45 + Watercolor Tutorials and Brush Sets for Photoshop

by Lars on April 18, 2013

Even for skilled users of Photoshop consulting a tutorial can be needed from time to time. Especially if you are grappling with new techniques such as using Photoshop watercolor brushes.

Water coloring is an old technique that is said to date back to the cave paintings of Paleolithic Europe! Throughout the centuries, both professional artists and amateurs have used this technique to create artwork. Unlike oil and acrylic painting, the strokes created from watercolors look quite different as the stroke you paint do not remain sitting but flows out and change shape as the paint hardens. This makes the brush strokes unique and especially hard to mimic on a computer as they are organic.

However, by using Photoshop watercolor brush sets you can get that special look and feel into your design quite easily. It might take some time to find out how to make it look natural but with the right tutorials at hand, it is durable.

I have search the Internet to find the best Photoshop watercolor tutorials and brush set for you to get started. Please let me know if I missed out a brush set or a great tutorial. Hope you will have lots of fun learning this technique. Enjoy!

Soft Watercolor brushes – MORE INFO

soft-watercolor-brush

Soft and furry watercolor Photoshop brushes work well for creating interesting backgrounds. As always, good watercolour effects ask for nice colour harmony and creative use of blending and transparency.

SimpleSmudges .2. Brushes Pack – MORE INFO

simple-smudges

Inside are 32 brushes, made using watercolors

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set II – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

These brushes are more complex than the previous set and were painted on a higher quality paper, so the end result is in fact, much better.

Messy Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set – MORE INFO

messy-watercolor-brushes

The set has 12 brushes at a resolution of 2300px

Watercolor Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

38 Watercolor Brushes!

WG Dry Paint Strokes – MORE INFO

dry-paint-strokes

Played with my acrylic colors to create dry paint strokes . This set contains 10 high-resolution brushes.

Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop – MORE INFO

watercolour-brushes

3 sets of 21 high-quality brushes, with the average size of 2500px or 2200px

Watercolour Strokes Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolour-strokes-brushes

This Brush Set includes 14 high resolution brushes. They’re all between 1597px and 2500px large. For Photoshop version CS1 and above.

Watercolor Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

Download this set of 32 high resolution splatter brushes! Created with artist-quality watercolor paint on cold press watercolor paper. Includes three high photo textures. – Works with Photoshop 7 or newer

WaterColor Reloaded – MORE INFO

watercolor-reloaded

This HUGE pack contains 83 (resolution about 700 – 1200px) brushes compatible with PS 7 and up!

WG Watercolor Brushes Vol1 – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

The pack contains 20 high-resolution brushes (around 2000×2000 pixels), that are perfect when applied on paper textures.

Watercolor Splatters – MORE INFO

watercolor-splatters

32 high resolution splatter brushes! Created with artist-quality watercolor paint on cold press watercolor paper.

Watercolor Basics – MORE INFO

watercolor-basics

Hi-Res Watercolor textures – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

These are Hi Res, hand-made watercolor brushes.

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

The set contains 18 brushes. CS2 to 2500 pixels.

Free High-Res Photoshop Brushes: Grungy Watercolor – MORE INFO

grungy-watercolor

These are, as always, super large brushes. There are 10 in the set.

Watercolour Brushes Set 1 – MORE INFO

watercolour-brushes

26 high resolution watercolour brushes. Resolution between 1480px to 2500px.

Watercolour Brushes Set 2 – MORE INFO

watercolour-brushes

25 high resolution watercolour brushes. Resolution between 1500px to 2500px.

Free High-Res Watercolour Photoshop Brushes Set 1 – MORE INFO

watercolour-brushes

2500px Photoshop brushes are perfect for distressing your artwork and designs for that hand made feel. Included in the file are 7 separate brush strokes with whispy flicks and varied tones.

Free Hi Res Watercolor Textures – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

They are both part of our latest Watercolor Texture Pack and one of them is designed by the amazing My Dead Pony.

Watercolor Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

These brushed are pretty much designed for TABLET use only

Ink and Watercolor Brushes – MORE INFO

ink-and-watercolor-brushes

A set of ink brushes a collective revamp of my old Watercolor and “Okami-Style Ink Brushes”

Brushes – Watercolor – MORE INFO

brushes-watercolor

These brushes look like a watercolor painting.

WaterColor .2. Brushes Pack – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

Inside are 25 brushes, made using watercolors.

Free Brush Set 12: Watercolor (stamp brushes) – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

28 High Resolution Watercolour Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolour-brushes

The set contains a variety of washes, strokes and splats and look great when used with a soft pastel shade. The brushes range from 600px to 2200px, certainly enough to work with!

High-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

This set of super high res, 2500px Photoshop brushes are perfect for distressing your artwork and designs for that hand made feel. Included in the file are 7 separate brush strokes with whispy flicks and varied tones.

WG Watercolor Brushes Vol1 – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

This is a pack composed by 20 high-resolution brushes (around 2000×2000 pixels), that are perfect when applied on paper textures.

Free High-Res Watercolour Photoshop Brushes Set 2 – MORE INFO

watercolour-brushes

Following on from the recent release of free high-res watercolour Photoshop brushes here we have another collection of 7 more huge 2500px brushes.

9 HQ Watercolor Brush – MORE INFO

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Social Media Grungy Watercolor Brushes – MORE INFO

watercolor-grungy-brushes

This set of Grungy Watercolor Social Media Icons and assorted Other Web Symbols includes: YouTube, Twitter, StumbleUpon, MySpace, Mixx, DesignFloat, Blogger, arrows, Digg, wordpress and much more.

watercolor brushes – 2 – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

20x brushes for Photoshop

Watercolor Textures: Photoshop Brush Pack – MORE INFO

watercolor-texture-brushes

In this set, there are 25 different watercolor texture brushes ranging from 1200-2500px in width.

FREE HI RES WATERCOLOR BRUSHES – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

They’re over 900px and the biggest one is about 2000 px but I can’t be too sure.

Watercolor II – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

These brushes were tested in Photoshop CS3. I’ve included the PSD file for those with other versions/apps.

Watercolor Brush Pack 5  – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

Free of royalty, need to link to me, credit me or whatever.

WaterColor EXTREMUM – MORE INFO

watercolor-extremum

This HUGE pack contains 41 (resolution about 2500px) brushes compatible with PS 7 and up!

watercolor brushes – 1 – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

20x brushes for Photoshop tested & works with: CS2 / CS3 / CS4 / CS5

Watercolor Brush Pack 6 – MORE INFO

watercolor-brushes

Created in PS CS5

25 Large Watercolor SPLATS – MORE INFO

watercolor-splats

This is a collection of 25 high-quality Watercolor SPLATS! PhotoShop brushes. Created using black watercolor paint on paper.

Watercolor Landscapes – MORE INFO

watercolor-landscapes

12 brushes of watercolor landscapes on a vintage backdrop.

About
Lars started tripwire magazine back in January 2009. He is really passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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