Creating Watercolour Effect Photography

On Sunday we took a trip to Sissinghurst Castle… in Kent.  Albeit under protest at the last controversy surrounding the outing of a squire as being gay, which I didn’t approve of.  Anyway, we decided to go and I shot this photograph of some red flowers and wanted to see if I could create a watercolour effect in Photoshop.

A photograph of red flowers taken at Sissinghurst Castle.

I did my usual processing technique and as the photograph was captured by using a macro lens, I had a beautiful depth of field.  Now one thing that I would love to be able to do is paint… but my artistic sills are zilch.. so it was either Photoshop doing the magic or me just accepting defeat and admitting I couldn’t paint a picture to safe my life.

Photoshop Steps

  • Opened Image in Photoshop directly from Lightroom as a Smart Object
  • Added a black and white gradient Map set to Linear Light Blending Mode
  • Duplicated Gradient Map layer and set the opacity to 50% with a Luminosity Blending Mode
  • Added a green grunge  dark edged texture set the opacity to 35% with a Subtract Blending Mode
  • Saved Image which was then reimported back into LIghtroom.

I really like the effect the above steps did to my image.  And it gave me a perfect starting base to work further on this image in Lightroom by applying different Presets.

A paint effect given to a photograph of red flowers.

Using a couple of presets I have saved in Lightroom (as favourites) I then created different versions of this image.  I like the softness this image and how it gave a watercolour effect to the flowers.  Playing around with Photoshop is something I am getting more au fait with and my confidence is growing and I am beginning to experiment more with using different techniques.

Here is a selection of the above image processed with different Lightroom Presets.

In fact, I could well imagine the golden toned image of my watercolour effect photography, being printed as a metallic wallpaper.




Written by Bren (Ryan-Photography)

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Ryan Photography which showcases the places they've visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

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