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Old 03-19-2017, 10:09 AM
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Is it possible to get a watercolor effect using Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop? I am an aspiring children's book illustrator, and a lot of the books I see have such illustrations - I can certainly achieve the effect using freehand, but I am curious about how to take an approach using digital software.

If neither of these would work to achieve the watercolor look, what other software that is compatible with Mac would?

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Re: digital watercolor

You really need a Wacom digitiser to paint digitally with the same freedom as by hand.

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:50 AM
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Re: digital watercolor

I am not about to say anything is impossible in the digital world, however, for an easier watercolor effect, I would turn to Artrage or to Rebelle - not sure if I'm spelling the later correctly, but there the paint runs like watercolor. In art rage I use the watercolor brush and then use a few different blenders using the wet palette knife tool, that give a slight frosted texture. The watercolor is definitely wet and will blend unlike Photoshop or Illustrator. Both Artrage and Rebelle have a free trial and are quite affordable. Corel Painter is another good program for watercolor. However, it is a lot more expensive, and more involved than using Artrage or Rebelle. I find painter overwhelming - too many controls.
Take a look in the Digital Showcase for painting effects that you are trying to achieve, and feel free to ask the poster what programs they are using. People here are friendly and willing to give advice.
I'm just finishing up a watercolor of an old rusting car. I'm not sure I'm finished yet, but I'll attach it, just to give you an idea what art rage can do.
Welcome, and I hope you will tell us about some of your adventures in Illustrating.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:52 PM
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Re: digital watercolor

Thank you, Elaine. I love the image you attached of the rusting car-it looks very realistic. I will check into art rage and rebelle for sure because it seems that a lot of children's books have a watercolor feel to them.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:53 PM
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Re: digital watercolor

Thank you Doug, that is helpful to know as well.
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Re: digital watercolor

Digital watercolor is sort of a holy grail that has many different approaches, but no program or app has really "cracked it." All the same, I would like to put in a word for the iPad app Tayasui Sketches, which I used to make the below image. Although usually for best effect I need to use another one like Procreate (or Photoshop), such as to add "gouache" highlights.

Curiously... I know of no digital watercolor app that allows you to mask areas... it's as if app developers have no idea how people who use watercolor actually paint... In this app I solved this problem by creating layers of watercolor wash and then erasing the "masked" areas and simply putting another layer of watercolor below the erased areas.
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