Watercolor Photoshop Tutorials

I must say that I had a lot of fun doing these watercolor tutorials, maybe even a little bit too much fun. Both are found on the psd tuts+ site and both were written by Fabio Sasso, the Brazilian web designer mentioned in my earlier post .net’s Top 20 Web Designers. The first tutorial, Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography, uses a variety of brushes and vector art (mostly free) to create a vibrant color rich wallpaper. The second tutorial, Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop, uses one set of brushes (completely free) to make a playful yet stylish image.

Sometimes when I do tutorials, I don’t follow everything to the letter. I try to get the basic techniques and improvise. The final result is usually an interesting surprise. With the watercolor typography tutorial, I opted to use different brushes, text, and vector art from the author; the final wallpaper is below. I’m still deciding whether or not I like it.

My Watercolor Wallpaper

My Watercolor Wallpaper

I went a tad bit beyond what was required for the cool watercolor effects tutorial, but I think it works. I used several pictures of a friend of mine to create the image. They are from one of our camera wars. I always lost because my Nikon was considerably slower, but that’s another story…

My Watercolor Collage

My Watercolor Collage

Free Photoshop Swirl Brushes

There are a lot of amazing free resources out there on the internet and Qbrushes, Quality Brushes for Photoshop, happens to be one of them. I took a look in their Swirls category and gave myself a challenge. Why? Well, I didn’t feel like just telling you about Qbrushes, I wanted to try them out for myself, and it would be FUN. So I picked four of the brushes that I really liked and gave myself ten minutes per brush to create a mini-background image in Photoshop. I set the timer and when it went off I had to stop regardless of if I was done. Below are the results.

Made with Ornaments 2 Brushes

Made with Ornaments 2 Brushes

Made with InkDrop Brushes

Made with InkDrop Brushes

Made with Floral Swirl Brushes

Made with Floral Swirl Brushes

Made with Spiro Lines 2 Brushes

Made with Spiro Lines 2 Brushes

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