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Watercolor effect using an Action
I thought these looked sort of watercolor-like, so here they are.
See NEXT post for the .ATN zip file.
Keep having FUN!
Photoshop action for Watercolor
(Contents of the README.txt within the Zip file.)
Action written in PS 5.5.
Should be compatible with PS 5 and above.
The purpose of this action is to give an image a "watercolor-like" effect. I got the idea for it from an action I downloaded from Adobe.com 12/2001. I wish I could tell you which one, but I didn't keep track. Sorry about that.
The first step in the action is a "duplicate image" command. All work is performed on the duplicate, never the original image. For easy ID the action assigns letters to layers as they are created.
A unique combination of filters is used in this action:
* Smart Blur
The action seems to work fairly well on moderately detailed images; it doesn't do nearly as well on continuous tone areas such as human skin. Bottom line: Using this on a portrait will most likely yield not-so-good results.
Though I'm not a huge fan of actions to create "final product" photo-art, actions can be helpful in creating a base image from which to proceed. Don't hesitate to experiment with different values for the filters, reordering layers, trying different blend modes between layers, etc.
There can be value in examining various filter and setting combinations within actions. I personally find "action dissection" very educational and have discovered uses for filters I would not likely have tried otherwise.
In any event, Happy Photoshopping & HAVE FUN!
Last edited by DannyRaphael; 06-20-2002 at 01:03 AM.
Really liked the image from your apartment, has a very soothing feeling to it. Also reminds me of the movie, Waking Life which used somewhat similar effect.
Also liked the rose.
Watercolor using Mosaic and Dry Brush as a base
The ongoing quest continues to find various filter combinations that simulate brushstrokes. Here's another stab that came out sort of watercolor-ish.
Key steps included:
* Applying the Pixelate/Mosaic filter (cell size=14) + Artistic/Dry Brush 3 times (settings=10/10/3) to remove any resemblance to an actual photo.
* Did some blurring using the Median and Dust & Scratches filters to somewhat soften the ridges / edges left by Dry Brush
* Liberal use of Hue/Sat adjustment layers to bring back colors "darkened too much" by Dry Brush (Rather than use one Hue/Sat and adjust one color at a time via cycling through the dropdown menu, I personally prefer to use multiple adjustment layers, one for each color tweeked. I name them things like, Blue-Hue/Sat, Red-Hue/Sat. It's just easier for me to tweek.)
* Colored pencil (4/12/50) for a little texture
* More color restoration using a copy of the original background layer (blend=hard light,opacity=20%), taking snapshots and restoring from history and making another copy of the original layer, dragging it to the top of the layer stack and this time setting the blend to soft light.
A little cloning here and there to touchup unwanted and unsightly blobs.
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Awesome job Danny!
I really like this one. How about a more step by step tutorial on this. Have you tried this method on a portrait yet?
As requested, the layers palette roadmap to the Urban Brooklyn image.
In the big scheme of thing, many steps could probably have been combined (or perhaps eliminated), but I left in the original layers anyway.
How easy / not easy is it to follow layer descriptions?
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