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Realistic Watercolor Effects with Painter 6 and 7.
the things I have always loved about watercolors is their bleeds,
diffusions, artifacts, and feather strokes within the painting. These
"imperfections" give watercolor painting their unique look. For
a long time I have been trying to get that look into my images with only
marginal success until now. Although Painter 7 offers users some unique
watercolor brushes, I have discovered that there is another way to create
very realistic watercolor looks that can be done in Version 6. In many
ways this technique produces even more realistic looking watercolor
effects because it actually uses some true water color brush strokes.
How it works
This works by scanning in watercolor brush strokes which will serve as our template pattern. We'll then copy it and paste it as a layer into our new drawing.
Painter offers a number of ways to handle layers. The ones we're interested in are the soft, hard and overlay methods. There combine the two images together in unique ways so that the grains and patterns of our watercolor template show through and combine with our original artwork.
"base" image. This is one that I created from a rodeo photo
using a variety of effects. The colors have a semi-translucent look that
will work well with the final merge of the pattern.
Adjust the size of pattern to approximate the image you are going to merge it into. You can use the Select All and then orientation to adjust the proportions.
Copy the Selection (Select All or part). Then paste it onto the artwork. Painter will create a layer using the default composite method. This shows up as opaque.
Change the composite method to "overlay". This merges element of both images together. Then play with the opacity slider on the layer to adjust the look. Since the tones of both images are merged, the contrast and saturation will be greatly altered. Controlling the opacity will decrease this, but lessen other aspects. If it still looks too contrasty you can try to "Soft light" composite method, or if is not contrasty enough, try the "hard light" composite method. Alternatively you can play with the base images contrast and saturation until you get the desired look.
|The final image captures the feathered brush look from the pattern template and the little "artifacts" and paint grains to create the realistic watercolor effect we want.|