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Adding high-resolution watercolor textures to your fonts, logo’s and background can be hard. That’s why I created these five 300dpi resolution watercolor textures + a tutorial on how to use them on your artwork and as a signature!
MATERIALS I USED:
This is my lifelong partner and best friend. I’ve been using this for 4 years since I was in junior high school (now a junior college student)
I bought this on when I was traveling in Hongkong with my mom, and I didn’t know I’d still be using this product for my business and future projects. I definitely would recommend anything made by Sakura Company.
You know why?
It’s worth it!
When I was in my Color Theory class, my professor showed me my artwork and my classmate’s work. He told me, “Ye’ know why I like your work? Cuz you’re using Sakura. Don’t ya know Sakura products are vivid and bright in color?” he continued, “Look at ye’ classmate’s work. They’re using basic watercolor materials, and the colors are still dull. That’s why ye’r lucky.” He wasn’t kidding. It’s true.
Yeah I know it’s expensive.
Yeah I know it’s small. But the fact I’m using this baby 4 years ago proved me that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover + you get a free water brush & you can bring it anywhere because it’s small and compact. So I really really recommend you buy anything by Sakura. You won’t regret it.
Invest in expensive products. Don\’t buy cheap art materials. I\’ll just go in the trash.
I can’t find any online store selling my Canson watercolor pad 24 sheets, except on my local store. But I already tried this one, and it’s the closest pad that I’m using. I recommend picking a watercolor paper that has wet & wet technique.
When I wet and dry my paper, the paint creates a watercolor effect on this pad, unlike smooth surfaced- watercolor pads. Some artists use those kind of papers if they want to create a realistic watercolor paint. But for me, a paper that has a wet & wet texture works best for watercolor artists+ it dries up fast.
Do not ever use any paper, except watercolor paper!
So after you downloaded my freebie, it’s time for me to teach ya’ the panda moves (Hwuaa-hwuaa-hwuaa!). Pay attention, because you need to have Adobe Photoshop to do this. Do you dig’, homie? I’ve created tons of flexible tutorials where I applied my watercolor textures.
Just scroll down and find a tutorial that works for you best.
Let’s start off with a cranky lyric that I created to entertain you as we finish this tutorial. Yey!
♦WATERCOLOR FONTS (TUTORIAL)
♪Open your Photoshop and import your texture design.♬
♬Create your Font. Select the TEXT TYPE TOOL, and type your logo name.♬
The Font I used is Otterly. (If you buy a font or a subscription, I’ll get 25% or 20% on whatever you pay) I fell in love with this font on Creative Fabrica, because it’s clean and stylish! Their fonts are astounding and superb! I even saw a font that has an animation scribble on it. But I forgot where to find it.
♬Click the SELECTION tool and pick a portion or texture you want to save as a pattern. Once you select that, go to EDIT>DEFINE AS PATTERN.♬
♬Go back to your font workspace, and click LAYER> LAYER STYLE
♬Click the PATTERN OVERLAY and select the pattern you picked.♬
♦WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND LOGOS (TUTORIAL)
♬I copied another texture and pasted it on a new blank page. Adjust it by going to EDIT> LEVELS♬
♬ Resize the watercolor texture and “Add” on some fonts. I used Bold Stylish Calligraphy, which you can get from Creative Fabrica!♬
WATERCOLOR STENCIL FOR PORTRAITS (TUTORIAL)
♥ I downloaded an illustration at Pixabay; it’s the best website for downloading high-resolution photo stocks.
♥Copy and paste another one of my watercolor textures on this image.♥On the lower right is the LAYER BOX. select this button and click PIN LIGHT. What it does it blends into the stencil and outline.
♦TEXTURES FOR ILLUSTRATIONS (TUTORIAL)
♥You’re familiar with this right? Here’s a little trick I use to make the watercolor textures on my illustrations shine: I overlay my watercolor texture on it.
♥ I selected and copied this texture.
♥Just like what I did with the Watercolor Stencil, I clicked the Blending Modes and chose Overlay.
Here are my other finished samples that I did with my watercolor textures ♥
Whew! That was fun, wasn’t it? Photoshop is really amazing, and you can customize anything using these gorgeous watercolor textures to professional looking photos and visual images.
I’d love if you’d share these awesome tips with your friends and family! Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or anywhere in the world! If you didn’t get it, and you need an extra-super-detailed tutorial and examples, just let me know!