Hello November! How to add watercolor texture in Photoshop

Hello November! How to add watercolor texture in Photoshop

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Hello friends!  I’ve been a little bit sick with a cold today, the perfect opportunity to relax and try the “watercolor and ink” technique for the first time, so I painted this autumn inspired floral frame. I then scanned the artwork and opened it in Photoshop to add the text.

The font I used here is called “Spelling Night”, this is a very elegant font that really doesn’t need any extra embellishment but I just wanted to add a little bit of a texture to create the illusion that the text was hand-painted as well. This is very easy to do, you just need to clip a watercolor texture to the text or any image you want to texturize.

Here is how I did it.

Choose a  high resolution texture and open it in Photoshop. Go to Image/Adjustments/Desaturate to remove all color from the texture, this is important in order to keep the original colors unaltered.

Now, go to Edit/Define Pattern, this will add the texture to the pattern library in Photoshop making it available to use whenever you open the layer styles dialog box in the future.

Double click on the text layer, this will open the layer styles box. Click on the option Pattern Overlay, you will see a thumbnail showing the last pattern you added to the patterns library, click on the thumbnail to select it, this will clip the pattern to the text.

Play around with blending modes and opacity to get the desired effect. For this texture I selected “soft light” for the blending mode and 29% for the opacity. Please note that these settings depend on two things, the brightness of the texture you are using and the original color of the graphic the said texture is being applied to, so this will be a matter of experimentation. Since it is possible to preview how the artwork changes as we apply different settings, finding the perfect recipe is easy and fun!

At this point, I always save the file as “PSD layered file” making sure all the layers are editable and the effects I applied are active. This way I can always come back to this file to recolor or apply different textures. Of course PSD files are super heavy and will take a ton of space, but I’ve never regretted having them available.

After I’ve created my back up PSD file, I just rasterize all the layers (file/scripts/flatten all layer effects) and flatten the artwork (layer/flatten image}.

Thank you for visiting and happy crafting!

 

 

Hello Spring digital papers

Hello Spring digital papers featuring lovely hand-drawn gardening motifs, trendy geometric patterns and modern floral damasks you can use year round.

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These patterns will look great on apparel and stationary and the good thing about them is that you can use them for any Spring and gardening themed project, however the floral and geometric patterns can be used pretty much for any occasion and purpose.

Matching products

There is also, this matching clipart set (sold separately)

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Remember that all my sets can be used commercially even to create designs for your print on demand store.

If you are interested you can click on the pictures to go to the product listings, I have these listed on my Etsy store but you can also get them from my other shops!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Saint Patrick’s Day cliparts and digital papers

Saint Patrick’s Day cliparts and digital papers alert!

I just uploaded two fun sets to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, aren’t these super cute? Here’s the clipart set, perfect to create stationery and gifts.

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I also made some digital papers, look at these fun patterns! I love these backgrounds so much, I really had a lot of fun making them. Notice that most of the papers in this set are pretty complex and unique, but I made sure to add some simple polka dot and horizontal line patterns so that you can achieve a balanced design.

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This time I decided to add a bundle including both sets, so that you can get a little discount if you want to buy both kits.

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And don’t forget to grab your Saint Patric’s Day clipart from this blog! Have a wonderful party and happy crafting!