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General, by The Photoshop Creative Team
June 2, 2011

This is a great little tip for anyone who enjoys creating digital paintings and who wants to make them look even more realistic

Every issue we have a dedicated Q&A section to help you with your Photoshop and Photoshop Elements problems. These pages are a mixture of mini tutorials, general advice and useful tips for different tools and techniques.

Here’s a sampler to give you a taste of what we offer…


Create a paper texture

For a more realistic looking watercolour painting (see the above question) you’ll need to mimic the texture of the thick paper used by artists. Create a new layer and Edit>Fill Layer with 50% Gray. Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise, choosing an Amount of 200%. Apply the Motion Blur filter with an Angle of 90 degrees and Distance of 4px. Set the blending mode to Overlay and reduce its Opacity to around 46%. This will create a paper texture for an authentic watercolour look.