The effects shown here simulate the look of watercolour paintings. The first picture will be the original photograph followed by the same image manipulated using slightly different watercolour effects. The terms 'tight' and 'loose' have been applied to describe some of the effects. When an artist paints in a 'tight' style this merely means that he has applied a more painstaking technique to incorporate more small detail thus achieving a more photographic appearance to the picture. If a loose technique is used the brush marks will be bolder and more apparent at the expense of small detail. This should be kept in mind when choosing your style as a subject large in the frame would work much better with a loose style than a small subject with a lot of fine detail.

"Lee & Blossom Original Photograph"

"Lee & Blossom No.1"

Here, what would be the equivalent of a tight watercolour technique has been applied to the photograph giving a very realistic photographic look. The texture effect of the portrait has been left smooth for now.

"Lee & Blossom No.2"

Here we have medium style applied which makes the picture look much more obviously like a watercolour painting without loosing too much detail.

"Lee & Blossom No.3"

A loose watercolour style has been applied here. The image begins to lose detail but a bold subject such as this can stand it and can sometimes benefit from a loose treatment, depending on your taste.

"Lee & Blossom No.4"

Here a texture has been added to the medium (No.2) image from above to make the picture look as if it was painted on watercolour paper. It really does give the finished print a convincing look despite the fact that the paper is smooth.
Note that the paper texture could be added to any of the above images also.

"Lee & Blossom No.5"

The colour balance can be adjusted too. Here the colour has been given a boost to make it look as though the artist used a more vibrant palette.

"Lee & Blossom No.6"

Here the whole image has been lightened to give a more airy, summery feel.

"Lee & Blossom No.7"

Finally, this image has had the colour knocked back to look as if a subdued palette had been used and the paper texture added again.


This image has been manipulated to look like a line & wash painting, a technique where paint such as watercolour is applied to a line drawing. High key images work best with this effect. Dark photographs do not work well as the line drawing gets lost in the darks of the image. You can view a good example of a high key photo that works well with this technique below.


"Kim No.1"

The line & wash technique in use again. This effect can also be used on a black and white original but remember a light, high key photograph works best.


"Kim No.2"

Here a similar treatment has been used to produce a portrait that looks as if it was produced using brush and ink.

"Lunch Time"

Another example of the line & wash effect.

"Fishing with Dad"

The line & wash effect again but this time it is used in conjunction with what appears to be a black ink drawing completed with a graphic pen.