A Great Adobe Photoshop Book

Original Flower Photo

Original photo. Not actually a good choice for water color effect because of all the detail in stems and leaves, but you'll get the idea!
Original photo. Not actually a good choice for water color effect because of all the detail in stems and leaves, but you'll get the idea!
Some color adjustments done. A better choice might have been to have cropped this photo a lot!
Some color adjustments done. A better choice might have been to have cropped this photo a lot!

Good recipe book for Photoshop effects

Finding your way in Photoshop takes some time. Classes can teach you the basics: how to use the tool bar, make a selection, change the color of a photo, add an adjustment layer and so on. Basically, intro classes teach you how to use the software and where to find the tools. It's like being introduced to a kitchen full of ingredients. You step in the kitchen, eager to cook up something wonderful, but you don't know what to do next!

Photoshop is a complicated program, but fun and amazing once you have some basic recipes. Most people concentrate on just a few techniques over and over, so you don't need to learn everything. A basic "recipe" book will give you ideas, techniques and confidence.

Using Photoshop's Artistic Filter: Water color. Not such a great effect straight out of the box!
Using Photoshop's Artistic Filter: Water color. Not such a great effect straight out of the box!
Using Photoshop's Sketch Filter: Water paper. Better, but not great either.
Using Photoshop's Sketch Filter: Water paper. Better, but not great either.

Tips & Tricks

Lynette Kent's book, Adobe Photoshop CSx: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks, helped me out a lot. It taught me how to make a gallery print out of any photo, how to make my own digital frames, how to put images inside type and more.

One of my favorie "recipes" is How to Paint a Digital Watercolor and the accompanying photos here show you how it turns out and how it compares to the built-in filters.

How to create a digital watercolor

Photoshop has a filter for creating a watercolor effect from a photo, but it's pretty lame used by itself. Using a "recipe" from Top 100 Tips & Trick helped me give images the effects I wanted.

You would probably want to choose a more simplified photo than I have for the best effect, but it's fun and easy and it works!

Good luck with your own project!

Final result used Artistic Filter: Dry Brush, Smart Blur, Blend Mode and Texturizing

Final result. The edges really add to the watercolor effect, but you have the lightness more true to watercolors with this recipe.
Final result. The edges really add to the watercolor effect, but you have the lightness more true to watercolors with this recipe.

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