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TURN A PHOTOGRAPH INTO A WATERCOLOR PAINTING
by Loan Tran

ducks, before
ducks, before
1. Open an image file in Photoshop,and make a duplicate of the background layer (in case you don’t like the effect then you only need to delete this duplicate layer).


2. Run “Find Edges” filter (Filter->Stylize->Find Edges) on the duplicate layer.


ducks, after
ducks, after
3. Immediately after step 2, bring up “Fade Find Edges” dialog (Edit->Fade Find Edges…), change “Mode” to “Luminosity”, click “OK”.
You might stop here or you might want to use “Image->Adjustment->Curves” to darken color a bit by pulling the midtone down or lighten it by pulling the midtone up, or use “Image->Adjustment->Hue/Saturation” to give more or less color saturation to the image.


stores, before
stores, before
Here is another before and after image that I made using this technique.


stores, after
stores, after