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Tutorial: Watercolor, Mal Firth's method

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  • Tutorial: Watercolor, Mal Firth's method

    Last weekend I went to stay with friends and on the Sunday morning we went for a stroll down by the canal, which is an overnight mooring spot for holiday barges. Here is one of several pictures I took - please feel free to play.

  • #2
    Here's my attempt at a watercolour

    Duplicate the original layer (called it mono)
    Desaturate the mono layer
    Duplicate the mono layer
    Invert the mono copy layer
    Set the Blend Mode on the mono copy layer to Color Dodge
    Use Filter Gaussian Blur on the mono copy layer to taste (I used 12.5)
    Switch off the original layer
    Merge the two visible layers
    On the Merged layer set the Opacity to 60% to bring up some colour
    Switch back on the original layer
    On the original layer increase Saturation to taste
    Use Gaussian Blur on the original layer to about 4.0
    Make a blank layer filled with white and set opacity temporarily to 50%
    Use the Lassoo tool (with feather set to 25 pixels) to draw an irregular shape around the barge
    Press the delete key and reset opacity to 100% to create a vignette
    Last edited by Mal Firth; 07-24-2003, 05:02 AM.


    • #3
      Fabulous effect, really like it Mal and a big thank you for the tut on it. I'm a fan of your work and have one of your actions that I use a lot. Look forward to seeing more of your effects.


      • #4
        The directions were excellent and so were the results.
        Attached Files


        • #5
          Tried my old standby:

          Dup BG layer three times

          Use waterpaper filter on luminosity
          cutout - soft light
          smudge stick - soft light
          create a new layer, fill with with and erase to taste.

          Attached Files


          • #6
            Hey Mal...

            Finally getting caught up.

            Here's an application on a picture from New York's Times Square. On the top sketch (mono) layer, I set the blend mode to Color Dodge.

            This method has a lot of possibilities. Well done. Thanks for sharing your technique.

            Attached Files


            • #7
              Hi Danny, that looks pretty good. Here's a little extra wrinkle I just tried. I merged all the layers from the procedure I detailed above then made a duplicate layer. I ran the Artistic>Watercolor filter on the new layer and set the mode to Difference. Then I ran the watercolor filter a second time and lightend it a little in Levels. Here's the result - looks as if they're about to enter a cave


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