Transforming a Photo Into a Watercolor Painting
 

 
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Watercolor Painting

 

Watercolor is one of the most difficult painting techniques. Watercolor paintings are beautiful, airy, and light. This technique uses special watercolor paint which produces strokes without relief. The blurry appearance of strokes is achieved by painting on wet paper. The quality of the paper affects how the watercolor paint is absorbed and when it dries. When drawing on wet paper it's not necessary to use a brush. You can use a pencil or crayon whose pigment is soluble in water. This technique is called watercolor pencil.

Watercolor Painting From Photo
Watercolor Painting From Photo
(Move your mouse over the image to see the original version)

 

The Painting tab contains the parameters for converting a photo into a watercolor painting.

Painting Parameters:

    Simplicity (0-10). The parameter affects the simplification of the image. At higher values strokes are applied more roughly to the image and details are decreased. For a closer resemblance to the original photo this parameter should be set to a lower value, which will preserve more of the original contours. A high value of the parameter provides a greater resemblance to a painting.

    Weak Simplification Strong Simplification
    Simplicity = 1 Simplicity = 7

    Saturation (0-100). This parameter affects the intensity of colors. The higher the value for this parameter, the cleaner and brighter colors will become in the painting.

    Paint With Less Saturated Colors Paint With More Saturated Colors
    Saturation = 30 Saturation = 90

    Variance (1-100). This parameter affects the heterogeneity of strokes in uniform areas. It changes the number of color tones in strokes over a gradient. At higher value, the number of tone variations in strokes is larger, the differences in tone variations appear more distinct. At lower values the areas are more homogeneous and strokes appear smoother. It is useful when there are large uniform areas in an image and you want to add some variety in tone to the result.

    Uniformity of the stroke rendering Non-uniformity of the stroke rendering
    Variance = 20 Variance = 90

    Stroke Intensity (0-100). The parameter affects the visibility of strokes. At higher values the borders of strokes appear stronger. The lower the value, the more the result will resemble the original image.

    Weakly Pronounce Strokes More Intense Strokes
    Stroke Intensity = 10 Stroke Intensity = 85

    Blurring (0-100). This parameter blurs stroke edges and smears paint.

    Less Blurring Blurred Image
    Blurring = 0 Blurring = 90

    Glazing (0-100). This parameter adds more vivid strokes over a painting. The higher the value of this parameter, the stronger the change in basic color tones. In watercolor painting this technique is known as glazing. It adds a thin semi-transparent layer over a dry existing layer. It lets to create very beautiful deep colors.

    Uniform Shading More Vibrant Strokes Over a Uniformly Shaded Area
    Glazing = 0 Glazing = 60

    Smearing. By default, this check-box is off. When you activate it paint colors flow together and smear, changing the boundaries. If this leads to a strong distortion of objects just uncheck this option.

    Without Spreading of Paint Spreading of Paint
    Smearing disactivated Smearing activated

 

Additional Tools:

    To improve your result you can use the Post-Processing Tools: and .

    Note: they are only available on the After tab and only under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

    • The Smudge tool is used to manually edit the processed image, for example, to refine the image by removing paint irregularities.
    • The Blur tool reduces image sharpness by decreasing color contrast.

    Attention! If you switch to the Before tab and run the processing again, the changes made with these tools will be lost!

 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Add Text to a Painting — Add Text to a Painting
   — Painting on a Canvas — Painting on a Canvas
   — Working with the Presets — Working with the Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Styles Styles
   — Oil Painting — Oil Painting
   — Watercolor Painting — Watercolor Painting
   — Gouache Painting — Gouache Painting
   — Comics Effect — Comics Effect
   — Pen & Ink — Pen & Ink
   — Linocut — Linocut
   — Pastel Painting — Pastel Painting
Examples Examples
   — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait
   — City Canal View: Oil Landscape — City Canal View: Oil Landscape
   — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon
   — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster
   — Greetings from Canary Islands — Greetings from Canary Islands
   — Summer Coloured Green — Summer Coloured Green
   — Casandra's Portrait — Casandra's Portrait
   — ArtWork for Art Students — ArtWork for Art Students
   — Day at The Beach — Day at The Beach
   — ArtWork Oil Gallery — ArtWork Oil Gallery
   — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers
   — Miniature Painting — Miniature Painting
   — Still Life with Peaches — Still Life with Peaches
   — Work of Art from Flawed Photo — Work of Art from Flawed Photo
   — Antique Collage: Comics Effect — Antique Collage: Comics Effect
   — Baroque Architecture: Linocut — Baroque Architecture: Linocut
   — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles
   — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking) — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking)
   — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect
   — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles
   — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture
   — Forest Nymph — Forest Nymph
   — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting
   — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art
   — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel
   — Creating  a Semi-Processed Image Effect — Creating a Semi-Processed Image Effect
   — A Holiday In Normandy — A Holiday In Normandy
   — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting
   — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering
   — Painting & Photography — Painting & Photography
   — Scrapbooking Ideas — Scrapbooking Ideas

 

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