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Design PERSONALIZED WATERCOLOR portraits of people! | From photograph to digital Etsy Product

teacher avatar Cierra Smith, Simplifying your next creative passion

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. How to make Watercolor Portraits Logos Intro

    • 2. The 1st step for all watercolor methods (Adobe Illustrator)

    • 3. Downloading the Watercolor Brushes

    • 4. Watercolor Effect in Photoshop Method 1

    • 5. Watercolor Effect in Photoshop Method 2 (Simpler)

    • 6. Adobe Illustrator Watercolor Method

    • 7. Adobe Illustrator Watercolor Part 2 + Outtro

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About This Class

In this course, you'll learn how to make your very own custom watercolor portraits and/or logos from SCRATCH. Your designs can then be used for brand identity, gifting, printing, etc. You'll learn how to make designs from photographs of people, and "image-trace" their portraits into vector images with transparent backgrounds. Your creations can also be used on both physical and digital greeting cards, business cards, websites, and logos. A great, cheap way to give a personalized gift to someone you care about. The whole process takes anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes, depending on the photograph. 

What you'll need: 

Adobe Illustrator (Required)

Adobe Photoshop

Good Quality Photo

That's it! 

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Photoshop Brushes: 

Light Purple Watercolor Download:

Light Green Watercolor Download:

I'll be demonstrating 3 methods in this tutorial; two using both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and one using only Adobe Illustrator. The Class Project is for anyone who does method 2 (my favorite!)

Adobe Illustrator 7-day Free Trial:

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My Etsy shop pictured below (proof selling digital files works!)


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1. How to make Watercolor Portraits Logos Intro: Hello, beautiful hebrew, the arithmetic counterculture,, and owner of the NC Sharp culture and simplicity. And today's video, I'm gonna be showing you guys how to make Walter Heller portraitist are really good digital products or give, just nice to have. And you can also create logos from them just by adding a bit of texts. This is similar to the my other video that I haven't school share where I show how to make metallic logos like rose, gold and gold. So I'm doing this like this and this series. I'm excited to show you guys. I had three methods. You're going to need, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Keep in mind that if you are a student or a teacher, you can get it at like 60%, which is where I do. You might even have it freed to your institution, your educational institution, Photoshop. You can give Photoshop me 909 if you just want to get like their photography bundle or you can get either one for like 1999. So I will either you have to have it LD initiative for the three methods that I show in this video. And you'll need Adobe Photoshop for two of them. So this one right here, drying rate, drawing it out. I just showed you how it looked on a black background or you can have any color background, but this one I made completely in Adobe Illustrator, there's a little bit less flexibility when it comes to like the watercolor, but I'll be showing us that in the video, in the videos to come. And then these are the two that I didn't have, like an illustrator and then half in Photoshop, which is I got like the brush affect it, the brush effect in Photoshop. And I did like the silhouette in Adobe Illustrator. So I am excited to see you guys. I think it'll be really cool and you can look on my Etsy shop if you want to see like what their final products look like and like real-world, but these are what the final products or the blank for this tutorial. So just get ready for it and I hope you're excited. 2. The 1st step for all watercolor methods (Adobe Illustrator): Alright, so let's touch draining into it. The first thing you're gonna need to do is open up Adobe Illustrator and create a new file. So if you already had like a page open like this, you go up to the top and you click file, then you go down to New. You could also do this by clicking control in our command in if you're on a Mac, and that will open up a new dark for you which you can choose all the specifications for this, assuming that maybe you're designing a logo. I like to keep logos. So my dimensions are going to be even all around. I'm just gonna doing 500 pixels by 500 pixels. But this can literally vary the size of your art board does not matter at all, just being completely honest with you. So I'm gonna go up here to our administration. And just to kinda show you the few options that you do have, those are just a few but ionicLoading and class than ones anyway, right now in coins. Yet make sure you do things that I'm changing it to pixels which is at the bottom, and doing 500 by 500. And I'm also going to change the PPI you high, but you don't have to do it. That's only through like cleaning to print sometime in the future and just showing you that it will look the same if any. Now, regardless of which PPI you click. So next you're going to need to open up a file like a photo, which can be a photo of anything literally. So I'm going to be doing, you have to go ahead and place when you click file. I'm not gonna be doing a photo of myself. I'm gonna be doing a photo I found off the web that you can do a photo of yourself. And just notice a few consistencies here. The photos are all pretty clear, high-resolution, good exposure, and backgrounds. So keep that in mind when you're looking for a photo because that makes it easier to trace as to especially a light background, a photo like this one right here, that background really isn't that light. So you would have to do kind of a lot of arrays. And that just makes for a longer process. But this i'm gonna be doing a photo beyond say because why not? I like her. And I'm going to be pulling it up here just to be on the art board. Alright, so next thing I need to do is open up image trace. So I go up here to window, I go down to image trace, which is not hard to miss. Just right here. It is. The whole laces in alphabetical order. And you can put that over here that fit in here if you want. So I'll just do that. So you that you can. And then click the photo again. You can click advanced CI the options, and click Preview or just click Trace. Either way it'll be the same result. So that just shows you how it looks initially. You can leave it completely like that or you can mess around with search one and you get something that you'd like. So honestly like That doesn't look that bad. I mean, you could, you could really spend some time playing around with data and getting it to look like literally as perfect as you like. So this shows that our show to anything in the default is 128. Right now I have it on one digit, 11. And make sure you go down here under the Advanced Options and click ignore why. That's very important. Importance. You don't want to have the white there for the next steps. So I'm just gonna make the threshold just a little bit higher. Alright, so I think that pretty much looks like Beyonce. Like the face. I'm going form. So as the next step, you're going to have to open up Photoshop. And this is only for the first process creating a logo. There are other ways to do watercolor logos. So on Photoshop, I have it already open on another tab. So I'm going to make both of them about half screen, so you can see them both. So this is the Adobe illustrative screen. And then this green right here, as you can see this tab, it's hot here, that's the Photoshop tab. So i'm things Hague, my image from here. And I'm also going to be clicking expand on the image so that all that outlines are like trace. And so everything that you can kinda see that the blue lines changed here. First what you want it to look like. So he just went object and you click Expand. And now I'm going to drag it from Illustrator. I'm gonna pull it into Photoshop. That was easy, right? You literally just pick it up and you drag it. Very, very straightforward. And so that's how you're going to be getting it into Photoshop for the next step and robbing the breast. Alright, that's his next step. 3. Downloading the Watercolor Brushes: All right, so we're back in. The next step is to actually leave Adobe Illustrator and go to your browser, which I use Google Chrome. And you're going to want to look up what a watercolor brushes. I'll show you what that looks like when you search it. Watercolor brushes, Photoshop, and I'm searching within Google. So the results might be different if you use another search engine. So the first result is brushed And that's so whenever command, just because I know that it's reliable when it's safe in all their files are downloaded. I've never have viruses, which is very important to me. And you'll see that the tab options here are premium, but I'm not going to be using any of those for this video. And we've shown you how to make it for pretty much free other than the cost of Photoshop and Illustrator. So I'm going to choose any one of these free Bono's down here. And you'd choose anyone that you'd like. I'm going to be using this free watercolor wash Photoshop brush, watercolor wash Photoshop rashes. I'll even link that below if you guys want to use the same one. So you can see that it says it has 15 high-quality hand painted watercolor wash Photoshop brushes. So that's all I really need to know as 15 and all you do is click download and play. It says and we're downloading five seconds. And then it'll go into a zip file. So it tells you how long it has to weigh. Excited dab as you look at this a little bit more, you want to look at a license info, please do, especially if you will be using the brushes just by themselves. You can't resell them by themselves or anything. There's some copyright issues there. So I'll be clicking Open and then I'll be clicking Extract. All right, then just any way that you had. So that pretty much now that it's installed. So it's an ABR. I don't know. Why don't we open it, but it is a dot ABR file, so it's installed on your computer now. And if the branch window is already open, you get a window in Adobe Photoshop. You got onto brushes that you closed it for me because it was already open. So I'll click brushes. So I didn't do that right? So you go to brushes and you click these four lines with the top, and you go down to import Russia. Since I know that I just downloaded a I'm just make sure you know where you downloaded it will probably be in your downloads folder. So I'll need to do is double-click it and that is what imports the brushes there. Now they're right here. And you just have to open that. And you'll see all your brush options. Options. Alright, so next I'll be showing you how to actually put the pressure on the logo or fire or photo, whatever you have. 4. Watercolor Effect in Photoshop Method 1: Okay, so we are back in Photoshop. You probably have this who clicked on at the top, but you want to go down to the brush tool. It just looks like a paintbrush. And you'll want to open up a new layer. So your layer panel is over here. And you go down to the bottom and you click this square with a plus sign and that creates a new layer. So you can actually do stuff to click one of the brushes that you like. I'm gonna be going with number eight here. These dominoes aren't really lets you see what they look like. So you kinda just like a play around with it until you have a breasts that you'd like. I'm going to be using a different color from that and know what we're working with here. If this is the y, it'll look like she's like saying Boy, which could be cooling itself. But I'm not showing you that this is going to choose a color that I like. So let's do like purple. And keeping my eye it looks like this because we can't actually go How can't tell this eyes. It was like that being so click the brackets on your keyboard and that will tell you how big or small it is. If you click, your left bracket, regrettable gets smaller and you click the right racket, will get bigger. They're just chew society like or effects on the different depending on how big it is. So this is the size I'm just gonna go in. So that's how it looks. And also given by the area is bigger. That does help between it like having the cutoff at the bottom here, which looks like a rectangle. You don't want that rectangle look, does show up like that's what it looks like. It's pretty athlete is kinda harsh. You click Control C or Command Z. And then also if you right-click using like you're a mile, your pad or your mouse. Then you can also change the orientation of it. And that just kinda makes the brush come from a different direction in which can be really useful. So you can choose any color that you want it, that there are purple right now, I can just add another color in there. Maybe like a light purple, You know, I'm actually going to do like a Blue, kinda close to the original control, but a little bit different. And I'll change the orientation again. You wanna make sure that it's covering like everything. You don't want any part of it. Who interpreted the black visible? Alright, so pretty much that's what we got going on here. And then you can click control I. And that you have to click intro, I'm sorry, could control and then click the photo of your job is as a vector smart object. And then there'll be like, kinda like a running thing, come up around image and then go back to the pointer. Then you'll be able to just literally moves the watercolor part. And then you have like the Beyonce left behind. So what you wanna do, you can choose what you wanna do with these values and take it to another photoshop layer are Photoshop tab, or you can take it back to Adobe Illustrator. Either way. It's fine. So why not just take it back to Adobe Illustrator and if we can't, Wow, okay, so I'm going to have both of them open like this and just show you what those figures you dry it back. So there it is, that's what it looks like. So it's watercolor. And if you can't, again, like it doesn't look watercolor enough for you that you can definitely go back and edit it so that if you went, Yeah, I'll show you how to make it look like how to change the effect up. Kinda know more with the final result will look like. So I'll take that away. And also just our delete this layer. Alright, so let's do that in the next video. 5. Watercolor Effect in Photoshop Method 2 (Simpler): Okay, so personally I do like this method just a little bit better and you can see the final result. And it's pretty much like the same. It's also in Photoshop. So I'll just clicking Control or Command if you're on a Mac. And then I'll be clicking the layer image. And the same thing happens like those and running ants come up around it. And then also click the breast torn out going onto new layer the same, click the square with the addition sign or a plus sign, and you'll see the brush come up again. I was here that it looks more watercolor if the brush is smaller, but it does take a little bit longer since you don't want them. You don't really want the rectangle partners show up. As in this bottom part. If you do it up here like that, rectangle shows a long leg right there. And so you have to move the orientation a little bit more and I'll go back to the other co-owner. Ostentatious orientation. Remember you can just do that by right-clicking your keyboard. And then interiority happening here. I'm just, I'm on the new layer, but it's only pinning within those running. You can actually see like what your end product will look like. And just for the fun of it, we can even add it in another color, like Kafka, hot pink, orange. Alright, so that looks pretty good to me in the way. And this way you can literally just leave it right here on this tab and you can get rid of the black. And then I asked you what it looks like with the water filler or you can leave that black if you like how it looks. Okay, click Control near Command D to get rid of those running ants. If you like the black, you can leave it. It'll look a little bit more solid and maybe a little more retro if you don't take it out and a little more water colon. And then you'll probably need to click control again on it and then just add in. Because clearly there are some nice bye. See you can't see it when there is black. You can add, as you like. I just think that math is pretty simple, pretty straightforward, and you can keep a lot of it on Photoshop. You don't have to go back to. Alright, next method. 6. Adobe Illustrator Watercolor Method: Next method we're going to be taking a ride back to illustrator. And this will cause you not having to download any Photoshop brushes who just don't want to do any of that, or who don't even have Photoshop. So you don't have Photoshop. You can do this method entirely in Adobe Illustrator. So you're going to do is go to your search engine again. Again, I use Google to show you what I type in. Watercolor. Vector. Then vector just means that it'll say clear even when you resize it. So another website that I trust is very easy. If you kind of see the pattern there is. Sounds like brush easy. So like the other website I used in the other video. So these easy websites, trust for the most part. So you can play any of these. It's just going to show you the watercolor ones. You can find an image on Google Images, but it's just not going to be clear when I blow it up. It's just going to be a normal file like a a dot, PNG or dodge or whatever you call it. So this one, you can download it for free. And it'll download you'll either be like an EPS on SVG files. And those files, are they stay clear when you resize it. And of course I'm clicking the free download. Downloads in after like five seconds. Notably in another zip file like the brushes we downloaded earlier you earlier video. Once it downloads to just have to click it again and extract the file again or else you won't be able to use it in Adobe Illustrator. Alright, so as we see here, the file is actually adopt AI, which means that it literally is an Adobe Illustrator file. So we know it's going to be clear. So if it's an ai dot EPS or a dot SVG, they stay clear when you're like resizing it. You'll be good. So we'll go back to Adobe Illustrator. As you see, the one down here is just something we did in Photoshop that I dragged into Illustrator. The first one we did, but we're gonna go back to the one over here that we imaged, trace and expand. Don't forget that you have to click Expand. Alright, so close down to file, go to found a place. She can also be reached by clicking shift control P or Shift Command P if you're on a Mac. And I'm going to be domain where it's downloaded. So please make sure that you know where you download the file. He might. You can also like literally with Google Chrome, you can like if you see horizontally, you can drag and straight illustrator. So I'm just gonna open up file and just show you exactly how that works. So you see it right here, it's under my recent files. And I can just drag it illustrator. That's alright. So that was not the actual phi going to open up the folder, gets the file. So it's going to be under whatever the name of the file is likely starting with. Easy, I think that's pretty consistent thing. Then you can take it and drag it on bars, of course, going to be compatible with Adobe Illustrator. So there it is. It's watercolor in itself, but we're going to be dragging it to make it smaller and pretty much be close to the dimensions of the other image. And then right-click your answer first. Make sure that it's placed correctly without those. Alright, so then you're going to be on it. You right-click and click a range six, sent it back. Now it's behind the beyond. Click DBR there, click object, click your image, then go down the compound path. Once you click object like make or create a compound path, then you click. Make sure that both files are clicked. Click Control or Command seven on your keyboard. 7. Adobe Illustrator Watercolor Part 2 + Outtro: Now I know you're probably thinking, oh my gosh, that is so it would look like it looks it's really light, you know, but that's okay. Like if somebody is going to be like and all you need to do is put it on dark background and it'll look fine. So the advantage of that is you can put it on a black background and you won't see a white background like you see right here. So that is an advantage of doing it all at militia. You can export it with the white background and you could put it on any surface, which is something that I really, really like. And I wish that you could use brushes like you could import rushes into illiterate or like you can't in Photoshop. So yeah, so it'll look fine if it's on a light background, but if it's It's on a dark background, but if it's on a white background like that, it's not gonna be that visible. And if you were just like, oh my gosh, I can't do anything with that. Then you are completely free to download another wanted other brush at this Horner, you bet you can do it, she wanna do. So there's another free one here. And if I could just go through that process again, because why not? Remember how to do it in velocity if there is another false hype or we'll be doing a dot AI falling in. So I do think it's important that if you don't like the way that it looks at illustrator, I do want to show you how you can change it because honestly a lot of things and the shooter or kind of complicated, okay, this is the die AI falling in. But it gets kinda hot. Create it when you make the decision, it gets kinda hard to undo it. So I do want to show you guys all again. So there it is. Right there. So I'm just going to drag this one is a little darker. And also I use these images because I know there's not like there really isn't like a copyright on it. I have to attribute them, but you know that you pull an image from the Internet, then there is a chance that you would like not actually supposed to be using it. So Lisa, these ones from vect easy, you know that you're using ones that have been pretty much like approved. So I'll resize it again, hopefully get like the darker parts. And you see, you know, you can't like you like what we did last time and you can't just create the clipping mask like we just created. The original image is inextricably mass. So it's still there. So you right-click and click release clipping mask. You have to click the arrows. You won't be able to create another one. So then you move the clipping mask, the original one. And the weird thing, like simply put all expect is that it looks like the images gone. So I'm just gonna get rid of that. Or they learn the images for their users can't see it because there's not like a fill in it. So click the image again, then the keyboard. Click that. Or you could just like rubber bands dry on your mouse pad and it'll click both for you. And you can cook control seven or Command seven like we did in the last video. Or you can right-click and click make clipping mask control seven, R. Command seven literally does the MAY clicking mass and is just like a keyboard shortcut. So that way it does, it's a little bit darker and darker. Just going to have to find a dark watercolor. But they, at least now you know how to do it a slightly different way and had changed the color if you don't like it. So that concludes this whole tutorial. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I enjoyed making it. It was kinda like the second of my series from my metallic designs. And these days I've stone an Etsy before. So it's a really cool way to make some passive income or just some digital, something that you can do at home, makes them money from home, or do it as a gift are great ways. So these are somewhat, I mean, in Photoshop that I made in Illustrator. And the other one I made in Photoshop. Thanks for watching.