WATERCOLOR BRUSH TUTORIAL

In this tutorial, I explain how to create your own watercolor brush in Adobe Photoshop. I created this video using QuickTime Player. I began a new screen recording, gave step by step instructions on how to customize paintbrushes to achieve the watercolor look.

I decided to make a tutorial on how to achieve a watercolor look in Photoshop because it isn’t the easiest brush to find if you don’t have step-by-step instructions. The tutorial also goes well with the theme of my website. Throughout my website, you will see different watercolor splotches that I created myself in Photoshop.

Below is a written description of the steps I took to create my own watercolor brushes in Adobe Photoshop:

1. In Adobe Photoshop CC, start with a blank document.
2. In that document, select the paintbrush tool located on the left menu.
3. Find the 'Brush Preset Picker' on the top menu.
4. Inside the 'Brush Preset Picker,' click on the settings icon.
5. The settings icon will then bring down a list of brush presets, select 'Natural Brushed 2.'
6. Select any of the watercolor brushes on the third row.
7. With a watercolor brush selected, find the brush panel, located on the menu on the right, to customize that brush.
8. In the brush panel, bring down the 'Spacing' to one percent.
9. Select 'Transfer' and change the opacity and flow to 'Pen Pressure.'
10. Back to the brush panel menu, select 'Scattering' and move the percentage up just a bit. Back to the brush panel menu, select 'Scattering' and move the percentage up just a bit.
11. Check 'Wet Edges' to enhance the watercolor look.
12. Begin water-coloring in Photoshop!

*You can use the instructions above and apply them to any of the brushes in ‘Natural Brushes 2,’ to achieve a variety of brush looks that are similar to the example I showed you.