How to Create a Watercolor Portrait out of a Photo
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS Sketch

A Watercolor Portrait out of a Photo

 

The author of this example is K.J. Hartmann.

"Drawing has always been my passion. I started to draw in the times when computer graphics did not exist and I had to spend much time trying to achieve the "look" I needed. The modern software allows creating a piece of art in a comfortable way - without hours of drawing. And it is fun to realize the ideas quickly!
I like watercolor paintings and I will show you how to create a watercolor portrait out of a photo. I used AKVIS Sketch for this tutorial."
Source image Result
Source color photograph Result: watercolor portrait

Let's follow the steps Mr. Hartmann described:

  • Step 1. Open a photo in Adobe Photoshop.
    Source photograph
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  • Step 2. Copy the layer. From the menu of the photo editor choose Layer -> Duplicate layer (Ctrl+J). By default the first layer will be selected. And we’ll start our work with this layer.
  • Step 3. Call AKVIS Sketch. Run it with the default parameters by pressing the button . The After window will show the resulting pencil sketch.

    Press the button to apply the changes and close the plugin window. The result will be similar to the following picture:
    Pencil drawing made with AKVIS Sketch plugin
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  • Step 4. Now work with the second layer. Deactivate the visibility of the first layer. Double click on the eye icon (Indicates layers visibility) in the Layers palette. Then press on the second layer in the Layers palette and work with it.
  • Step 5. Call the command Filter->Artistic->Watercolor from the main menu of the photo editor. Here is the result.
    Watercolor filter
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  • Step 6. Activate the visibility of the first layer (Double click on Indicates layers visibility in the Layers palette). But the first layer “overlays” the second one. So choose the first layer from the Layer palette and set the value of the Opacity parameter to 50%.
    Changing the visibility

    Here we have a watercolor painting.
    Watercolor portrait
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