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

Grass Text Photoshop Tutorial & More

Learn how to Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop. This is a great tutorial, but it may take some time. The author recommends that you deal with each letter separately, which has its advantages if you would like to alter the letters individually i.e change spacing, move it around etc. However, if you are absolutely fine with the basic font placement, then you can skip the individual treatment, and make the adjustments to the whole word, saving you some time. Below is my result.

My Grass Text Design

My Grass Text Design

Also, I have learned that when the author of a tutorial says that it may take some time to complete, believe them! I did this tutorial a while ago and unfortunately I can’t find the original source. I suspect it was originally on PST (photoshoptalent.com), but the site’s server experienced a hardware failure and everything was erased with no backup. They have started to rebuild with a new site called pxleyes. Anyway, this particular tutorial took hours to complete but it was worth it. It involves taking a normal photo and converting it to an illustration using lots of layers. The pen tool and I became very close that day.

Original Image

Original Image

My Final Image

My Final Image

Another tutorial I completed around the same time as the previous was Smokin’ Woman hosted on phototutorial.info. They claim to have “only excellent photoshop tutorials.” It’s worth checking out.

Original Image

Original Image

My Final Image

My Final Image

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