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Applying a watercolor effect

Watercolors are one of the hardest mediunm to master. However, you can mimic the look of an actual watercolor painting by applying a number of filters to a photograph.
Depending on the picture you use, the settings might vary.

Below are two images: the original photo and the same photo with a watercolor effect.


Open the file in Photoshop.

Duplicate the layer


Name it "sketch"

Filter > Stylize > Find Edges

Remove all colors:

Image > Adjustments > Desaturate

Duplicate the original layer


Drag it on the top of the layers.
Name it "color wash"

Select "color wash" layer

Filter > Noise > Median

Set radius to 3

Click OK

Depending on your original photo, you might want to use Fresco or Watercolor filter (try them both).

I chose Watercolor filter.


Change Blending modes for "color wash" and "sketch" layers to Soft Light in Layers palette.






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