How to Create an Amazing Watercolor Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create an Amazing Watercolor Artwork in Photoshop
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Filter-Distort-Polar Coordinates:
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Step 13

Convert this result to Smart Object then downsize it and change the mode to Hard Light 100%. Use Cmd/Ctrl+T to rotate it and move it to the right cheek of model and erase unwanted parts with layer mask:
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Duplicate this layer and move to left cheek under the eye, hide the left part of it with black brush and layer mask:
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I use a Color Balance layer (Clipping Mask) to change color of this effect:
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Step 14

Make a new layer and use hard brush with color #012955 to make some dots under the left eye. Before spotting, press F5 to change settings for this brush:
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Double click this layer and apply Gradient Overlay for these dots:
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Step 15

Create a new layer and make selection for the lips, fill it with color #779370 then change the mode to Hard Light 100%:
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I name it "color lips".

Step 16

I use a new layer, change brush to splatter ones and set foreground to #83192d. Take brush number 681 with size about 100 px to spot over the lips. Hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking "color lips" layer to load it selection then click Add layer mask button. After it, change the mode to Overlay 100%:
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Make a new layer and use splatter brush, number 481 to spot on lips and chin, transform it and set the mode to Overlay 100%:
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Step 17

Take watercolor 3 and paste into the right eyes after rotating and resizing. Change the mode to Multiply 100% and use layer mask to get a faded effect:
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Step 18

I use Curves and Color Balance layers (Clipping Mask) to change color of this watercolor effect:
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Step 19

Take watercolor 4 and paste into our picture and change the mode to Multiply 100%.
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Right click it, choose Blending Options. Hold the Alt/Option key while dragging white sliding button of This Layer to reduce this effect. Then use layer mask to remove the effect on the face and around model:
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Step 20

Add a Curves layer to this layer (Clipping Mask):
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Step 21

Open watercolor 5 (pack). I choose this one to work with and move it above the top right of model head, warp it:
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Change the mode to Multiply 100% and use layer mask to erase the part on model face:
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Step 22

I use another watercolor image to add to the left of model head, set the mode to Multiply 100% and mask unwanted part:
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I use a Hue/Saturation layer to change color of this effect:
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Step 23

I add another colorful watercolor texture to the left of model head, in a lower position, change the mode to Multiply 100% and hide unwanted parts with layer mask:
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Duplicate this layer and move it to the center of model forehead, use layer mask for it:
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Step 24

Make group for this layer as done with branches 2 and change the mode of this group to Multiply 100%. I reduce saturation of them with a Hue/Saturation layer within this group:
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Step 25

Open flowers stock. Use Move Tool to drag it onto model forehead. Then on a new layer under flowers one I use soft black brush with opacity about 40-50% to paint under flowers to make shadow for them:
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Step 26

I change color of the flowers with a Hue/Saturation layer:
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Step 27

Open halftone images pack. I choose one to position at the left of model head, change the mode to Soft Light 100% and hide some parts with layer mask:

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80 comments on “How to Create an Amazing Watercolor Artwork in Photoshop”

  1. this tutorial is so poopy, i actually had a seizure while trying to read the directions, now i have to take meds daily so i don't shake and die, thanks.
    Sincerely, Barrack O.

  2. This is absolutely amazing! Love it! Great job Jenny! I want to give this a shot. Love how you've provided step-by-step instructions!

  3. Wow. What an awesome picture! And I love how you broke it down, step-by-step. And though it may take some time, the effort definitely looks like it's worth it! Thanks so much for this post. I'll definitely be giving it a shot this weekend when I have some free time.

  4. Excellent tutorial indeed on photo manipulation and create nice watercolor. I have tried it several times and now I am able to do make watercolor artwork like this. Thank you so much for sharing. Great!

  5. Unfortunately the result of the clouds/pixelate/polar coordinates gives me a complete different result :( any ideas?

  6. For those having trouble with step 12, getting the clouds to show foreground and background colors...
    I had this same problem. Go to Image - Mode - 8 bit. That trick only works with 8 bit files, not 16 bit.

  7. Wonderful!! Thank you so much for the effort to create this tutorial... would love to see some video tutorials (with voice and slow/ not the fast ones, please). Your work here is just beautiful and the concept is striking. Thank you so much.

  8. I Like Watching And Not Knowing Interesting New facts from photoshop tutorials can you recommend any Good ones

    Sincerely Ben Hughes

  9. Greetings I have taken this tutorial into account and it has interested me much.

    Many thanks Hen Poughes

  10. Hi jenny,
    just trying to work through your tutorial and in step 12, i am filling in the right colors for background and foregound just when i do Filter-Render-Clouds and so forth it looks a bit different and my end result after Filter-Distort-Polar Coordinates it turns out more like a few bumpy semi circles emerging from the base rather than the shape you have. Are there any ways to fix this or have i missed something?
    Thank you so much for your time

    1. I had this same problem. Go to Image - Mode - 8 bit. That trick only works with 8 bit files.

  11. Hi

    First of all thanks for the brilliant tutorial both in subject matter and in your way of presenting each step. I am however miserably stuck on step 12. Everything is fine until I get to the polar coordinates then it looks nothing like yours. Mine are waves upon ways of rounded off squares. I have no clue what I'm doing wrong here. Everything is set us as in the tutorial. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks :)

  12. As a retoucher I went through hundreds of tutorials through the years and this is one of the easiest to follow because of the way you explained it and showed every screen shot with setting and even your masking. Great job!

  13. I WANT TO TELL YOU COULD MAKE EVERY STEP TUTORIAL ENJOY EVERY DAY, WISH YOU HAVE SUCCESS ALWAYS BLESSINGS

  14. Hi! I followed your tutorial and got a really nice image. My friend wanted to know if he could use it as an album cover, and I'm going to be tweaking it a little to make sure none of the images I used are copyrighted. Would you mind me using it? I just wanted to ask because I learned how to do it from your post.

  15. Really nice tutorial! It turns out really good!
    Next time you could think about mabye using stock photo providers that don't need a paying registration.
    And i feel sometimes that you just assume that the reader know how to do a special command or feature.

    Otherwise, really one of the best so far! :D

    Thank you very much! :)

  16. I'm newer to photoshop and having a small issue with step 4 and getting the picture to fade like it does with the layer mask. Any tips? I'm using a different photo but a similar post. I've extracted the photo correctly but just can not get that same effect.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi El,
      First i used soft brush with 100 opacity to remove the hard edges of the woman then i lowered brush opacity and flow (about 30-50%)when painting on the head, shoulders and hands. Hope it helps :).

  17. Wonderful

    But why photoshop tutorial do not give the downloading for these pages as it is...
    PSD file required net connectivity to see it again...

    1. Yes, you have used similar texture ...but where or what is the concept of your artwork?

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