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iCLIPART.com - Turn a Great Photo Into a Watercolour. ~ November 2014
Nov 19, 2014
Turn a Great Photo Into a Watercolour.
When you search among the photographs available on iCLIPART.com or iPHOTOS.com it doesn't take long to discover the variety and quality. There is something to suit every need and style.
However, as much as a photograph can provide the perfect visual detail to a project there are times when it's necessary, or just fun to put a different spin to them. You might, for example, wish that
the image you liked was a painting rather than a photo. With image editing software, you can of course achieve this. While the process might not exactly make you a Van Gogh, the results are satisfactory
for most purposes and come without the expense of hiring an artist.
Author Seth Godin has said that art is not in the eye of the beholder, but in the soul of the artist. Well, the 'artist' we set onto this task has a basic understanding of Photoshop but a strong desire to learn
through experimentation. The key point is how much fun it can be to take an image and see what you can do with it through a little trial and error.
The first step, obviously was to select a photo that we thought would make a great 'watercolour'. This gorgeous shot of autumn
in New York's Central Park (#296795), one of the most popular downloads this season, seemed ideal.
Opening the image in Photoshop, we didn't bother changing the size, but it will be something you'll need to do to meet your needs. Our first step was to brighten the overall picture and intensify the colours
just a tad by going to 'Image'>'Adjustments'>'Hue/Saturation' and changing the settings to -3 for Hue, 2 for Saturation and 1 for Lightness.
Next we renamed the background layer to 'original' then right clicked and created a duplicate copy.
With this one highlighted we chose 'Filter'>'Artistic'>'Dry Brush'. The settings used were Brush Size, 3, Brush Detail, 2 and Texture, 1. Play with these to get the effect you like. Next change the 'Blend Mode' to 'Screen'.
Highlight the original layer and select 'Filter'>'Artistic'>'Cutout'. For this purpose we set the Number of Levels to 7, the Edge Simplicity, 3 and the Edge Fidelity, 2, but again, you can play with these setting to get the
result you want. Choose Soft Light for the Blend Mode and you're done.
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