How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create an animated photo reveal effect in Adobe Photoshop for Instagram stories, which can be used with any image.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

I created the animation forAnimated Creative Portrait Reveal Stories Templatethe same way for myGraphicRiverportfolio.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

1.How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

UseControl-Nto create a new document and use thefollowing settings:1080 x 1920 px; 300 dpi.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 2

Go toFile>Placeand put your image inside the document.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 3

Resize your image to the borders of the document and clickEnter.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 4

Right-Clickon the layer, and then clickConvert to Smart Object.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 5

Create a new group below your smart object in the Layers panel usingthe Group Layer Icon,and rename it “Mask Layers”.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 6

Select the group of layers and create nine new layers using theShift-Control-Ncombination.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

2.How to Create a Painting Effect

Step 1

Select your smart object layer and go toFilter > Noise > Median. Use the following settings:Radius: 4.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 2

Go toFilter>Filter Gallery> Accented Edges. Use thefollowing settings:Edge Width: 7; Edge Brightness: 28; Smoothness: 5.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 3

Go toFilter>Filter Gallery> Underpainting. Use thefollowing settings:Brush Size: 2; Texture Coverage: 2; Scaling: 100%; Relief: 4.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 4

Go toFilter>Filter Gallery> Dry Brush. Use thefollowing settings:Brush Size: 2; Brush Detail: 10; Texture: 2.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 5

Go toFilter>Filter Gallery> Cutout. Use thefollowing settings:Number of levels: 8; Edge Simplicity: 0; Edge Fidelity: 2.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 6

Double-clickon the settings icon near to the cutout filter in theLayers panel and change theBlending Modeof the filter toSoft Light.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

As you can see, some of our photo’s details are lost after processing the image with filters.The pupils became poorly discernible; to fix this, we will need to create an overlay.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 7

Create a duplicate of your smart object usingRight-Click>Duplicate.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 8

Now we need to clear our overlay from smart filters.Right-Click > Clear Smart Filteron the second smart object.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 9

Go toImage>Adjustments>Shadows/Highlightsand use the following settings:Shadows Amount: 100%;Highlights Amount: 0%.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 10

Go toFilter>Other > High Passand set the following settings:Radius: 9.0 px.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 11

Change theBlending Modeof the overlaytoLinear LightandOpacityto35%.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

This is how our image will look after implementing all the manipulations listed above:

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

3.How to Create Masking Strokes

Step 1

Right-Clickon the overlay layer and selectClipping Mask.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 2

After that,Right-Clickon the main smart object and selectClipping Maskagain.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 3

Now let’s draw strokes with our free brushes set. Select the first layer in the “mask layers” group, and then clickBto activateBrush Tooland draw a stroke with the first brush from the set.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 4

Draw one stroke on each layer using different brushes.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 5

Now, we need to create some texture for the background. Select the background layer and use theShift-F5combination, and then select the#ecdccbcolor in the Color Picker panel.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 6

Go toFilter>Filter Gallery> Texturizer. Use thefollowing settings:Scaling: 100%; Relief: 2.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 7

Change theBlending Modeof the layer mask group toMultiply.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

4.How to Create an Animation

Step 1

Select all the masking layers while holdingShift, and change theOpacity to 0%.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 2

Now we are ready to start creating our animation. Go toWindow > Timelineand click onCreate Video Timeline.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 3

Open the first layer in theTimelinepanel and move theTime Indicatorto0:00:00:00.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 4

Now you need to create the first keyframe. Click on theTimericon near theOpacityto create the firstKeyframe.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 5

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:00:13and then change theOpacityof the layer to100%.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 6

Select the keyframes you created, and thenRight-Clickand selectCopy.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 7

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:00:07and create the firstKeyframe.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 8

Right-Clickon theKeyframeand then selectPaste.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 9

Now, we need toCopyandPastekeyframes the same way we did above for all the mask layers.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 10

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:22and create a newKeyframe.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 11

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:03:07and then change theOpacityof the layer to0%.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 12

Move theTime Indicatorto0:00:00:07and create the firstKeyframe.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 13

Go to Layer 7 in theTimeline Paneland move theTime Indicatorto0:00:02:29, andthenPasteyour keyframes.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 14

We now need toCopyandPastekeyframes the same way we did above for all the mask layers, so that we create a fade animation.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

5.How to Render the Animation for Instagram Stories

Step 1

Our animation is now ready to render.Clickon the icon intheupper right corner and then selectRender Video.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Step 2

Set the following settings in theRender Videopanel:Format: H.264; Size: Document Size; Range: All Frames.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

Your video is ready to be uploaded to your Instagram stories! In this manner, we can create an animated photo reveal effect in Adobe Photoshop using smart objects.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial; please feel free to contact me for any help with the techniques we covered. You can also check myAnimated Creative Portrait Reveal Stories Templatein my portfolio onGraphicRiver.

How to Create an Animated Watercolor Photo Reveal for Instagram Stories in Photoshop