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Chapter 23. Creating Artistic Photographs > Turn a Photograph into a Watercolor

180. Turn a Photograph into a Watercolor


The secret to enabling Photoshop Elements to generate a simulation of a watercolor from a photograph is to present it with a photograph that looks like a watercolor to begin with. A snapshot of the family hugging Donald Duck in front of Epcot Center simply isn't a candidate, nor particularly are any photos where people are the predominant subjects. Instead, you want still, wistful scenes whose latent patterns—the effects beneath the surface—can be exploited by the paintbrush. The Editor's simulation of watercolor strokes is simply unconvincing for the everyday photograph, but can be striking when reprocessing an image that's prepared well ahead of time to receive the watercolor treatment.


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