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Dash of Inspiration: Digital Watercolor Freebies

September 22, 2014

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Digital Watercolor Freebies

I’ve always loved the watercolor medium. Whether it’s a light splash of color to create a lovely wash of hues; or rich, bold colors, this medium with it’s whites left uncolored technique has a recognizable artistic quality which stands out from all others.

For those of us who simply are not gifted with the talent to create traditional watercolor paintings, here are some fun goodies to use in your designs to create the illusion of watercolor. Those of you new to Photoshop or the digital art world, please refrain from plopping the ‘watercolor’ Photoshop filter on a photograph as a stand alone effect – this filter doesn’t even come close to resembling the watercolor medium, and will very likely appear as Excessive Effects causing your creation to be deemed unmarketable at GCU.

Watercolor Smudges – Vectors, Textures and Brushes

This resource includes 10 watercolor smudges and drips, each created by hand. The download includes vectors, brushes and the original jpg textures.

For those of you who love to layer textured backgrounds for mood and intensity, this set of backgrounds is a lovely addition to your texture collection.

25 Hi-Res Watercolor Textured Backgrounds by Daniel Davidson from Lost and Taken

Try digitally painting using digital watercolor brushes.

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes By Sandy

105 More Delicious Water Color Illustrator Brushes by Grant Friedman

There are two parts, so get both for a total of 211 Illustrator Brushes – mid-way down there will be a link to download the 2-part set of brushes.

I really love to paint in Corel Painter 11 and there are some wonderful brushes and tutorials for those of you who use this painting software. Such as this one:

Using Digital Watercolors (with Corel Painter & Wacom tablet) J. Solorzano

For those of you who would like to get serious about painting with digital watercolor in Photoshop, this tutorial set starts out with actions you can download to create realistic watercolor paper!

Watercolor Painting In Photoshop (including all tools, brushes, papers etc) Tutorials by Robert Ardill

His Tool Set Downloads

Each of these cards I’ve created using digital painting techniques in watercolors and oils.



So until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2014 2:20 pm

    Can’t wait to give these a look-see!!! Thank you very much!!!

  2. September 22, 2014 4:35 pm

    Cards are Beautiful, wonderful talent!

  3. paintedcottages permalink
    September 22, 2014 8:28 pm

    Lovely samples…I love to work with watercolor, playing with digital watercolor might proof to be fun, we shall see.

  4. September 23, 2014 11:41 am

    Awesome – thank you!

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