On Sunday we took a trip to Sissinghurst Castle… in Kent. Albeit under protest at the last controversy surrounding the outing of a squire as being gay, which I didn’t approve of. Anyway, we decided to go and I shot this photograph of some red flowers and wanted to see if I could create a watercolour effect in Photoshop.
I did my usual processing technique and as the photograph was captured by using a macro lens, I had a beautiful depth of field. Now one thing that I would love to be able to do is paint… but my artistic sills are zilch.. so it was either Photoshop doing the magic or me just accepting defeat and admitting I couldn’t paint a picture to safe my life.
- Opened Image in Photoshop directly from Lightroom as a Smart Object
- Added a black and white gradient Map set to Linear Light Blending Mode
- Duplicated Gradient Map layer and set the opacity to 50% with a Luminosity Blending Mode
- Added a green grunge dark edged texture set the opacity to 35% with a Subtract Blending Mode
- Saved Image which was then reimported back into LIghtroom.
I really like the effect the above steps did to my image. And it gave me a perfect starting base to work further on this image in Lightroom by applying different Presets.
Using a couple of presets I have saved in Lightroom (as favourites) I then created different versions of this image. I like the softness this image and how it gave a watercolour effect to the flowers. Playing around with Photoshop is something I am getting more au fait with and my confidence is growing and I am beginning to experiment more with using different techniques.
Here is a selection of the above image processed with different Lightroom Presets.
In fact, I could well imagine the golden toned image of my watercolour effect photography, being printed as a metallic wallpaper.