Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop | Photoshop Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial , you will learn how to give this Watercolor painting effect to your photos in Photoshop. So just follow the steps and learn this easy method to create it for yourself . So let's get started!


Watercolor Painting Effect




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Steps on how to give this Watercolor painting effect to your photos in Photoshop :-


  • So the first step is to create a duplicate of the original image by pressing CTRL + J


After pressing CTRL + J
  • Then hide the original image by clicking on the eye icon


Hide original image
  • After that right click on the duplicate image and select Convert to smart object over there


Right click on the Duplicate layer and select Convert to smart object over there
  • Now go to Filter and then select Filter gallery over there


Go to Filter and select Filter gallery over there
  • Then expand Artistic folder over there and select Dry brush inside the folder


Expand the artistic folder and select Dry brush over there
  • After that set the following :- Brush size : 2 , Brush detail : 8 , Texture : 1 and then click on Ok


Set the following for Dry brush
  • Now again go to Filter and then select Filter gallery over there


Go to Filter and select Filter gallery over there
  • Then inside Artistic folder select Cutout over there and then set the following , No. of levels : 8 , Edge simplicity : 0 , Edge fidelity : 2 and then click on Ok


In the Artistic folder select Cutout and set the following
  • After that double click on the Cutout filter's blending options icon


Double click on Cut out Filter blending options icon
  • And then in the pop up set mode as Pin Light and then click on Ok


Set mode as Pin light and then click Ok
  • Now again go to Filter and then Blur and then select Smart blur over there


Go to Filter and then blur and then select Smart blur over there
  • Then set the following , Radius : 5 , Threshold : 100 and then click on Ok


Set the following for Smart blur and then click on Ok
  • After that double click on Smart blur's blending options


Double click on Smart blur's Blending option
  • Then in the pop set mode to Screen and reduce it's opacity to 50% and then click on Ok


Set the following in Smart blur's pop up
  • Now go to Filter and then Stylize and then select Find edges over there


Go to Filter and then Stylize and then select Find edges over there
  • Then double click on Find edge's blending options


Double click on Find edge's blending options
  • After that set the Mode as Multiply and then click on Ok


Set the mode as Multiply and then click on Ok
  • Now create a new layer by clicking on Create new layer icon


Create new layer icon
  • Then set the foreground color as white and fill that layer with white color using Paint bucket tool


Set foreground color as white

Paint bucket tool icon

Fill the new layer using Paint bucket tool
  • Now hide that new layer by clicking on eye icon and then make the model layer active


Hide the new layer by clicking on eye icon

Make the model layer active by clicking on it
  • Then select move tool and then using it place the face of the model in the middle of the document


Move tool icon

Place the face of the model in the middle using tool
  • After that unhide the new layer by clicking on the eye icon and make it active by clicking on the layer


Unhide the new layer by clicking on eye icon

Make new layer active by clicking on it
  • Now go to Filter and then select Filter gallery over there


Go to Filter and then select Filter gallery over there
  • Then expand the Texture folder and then select Texturizer over there and then set the following , Scaling : 200% , Relief : 5 and then click on Ok


Expand texture folder and select Texturizer over there and then set the following
  • After that press CTRL + T and then expand the layer until a proper canvas paper texture effect is visible


After pressing CTRL + T

After scaling
  • Then set the Blending mode of the layer to Multiply


Set the blend mode of the layer to Multiply
  • Now make the model layer active and then click on Add layer mask icon


Make model layer active by clicking on it

Add layer mask icon
  • And the press CTRL + I to invert it


After pressing CTRL + I
  • Now select Brush tool and then make the foreground color as white and then click on Toggle brush panel icon


Brush tool icon

Then set the foreground color as white

Toggle brush panel icon
  • Now select any Watercolor brush from it and then click on the document using it so this will bring back model image in the form of Watercolor brush


Select any watercolor brush

Click on the document using watercolor brush
  • So like this way try creating best watercolor paint effect by clicking on the document using brush and then keep changing the brush and also keep rotating it and change it's size as well


Ways to rotate brush

Ways to change size of brush

Final image after using different brush and rotating brush and changing it's size

So this will give your photo the Watercolor painting effect in Photoshop!


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