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applying a watercolor effect


by JuliannaKunstler.com

Watercolors are one of the hardest media 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: