Line Art Watercolor
"Use of the Smart Blur edge only"
You need to download
this image to use for this tutorial
1. Open your image up. Right click on he background layer and select
Click Filter=> Blur=> Smart Blur. Smart blur allows us to create line
drawings. we can determine the number of lines by setting a threshold, or a
value that determines what differences in colors will give us a line. 100%
difference is like black and white so where black and white meet, you
will get a line, or blue and orange. The radius will tell the program how
far away are you measuring the color differences. On this image we will set
- Set the Mode to Edge Only
- Set the quality to medium
- Set the threshold 30
- Set the Radius to 5
The black and white image you just created needs to be inverted. Hold your
control key down and hit the letter I (Ctrl i).
4. On the Layers panel, change the mode to Soft Light by clicking the
mode box drop down arrow on the right side and scrolling down. this will
allow colors to come through the white.
The black lines are very stark and makes it look like ink on top of
watercolor. To make them look more like colored accent lines, set the
opacity of that layer to 75% by clicking on the opacity box and moving the
5. Save your image by clicking File=> save for the web. Select JPG