2/4/12

tutorial tues: watercolor

This week Ashley (Rambings & Photos) shared a tutorial on using PS or PSE to give a photo a watercolor painterly effect.  I tried it out on a couple of my photos.

Original:



With watercolor layers added:

Original:


After watercolor effects added:


Although I quite liked the rose result, I don't like this second version as much - it feels a little too "paint by the numbers", so I think the success of this treatment will vary with the subject.  The instructions provided are clear and easy so give it a try on some of your images and see what you think.

7 comments:

  1. Yes, it seems to work better where there are larger expanses of one color to really show the effect. Do love the original of your bottom shot though...

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  2. Very nice, Terrie. I'll have to check it out.

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  3. I agree with you - so much of creativity in pse seems to be give it a go and see what happens - thank goodness for the undo button!

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  4. I've used this technique before and my program has lots of others to use too, some are cool and others are just plain crazy. Ha.

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  5. oh that rose is gorgeous, both before and after!!

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  6. Love it! I thunk the 2nd photo is my favorite. It was a tremendous photo to start with but the ps just adds a Bit of mystery for me.

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  7. Wow lovely photography technique. I wish I could do it to photos and watercolor like this.... the japanese architecture is always beautiful sight.

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