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Create a Watercolor/Dry Brush Abstract Background in Photoshop

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1. Create New Image with settings listed below.

 

Step 1

 

2. In the background layer, using the rectangle tool, draw and rectangle that covers the entire canvas. Fill it with #eddc9f.

 

3. Create a new layer above the background layer (from now on every layer you create will go above the previous layer). Download damask image here. Open image in photoshop. Select edit > define pattern. Name pattern damask and click ok. Go back to the layer you already created. Select the paint bucket tool. From the tools menu select pattern then select the damask pattern you just created. Fill your layer with the paint bucket tool. Set fill for the layer to 30% opacity. Select gradient overlay as your layer style. Use the settings shown below:

 

Step 3a

 

As for color, location and opacity, the left side is #333333, position 0%, and opacity 100%. For the right side, color is #ffffff, opacity 80% and location 87%.

 

Step 3b

 

4. Create a new layer and select the brush tool and foreground color #D3BC8C. Use the Watercolor Loaded Wet Flat Tip brush. Choose a master diameter of between 300px and 400px for your brush. With a light touch create a cloud shape. Make sure you run off the canvas at the top (this will create a flat top which will create some nice tension in the final design). Next, select the Dry Brush. Use default settings for master diameter. Dab the shape you created a few times the the dry brush. Your layer should look like this:

 

Dry Brush Bottom LayerMove the layer down about one third of the way down the page. Set the Fill Opacity to 32%.

 

5. Create a new layer and use the same technique as in the previous step. Your foreground color should be #C0A05C . Your layer should look like this:

 

Dry Brush Layer 2Move the layer down so that the straight edge is halfway between the straight edge of the previous layer and the top of the canvas. Set the Fill Opacity to 29%.

 

6. Create a new layer and use the same technique as in the previous step. Your foreground color should be #87692F . This time create your cloud shape halfway down the canvas so that there is no straight edge at the top. Your layer should look like this:

 

Dry Layer 3

Move this layer to a point where it covers both straight edges of the previous 2 layers. Set the Fill Opacity to 41%.

 

That’s all there is to it! Your final image should look like this:

 

Final BG

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