Hi guys! Welcome to my tutorial on how to add digital watercolours and strokes to your images. This was a special request from Sian (Hiiii Sian! waves), who wanted to know how I created the colourful backgrounds in my ‘blog header how-to’. It is incredibly easy to do, and the colours are simply special brushes in Photoshop.
I’ll give you a run down of where you can get these brushes for free, and how to apply them to your photos. And for those of you who don’t have Photoshop, don’t worry! You can actually make your own watercolour brushes and use them in free photo editors. I won’t cover that in this tutorial, but will write a special post just for that very soon. 🙂
What you will need:
Photoshop – I use CS6. Any version is fine, so long as it allows custom brushes.
Step 1 – Download custom watercolour brushes
There are countless free custom brushes available for Photoshop, Google search will help you find what you need. A helpful collection of 500+ free brush links here.
Step 2 – load brushes to Photoshop
In Photoshop (*CS6 screenshot) > open Brush Preset picker > drop-down menu > load brushes > select brush.
Your brushes will now appear in the Brush Preset picker.
Step 3 – Open your image
Add new layer, and repeat this step for each watercolour element to make editing and changes simple.
Select colour > select brush (Brush Preset picker) > select brush size > apply
And that ladies and gentlemen is it! Save when you are done.
A quick tip for better quality finish: aim to have high-resolution images or blank canvases to start with, this will stop the brushes looking pixellated in the final image. Enjoy!
Before & After
What do you think? The left side looks just as real as the right (maybe even a little better) 😀