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Tutorial #3: How to use watercolor textures

Hi everyone!

As promised in my last post, here are three of the ways in which you can use the watercolor textures included with my latest font, Siren Song using Photoshop. Before starting, go grab a free sample of the watercolors. Got it? OK, let's get started!

1: Use a seamless texture as a background

  • Open your seamless texture

  • Go to Edit > Define Pattern > OK

  • Open a new document

  • Go to Edit > Fill > Use: Pattern > Custom Pattern

  • Choose the pattern you just defined and click OK

  • You can then adjust the color, the brightness and contrast according to your taste

2: Drag and drop a watercolor with transparent background on your design

  • Open the watercolor PNG with transparent background, and drag the watercolor to your design. Before, you might want to:

  • Resize the watercolor;

  • Play around with the colours and brightness, by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/ Saturation (see how I changed a pink watercolor to blue below!) and Image > Adjustments > Brightness/ Contrast.

  • After you might want to move your watercolour around your design to find your prefered position

3: Create Photoshop brushes

  • Open the watercolor PNG with transparent background and desaturate (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate)

  • Adjust the brightness and contrast to your taste

  • Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset > OK

  • Open a new document (or a working document) > Select a colour > Select the brush tool > Select your watercolor brush > Position your brush and click!

  • You can also change the size of the brush by adjusting the "Master Diameter".

Hope you enjoyed this short tutorial, and please don't hesitate to ask any questions. If you would like to get Siren Song and the watercolors, they're available at Creative Market and The Hungry JPEG.

All the best,


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