I wanted to use some of my favorite photographs I’ve shot of flowers and other natural phenomena to decorate the house. I tried in Photoshop Elements, making watercolor art with one of the tools, wait for it, the Watercolor Filter, because I enjoy the look of painterly prints instead of merely framing an enlarged version of the photograph!

On a favorite outing a few years ago, I snapped this picture of the beach in Bodega, close to our house, and I’ve always loved the light, the detail, the color, and the memories! But before framing it, I wanted to give it a more artistic appearance.


I initially tried the Waterlogue software; while it produced a respectable image, I wished I had more control over the detail.

waterlogue surf

So I gave Photoshop Elements’ Watercolor Filter a go, and I found that I slightly preferred the effect. It delivered the deeper color and greater level of detail I was searching for. If you’re an expert Photoshop user, you already know about this fantastic tool, but even if you’ve never messed with with Photoshop before, it’s an easy method to add a watercolor effect to your images. Just use the drop-down Filter application and select Artistic andgt; Watercolor.

watercolor filter

You’ll receive a pop-up window, and it gave me this, where I could change the texture, shadow intensity, and brush detail. I adore it.

surf watercolor 1

My own favorite Isak Dinesen proverb, “The remedy for anything is saltwater,” was added.

beach watercolor print

With another beloved image of tulips in vases on my mantel from a few years ago, I used the same watercolor filter.

mantel tulips

This one turned out a little bit too muddy around the margins of the flowers and leaves, so I used the Color Picker Tool to sample colors and the Oil Small Tip brush from the Brushes collection to blur some of the details between the petals, stems, and other parts of the flower with brushstrokes. It’s convenient that you can zoom in and edit photos in this way.

smooth with brush tool
tulips krd

In order to enhance the purple tones and make them stand out more, I played with the Brightness/Contrast and Hue Tools as well as the Watercolor Filter once more with this image of a bunch of lavender I picked from my garden.


The outcome:



I appreciate how the prints now resemble a hybrid of a watercolor painting and a photograph. These prints, along with three others, can be purchased in my Society6 shop .

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You may get PE 13 and test it out for 30 days without charge thanks to Adobe. Try the watercolor filter and brush tools if you haven’t already to add creative touches to your favorite pictures.





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