In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a watercolor painting effect Photoshop out of any photo using a couple of filters and blending modes in adobe photoshop. A picture with strong contrast and rich colors works best with this watercolor effect. Also, this effect removes fine details from the picture, so make sure you want that before applying this painting effect.
To create a watercolor painting effect photoshop, you’ll need:
- Adobe Photoshop
Step 1 to create watercolor painting effect in photoshop
Open your image in adobe Photoshop. I will be using this stock image:
Duplicate your image and then go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object to make our duplicate layer into a smart object. By doing so, the watercolor painting effect photoshop will remain fully editable so you can change the settings of the filter after you have applied it. If you are using an older version of Photoshop, you will have to skip this step.
Now, duplicate our smart object layer twice and rename these layers to “Cutout”, “Dry Brush” and “Median” according to the filters we will apply to them.
Make the two layers on the top (Median and Dry Brush) invisible.
Now, select the Cutout layer, go to Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Cutout from the Artistic folder and use the settings shown below.
Change the Cutout layer’s blending mode to Luminosity.
Let’s move on to the Dry Brush layer, so make it visible again.
Then, go to Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Dry Brush from the Artistic folder and use the settings shown below.
Change this layer’s blending mode to Screen.
Time for the Median layer. Make it visible again so that we can start working on it.
Go to Filter > Noise > Median and use the settings shown below.
Finally, change the Median layer’s blending mode to Soft Light.
And we’re done! The watercolor painting effect photoshop is complete!