Cre­ate a wa­ter­colour paint­ing

Ap­ply wa­ter­colour ef­fects and turn day to night

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Use El­e­ments’ wa­ter­colour fea­tures and craft beau­ti­ful land­scape art

One of El­e­ments’ great­est at­tributes is the huge va­ri­ety of pre­set ef­fects and fil­ters that are ready and wait­ing to be ap­plied with the click of a but­ton. In this tu­to­rial we will be ap­ply­ing a wa­ter­colour ef­fect to a land­scape scene. The nice thing about the wa­ter­colour ef­fect in El­e­ments is that it isn’t just ap­plied to your work­ing layer – sev­eral new lay­ers are au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ated to build up the fi­nal re­sult. Each layer is fully ed­itable, giv­ing you the choice to tweak them (for ex­am­ple by chang­ing their blend mode or layer Opac­ity) if you are not en­tirely happy with the ini­tial look.

The other ma­jor part of this tu­to­rial is chang­ing the back­ground scene to a later time of day, sug­gest­ing the pas­sage of time since the paint­ing was com­pleted. Turn­ing a scene from day to night is not as sim­ple as it may first seem; at night it doesn’t just get darker, but colour sat­u­ra­tion is also greatly re­duced and everything takes on a more bluish tinge. A com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent ad­just­ments and colour cor­rec­tions, ap­plied both to in­di­vid­ual lay­ers and the im­age as a whole, are needed to achieve a re­al­is­tic fin­ish, es­pe­cially with a com­po­si­tion made up from sev­eral source im­ages.

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