In this tutorial, we will create realistic watercolor brushes for Photoshop from scanned paper using watercolor strokes and washes.
How to Create a Realistic Watercolor Photoshop Brushes From Scratch
You will need the following in order to complete this tutorial:
- a sheet of
- any medium-sized
- a small jar with
- any set
- a scanner that
has the ability to scan A4-sizepaper
1.How to Create the Strokes on Watercolor
Prepare your brush, paper, and paints, and then pour the water into the jar.
Put a small amount of water on the paper with your brush.
Start adding paint to the water on the paper using the edge of your brush.
Continue to add paint until your stroke looks like the picture below.
Now let’s create a second watercolor stroke. Draw a long stroke with one horizontal movement.
To create the last one, use sharp movements by holding the brush by the tip.
Now we need to wait a while for it all to dry.
2.How to Scan the Paper
We need to prepare the scanner glassto avoid stains or unwanted elements on your brushes. You can use a wet wipe to clean the glass.
Once you have cleaned the scanner glass, put your paper inside the scanner.
Set the following settings in your scanner preferences:A4 paper size, 300 dpi. Then start scanning. The color of our scanned paper can be different from the color of our strokes, but it is much more important for us to preserve the structure.
3.How to Create the Strokes on Watercolor
UseControl-Nto create a new document and use thefollowing settings:1500 x 1000 px; 300 dpi.
Go toFile>Placeand put your scanned paper inside the document.
Resize your scanned paper to the borders of the document, so one of the brushes will be placed in the center, and clickEnter.
Select your layer and use theShift-Control-Alt-Bkey combination and set the following settings:Reds: 40%; Yellows: 60%; Greens: 40%; Cyans: -25%; Blues: -25%; Magentas: 80%.
Go toImage>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrastand use the following settings:Brightness: 35; Contrast: 25.
Right-clickon the layer and then selectDuplicate Layer.
Create two more duplicates of your layer usingRight-click>Duplicate.
Make all scan layers asInvisible except the first.
Select your first layer, go toSelect > Color Range,and click on the white area on your image. ClickOK.
Now the white background of your image is selected. Delete it using theDeletebutton.
Then click on any part of your document toDeselect thepreviousselection and select your stroke using theLasso Tool.
Go toEdit > Define Brush Preset, select any name you want to use for your brush, and hit theOKbutton.
Our first brush is almost ready to use. SelectBrush Instrumentand then select your watercolor stoke. After that, hit theBrush Settingsicon.
Put ticksonShape Dynamics, Color Dynamics,andTransfer.
Go to theShape Dynamicspanel and setSize Jitterto90%andAngle Jitterto50%.
Go to theTransferpanel and setOpacity Jitterto25%.
Now our brush will create realistic looking washes:
Now we need to cut the second stroke from the background as we did before, and after that go toEdit > Define Brush Presetand createWatercolor Brush 02.
Open the brush settings and go toDual Brushandthenselect your first brush. SetModetoMultiply;Sizeto450 px;Spacingto72%.
This way, we can combine the brushes and add grunge scrapes to our brush texture.
Now we need to cut the second stroke from the background as we did before, and after that go toEdit > Define Brush Presetand createWatercolor Brush 03.
Open the brush settings and go toShape Dynamics,and setSize Jitterto100%andAngle Jitterto75%.
With these brush settings, we can create ink splashes.
Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!
Using these methods, we can create different types of watercolor brushes for Photoshop using a scanner, watercolor paper, and paints.