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Design Vintage Artworkwith Old Newspaper and Watercolor Brush


This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to design a stunning watercolor vintage artwork with an old newspaper background.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version.watercolor newspaper model1 480x700 Design Vintage Artwork with Old Newspaper and Watercolor Brush in Photoshop

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)
OK Let’s get started!
To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:
Watercolour Brushes (choose one from the list)
Paper Texture
Model
Newspaper

Step 1

Create a new document sized 700px * 1020px with white background, use the watercolour brush you download, paint some texture over the background:

Hint: set brush flow and opacity to around 40% for a subtle effect.

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Load the paper texture into Photoshop, select a portion as shown below:
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Copy and paste the selection over our document, set blending mode to “overlay” for this new layer:
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Add the following 2 adjustment layers on top:
Levels
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Curves
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and you will have the following effect so far:
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Step 2

Load the model image into Photoshop, cut out the model and place it to the position shown below:
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Apply the following Watercolour Filter to this new layer:
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Add a layer mask to this model layer, and use the watercolour brush as eraser to remove some parts of the model, as shown below:
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Apply the following “Reduce Noise” filter to this model layer (Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise):
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and you will have the following effect so far:
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Step 3

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping mask to this model layer:
Black and White
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Layer mask on black and white adjustment layer:
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Levels
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Layer mask on levels adjustment layer:
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Curves
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and you will have the following effect so far:
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Step 4

Load the Newspaper image into Photoshop, use Lasso Tool with a 10px feather to select a portion of it:
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Copy and paste the selection below the model layer, duplicate this layer a few times, rotate and resize them, then place them around the model as shown below:
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Also place a copy above the model layer to the position shown below:
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Use a soft eraser to remove the edge of the newspaper texture to fade it into the background:
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Paint some more watercolour texture on the model as shown below:
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I further adjusted the colour balance a bit to give it a bit of old paper feel, and here is my final effect:
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That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!

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