This tutorial is to help you learn how to create a realistic painting effect. The filters in photoshop do a pretty good job, but this technique just adds a little to it. Ok, once you have your picture open in photoshop:
1. Apply a Watercolor Filter to the picture, (Filter>Artistic>Watercolor). The amounts shown on the left looked the best for this picture.
2. Duplicate that layer, (Layer>Duplicate Layer)
3. On the new copied layer you just made in step 2 apply an Emboss Filter, (Filter>Stylize>Emboss). Use a Height of about 2 pixels and an Amount around 150 – 200%.
4. Change the Blending Mode for the Embossed Layer to Linear Light.
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