[Photoshop Tutorial] Create a Deer Watercolor Artwork

Hi guys! Ready for another tutorial? This one is really gorgeous so I do hope you’ll be able to master it! In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a watercolor artwork of a deer with Photoshop. You’ll learn how to combine different stock images, use splatter brushes as well as apply texture, adjust color and create lighting effect.

Final Image


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Difficulty : Intermediate

Estimated Completion Time: 60 minutes

Resources Used In This Tutorial:


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Watercolor Texture: 30809607 @ 13ug13th

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Watercolor Texture 2: 6703308 @iloveotto

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Watercolor Texture 3 : 8161536 @ homy_design

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Deer: 24065012@anagram1

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Lilies: 21492149 @Bozena Fulawka

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Eastern Bluebird: 10067103 @Steve Byland

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Dead Tree Branch: 17158603 @ Gurgen Bakhshetsyan

Other resources:

Splatter Brushes


Halftone Images

Step 1

Create a new 1000×800 px document in Photoshop and fill it with white. Press Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. Activate the Gradient Tool (G) and choose Radial Gradient with the colors #bcafa4 and #f5eedd.


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Open the watercolor texture 1. Drag this image into our main document and use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) to distort it as shown below:


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Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal). Use a layer mask to reduce the opacity at the corners of the image:


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Place the watercolor texture 3 onto the main canvas and change the mode to Multiply 70%:


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Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and set it as Clipping Mask. Decrease the Saturation value to -89 to match the texture with the rest:


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Isolate the deer from the original image and place him in the middle of the working document:


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Add a mask to the deer layer. Change the brush kind to the splatter ones and use different brushes to remove the bottom of the deer and create an abstract look for this part:


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Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) to reduce the deer saturation:


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Use a Curves adjustment layer and increase the lightness. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to reduce the light on the parts you think bright enough already.


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Cut out the flowers and place them onto the middle of the deer head:


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Make a new layer under the flowers one. Use a soft black brush with the opacity about 30% to paint a shadow for the flowers:


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Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and bring the Saturation value down to -82:


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Add a Curves adjustment layer and decrease the lightness. On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to reduce the effect on the upper half of the flowers:


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Open the branches image. First isolate the branches from the background then take the different parts to arrange around the deer head and horns:


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Step 15

Select all the branch layers and press Ctrl+G to make a group for them. Add a mask to this group and use a soft black brush to erase the uneccessary parts:


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Open the watercolor texture 2 image. Place it onto the horns part and use Ctrl+T to transform it as shown below:


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Duplicate this layer and move it to the right. Use a layer mask to make the effect appear subtle and well blended with the rest:


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Make a group for these two layers and change the mode to Multiply 100%. Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer within this group to desaturate this texture effect:


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Extract the bird and place him onto a side of the horns:


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Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (set as Clipping Mask) and decrease the Saturation value to -74:


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Make a new layer and change the foreground to #1f1d1d. Select a splatter brush and paint on the branches/horns area:


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Take some similar brushes to create a splatter effect around the deer head . Use a layer mask for any layer you need to reduce the effect or opacity.


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Use the brushes numbered 682 and 478 to decorate the horns and the body:


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Take a circular halftone image and place it onto the dear head, between the flowers and horns:


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Add another halftone image to a lower position of the deer:


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To make the deer stand out, make a new layer and use a soft brush with the color #6e0808 to paint on the right eye of the deer. Change this layer mode to Screen 100%:


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Change the brush color to #2d0303 and paint on the same position. Set this layer mode to Linear Dodge 100%:


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We’ve finished adding the elements and it’s time for coloring. Create a Color Balance adjustment layer on top of the layers:


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Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer with the colors #a78484 and #82afad. Change this layer mode to Soft Light 100%:


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Make a new Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #cfb47f:


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