hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to create
beautiful watercolor portraits from
photos using your own brush strokes
because the your own brushstrokes it
allows you to create your own subtle
nuances open a photo you'd like to use
since every photo has its own unique
characteristics such as lighting
brightness contrast in color the results
of the watercolor effect will vary if
the subject has very light skin it may
be necessary to darken the mid-tones you
can achieve this by pressing ctrl L on
Windows or command L on a Mac to open
your levels window slide the input
mid-tones to the right I'd also
recommend using a photo that doesn't
have a dark background if it does just
lighten it its size and resolution will
ultimately determine the setting amounts
for the filters and brushes this photo
is 1550 by 870 pixels with a resolution
of 150 pixels per inch unlock the
background by holding down alt on
Windows or option on a Mac as you click
on the lock will name it base make a
copy of it by pressing ctrl or command J
name it smart ler go to filter blur and
smart blur for the size and resolution
of this photo I'll make the radius 10
the threshold 20 the quality is high and
the mode is normal depending on the size
and resolution of your photo you may
want to adjust the amounts for the
radius and threshold to get a similar
result as this click on the thumbnail of
the base to make it active and make a
copy of it drag it to the top and name
it pencil lines go to filter and filter
gallery open the stylized folder in it
you'll find glowing edges if you have an
early version of photoshop go to filter
stylize and glowing edges make the edge
the edge brightness between 14 and 17
and the smoothness 15 then click OK
invert the image by pressing ctrl or
command I then remove the color by
pressing ctrl or command shift you
change the blend mode to multiply make
the smart blur layer active and make a
copy of it will name it brush invert the
layer and change its blend mode to color
Dodge open your brush tool and press D
on your keyboard to make your foreground
and background colors black and white
respectively click the arrow next to the
brush size and click the gear icon to
open your list of brush presets click
reset brushes and click OK to replace
the current brushes with the default
brushes click back on the gear icon and
choose small list scroll down and click
dry brush reduce its opacity to ten
percent to increase the size of your
brush press the right bracket key on
your keyboard I increased it to 200
pixels now brush across your image open
your gear icon again and click wet media
brushes click OK and choose watercolor
textured surface press Enter or return
to close the brush panel and increase
your brush size I made mine 300 pixels
now selectively brush over areas of your
image it's ok to leave lighter areas
untouched I'll make my brush smaller by
pressing the left bracket key continue
to brush over your image to bring out
contrast and color if you want to
lighten or remove some pencil lines make
the pencil line layer active
and click the layer mask icon to make a
layer mask next to it increase the
opacity to eighty percent and lightly
brush over the pencil lines you'd like
to lighten or remove next will darken
the input levels of the brushstrokes but
leave the pencil lines as is to do this
hide the pencil lines and make the brush
layer active press ctrl shift alt e on
windows or command shift option e on a
mac to make a composite snapshot of your
image press ctrl or command l to open
your levels window and then drag the
input darks to the right until it's at
the point where the histogram starts to
rise make the pencil lines visible and
go to filter and filter gallery open the
texture folder and click texturizer
choose sandstone the scaling is a
hundred percent the relief is two or
three and the light is from the top then
click OK this is Marty from Blue
Lightning TV thanks for watching
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to create
beautiful, watercolor portraits from photos
using your own brush strokes.
Because they're your own brush strokes,
it allows you to create your own subtle nuances.
Open a photo you'd like to use.
Since every photo has its own unique characteristics, such as lighting,
brightness, contrast and color,
the results of the watercolor effect will vary.
If the subject has very light skin,
it may be necessary to darken the mid-tones.
You can achieve this by pressing Ctrl + L on Windows
or Cmd + L on a Mac to open your Levels window.
Slide the Input mid-tones to the right.
I'd also recommend using a photo that
doesn't have a dark background
If it does, just lighten it. Its size and
resolution will ultimately determine the
setting amounts for the filters and brushes.
This photo is 1550
by 870 pixels with a resolution up to 150 pixels per inch.
Unlock the background by holding down Alt on Windows
or Option on a Mac as you click on the lock.
We'll name it "Base". Make a copy of it
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Name it
"Smart Blur". Go to Filter,
Blur and Smart Blur. For the size and resolution
of this photo, I'll make the Radius: 10... the Threshold: 20...
the Quality is High and the Mode is Normal.
Depending on the size and resolution of your photo,
you may want to adjust the amounts for the Radius and Threshold
to get a similar result as this.
Click on the thumbnail of the Base to make it active
and make a copy of it. Drag it to the top
and name it "Pencil Lines". Go to
Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the "Stylize" folder.
In it, you'll find "Glowing Edges".
If you have an early version of Photoshop,
go to Filter, Stylize and Glowing Edges.
Make the Edge Width: 1... the Edge Brightness between 14 and 17
and the Smoothness: 15. Then. click OK.
Invert the image by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + I. Then, remove the color
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U.
Change the Blend Mode to Multiply.
Make the Smart Blur layer active
and make a copy of it. We'll name it "Brush".
Invert the layer and change its Blend Mode
to Color Dodge. Open your Brush Tool
and press "d" on your keyboard to make
your foreground and background colors
black and white. respectively. Click the arrow next to the brush size
and click the gear icon to open your list of brush presets.
Click "Reset Brushes" and click OK
to replace the current brushes with the default brushes.
Click back on the gear icon and choose
"Small List". Scroll down
and click "Dry Brush". Reduce its opacity to 10%.
To increase the size of your brush,
press the right bracket key on your keyboard. I increased to 200 pixels.
Now, brush across your image. Open your gear icon again
and click "Wet Media Brushes".
Click OK and choose "Watercolor Textured Surface".
Press Enter or Return to close the Brush panel
and increase your brush size.
I made mine 300 pixels. Now, selectively brush
over areas of your image.
It's okay to leave lighter areas untouched.
I'll make my brush smaller by pressing the Left bracket key.
Continue to brush over your image to bring out contrast and color.
If you want to lighten or remove some pencil lines,
make the Pencil Line layer active and click the Layer Mask icon
to make a layer mask next to it. Increase the opacity to 80%
and lightly brush over the pencil lines you'd like to lighten or remove.
Next, we'll darken the Input levels of the
brushstrokes, but leave the pencil lines as is.
To do this, hide the Pencil Lines
and make the Brush layer active.
Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows
or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac
to make a composite snapshot of your image.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + L to open your Levels window
and then drag the Input darks to the right
until it's at the point where the
histogram starts to rise.
Make the Pencil Lines visible and go to Filter
and Filter gallery. Open the Texture folder
and click "Texturizer". Choose "Sandstone".
The Scaling is 100%... the Relief is 2 or 3
and the Light is from the Top. Then, click OK.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!