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Watercolor Effect

Kai Loon Photo Editing Oct 29, 2007

Ok, let's start. Remember to push the record button first.

1. Open an image, I will use this image because it suit to my tricks.

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2. Ctrl + J, duplicate the image. Now you will have a layer which labeled as "layer 1". Shift + Ctrl + U, desaturate the image and you will get something like this:

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3. Ctrl + J again to duplicate layer 1 and you will get a new layer which labeled as "layer 1 copy". Ctrl + I to invert the layer and set the layer blend mode to Color Dodge. Go to filter > other > minimum > 1. Double click on layer 1 copy to bring out the blending option. ALT + left click on the triangle and set the underlying layer as below:

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4. Ctrl + E to merge up both layers. Ctrl + J, duplicate layer 1. Select layer 1 copy and go to filter > blur > Gaussian Blur > radius 6. Set the layer blend mode to linear burn. Ctrl + J on layer background and put the layer background copy at the top of all layer and set the layer blend mode to color.

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5. Hope you are still with me. Select layer background copy and add a layer mask, fill it with black color.

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6. Still with the layer background copy, go to image > adjustment > curve and set as below.

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7. Create a new layer and put it top of all layer. Fill it with #ffecd1. Set layer blend option to linear burn.

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8. We are nearly there, now select layer 1 and set the opacity to 60% or whatever you think suitable. Select the background copy layer's mask, with a 45px soft brush, opacity 65%, brush the face area. Here is it!

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The difference:

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Examples:

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Watercolor Effect

Hope you guys enjoy this! Thanks!

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