Tutorial Tuesdays – Watercolour Photograph

This weeks challenge is to convert a photograph to a watercolour painting. I initially used the tutorial but found it did not suit, so followed David Cole’s instructions in his book “Complete Digital Painting Techniques” The method I chose makes use of the Pattern Stamp Tool, Topaz Lab Simplify filter BuzSim and the use of a layer that simulates a Granulated Wash.  The first photographs are the original and the results of following the tutorial.

Waitpinga Beach, South Australia



This photograph is of the same scene but painted according to David Cole’s Instructions.

The recipe is as follows:

L1. Copy original and run through Topaz Lab Simplify BuzSim filter, it give a look similar to using the Artistic Filter Cutout. Make a pattern from this image.

L2. Insert a white layer, select a brush I used a dry brush and “paint” into the white layer using the pattern stamp.

L3. Made the simulated “granulated” layer by filling a new layer with a medium grey and applying the Noise filter (Gaussian blur and monochromatic settings). Changed Blending Mode to Soft light and opacity of around 50%.

L4 Merged the layers and applied a High Pass filter then changed Blending Mode to Hard Light at 100%

I gave the tutorial another try on several images but I could not get the look I wanted. this next image is done in a similar style to the recipe above.

Bird House in Nature Reserve Victor Harbour, South Australia


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