How to Create a Photo to Watercolor Photoshop Action

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Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an amazing watercolor photo effect in Adobe Photoshop. I will explain everything in so much detail that anyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time. 

The effect shown above is the one I will show you how to create in this tutorial. If you would like to create the even more advanced watercolor effects shown below, using just a single click and in only a few minutes, then check out my Aquarelle Photoshop Action.

Action final results

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Start Creating an Action

Step 1

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–3000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Checking image size and mode

Step 2

Now we need to expand the canvas on the left so we have more space around the subject on this side. Go to Image > Canvas Size and use the settings below:

Expanding canvas

Step 3

Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and click and drag to make a selection of the empty white space we have just added. Then, go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to Content-Aware, Blending to Normal, and Opacity to 100% as shown below. After that, press Control-D on your keyboard to deselect.

Filling selection

2. How to Create the Brushes

In
this section, we are going to create several watercolor brushes we’ll need.
You can check this tutorial to follow the process described and create your own brushes from scratch or using the attached textures, or you can download my TechnicalArt 2 Photoshop Action and get over 60 high-quality and resolution watercolor brushes. Here are the main brushes I’ll be using:

Watercolor brushes

3. How to Create the Background

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the background. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color to create a new solid color fill layer, name it Background color, and choose the color #cccccc.

Creating new solid color fill layer

Step 2

Go to File > Place Embedded, select the texture from the second texture link, and click Place. Then, set the Width and Height of the texture to 83.03% as shown below, and name this layer Background_Texture.

Placing texture

Step 3

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 52%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 4

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White to create a new black & white adjustment layer, and name it BT_Desaturate.

Creating new black and white adjustment layer

Step 5

Now press Control-Alt-G on your keyboard to create a clipping mask.

Creating clipping mask

4. How to Create the Sketch

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the sketch. Select the Background layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it. Then, drag this layer to the top of the layers in the Layers panel.

Duplicating layer

Step 2

Now press Control-Shift-U on your keyboard to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Stylize > Glowing Edges and set the Edge Width to 1, Edge Brightness to 20, and Smoothness to 15.

Adding glowing edges filter

Step 3

Press Control-I on your keyboard to invert this layer. Then, go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and set the Amount to 500%, Radius to 1 px, and Threshold to 0 levels.

Adding unsharp mask filter

Step 4

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Multiply and set the Opacity to 29%. Then, name this layer Sketch.

Changing blending mode and opacity

5. How to Create the Watercolor Painting

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the watercolor painting. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp.

Creating new layer

Step 2

Now set the foreground color to #000000, choose the Brush Tool (B), and pick some of the watercolor brushes you have created. Then, brush over and around the subject area where you want to create the watercolor painting.

Brushing onto layer

Step 3

Control-click on this layer thumbnail to make a selection of this layer. Then, hide this layer, select the Background layer, and press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using the selection. After that, drag this new layer just below the Temp layer in the Layers panel.

Creating new layer using selection

Step 4

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Multiply and set the Opacity to 80%. Then, name this layer Watercolor_Painting_1.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 5

Right-click on the Temp layer and choose Delete Layer.

Deleting layer

Step 6

Now repeat this process using the different watercolor brushes to create more watercolor painting layers. Here is my result:

Creating more watercolor painting layers

6. How to Create the Main Subject

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create the main subject. Select the Background layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it. Then, drag this layer to the top of the layers in the Layers panel.

Duplicating layer

Step 2

Now go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All to add a layer mask that hides the whole layer.

Adding layer mask

Step 3

Set the foreground color to #ffffff, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick some of the watercolor brushes that you have created, and brush mostly over the subject area. Feel free to use different watercolor brushes.

Brushing into layer mask

Step 4

Now name this layer Main Subject.

Naming layer

7. How to Make the Final Adjustments

Step 1

In this section, we are going to make some final adjustments. Select the Subject Details layer, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer, and name it Color Look.

Creating new curves adjustment layer

Step 2

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

Adjusting curves

Step 3

Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer and name it Overall Contrast.

Creating new gradient map adjustment layer

Step 4

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 25%.

Changing blending mode and opacity

Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance to create a new vibrance adjustment layer and name it Overall Vibrance/Saturation.

Creating new vibrance adjustment layer

Step 6

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Vibrance to +47 and Saturation to +23.

Adjusting vibrance and saturation

Step 7

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer, and name it Overall Brightness.

Creating new levels adjustment layer

Step 8

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

Adjusting levels

Step 9

Press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot, and then press Control-Shift-U to desaturate this layer. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius to 2 px.

Adding high pass filter

Step 10

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and name it Overall Sharpening.

Changing blending mode

8. How to Crop the Image

Now let’s crop the image to cut out the empty area of the design. Choose the Crop Tool (C) and transform the Crop Box as shown below:

Cropping image

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

Final result

If you would like to create the even more advanced watercolor effects
shown below, using just a single click and in only a few minutes, then
check out my Aquarelle Photoshop Action.

Using
this action, you can transform your photos into professional aquarelle
artworks with no work at all! You just brush over your photo and play
the action. The action will do all the work for you in just a couple of
minutes, leaving you fully layered and customizable results.

The action is also made so that every time you run the action you will get a unique result,
even if you use the same brushed area. The action will always create
unique variations in the watercolor textures, so you can create an unlimited number of
results! The action also creates 50 preset color looks that you can choose from.

The action comes with a detailed video tutorial that demonstrates how to use the action and customize the results to get the most out of the effect.

Action final results

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