Create a watercolour painting
Apply watercolour effects and turn day to night
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.