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Photoshop Tutorial 1: How to Convert Your Photos into Watercolor Illustrations
Fast and easy method.
First, let's look at the simplest way of doing it, to get you started. I'm not insulting your intelligence, only making it so simple that someone who hasn't worked in photoshop till now also can follow. So please be a bit indulgent.
(Click on any image to view full size, unless you have some super-optic ability!)
1. Open one of your photos in Photoshop. If you don't have one ready or would like to just try this, right click and save my cat instead.
2. Click on Filter, then on Artistic, finally on Watercolour, as shown in the screen shot.
Filter -->Artistic --> Watercolour
You get the result shown below. This is the quickest, easiest method, a straight-forward one. Sometimes this is quite enough for our purposes. Now promise me that you will tamper with the variables in the watercolour menu and learn something more. Please?
The Kenny Method - slightly complex but easy.
Now I'll tell you how I do it. I'm using an important concept here that Photoshoppers use: Mix effects to produce best results. Don't use any filter straight from the can.
Okay, open the pic as you did before. Duplicate the layer.
Good Photoshop Habit: Always duplicate the original. Saves time and effort... just in case.
Now you have arrived at this funny effect, but patience. Breathe deeply, curse me a bit, and continue.
When you have the time, tamper with the various parameters and check out the subtle differences in the effects. Next time,. I'll be back with a new effect tutorial. Have fun!
If you haven't, please visit my display of artistic effects, and see what I have done. You can do better!
Want to learn more tricks? Go to part two, please.