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Creative Director and Photoshop Guru Rikard Rodin shows you how to create a watercolor painting in Photoshop—from the beginning photo composite to having a smart-object based file that will allow you to quickly turn any of your photographs or composites into a beautiful watercolor painting. The 2 hour course is filled with tips, tricks and techniques (as well as power shortcuts) that you can use for any composite or painting effect. The course also includes a watercolor painting brush set with 140 custom brushes.
Length: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Tags: Most Popular Specialties Rikard Rodin Photoshop Workflow
Required Software: Photoshop CC
Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training
Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets
Here we cover setting up your file, the quick selection tool, quick masks and the mask and select dialogue and how to use these to rapidly cut out elements in your photos.
Here’s how to use transforms to quickly extend a background—and how to use layer blending modes to add texture to an existing surface.
Here we show how to mask with paths, adjusting masks with effects and adding color to an object realistically with layer blending techniques.
In this lesson we add a different handle to the umbrella and give the teddy bear a new arm—then we combine all three seamlessly.
Learn how to replace a sky (a technique you can use in any composite) and how to create realistic reflections on a non-flat surface using the displace tool, motion blurs and smart object masks.
Here the fun begins! Using smart objects and the Filter Gallery, we turn our composite into a realistic watercolor painting.
After creating the painting, we use masks and custom brushes to create the painted on canvas watercolor effect.
To sell the painting, we add drips, splatter, running water and scratches to the painting with custom brushes, smart objects and masks.
In this lesson we cover color grading techniques, file organization, using the high pass filter and other tools to give the painting the final touches that make it really sing.
In this bonus lesson, you’ll learn how to use the watercolor photoshop file you’ve created to rapidly turn any photo into a watercolor painting using the power of smart objects.
All source files for the course.