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Paint and illustrate without the hassle

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
October 23, 2014

Two amazing artistic Elements tutorials in one!

Unleash your inner painter!

1. Increase the colours

In the Quick Edit window, use the Vibrance option within Colour to boost the colour. Now enter the Filter Gallery, pick Underpainting from Artistic and set Brush Size to 17, Texture Coverage to 24, Texture to Canvas, Scaling to 100% and Relief to 4.

2. Palette knife

Add a new layer and click the Palette Knife filter. Set Stroke Size to 13, Stroke Detail to 3 and Softness to 0. This clumps up detail, suggesting a watercolour effect.

3. Subtle watercolour

Add a new layer and click the Watercolour filter. Set Brush Detail to 14, Shadow Intensity to 0 and Texture to 1. Click the New Effects Layer icon again to repeat this; you need two Watercolour layers.

4. More softening

It looks like we have ruined it, but hold on! Add a new layer but this time, click on the Sponge filter. Set Brush Size to 0, Definition to 0 and Smoothness to 10. Things are looking more like a watercolour now.

5. Add texture

Add the final layer and head to the Sketch set of filters. Click Water Paper and set Fibre Length to 12, Brightness to 58 and Contrast to 77. Click OK to exit.

Get high-impact illustrations with just a few clicks!

1. Poster Edges

No pre-tweaking for this one – it’s straight to the Filter Gallery and into the Artistic folder to click on the Poster Edges filter. Set Edge Thickness to 2, Edge Intensity to 1 and Posterisation to 2.

2. More light

Create a new layer, open up the Distort folder and then click on Diffuse Glow. We only want a touch of lightness, so set Graininess to 2, Glow Amount to 2 and Clear Amount to 18.

3. Counter the light

To bring back some definition and contrast, create a new layer and then click the Dark Strokes filter from the Brush Strokes folder. Set Balance to 2, Black Intensity to 0 and White Intensity to 3.

4. Grain

Head to the Texture folder, add a new layer and click Grain. This makes the image look as though it has been printed on paper. Set Intensity to 40, Contrast to 50 and keep Grain Type to Regular. Click OK to save.