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You can create awesome backgrounds for any of your graphic design projects using a Photoshop Action. And in this quick video below, I'll show you how to transform a simple photo with a creative watercolor action.
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How to Create a Watercolor Background Effect
Open your photo into Photoshop. Here I'll be using this Boy Portrait at 2000x1304 pixels.
Then load this Artist Photoshop Action into the Actions palette as well as the brush set that's included.
Create a New Layer and name it "brush." Select the Brush Tool (B) and use the brush to Fill in the areas where you'd like the effect to take place. Here I painted the boy and a little of the background. When you're ready, hit the Play button to play the action.
Earlier on, you may be prompted to make some manual adjustments. So adjust the Threshold Levels before continuing the action.
Finish the watercolor effect by experimenting with Adjustment Layers in the Sketch and Watercolor folders. Hide some layers or add a beautiful brown
#4a1905 and white Gradient Map for a nice color. Then use the brushes included with your action for more texture.
Here's the final effect.
Want to see this in real time? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!
A Bit More Detail
Learn more from our Photoshop experts. Check out the following tutorials below:
- How to Create Artistic Backgrounds From Photos With These 3 Photoshop ActionsMelody Nieves27 Mar 2017
- How to Apply a Halftone Effect to Your Images With a Photoshop ActionMelody Nieves17 Mar 2017
- How to Create a Quick and Dirty Sketch From a Photograph With a Photoshop ActionMelody Nieves24 Mar 2017
- How to Create an Architectural Drawing From a PhotoMelody Nieves08 Feb 2017
This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!