I’ve taken a few favorite photos over the years of flowers and nature and I wanted to display them around the house. I love the look of painterly prints so instead of just framing an enlarged version of the photograph, I experimented in Photoshop Elements, creating watercolor art with one of the tools… wait for it… the Watercolor Filter!
I took this photo of the beach in Bodega near our home on a favorite outing a few years ago, I always loved the light, the detail, the color, the memory! But I wanted to give it a more painterly quality before framing it.
I first tried the Waterlogue app, it created a decent image but I wanted more control of the detail.
So I tried out the Watercolor Filter in Photoshop Elements and I liked that effect a little better. It produced a richer color and more detail I was looking for. If you’re a Photoshop wiz then you know this is a cool tool, if you’ve never played around in Photoshop before this is another fun way to give your photographs that watercolor effect and it’s very simple, use the dropdown Filter application and choose Artistic –> Watercolor.
You’ll get a pop up window which allows you to alter the texture, shadow intensity, and brush detail, and it gave me this. I love it!
I added a favorite Isak Dinesen quote, “The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears, or the sea.”
I tried the same Watercolor Filter with another favorite photo of tulips in vases on my mantel from a few years ago.
This one came out a bit too muddy around the edges of the flowers and leaves so I used the Color Picker Tool to sample colors and the Oil Small Tip in the Brushes library to soften the edges and blur some of the detail between the petals, stems, etc with brushstrokes. I like that you can zoom in and touchup your photographs in this way.
I used the Watercolor Filter again with this photo of a bunch of lavender gathered from my garden, and also experimented with the Brightness/Contrast and Hue Tools to increase the saturation a bit, enhancing the purple tones to make them pop out more.
I like that the prints are now a cross between a photograph and watercolor art, with a painterly look. These prints and three others are available for sale in my Society6 shop.
Adobe allows you to download PE 13 and try it for free for 30 days. If you haven’t played around with it yet, try the Watercolor Filter and Brush tools to add artistic touches to your favorite photographs too. :)