Adobe Create Action WaterColor Effect
Download and install the Adobe Create magazine free watercolour Action to use with this tutorial.
Select a Photo
I chose a bright contrasty photo as my base, then cropped it to a square format.
It’s advisable to do this as the effect will look much better on a square layout, mainly because there are paper layers and a white base to contend with in the action and I wanted a quick win!
- Resize you photo to 12×12 inch at 300 dpi.
- Run the free action on your photo.
- Follow the guidelines here on how to run the action and customize the results.
Merge the Layers
After the action had finished rendering I preferred to create a merged layer whilst still keeping the original layers.
Select the layers you want to merge, then press Ctrl+Alt+E (Win) / Command+Option+E (Mac).
Create Your Layout Foundation
Choose a coordinating ArtPlay Palette and supporting elements.
Turn off all the layers except for the newly merged layer.
- Open a coordinating solid paper.
Drag the merged layer onto the paper.
Note: I chose a paper from ArtPlay Palette Narcissus.
Blend & Embellish
To erase some of the sketched flowers, I used a blending brush from AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 8 to brush (erase) out most of the sketch then applied the Overlay Blending Mode.
I duplicated the layer added a Linear Burn Blending Mode at 77%.
By clicking on the mask of the first photograph layer I used the option (alt) key and dragged the duplicated mask layer onto the duplicated photograph.
Finally I added Transfers, Overlays, WordART and Embellishments from the Narcissus Collection.
Note: Below are the supplies used in this layout.
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