Add digital watercolours photoshop brushes

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.Β πŸ™‚

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.Β Enjoy!

Before & After

What do you think? The left side looks just as real as the right (maybe even a little better) πŸ˜€

Add digital watercolours photoshop brushes
Left: digital watercolour, Right: real watercolour

7 Comments on How To Add Digital Watercolours To Images

  1. bellezakisses
    April 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh wow! You are so creative! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm (5 years ago)

      I’m so excited you are going to try it, I was like a kid at Christmas when I learnt how to do it lol! Once you start, you can’t stop… You’ll be adding watercolours to everything πŸ˜›

      Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  2. Donah D.
    April 27, 2013 at 7:36 am (5 years ago)

    Hey hun, my CS6 is really playing, if not slowing things down, any same prob or issues you have? I love this type of brushes, I have a Jellybean brush heheh and makeup ones too.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 27, 2013 at 7:43 am (5 years ago)

      Haha, makeup and jellybean brush, that is awesome!

      What processor does your computer have, if I remember correctly you are using MAC? Im assuming it is fast enough, but that is one possible reason it is running slow. CS6 works great for me, but does slow down when I am working in Motion. Understandable.

      I really hope you’re able to resolve the issues, PS is our lifeline lol πŸ™‚

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      July 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm (5 years ago)

      It really does look like that. Great selection by the way! You have fabulous taste πŸ˜‰

      • Luchessa
        July 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm (5 years ago)

        Thank you my dear πŸ˜€

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