Creating an Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper

There are plenty of ways to create a Watercolor Effect in Photoshop. Some are very cheesy and you can easily tell that a simple filter has been used. In this tutorial, we will be using Layer Masking. It is one of the most fascinating and powerful Photoshop method, to use layer masks in your designs.
Preview of Final Image
Let us start off by creating a canvas of 1920X1200 pixels, in RGB mode. I found a picture of Jim Morrison (you can obviously use any of your favourite characters, or your own picture for that matter). I found the picture here. Copy and paste the image into our canvas. Use transform and scale it to fit our canvas by holding down the Shift-Key. This keeps the original aspect ratio of the image and it does not look stretched.
Even though the picture I am using here is a small resolution one, it will not matter much since I will be using some filters that will remove any sort of pixelation. Adjust Brightness/Contrast and then duplicate the layer.
Apply Watercolor filter from filter gallery to the duplicated layer. Name this duplicated layer as “Watercolor Filter”.
Select the original layer and NOT the “Watercolor Filter”. Go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold. Name this original layer as “Threshold Effect”.
Set the Blending mode to Multiply, and merge both, “Watercolor Filter” and “Threshold Effect” layers. So, we now have a “Merged Layer”.
Now open some images I took from the Media Militia Sampler Pack, download it here.
Get to the “Merged Layer”. Select and copy the image into the layer. Add a Layer Mask to “Layer 1”. Alt + click on the layer mask, and you will see the canvas is in white. Paste the image here, and Ctrl + I to invert the colors. This way, the layer mask hides the Blacks, and reveals the Whites. Click back onto the layer and we can see our image.
Use some paper textures from Bashcorpo, you’ll find it here. Set it to Linear Burn mode.
Clone some areas in the “Layer 1” using the Clone Tool. This makes the image look more complete.
Finally, add some more watercolor splashes from the Media Militia Sample and add a fancy text, oriented like what I have in this image below. Now you have an abstract watercolor design. You can use your creativity and innovate more on this effect. Hope you had fun in this tutorial!

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  1. Kim says:

    This is really awesome! thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  2. Valerie says:

    Can I do this using photoshop elements?

  3. Andrea says:

    Thanks for sharing!! the result is awesome!!

  4. Nezaborav says:

    Thanks a lot for this tut! I appreciate effort of all good people who share their knowledge!

  5. Ronnie R says:

    Help! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’ve tried several times. I get to the part where I have pasted the “merged layer/Jim Morrison pic” onto the layer mask, and have inverted it, it looks right at that point, but then when I click back on the layer (off of the layer mask) to see the image, my image (the Jim Morrison pic) just disappears and all I see are the watercolors.

    Thanks for your help, I really want this to work! Your work is beautiful!

  6. Angel says:

    Wahh, stuck at the part with the colours. Sorry for asking noob questions, but whenever I try to put something after the watercolour layer, it automatically turns black and white. (Like when putting the watercolour image on top of the guy.

  7. laCantarella says:

    Thank you for this great tut!
    Just love it!!!

  8. BIWA says:

    BEST TUTO EVER!!!I’m just learning now with PS and it’s the first one i have done getting fun and with a good result!!! thanks mate!!!!

  9. Amit says:

    Hi, Thanks for this wonderful effect and explanation, kindly send me some of your more effects and steps to do, it was really grateful of you. Please do share a lot more… eagerly waiting for them, can you also send me more links to your other effect pages.

  10. Mohammed Ismail says:

    hi i want to translate your great tutorial into arabic and put it on my arabic blog, if u let me .

  11. rakesh says:

    That was a Useful Tutorial Great One!!!

  12. Tapan says:

    Very nicely done. I don’t know much about painting, but i like to see some different types of images. I really want to learn Photoshop very very deeply. Thanx for sharing this tutorial

  13. Sarah says:

    Will someone please tell me how to put a picture in a layer mask. Every time I try and paste it into the layer mask it goes into the layer above! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

    • magenta says:

      first, you have to click on the layer mask holding alt, then the layer mask opens and THEN you paste it πŸ™‚

      Great tuto by the way, thanx a lot !!

  14. Mansoor says:

    Very Good Design…………..Whish all the best………….tnx

  15. Prinxie says:

    whoa ! messes up all the time ! maybe my pic isnt suitable for this thingy! after sum steps it looks like i have dark circles around my eyes πŸ™
    god ! wish i could get it ryt 😐

  16. Liliana Silva says:

    Thank you so much!!! This tutorial really came at time to do some inspiration work πŸ˜€

  17. Abhishek says:

    Nice and easy. Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

  18. kenazy29 says:

    I follow your introducetion, it’s nice actually. thank you very much!

  19. kenazy29 says:

    great! thanks very very much ^^

  20. ellie m says:

    Thank you, this tutorial has come in handy.

  21. Kate says:

    For some reason my images will only copy into the layer mask in black and white, how do I solve this?

  22. kolby says:

    damn same issue copy paste (mac) and layers mask!

  23. Nikhil says:

    Wonderful tutorial. Loved following it. I’m even thinking of featuring it on next issue of Theme Weekly, even though its old, but its nice πŸ™‚

  24. erin says:

    how on earth do you copy the image into a layer mask?!?!

  25. arif says:

    wow…. very nice tuts.

  26. NishadIbnuKhalid says:

    It is Amazing….

  27. sumithranom says:

    Beautiful work
    Thanks for informations.

  28. Jinterwas says:

    Hi Rahul, I’ve used your amazing tut once more. Thank you so much & congrats on the newborn πŸ™‚ !

  29. oskar says:

    Thanks a lot man, helped me with some great inspiration for our wedding card. Greets from Stockholm

  30. marta says:

    Hello,i ve lost myself with the poit with the layer masks and ctr c ctrl v actions. πŸ™

    • Aaron Chua says:

      Sorry Marta but Johnson is really busy with his newborn to respond. I wish I could but it was him who created this tutorial so I don’t really know how he did it.

  31. yee says:

    Thank you so much
    Great tutorial i love it

  32. Mia says:

    Whats the font and how did u do it?

  33. Josh says:

    Hey Thanx a ton πŸ™‚ really awesome tutorial..gr8 πŸ™‚

  34. Laura says:

    Very impressive! Thanks

  35. S says:

    I loved this! Thanks!

  36. P says:

    Only read the comments after this. It doesn’t make sense. I can follow it until the layer mask, which is what I wish to learn. Where do the paint smears go? What layer is copied on to the mask layer? What order is it in?

  37. red says:

    Yup, I’m stuck with the layer mask. What I got is just all plain black. Not like what I see on your images. I’m a newbie any help?

  38. Heidi Stock says:

    Great tutorial. Easy to follow. Thanks!


  39. Yehia says:

    Actually i am one of who got confused in putting the image in the layer mask !!! i wish i could complete this tutorial :/

  40. Kallie says:

    A lot of people are complaining about how it is hard to understand. I followed it easily. I did get a little confused with putting the picture on the layer mask, but I tend to skim, but it’s really good! I’ve wanted to do something similar to this, and now I know! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  41. d says:

    well judging by the final result of this tutorial, i was totally stoked bc it looked quite easy until i started reading his completely nonsensical far the most poorly explained one ive come across thus far…be more specific and you wont have so many dumbfounded posts about it!!

  42. d says:

    i guess my main question is, where do i cut and paste the watercolors to???

  43. Chris says:

    This is horrible, as soon as you get to the part after the “cut various pieces etc” it all goes to Hell.

    Did you mess up with Google Translate or something?

  44. Jendy says:

    Wow! This is Great! Thank you for sharing your knowledge ^_~ keep up!

  45. Ahmad Tito says:

    Thank you very much
    Very creative design ! x)

  46. Molly says:

    Yep, got a hot mess here. I think my problem is when I copy the “merged Layer” into the layer mask and inverse (ctrl +I). My background remains white, where as the example has a black background. When I then click on the watercolor layered image, you still see the black of my copied photo. Any suggestions?

  47. Georgie says:

    Can you give me any tips on doing this in Photoshop Elements? Version 8. I got as far as the Layer Mask and I’m stuck πŸ™ Help appreciated!

  48. juju says:

    ok im a big time rookie. as soon as i drag-and-dropped the image into the canvas, it wont even let me to do the brightness thingy ! πŸ™ what do i do?

    • RMF says:

      Try selecting the Check mark or hit “enter” after you move the image. The Check mark is just to make sure that you were okay with what you did and to accept it as part of the canvas.

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  50. Monica says:

    I’m stuck on the part where you copy and paste it into the layer mask in step 2. Can anyone help???

  51. Matt says:

    Amazing.. Thanks so much. You’re a god.

  52. Sam says:

    What is the most efficient way to cut out the watercolor images, without having to lasso everything?

    • fer says:

      Lasso sounds way too complicated, use the magic wand to select the white in the image then right click, select inverse and ready! less than five seconds.

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  54. Quyen Nam says:

    Your article helps me usefully in creating a blur background for my own site.


  55. Chaitanya says:

    Cant find the Download link πŸ™

    can you help me out with that Rahul ?

  56. Thach says:

    Great tutorial!

  57. Photoshop-beginner says:

    Ok, I took a Photoshop class but we didn’t really touch on a lot of subjects for very long and I’m stuck on the first steps. πŸ™ When you duplicate the layer do you merge the brighten/contrast layer first and then duplicate or what? I’m so confused….

    p.s. i have the latest version of photoshop, if that helps at all

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  59. Shahina says:

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCHHHH! This is the first tutorial I’m doing and though I had a bit of trouble in the beginning it came out amazingggg! ThankyouThankyouThankyouuuuu!

  60. DΓ‘vid says:


    Great tutorial indeed! Very helpful! Thank you Rahul for creating this!

    Rahul, could you do me a favor? I have problems with that part where we have to cut various parts from that picture. I simply can’t do it right.
    Couldn’t you just send me yours, I mean this: to my email address?
    That would be very helpful! Thank you!

  61. Uğur says:

    Very cool, nice work :))

  62. Vick7 says:

    Its really cool..Thanks Bro..

  63. lee says:

    Rahul… thanks so much for this tut.

  64. Hafiez says:

    I want someone try to help me.Add me in ym adidas_forever85

    teach me please..

    I’m stuck how to merge

  65. Jordyn says:

    I’m stuck on the cutting various watercolor images and putting them all together. How do you go about doing that (I just got photoshop, although I have basic knowledge of graphic designing). I’m not even sure how to bring up the watercolor image in photoshop…

    But it’s an amazing product and the tutorial is great, the program is just very foreign to me.

  66. Renee G says:

    great tutorial.thanks for sharing!

  67. andri indonesia says:

    nice hand rahul…..

  68. M_b says:

    Hey Rahul,
    I just found your tutorial and this picture of Jim Morrison and I’m really fascinated of it.
    I found another one of those images at your wallpapers but the colors aren’t as beatiful as they are in the one you made in your tutorial.
    Do you still have this picture somewhere with a higher resolution maybe? I would like to print it on a poster or on canvas and have it in my appartement, if that’s okay for you.

    thanks for your great work,

  69. Cathy says:

    Loved your tut, I turned my picture into a wrapped canvas, it turned out beautiful. Thank you for such an awesome tutorial. You can see mine here:

  70. Rick says:

    Hello, when I try to do one with a color picture it doesnt work..any fixes?

  71. JF Steele says:

    Just for curiosity sake, what is the font used in the sample?

  72. Jinterwas says:

    Thank you for another great tutorial! Love it! Here’s mine:

  73. Oxana says:

    Great step by step tutorial! Thank you very much!
    Here is mine:

  74. Simon Busborg says:

    This is one nice tut, really!

    heres is mine

  75. This tutorial makes me to think in the style behind the next site:

  76. mahmoud emadi iran says:

    thank you very nice and thanks for tut!pleas send for me massage i want help me to learn photoshop

  77. Cool tutorial!
    Thank you for sharing.

    I already tried it πŸ™‚

    and based on this tutorial,I made other pieces.

  78. Excellent tutorial, I am not that good with phtoshop but you explained everything in a very easy manner and thanks for using the images in the post.

  79. Chanel says:

    Hey Rahul,

    Thanks for the tutorial, it works like a dream!!!

  80. Katie says:

    Beautiful result and not a ton of steps. I retweeted it. πŸ™‚

  81. Chess says:

    Amazing design

  82. minkAYuko says:

    HAhaha I loved it! this is my creation:

    I think it came out very good! =P

    thanks! see ya! =D

  83. MagnetsMan says:

    Thanks for lesson. Can you tell me: why i can not paste image to Layer mask?? My image every time past to next layer? Thanks

    • Rahul Jha says:

      You have to press alt, and select the layer mask first (by clicking the layer mask thumb). Now you can see the layer mask, and paste on it too.

  84. Very nice techniques used here. Great work and an excellent result!

  85. e11world says:

    Very nice tutorial and effect! Great post!

  86. Buddhi says:

    This is the best way to learn creative designing! Thanks for it is give us to free!

  87. Lexxvs says:

    Even though the final effect is cool –enough to catch ones eyes so accustomed to stump upon hundred of tutorials on the Internet- if fails to deliver when it comes to a thorough step by step explaining. I understand that for both the creator and the reader that is mastered in complex effects it is obvious what must be done, but for those who are still learning it is impossible to get through certain points, due to a confuse or incomplete elucidation. Even though I’m not such a rookie with Photoshop, I only could get pass the problem thanks to other readers that gave a hand to others that where not surprisingly trapped at one point or another.
    When it comes to tutorials nothing is given for granted, better a little more than less.

  88. Nikolia says:

    Very nice tutorial!! thnk u very much for sharing!!

  89. ali iran says:

    that is very nice
    thank you for this secret

  90. Eva says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial – at some points more explanation would probably help a great deal. For example, the step with the treshold: no two pictures are alike so it would be helpful to know what my goal is in adjusting the treshold – how much more pronounced do I need the shadows, etc. that kind of thing.

    Still, for a fifteen minute first try, not bad πŸ˜‰

  91. Yeah, Sure says:

    Not helpful AT ALL. Nothing is explained in enough detail, nothing works out in my example (and other people’s examples who are apparently satisfied with their results for whatever reason) as it does in yours. Back to the drawing board, bucko.

  92. Esmeralda LL says:

    It’ was great do this tutorial! Thank you very much… I put this image tomorrow (15/05/10) in flickr and here you have the link to see what I do with your tutorial πŸ™‚

    • DeviousMrBlonde says:

      That’s a really great use of this technique. Love it. Just one thing, the hand print in the upper right corner is very distracting and takes focus away from the rest of the picture. Great work though.

  93. Ms. Frustrated says:

    Umm…I’m kinda frustrated when it comes to step 2 and three. I can’t get my picture to get into the little layer mask. HELPPPPPPP!!!!!!

  94. Andrea says:

    I must be doing something wrong with the threshold? My persons face is too light and when i get to the last step, he is practically invisible. can you please help me?

    Thank you!


  95. Raman says:

    Very excellent tutorial man.Very easy steps and best tutorial.Thanks for sharing.

  96. Aubrey says:

    Hey great tutorial. I tried to do it with PSP but I was unsuccessful. I started having trouble with it when it came to the layer masks. Unfortunately I lost Photoshop when my computer crashed. Hopefully I’ll be able to get Photoshop again and re try this tutorial

  97. maxx says:

    tnx 4 sharing..!

  98. jitendra says:

    thanks this tuts

  99. Tasos says:

    Just tried it with my pictures! Tutorial is clear, easy and looks awesome! Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you!

  100. smita says:

    very nice and easy tutorial thankz a lot

  101. zz says:

    hey,can u help me?
    i’m stuck after this step:

    please help!!

  102. Sabrina says:

    I really enjoy using these kind of tutorials—

    simple to use, but awsome effects!
    my examples are right here

  103. raggamuffin says:

    Great tut! Thanks so much.. used it here:

  104. Alexandre says:

    Excelkente trabalho….very beautifull

  105. aidanone* says:

    A great tutorial! Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  106. Maria says:

    Thanks for this tut! I love it! And it was so easy to do! Many kudos to you! πŸ™‚

  107. Shane says:

    Really cool tutorial. Easy to follow.Much better than others I have read. Thanks Again.

  108. i have learned more about this post so I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in designing these pictures. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative Editing abilities has inspired me

  109. ydca says:

    Yeah! =)) thanks! so much for this! :)) even i get stock in alt mask thingy =)) but i finished it! but but :)) it’s not like on the tutorial =)) haha! but really thanks for the this tutorial! :))

  110. JJ says:

    nice job………

  111. Ian says:

    Great tutorial! Although i am stuck on the bit where it asks you to press alt & click the masked layer … no matter what i do, all it does is paste an extra layer it will no go in the little box πŸ™

    • Al says:

      Ian, keep the Alt key pressed when you click on the mask box. Your screen should turn white.
      Alternatively you can skip the mask part all together and change the blend mode of Layer 1(watercolor) from Normal to lighten to get a similar effect πŸ˜‰

    • ian says:

      Thanx Al! Yea i managed to get it working in the end, for some strange reason no matter what i did it wouldnt select the mark layer. I closed the document an then tried again a few hours layter and it worked first time ?? wierd.

  112. Nathan says:

    Great tribute to the lizard king and the soft parade.

  113. apsBee says:

    Hi dear
    I’m from Vietnam
    Thank you so much for sharing this tut
    Can I used this one for my school contest’s poster?
    I’ve used another picture instead of Jim morrison’s
    This tutorial’s awesome πŸ™‚

    • Johnson Koh says:

      Sure apsBee, the tutorial is meant for sharing techniques. Please feel free to display your creativity with them and I hope you will win the contest πŸ™‚ How about posting up your work here once you are done?

    • apsBee says:

      This is my version: link unknown

  114. Chris says:

    great tutorial and neat effect.

  115. Very helpful tutorial! I love abstract art because it portrays your ability to create great things from unexpected concepts.

  116. Manivarma says:

    Realy Super . Realistic in nature.

  117. Anne says:

    Thanks for this tut. Easy to follow and the result is awesome.

  118. Aneta says:

    It is very nice :)Thanks for the tut!

  119. RD says:

    Great tut,check out my version you won’t regret it

  120. Ankit Saxena says:

    UR Good Desingner …

  121. You are good with photoshop! thnx for the tut!

  122. Salome says:

    Thank you for this beautiful tutorial!

  123. syph says:

    how can i use this to convert my photo

  124. wow amazing tutorial away to try it out now looks great cant wait to see the results

  125. Monika says:

    wowww!! this tutorial is amazingg!! thank you very much!!!! it came out great!!

    and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you btw!

  126. X says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and I managed to produce something nice from this tutorial!

    I strongly recommend you check it out:

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  128. Ayesha says:

    okiee.. im a beginner.. n im stuck at a very early step.. the thing is.. after i do the brightness and contrast step.. it wont let me do that watercolor filter thing.. as in that option is there bt i cnt click on it.. wt shud i doo?

    • Magz says:

      i know this is a little late, but may help other beginners later. Are you in RGB mode? It might not be working because of that. Or did you rasterize the layer? Try that.

  129. Jim says:

    Great tutorial, Thanks a lot!

  130. syaza says:

    my mask does not like the one in picture no.3,anyone knows why?? thanks.

    • DK says:

      well for mask to work:
      1. Select the Merged Layer (Image Layer).
      2. Press Ctrl + A (select All).
      3. Press Ctrl + C (Copy).
      4. Select the color layer.
      5. Add Mask Layer.
      6. Press Alt and click on mask layer.
      7. Ctrl + V (Paste).
      8. Ctrl + I
      9. Click on color Layer.

      Hope u get the desired effect. πŸ˜‰

  131. Great job! Thanks πŸ™‚

  132. tilly says:

    here are some of my attempts

    need any help with this style let meknow through deviant art, i have got it all sussed with some extra tips now aswell to make things easier /better

  133. C,yu says:

    love it, but too bad i dont get the step. can’t do it.

  134. nea says:

    loved this tutorial…..
    gr8 effect…wil try it mysif too… thnks…

  135. Ginny Le says:

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial. I’ve just done it

  136. Wow that was a nice concept yet with simple steps to follow and end up into a great graphic. No wonder this article got a thousands of viewers and approval in stumble, where I found your article.

  137. This is a most excellent tutorial dude! You Indians rock…

  138. Shruti says:

    Amazing and so nicely demonstrated…good work

  139. Chris says:

    hey Thanks!! es gret an symple..xD
    I got PS Elements, a can’t do all the steps! (sorry by my bad inglish)

  140. Anila says:

    Just what I was looking for, stunning results!

    God bless!

  141. Fran White says:

    You do A M A Z I N G things! Very very talented!

  142. ANI samuel says:

    love the out come, will give it a trial
    thanks for posting

  143. RISHU MEHTA says:


  144. Que grande ere….!!!!

  145. bero says:

    you’re the best !
    really beautiful; thanks

  146. aNNa L says:


  147. steve says:

    I am having problems getting the merged layer to paste into the layer mask:( all it seems to do is duplicate the merged layer( face) above the paint and mask layer instead of onto it , please help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee

  148. Olivia says:

    Awesome, thanks!

  149. Majo says:

    thank youuu!! I LOVE YOUU!!! lol πŸ˜€

  150. DeviousMrBlonde says:

    Very nice result dude, cheers for the effort.

    What font did you use? I really like the one you have on there and I can’t find anything really similar.

  151. Designrfix says:

    Top Quality tutorial! Will be featured on on our upcoming post πŸ™‚

  152. amit says:

    thnx buddy i edited ma pic wth ths nd got a gr8 pic..thn man..god bless u…nd keep rocking..

  153. Blaberize says:

    This tutorial is just awesome. That watercolor wallpaper looks hand-made πŸ™‚

  154. BB Luv says:

    this tut is so hard…a puzzle for me! needs to be more clear about the steps..

  155. Sienna says:

    oh thank god, I figure out about 10 mins after I posted the comment before, and Im happy with it : ). No problems now.

    • steve says:

      wish someone would tell me the answer to that problem its been more than 10 mins for me πŸ™

    • Ro says:

      I had this problem once :
      possible causes :
      either you didn’t select ‘ALT + Click’ the layer mask
      either you didn’t select the picture (make sure your select tool is selected , then ctrl+A then Ctrl+C, and then you can paste it in the layer mask that youwill have selected with ALT + Click un the thumbnail.

      I had this problem on other tuto, so it may help.. good luck

  156. Sienna says:

    Omg I think Im going to rip my hair out it frustration. my picture wont paste into the layer mask. Am I doing something wrong??? WHAT DO I DO???!!!

  157. Thank you! says:

    Very easy… lovely results. So awesome, thanks!

  158. bea says:

    wow! Thanks for this tut. It was great! ^^,

  159. vvvVee says:

    Another thing, I have not been recieving any replies to my messages. Can someone please help me with my last message. I would greatly appreciate it and I look forward to hearing from someone to help me complete this tut. Thanks!

  160. vvvVee says:

    This message is to SOLID, I figured out why the layer was not inverting to black. It’s because I was using a transperant layer. The layer has to ahve a white background in order to invert the black and whites. However, I still havn’t been getting good ending results. My results have been coming out very lightly. I can hardly see the image.

  161. donna says:

    i couldn’t do it .. i want to do it :/
    im trying at my photos.. is there any video shoes how we can make like this ?

  162. George says:

    Hey, fantastic tutorial Could you give the video version

  163. SOLID says:

    Me too i have the same problem as vvvvVee..about the last layer mask..its not like the one that you showed here…pls help…after i inverted the background didnt turn into black just like in your tutoriAL pls help

  164. carolina villarreal says:

    grandioso tutorial gracias!!!

  165. vvvvVee says:

    I figured out the last masking step, but mine is not turning out so well. I was wondering, does there have to be more white then black in the final masking step. What should I be trying to attemp when I am setting the contrast and the threshold in steps #2 and #4? Also, I am using a dark skinned child, does that make a difference? HELP!

  166. eRic says:

    Jesus is King!

  167. vvvVee says:

    On the last layer mask my, mask did not turn black. It was white and it did not reveal my image as yours is shown. Once I clicked back on the image after pasting it to the merged image. I did not get the same results. help Please!

  168. oh god!
    so nice!!
    thanks for this tut!

  169. Ginger says:

    nice! very easy to follow & great effect.

  170. Sara says:

    Thank you for an amazing tutorial. it really looks great and inspired me a ton(:

  171. Patti says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks.

    My take with one of my favs John Lennon.

  172. Arjun says:

    hey RJ

    i was just browsing by and when i finished this i saw this is written by you…feels great man..

  173. Hey hey!

    That’s a great effect!

    I had to tweak some stuffs because threshold didn’t had great effects (used the curves instead on several layers) but great inspiration!

    Result here :

    Thanks dude!


  174. CgBaran Tuts says:

    Excellent work thanks

  175. meme says:

    wow !! excelente turorial !! desde guatemala saludos!!

  176. Yelida says:

    This one’s pretty cool! I already tried it and loved it =)… I used a picture of mine in the background… It was a little tricky to do the masc thing tho…

  177. retouching says:

    A beautiful bit of photo retouching artwork from the top drawer!

  178. deepika says:

    this is excellent

  179. Sahdev Thakur says:

    Looks amazing, excellent work, keep it up.

  180. Rwan says:

    Yeah ! I love it !

  181. jared says:

    this is excellent. easy to follow and actually works. kudos.

  182. shahy says:

    thank you for replying i am just a beginner:D

  183. Johnson Koh says:

    Hi Shahy, it meant pressing Ctrl+A follow by Ctrl+C on Watercolor layer in another document and Ctrl+V as a new layer above the Merged Layer (Jim Morrison) in the original document. Sorry for the confusion earlier.

  184. shahy says:

    hi, can u please explain more how to copy the image in the layer..i didn’t get it:D

  185. Very nice tutorial ! Thank you πŸ™‚

  186. duarte santos says:

    Thanks for the idea, it’s really a great effect. Although in my opinion I think that using a water color brush set (like this one: is much easier and faster than to be copying and pasting from one watercolor picture.

  187. Rahul Jha says:

    This is Jim Morisson. I worked on Photoshop CS4, but I believe you can do this even on Photoshop 7…

  188. tomyches says:

    this is awsome man‘‘‘…
    thanks for sharing …

  189. teuingSAHA says:

    is that Jim Morrison The Doors ?

  190. Eduardo says:

    but what version of photoshop did you use?

  191. Johnson Koh says:

    Yes Rahul really done a great job for this tutorial. Look out for his new tutorial coming up soon. Cheers everyone!

  192. Garry says:

    great tutorial.
    but the part about the preparation of the sample watercolor image wasn’t clear enough. imho

  193. suleman says:

    its a nice one and brilliant

  194. Ashwani says:

    Great work. Thanks you Rahul.

    Ashwani Verma

  195. Really splendid.
    An comprensive and clear tuto Thanks 10 steps.

  196. g3niuz says:

    professional result..

    looks fresh ;D

  197. Yakov says:

    awesome! Will try it πŸ˜€
    thank you for sharing!

  198. Erin says:

    Oh, Jim Morrison. The sexiest man that ever lived.

  199. P.Lee says:

    For some reason, I can’t copy and paste the watercolor pics into Photoshop.

    Any help?

  200. Waters says:

    Great tut but because I can’t get to it right away I copied it for future work. The tables you used really suck though.

  201. Lieke says:

    Wow, I really like it!
    Nice tutorial, keep up the good work.
    I’m gonna try it right now.

  202. sadhu says:

    haha, my face too flat, cant stand out, i think i havent reach the best stage… will try out again when i got mood.. hehe.. and the font i think smt wrong too.. well… i need more improvement!!!!

  203. Great work and outstanding results! Glad to see you made great use of our sampler.

  204. CAMILLE says:

    Im not a PSD pro and i’ve found this tutorial very easy and cool. i’ve done it with a picture of mine, to bad it’s not a great one to manipulate…
    the result is pretty cool though, maybe i’ll try with a better picture in the future.

    thanx 4 the fun tutorial !

  205. raki says:

    it is awesome

  206. raki says:

    awesome just looking like cool

  207. Bariski says:

    Wow Rahul very cool man. Ima try it today, thanks.

  208. Maloix says:

    Great work it’s and excellente step by step tuto, go ahead. I’ve mentioned in my blog: Greetings!

  209. dGjess says:

    beautiful..hahaha..the picture is so fun! πŸ™‚

  210. ricardofx says:

    yahh yahh @jonhson look good congratz πŸ˜‰

    i´ll practice a little more of this wonderful

    nice tuto and job my friend.


  211. DanOhh says:

    Great tut, Rahul, looking forward to seeing more. Now I’m off to try this tut out.

  212. Rahul Jha says:

    Thanks guys, I’m looking forward to writing more tutorials. Thanks Johnson for your support!

  213. Mark K says:

    really fun and cool looking! thanks 10steps!

  214. Johnson Koh says:

    Glad you all like Rahul’s tutorial as much as I do πŸ˜‰

  215. Mars says:

    this one is really cool
    working on it right now

  216. Dicky says:

    Very cool and easy to follow watercolor tutorial! Thanks Rahul!

  217. Nice. I’ve been seeing a lot of watercolor art lately and I really like it. Now I can play around in Photoshop a little bit and try to make some myself. Thanks for the tut!

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