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Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:24 am
by Rachel
I would like to work on creating a great watercolor painting for a lot of my flowers. I'm not having much luck. Have you tried anything that gave good results? My problem is probably too many choices, I'm a sucker for a new Aop, ask Roc!

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:26 am
by Gene_mtl
Rachel wrote:I would like to work on creating a great watercolor painting for a lot of my flowers. I'm not having much luck. Have you tried anything that gave good results? My problem is probably too many choices, I'm a sucker for a new Aop, ask Roc!


DreamyWatercolors & Textured Paints are two AOPs I've used for watercolours with some success. For post processing, I suggest you check out this tutorial: http://pike.jimdo.com/piker-watercolor-tutorial/ This tutorial was done by Vitaly, (known as Piker77 on the board). Download the watercolor textures and paper textures at the end of the tutorial at the very least. You can use them in post processing of your DAP watercolours.

The Photoshop results are amazing. Here's one I did a awhile back
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And here's an example of one first done in DAP (TexturedPaint AOP) and then with post processing following Vitaly's tutorial using one of his watercolour textures.
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Hope some of this is helpful.

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:48 am
by Rachel
Wow, thank you, Gene. I so appreciate the tips. I'll be back when I have something.

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:57 am
by Rachel
Gene, I tried the Dreamy watercolors and you were correct! I like this one but I would like it a bit more transparent. Humm...
I will try again.

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:43 pm
by Rachel
Ok, ran it through realism first and then dreamy watercolors. Added a bit of black outline and went crazy with the lightening. I'll click submit and then I will be able to better compare the two.

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:51 pm
by Wutz
Rachel wrote:Ok, ran it through realism first and then dreamy watercolors. Added a bit of black outline and went crazy with the lightening. I'll click submit and then I will be able to better compare the two.


It is already very good! But, in a puristic way :roll: you should try it without the outline. This would make it softer - typic for "waterpainting"

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:02 pm
by Rachel
Wutz, thanks for the tip. I was hoping the outline would look like a bit of under-lying pencil sketch. This one has a lot less of the outline. Humm... I'm going to have to google some watercolors. Do you have a favorite?

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:23 pm
by Rachel
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I like this.



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I like mine as well, but I don't know how much it looks like a watercolor.

I love the following. I found it on the web, not mine at all.

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:38 pm
by Gene_mtl
Rachel, of the three Iris images I like #2 (Realism plus DreamyWatercolor) the best. I think the outline works as I've seen a number of watercolours where the sketch underneath is still visible. You might want to create a separate sketch layer and overlay it on the image (a la Vitaly's Tutorial), This way you can better control of how strong or weak it appears.. If I had a small nit with #2, it is that the paper texture looks like a canvas rather than watercolour paper. Also when doing watercolours, try checking natural borders.

Re: Watercolor Painting

PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:33 am
by Fluffbutt
"makes you smile" - that's what it's all about, life: making someone you don't know smile and have a laugh..

I've found that the basic Aquarell works nicely on flowers, let it run for about 80 - 140 000 strokes.

I'm doing a lot of testing to find something that works for skin (I'm a photographer, I do weddings and glamour portraits (You know, nudey wife pictures to give to the hubby as a anniversary present). Something that makes the whole naked skin thing look good, without destroying too much detail and introducing weird colour casts.