Beautiful Watercolor Portrait Effect – Photoshop Tutorial


Lets get started. Duplicate our background layer. CTRL + J. Rename it to Black & White. Head up to Image>Adjustments>Black & White. Then hit OK. Duplicate our Black & White layer. CTRL + J. I will rename this new layer to Curves. Head up to Image>Adjustments>Curves. Drag the left slider to the right. Input: 15 Drag the right slider to the left. Input: 200 Then press OK. Duplicate it one more time. CTRL + J. I will rename this layer to Filter Gallery. Make sure your foreground is black, background is white. Head up to Filter>Filter Gallery. Select Watercolor, in the Artistic folder. Brush Detail:5, Shadow Intensity:0, Texture:1 Then hit OK. Next, I will add the watercolor texture. Select your Move Tool. (V) Then drag and drop onto our project. I’m going to rename this layer to Watercolor. Using your Move Tool. Drag to left top corner. CTRL + T to select the watercolor texture. Hold Shift + Resize to fit the project. Hit Enter to accept changes. Select the top layer. Duplicate it>CTRL + J. Move it to the bottom, using your Move Tool. (V) CTRL + T to select it. Right click>Flip Vertical. Hit Enter to accept changes. Hold CTRL down + Select both watercolor layers. Then right click>Merge Layers. Change the Blending Mode>Screen. Make sure the top layer is selected. CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E (Merge all visible layers) I will rename this layer to merged. Next, head up to Filter>Stylize>Oil Paint. Stylization: 6.0 Cleanliness: 6.0 Scale: 5 Bristle: 5 Lighting Checked Angle: 117, Shine: 0.2. Then hit OK. That looks pretty good! Duplicate the top layer>CTRL + J. I will rename this layer to Sharpen. Head up to Filter>Other>Highpass. Radius: 8, Then press OK. Change the Blending Mode to Overlay. Much more detailed! CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E. (Merge all visible layers) I will rename this layer to Brush. Head down and create a new layer. I will rename this layer to White Background. Next, head up to Edit>Fill. Make sure contents are white, then hit OK. Select the top layer. Hold ALT + click on mask. Make sure the mask is selected. Foreground color should be white. Then select the Brush Tool. (B) Select a nice watercolor brush. Click near the center to bring back the effect manually. Experiment with different brushes. I will speed this part up to save you time. Mine looks like this, you get a different look each time. Final step>Create a new adjustment layer>Hue/Saturation. Use the Hue slider to change colors. I’ll set mine to about -10. I’ll increase the saturation to about +10. And that’s it. Don’t forget to leave a like if you enjoyed this tutorial!

48 Replies to “Beautiful Watercolor Portrait Effect – Photoshop Tutorial”

  1. Hi, welcome back -) , you do a good job and interesting. I like very much all your tutorials. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Can you produce a tutorial that teaches when to use each blending mode, explaining what each one does in an image?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. I watched this tutorial and do not know where you got the watercolor texture from so I can't apply it. Can you help

  4. When I hold ALT and Click on Mask it adds a mask but doesn't overlay over my photo. I can't figure out how to get my photo white after you apply mask so I can start brushing. Please reply I saved project and waiting for reply.

  5. Imma curious. How do you get the Watercolor Texture? Is it automatically shows after you adjust the filter gallery into watercolor? I'm using Photoshop CS6 hihi I'm a first timer using this Adobe app.

  6. When I hold ALT + mask I get a transparent board and am unable to paint on anything. Can someone help me figure out what I'm doing wrong, please?

  7. That was FANTASTIC! Can this tutorial be done using Photoshop 7? It doesn't have the Alt Merge Visible. Or at least, I've failed miserably attempting to do it. I'll appreciate any response. Best.

  8. Bro Youre the Only Person that makes things less complicated .. Damn … Please Teach us Daily Something Sir 🙂 <3

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