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Creating a watercolor
effect in Photoshop Elements is as easy as 1-2-3. This effect works best
on a landscape photograph with wide swatches of colors.
First, we copy
the image into Photoshop format before we apply the effect:
- We do a Select
- All to copy the jpeg to the computer's memory.
- We then do
a File - New... - OK to create an empty canvas with the same dimensions.
- An Edit -
Paste will paste the image previously copied into the computer's memory
onto our new canvas.
- File - Save
this new picture with a new name as a photoshop file (.psd).
Next, if necessary,
you might want to brighten up any areas that are too dark, or they will translate
into solid blacks:
- Enhance -
Brightness/Contrast - Brightness/Contrast... - Select Preview (if
not already set ON). Then, slide the Brightness control right or left
until the desired brightness is achieved.
- You can also
select part of the image with the Marquee Tool and apply brightness
only to that area.
- I darkened the
highlights and brightened the shadows.
If you want to
reduce the size of the image, do:
- Image -
Resize - Image Size... - Select Constrain Proportions (if not already
set ON). Type in your new Pixel Dimensions.
- I resized to
a Width of 450 and the Height was automatically adjusted to keep the proportion.
- You may wish
to crop the picture anyway you want.
Apply the Watercolor
- The watercolor
effect is obtained at Filter - Artistic - Watercolor...
- In the example
below, I used a Brush Detail of 14, Shadow Intensity of 0, and
Texture of 2.
- Depending on
your image, you might want to play with those numbers until the effect pleases
Save your newly
created watercolor image as a new file:
- File - Save
As... and save it as a Photoshop file.
- If desired,
convert it back into a jpeg for posting to the web or for emailing (give it
a new file name). Some resolution will be lost in the compression: File
- Save for Web... and save as a JPEG with Medium compression.
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