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Hour 18. Using the Artistic Filters > Using the Watercolor Filters

Using the Watercolor Filters

Artists who work in other media have a great deal of respect for those who can paint with watercolors. It’s arguably the most difficult medium, because you have to work quickly, before the paint dries. But you also have to avoid working with your paint or paper too wet, or else you’ll end up with nothing but a puddle. Digital paint is, of course, much neater to work with. It doesn’t get under your fingernails or leave a mess to clean up. And, if you take your picture a step too far, you can always undo.

Elements has one specific watercolor filter (Filter, Artistic, Watercolor). It gives you one style of watercolor, which is kind of dark and blotchy. There are ways to make this filter work better, and there are other filters that also create watercolors in other styles, but we’ll start with the official one. First of all, let’s look at the photo that will eventually be a watercolor. (See Figure 18.1 and the color section). As a photo, it’s not very exciting. The composition and focus are okay, and it’s well exposed, neither too dark nor too light.


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