In a recent Book Illustration Class I'm taking a discussion came up about using images found online and copyright laws. The conclusion was the best bet is to use your own material / photographs if possible. Thus, I had the idea to try to work directly from one of my photographs. In an attempt to save time at re-drawing the images, I found this tutorial online to convert my photos to line art in Photoshop. Then I printed them on watercolor paper and painted in color with watercolor washes and watercolor pencils. It was a FUN exercise with pretty cool results at a fraction of the time!
I tweaked the tutorial instructions slightly:
1. I made sure the image size was 300 dpi and the dimensions I wanted.
2. Edit out any background items you don't want in your watercolor 'drawing'.
2. Under Filter > Smart Blur, I made the settings: Radius- 15, Threshold- 30, Quality- High, and Mode- Edge Only
3. I then selected: Image>Adjustments>Invert
If you try this, please let me know how it turned out for you!
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