PS Watercolour effect
I've had success with this effect on photos down sized for the web and they look the part but when I try it on large files intended for blow ups the whole 'abstract' feel gets lost ie when the dpi is print quality 300 as opposed to 72..

Any suggestions how I can get this effect to work better on large prints?.

I guess at 300 dpi the effect is basically smaller... but I assume enlarging 70 dpi files just isn't going to work?.


Comments (9)

It depends on how close you're looking at your image. From a distance, the image might look as it does on the web, but up close, it won't look that way at all. Do you remember the American Eagle shopping bags from last year? From a distance they looked fine, but up close they were blurry, limited on DR (or maybe too contrasty), and speckled with noise..

Have you tried using another tool for blowing images up as well? Have you tried sharpening?.

EDIT: mind posting the pic so I can see it, or try to have a spin at blowing it up?..

Comment #1

This was my first attempt but generally it's the level of watercolour effect I want. Fairly abstract..


When I go through the same workflow on 300 dpi it appears to all get lost in the detail... if you get what I mean..

Thanks for your reply...

Comment #2

Mind if I have a try with it? Any specific print size you have in mind?.

Edit: oops, there's not full size. Anyways, have you thought of blowing up the original unmodified image then making it look watercolored?..

Comment #3

No, be my guest. I'm very grateful for any help..

I want to get up to at least 90 x 60 cm, printed on stretched canvas, possibly 120 x 90..

I obviously have the original too and the idea is that the finished print would look at it's best from say a foot or so away. No-ones going over it with a magnifying glass but it is going to be publicly displayed..

If you want a play then please do, just let me know the workflow because I would start from scratch with the original again..

BTW This was done with PS Elements (I don't have the full monty) and was done with a bit of sharpening, contrast and then the artistic>watercolour filter..

Thanks again...

Comment #4

Hey, this is a dumb question, but is that the size of the original? I've tried looking for a larger size, but I'm kinda pbase inept.  Anyways, what I'm going to do is just remove noise from the original, then try blowing it up using alien-skin blowup or photoshop's image resize at different settings (alien skins can look a bit too "WE LOOK FOR SHAPES!!!!1!!!!!11!!!")...

Comment #5

The original (as posted on pbase) is only slightly larger. It was saved for web.

There are small, medium, large, orig buttons under the image on pbase..

The real original of course is the jpeg file off my D20. But that's on my HD at home...

Comment #6

For some reason, I can't make it 90x60 (that's what I got when keeping the ratio). It keeps giving me program errors, both in photoshop's program + blow up!..

Comment #7

I think there might be a limit to how big they go, or maybe it's because I don't have a lot of HD space left or RAM. It projected the file, 90x60, at 105mb. Anyways, I did try to blow it up to 200dpi, 20in by something (can't exactly remember it) and it looked good...

Comment #8

How did you blow it up? Did you resample it?.

Perhaps rather than apply the effect to a 72 dpi file (for web) or a 300 dpi file (for print) I could try something in between?..

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