Grunge Watercolor Effect in Adobe Photoshop
Step 1: Open a blank document in adobe photoshop. Use the fill tool to turn it black
Step 2: Go to layer > new layer and use the fill tool to make it white. Then go to Filter>Texture>Texturizer. Set the texture to Canvas, 75% for the Scaling, 3 for the Relief and choose right top for the light.
Step 3: Import a grunge / old parchment image. I used this one: http://images.wikia.com/assassinscreed/images/8/8b/Old_paper.jpg
Set the opacity to around 75%
Step 4: Import the photo you would like to use. I’ve chosen one from a trip to Hawaii last summer
The image has to go beneath the texture layer. Then go to layer > group layer. This should be the order of your layers:
(ignore “colors” for now)
Step 5: Select the folder with “Group 1” and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Hide all. The image is now hidden behind the paper. Select any paint brush and set your color to white. As you being to paint the image will appear.
Step 6: Go to layer > new layer. Make sure this layer is below your photograph. (Reference the order above.) Using a variety of colors and brushes paint around your picture.
Step 7: Adjust the image color by going to Image>Adjustment>Photo Filter. Then set the warning Filter (85) and 55% for the Density.
(you can skip this step if your satisfied with your painting)
You’re all done!