar with Photoshop then you just said "that's sooo easy!"  I hope you enjoy playing around, and even if you don't have watercolor brushes, you can use other Photoshop brushes to create similar effects.  I'd love to see what you think of the tutorial and how you use it, so leave a comment below!




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