Photoshop Tutorial – Photoshop Tutorial to Turn Your Photos Into Watercolor Paintings

I can't say enough good things about my best friend in the digital world: Photoshop. Delicious to say, I love it! As a graphic designer, I use it in 99% of all my projects, and now I like to use what I do to make Photoshop Tutorials for others.

You don't have to be a professional or even and "artist" to create artwork. Nowadays you don't even need to know how to draw! I intend to create a series of tutorials to illustrate several ways to use this program to create beautiful images and illustrations just by using photographs. In this guide, I will show you how to make photos for watercolor paintings in a few simple steps.

The only material needed to follow this guide is:

–Photoshop. I use Photoshop CS3, but you can use any version you have.
–A photograph. Either a photo of your own or a stock photo. Some really good pictures can be found for free on the stock exchange.

It is! I find a graphic tablet a good tool for all the work I do in Photoshop and they are pretty cheap today, but it is definitely not necessary.

This tutorial assumes that you have some basic knowledge of Photoshop. Having a basic "beginner knowledge" of the program will help a lot. There is also a link in my bio so that you can see pictures that go through everything.

1. Open Photoshop. Then go to File -> Open, select the image you want to work with, and then press "Open".

2. On the Layers palette (on the right side), right-click the "Background Layer" and select duplicates. Do it twice.

3. Click on the first double layer (this should be my middle layer) and then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate. Then click on the second double layer (your upper layer) and do the same.

4. On the top layer, go to Image -> Adjustments -> Invert.

5. Set the blend mode (which is in the Layers palette, looks like this 🙂 to "Color Dodge."

6. In the top layer, you must filter -> Other -> Minimum and set radius to 1.

6. Now copy the bottom layer (the one that still has color) once more and drag it to the top of your layers. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian and place the radius number in the box anywhere between 1 and 5. Usually, the more detailed the image, the lower you want to set the radius. Then set the layer mixing mode to "Multiply".

7. Select the Paint brush tool, choose the soft round or "fuzzy" brush shape at the top and insert the size to fit the area you are working on. Set opacity to 20%.

Go to Layer -> New Layer and name your last layer no matter what you want and press "OK".

Then select the color you want to paint with and paint the area to enhance or change colors.

Each image you make will have different results. Have fun playing with different levels and colors! I hope you found this Photoshop tutorial easy to follow. If you have any questions, please contact me.