Create a realistic watercolor photo effect with a few clicks in Photoshop
This set of Photoshop Actions will automatically convert your photos in highly realistic watercolor artwork with 1 click. Whether you are a Photoshop beginner or expert, this tool will save you plenty of time and will surely impress whoever you show your artwork to!
The Watercolor Creation Kit gives you the ability to..
- Transform your photos into watercolor art with a few clicks.
- Choose from various texture presets. All textures are hand-painted, scanned it at 600 DPI and converted to seamless patterns (5000 x 5000px).
- Control the darkness of the texture edges.
- Control how visible you want the textures to be.
- Choose from various brightness/contrast presets.
- Apply the effect to your entire photo or reveal only the areas you want.
- Add watercolor drops using 17 high-resolution brushes.
- Choose from 3 levels of watercolor texture separation
Included is a comprehensive video tutorial walking you through how to set up your Photoshop document and customize your results. You can view the tutorial on the above ‘Tutorial’ tab on this page or on my YouTube channel here.
If you like the Watercolor Creation Kit, make sure to checkout the Drawing Creation Kit.
Compatible with Photoshop CS6 and above
Important to know
- Make sure you are using the English version of Photoshop to run the Action on. All Sevenstyles Actions will only work in the English version of Photoshop.
- Check you are using a version of Photoshop that the Action supports.
- Watch the video tutorial to ensure you have your Photoshop file setup correctly. You can view the video tutorial in the above ‘Tutorial‘ section. A link to the tutorial is also included in the ‘Readme‘ file in the download.
- Use high-resolution photos with the Action for the best results and to avoid errors. I highly recommend scaling your photo into the 4000px – 5000px range for the best results. Even if your photo is only 1000px, scale it up much larger.
- With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can install multiple versions of Photoshop. If you like this Action but is not supported on your version of Photoshop, you can always install an additional version of Photoshop to run the Action on. Once an Action has been tested and working on a version of Photoshop, it will always work.
- Use Jpeg images to run the Action on. Other file types such as TIFF, BMP, PNG, PSD can cause issues with Actions, as Photoshop disables various features for different file types.
- Avoid using the Action on logos or clip art style images as the lack of detail and color contrast can lead to errors.
Having troubles with the Action?
- Double-check you have your file set up correctly as shown at the beginning of the video tutorial.
- Check the resolution of your photo. If its a low-resolution photo (<1000px), take the shortest length of your photo and increase it to around 4500px or more.
- Have a look at my support topics here. I list all common errors with solutions.
- If you are still stuck, please email me with a screenshot of your entire Photoshop interface where the error shows. Please let me also know what version of Photoshop you are using so I can help you faster. You can find my email address in the ‘How to contact me‘ topic on the support page.
Create custom effects
Photo effect Actions can be combined to create new effects. Follow these steps below:
- Run the first Action on your photo.
- Once you are happy with the result, save your design as a Jpeg image.
- Close your Photoshop file and re-open the image you just saved.
- Now run another Action over your photo! This will then stack the second effect on top of the first. You can then experiment with using layer masks to blend between the first and second effect.
There are so many undiscovered effects that can be created!
Thank you for your support and I hope you create some nice watercolor art! Check out my portfolio for the full collection of photo effects and other products I recommend.
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- Setting up & importing the patten file: 0:46
- Loading the Action into Photoshop: 2:33
- Pop-ups during Action playback: 3:53
- Watercolor folder breakdown: 10:19
- Actions to quickly edit your result: 14:50
- Brush on and reveal your watercolor: 19:05
- Contrast & color randomizers: 29:50
- Watercolor bleed layers: 35:15
- Fine-tuning with the Camera Raw Filter: 41:25
- 2nd example: 45:50
If you need help with this Action or any other Sevenstyles Action, please visit the support page here.