I love the look of watercolor paintings, but I can’t paint. My three-year-old paints better than I do. Until recently I have just sadly accepted this fact. Then I realized that with a little help from Adobe Photoshop, I can turn any photograph into what looks like a watercolor painting. The image above was a pretty photograph of a flower, but with the application of a quick Photoshop filter I think it makes a much nicer watercolor image. Not fond of watercolors? No problem! Photoshop CS6 has more filters than ever and they are so much fun to play around with. You can nondestructively try out your photographic image as a charcoal drawing, or even as an oil painting.
The video2brain library has many titles that can show you how use Photoshop filters to add creative effects to your images. Some of my favorites include Tim Grey’s Photoshop Creative Effects Workshop, Kelly McCathran’s Adobe Photoshop CS6: Learn by Video, and of course Olaf Giermann’s Mastering Adobe Photoshop Filters: Learn by Video.
In this free video from Photoshop CS6: New Features Workshop, check out Tim Grey taking the new Photoshop CS6 Oil Paint filter for a spin, and then give it a try on some of your own images. I promise it will erase all the artistic disappointment in yourself you’ve been secretly harboring for years.