This post was originally published in 2015
The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.
In today’s video tutorial I explain how to create a realistic painted watercolor effect in Photoshop. We’ll use a variety of filters to replicate the mottled appearance of real life watercolour paintings. This technique works particularly well with landscape images, which are also a popular subject for real life watercolour paintings. If you want to save some time, check out my free Artistic Photo Effect Actions, which includes a ready made script for this watercolour effect, along with other painted, inked and sketched styles.